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10:46 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

Human-rights activist Enrique Morones, at podium, speaks during a rally in support of immigrants on Wednesday in San Diego. A group of about 70 people rallied in support of migrant children and families Wednesday, a day after U.S. Homeland Security buses carrying the migrants were routed away from American flag-waving protesters in Murrieta, Calif., and transported to a facility in San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:49 pm

As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.

Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol stations in Texas — and in the process rather purposefully thrust their city into the national political spotlight.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Is No Match For Man In Ocean With Facebook

Richard Neal gave a play-by-play of Hurricane Arthur from his perch in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:55 pm

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife, Philanthropist, Conservative Donor, Dies

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and conservative activist from Pittsburgh, died Friday. He was 82.
Keith Srakocic AP

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and conservative donor from Pittsburgh who was heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, has died. He was 82.

His death was reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the newspaper he owned.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang is reporting on the story, and says:

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Clashes Erupt In Jerusalem Over Palestinian Teen's Funeral

A Palestinian throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in East Jerusalem on Friday. The clashes came ahead of the funeral of a slain Palestinian teenager.
Baz Ratner Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:34 pm

Update at 3:36 p.m ET

Israeli police clashed Friday with Palestinians in East Jerusalem, as Palestinians buried an Arab teenager they say was killed by Israeli extremists.

Protesters threw rocks at police who responded with stun grenades, The Associated Press reports. About 30 Palestinians and 13 Israeli officers were injured in the clashes.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Weakened Arthur Heads Up U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Arthur brought strong winds and heavy surf to Highway 64 in Nags Head, N.C., on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Updated at 9:34 a.m.

Hurricane Arthur weakened to a Category 1 storm on Independence Day after hitting the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur packed maximum sustained winds of nearly 90 mph as it moved offshore. The center predicted the storm would weaken in the next 48 hours.

"Arthur is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone tonight or Saturday," the center said.

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