The Two-Way
8:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

South Korean soldiers on Yeonpyeong last month. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near the island on Tuesday.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a disputed western maritime border with the South just days after President Obama and his South Korean counterpart urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The exercises occurred near Yeonpyeong Island, which was hit by North Korean shelling in 2010, killing four people and causing significant damage.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Tue April 29, 2014

EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Armed pro-Russian militants attacked a demonstration of supporters of Ukraine in Donetsk on Monday.
Olya Morvan Maxppp/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:28 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The European Union has followed the U.S. in imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia for the Kremlin's intervention in Crimea and alleged support of separatist elements inside eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions, which specifically target Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle," drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Several Wounded In Shooting At FedEx Facility In Georgia

Cobb County Police block off Old US 41 Highway after an early morning workplace shooting at the Airport Road FedEx facility on Tuesday in Kennesaw, Ga.
Jason Getz AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:03 pm

This post was updated at 3:51 p.m. ET.

At least six people were wounded in a shooting early Tuesday at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., according to local police. The shooter is reportedly dead in an apparent suicide.

Cobb County Police Department spokesman Mike Bowman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there are "multiple victims at this time that have been transported to a local area hospital.

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State News
7:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Cullerton on making the higher income tax rate permanent

Illinois' General Assembly is heading into its final stretch after a short spring break legislators return to session Tuesday. They've got a lot to resolve before their scheduled adjournment at the end of May, including what to do about Illinois' income tax rate. 

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State News
7:15 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Harvard professor: investments in teaching, early childhood translate to student success

Dr. Paul Reville, Harvard professor and former Mass. Secretary of Education.
Credit http://www.gse.harvard.edu/

Education is among the top issues being debated this spring, as lawmakers consider changing the way schools are funded in Illinois.  Republicans and Democrats alike agree that something must be done as the state moves into the future.

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Around the Nation
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Richard Gere Plays Homeless Man Convincingly

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Here's a story that might get Richard Gere some Oscar buzz. He plays a homeless man in an upcoming movie so convincingly that he fooled a French tourist in New York. Karim Gumbo(ph) saw a straggly man digging through trash near Grand Central Station. She offered him some pizza. The 64-year-old actor accepted. Gumbo didn't realize who it was until a few days later when she saw a photo in the newspaper of her with Richard Gere, whom she described as, quote, very handsome even at his age.

Around the Nation
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

FootGolf Catching On Across The Nation

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Two-Way
6:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People

A motel and restaurant show significant damage from a tornado that ripped through Tupelo, Miss., on Monday.
Jim Lytle AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:32 pm

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.

A second day of tornadoes has caused devastation in the South, killing more than a dozen people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Some 50 twisters were reported in the region in a 24-hour period from Monday into Tuesday, according to meteorologists.

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Code Switch
5:50 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy

Cheng Chui Ping, also known as "Sister Ping," died last Thursday. She portrayed herself as a clothing shop owner, but government investigators said her main business was smuggling Chinese immigrants into the U.S.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:28 am

For decades, Cheng Chui Ping smuggled thousands of people from China to the United States. She created a lucrative business and a robust network that brought immigrants through treacherous routes. Cheng died of cancer last Thursday in a Texas prison.

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Television
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A new documentary explores the life and death of Ruben Salazar. He was a journalist. He's considered one of the founders of the modern Chicano movement and by many a martyr. He was killed in 1970 while covering an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. He was shot with a tear gas canister. His death added to the urgency for Mexican-American civil rights in Southern California.

A documentary on his life airs tonight on PBS and Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch Team has more.

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