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11:54am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

At Benghazi Hearing, Sen. Kerry Urges More Diplomatic Resources

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 12:28 pm

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., led a Senate hearing Thursday on the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Sen. John Kerry is considered the leading candidate to become the next secretary of state, and that gave added weight to his remarks Thursday as he oversaw testimony on the most volatile foreign policy issue in recent months: the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi.

The two top deputies of the current secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, acknowledged that the State Department failed to provide adequate security in Benghazi, which has remained extremely volatile following last year's ouster of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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11:14am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Newtown Shootings Inspire '26 Acts Of Kindness' Campaign

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:33 pm

A woman and child earlier this week at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

The idea is simple:

Do "26 acts of kindness" — one for each of the 20 children and six adults killed last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Since NBC News' Ann Curry tweeted that idea earlier this week, it's taken off. Thousands have tweeted back to her about things they've done.

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9:27am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Polio Vaccinations Suspended In Pakistan Following Shootings

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Pakistani health workers demonstrate against the slayings of their colleagues on Wednesday Dec. 19, 2012.
Fareed Khan AP

Clarification at 7:32 p.m. ET: Vaccination Campaign Not Suspended:

The U.N. has halted its participation in a Pakistani-run polio vaccination program following attacks on health care workers. Lack of U.N. support is a big setback, but the government said it would not end the campaign. Officials say the country is committed to seeing polio eradicated and has suspended vaccinations only in Sindh province, where Karachi is located.

Earlier we reported that the campaign was suspended; it is the U.N.'s participation that has been suspended.

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9:26am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Armored Backpacks, Volunteer Guards Among Responses To School Shootings

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:47 am

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Craig Pusley stood guard Wednesday at Hughson Elementary School in Modesto, Calif.
Ed Crisostomo MCT /Landov

8:39am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Three-Year High

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:04 am

San Francisco: A "sold" sign in front of a home earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 5.9 percent rise in sales of previously owned homes in November from October, the National Association of Realtors says.

At their 5.04 million annual rate, sales were the highest since November 2009.

"Momentum continues to build," NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says in the organization's report.

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