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11:11am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

China Kicks Out 'New York Times' Reporter

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 11:56 am

China has effectively expelled a reporter working for The New York Times by refusing to extend his media credentials, the newspaper said Monday.

The reporter, Chris Buckley, has been forced to leave China, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said in a statement.

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11:10am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Deal To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Appears Likely

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:01 am

The Capitol is illuminated in Washington, where the House and Senate remain in session. The two chambers will miss a deadline to avoid the "fiscal cliff" tonight, as 2013 begins.
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  • NPR's coverage of President Obama's comments on the "fiscal cliff" talks

Update at 9:45 p.m. Deal Reached

Vice President Joe Biden was meeting late Monday with Senate Democrats to brief them on a proposed deal to stop sharp tax increases and spending cuts. A source told NPR the deal with congressional Democratic and Republican leaders includes a mix of both.

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9:43am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

NFL Firings Begin: Bears, Bills, Browns, Chiefs And Eagles Dismiss Coaches

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 12:12 pm

Andy Reid as he left the field Sunday in New Jersey. His last game as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants.
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They're calling it "Black Monday" over at NFL.com.

It's the Monday morning after the end of the National Football League's regular season, and some teams that didn't make the playoffs are wasting no time in parting ways with their coaches.

So far, no huge surprises in who's being fired:

-- Lovie Smith, from the Chicago Bears.

-- Chan Gailey, from the Buffalo Bills.

-- Pat Shurmur, from the Cleveland Browns.

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8:39am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Riddance! 'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List Of 'Words To Be Banished'

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 9:44 am

Be gone!
NPR

Oh, if only someone could enforce this "edict."

Michigan's Lake Superior State University is out with its 38th "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness," and right there at the top is a two-word combination that none of us in the media seem able to avoid, especially not today:

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7:31am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Father Has Claimed Adam Lanza's Body, Family Tells AP

Remembering the victims: Earlier this month, two mourners paused at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn., for the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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"The father of the gunman who killed 26 people in a Connecticut school shooting has claimed his son's body," The Associated Press reports. "A spokesman for the family said Monday that Peter Lanza claimed the remains of Adam Lanza. He didn't say when the remains were claimed."

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