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Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:46 pm

Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., in May 1998.
Karl DeBlaker AP

Updated at 8:45 p.m.

Jonathan Pollard, who has served almost 30 years in prison after being convicted of espionage, will be granted parole on Nov. 21, according to his attorneys.

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and charged with passing classified information to Israel. He pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

"But under laws in place at the time, that meant he could get parole after 30 years," NPR's Carrie Johnson says. "Now, that term is nearly up — and the Justice Department did not stand in the way of his release."

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Mon July 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:19 am

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at a news conference last month. He and the USOC announced Monday that his city is no longer in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.
Elise Amendola AP

It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

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Wed July 22, 2015
The Two-Way

California, New York And Washington, D.C., Make Moves On Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:27 pm

Demonstrators rally before a meeting of a state wage board in New York. On Wednesday, a state panel recommended the minimum wage for fast-food employees be raised to $15 an hour, bypassing the state Legislature.
Seth Wenig AP

A wave of wage increases in cities across the country, as well as at several major businesses, continued on Wednesday.

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Wed July 22, 2015

New York, University Of California Announce $15 Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:08 am

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Wed July 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama And Stewart Have One Last Dance On 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:08 am

President Obama appeared with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Tuesday night. It was Obama's seventh appearance, and his last before Stewart leaves the show next month.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central

President Obama made his seventh appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night. It was a meeting of two men nearing the end of big chapters in their lives: Obama is in the final 18 months of his second term, and host Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show next month.

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Mon July 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Will Lose 'All Credibility' If Congress Rejects Nuclear Deal, Kerry Says

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:03 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep at the State Department. Kerry said if Congress or a future president reverses a nuclear control agreement with Iran, U.S. credibility will suffer.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Just after hosting Cuba's foreign minister at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to discuss the restoration of diplomatic relations with that country, as well as the status of a nuclear deal with Iran.

Kerry defended the Obama administration's stance on both countries, and said if diplomatic relations with Cuba or a nuclear deal with Iran were scuttled — either by a future president or Congress — it would hurt the U.S.

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Mon July 20, 2015

Mitsubishi Apologizes To U.S. World War II Veterans For Forced Labor

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Wed July 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Facebook's New Logo Is A Visual Nod To Gender Equality

A woman designer at Facebook recently updated the company's iconic "friends" logo, making the woman's silhouette larger and moving it in front of the man's.

One of Facebook's iconic logos just got an update. That tiny image that lingers in the corner of most Facebook pages — two small silhouettes of a man and a woman — it will be a little different on Facebook mobile pages starting this week.

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 7:36 am

Carnival Cruise Lines' main entrance of their office building in Miami. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit the Caribbean island nation since the 1960 trade embargo.
Alan Diaz AP

Carnival Corp. says it has received permission from the U.S.

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Mon June 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:01 pm

Flowers left at the front door of Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, S.C.
Will Huntsberry NPR

Updated at 7:45 p.m. ET

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started.

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