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4:14pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: More Agents Involved, More Expected Dismissals In Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:37 pm

Update at 6:19 p.m. ET. Three Secret Service Agents Step Down:

The Secret Service confirmed that three "additional employees have chosen to resign" and a twelfth employee has been implicated.

"At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave and their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the agency said in a press release.

The three dismissals today brings the total number of agents forced out of the agency because of the scandal to six.

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4:06pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Disappearing Coast

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:17 pm

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
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It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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2:29pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

In First Test For Racial Justice Act, Judge Commutes Man's Death Sentence

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:31 pm

A North Carolina judge commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Marcus Robinson saying racial bias tainted his trial and sentencing. Instead, Robinson will serve life in prison.

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11:23am

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Billionaires' Giving Pledge Gets A Dozen New Signatures

A dozen more super-wealthy donors have signed a pledge started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, promising to give away half of their wealth to charity.

The latest additions include hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman and his wife Karen and Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors Inc., the initiative, Giving Pledge, said in a statement.

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10:06am

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

ABC News: Photo Shows George Zimmerman Had Bloodied Head

A photograph, ABC News says shows blood on George Zimmerman's head.
ABC News

A photograph published by ABC News this morning shows what the network says is the head of George Zimmerman covered in blood. ABC News says the picture was taken minutes after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, but he has maintained that he shot Martin, who was unarmed and on his way back from buying candy and tea, in self defense.

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