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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:46 pm

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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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:27 pm

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

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Business
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

New York, University Of California Announce $15 Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:08 am

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It's All Politics
2:22 am
Wed July 22, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:08 am

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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The Two-Way
5:36 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:03 pm

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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Business
7:40 am
Mon July 20, 2015

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

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The Two-Way
7:35 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

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.
Facebook

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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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

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

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:36 am

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

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Race
3:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Charleston, S.C., Residents Call On Each Other To Improve Race Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:36 pm

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Around the Nation
4:05 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

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

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:01 pm

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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The Two-Way
3:49 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

After Ben Affleck Scandal, PBS Postpones 'Finding Your Roots'

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 8:54 am

PBS has released details about an internal investigation that found that actor Ben Affleck exerted improper influence by requesting that the show Finding Your Roots hide details of a slave-owning ancestor in his family tree.

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Business
5:35 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Confederate Flag Merchandise Is Delicate Topic For Retailers

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:55 pm

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The Two-Way
7:13 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In The Battle Between Taylor Swift And Apple, Swift Didn't Fight Alone

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:51 pm

Taylor Swift is no stranger to positive, even fawning, press coverage. Just this month, there was the story about teenagers using light-up bracelets from a Swift concert to flag down help when they were trapped inside their car after a crash. The headline from MTV read "Taylor Swift Saved Three Teens' Lives — Literally."

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Around the Nation
4:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Redesigned $10 Bill To Feature Female Face, Treasury Announces

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:05 am

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Now this news. All the men featured on U.S. currency are about to be joined by a woman. The government says this will happen when a new $10 bill is rolled out in 2020. NPR's Sam Sanders has the story.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. The California Labor Commission has ruled that one Uber driver in California is an employee of the company, and is owed certain benefits.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:15 am

In a decision that could have major implications for the entire sharing economy, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. In that decision, the commission awarded Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in employee expenses, including mileage reimbursements, toll charges and interest.

The ruling was made public when Uber filed an appeal Tuesday in a state court in San Francisco.

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