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3:54pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:02 pm

A satellite view of Isaac churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

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3:30pm

Mon August 27, 2012
U.S.

Court Paves Way For Texas Planned Parenthood Cuts

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:23 pm

Abortion-rights opponents outside a Planned Parenthood of North Texas event in Fort Worth in February. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas can defund Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization provides abortions.
David Kent MCT/Landov

Officials in Texas say they will cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood following a federal court ruling last week. The decision by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the state can defund the health clinics because Planned Parenthood is associated with abortion.

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2:56pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Military Announces Punishment For Troops In Quran Burning, Urinating On Corpses

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 1:05 pm

In Kabul in February, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans, protesting the burning of Qurans.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. military announced that nine servicemen who were involved in two incidents of misconduct were given administrative punishments for their actions.

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2:11pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

With $66.3 Billion In Agreements, U.S. Arms Sales Break Record In 2011

A U.S. Air Force F-16 multi role fighter Falcon during an exercise at the U.S. airbase in Osan, South Korea.
Lee Jin-man AP

The United States was the biggest provider of weapons to other countries, last year. In terms of how much money it moved, it tripled its 2010 purchases and moved $66.3 billion worth of arms.

According to a Congressional Research Service report (pdf), that is the biggest amount in the history of the United States and most of it comes from sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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