The Two-Way
9:08 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment house in Shakhtarsk, which is in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on Monday.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:21 am

For a second day in a row, Dutch and Australian experts were unable to reach the debris field left by downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

CNN reports that team members were attempting to make their way to the area when they heard explosions and were told there was heavy fighting, so they turned back. The network adds:

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Business
8:12 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican.
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Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:36 pm

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House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.

The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. More than two dozen clinics would be leased around the country, with $5 billion spent to hire additional doctors, nurses and other medical personnel at the VA.

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Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Beware of poisonous toads

Should we add cane toads to the list of alien creatures that have invaded the Treasure Coast?  According to the weekly newspaper 32963, which serves that zip code, a resident of the Vero Beach barrier island noticed his 18-month-old English Setter named Major was foaming at the mouth and shaking his head.  The owner rushed the dog to a vet, who treated Major for venom poisoning from a cane toad.  Apparently, Major had bit a cane toad or licked it or just sniffed it.  Cane toads are big.  They squirt a milky venom from glands behind their ears that can be lethal to small mammals and harmful

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Weather
7:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tropical Outlook for Monday, July 28

The number of tropical storms that form in August compared to July is nearly three to one on average.  And by the time this week ends and August begins, we could have our season's second named storm. Florida Public Radio Meteorologist Jeff Huffman is tracking the potential new development in today's daily tropical update.

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Palestinian Saeb Afana, 12, stands on the edge of a large crater from an Israeli missile strike that destroyed several graves, as he carries flowers at a cemetery in Gaza City on Monday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:29 pm

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In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.

As USA Today reports, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."

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U.S.
6:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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Sports
6:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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NPR Story
5:55 am
Mon July 28, 2014

U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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NPR's Business News starts with fracking in the U.K.

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Latin America
5:55 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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