The Two-Way
9:27 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
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Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.

As Leila Fadel reports from Erbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."

The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Massoum was their choice.

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Local News
9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Del. Senator Pushes for Permanent Solution to Highway Funding

Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
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Senator Tom Carper says he wants a permanent fix to ensure that the nation’s Highway Trust Fund has plenty of money to take care of the country’s roadways.

Last year the Delaware Democrat opposed a temporary fix that kept the government from going over a fiscal cliff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this year he is introducing an amendment that would force Congress to provide a long-term solution before Christmas.

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer if Congress does not act.

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Local News
9:03 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Emergency Alert System in Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach residents, workers and business owners can now sign up to get alerts about fires, severe weather and other emergencies.

City Manager Sharon Lynn found and launched the system, called CodeRED. She tells The Salisbury Daily Times that it will cost $2,750 a year.

Residents can sign up for alerts at www.cityofrehoboth.com.

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Local News
8:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

LNG Pier Approved by MD Panel for Cove Point

Cove Point
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the license to enable Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River. The company needs the pier to bring in equipment to build the facility.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Local News
8:32 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmental groups want the state to hold a public hearing on a plan to restore and protect Delaware River shoreline at docks near Delaware City.

Delaware Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon said in a letter to state environmental regulators that PBF Energy's plan could attract birds near an area they say is at risk for oil spills.

PBF's plan for its docks at its Delaware City refinery includes refilling shoreline and replacing nearly 1,000 5-foot high wave dampeners. Pilings would be driven to anchor oil spill containment booms.

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Local News
8:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.

The governor and the first lady will host a buy local cookout at the governor's residence in Annapolis on Thursday.

It is the seventh annual cookout that is being hosted at the residence.

The cookout highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers to calling attention to food produced in Maryland.

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Shots - Health News
7:57 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Sure, your doctor can do this. But you can, too. And for stroke patients, it could be a lifesaver.
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Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:29 pm

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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Local News
7:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Naval Academy Has New Superintendent

U.S. Naval Academy
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice Adm. Walter Carter is the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

The academy held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday in Annapolis.

Carter was recently president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the academy in 1981. Carter also is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun.

He has commanded the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12. He also was commander of the USS Carl Vinson, one of the Navy's largest nuclear-powered super carriers. He has flown 125 combat missions.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

The grief-stricken Palestinian mother of 1-year-old Abdulrahamn Abed al-Nabi carries his body after he was killed in an Israeli military strike along with their cousin, 3-year-old Hadi Abed al-Nabi.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:42 pm

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.

If you remember, the FAA banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.

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U.S.
7:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden) of the U.S. Forces Afghanistan K-9 unit, in 2011.
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Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:19 pm

It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.

Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, Military Dogs Take The Hill, to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired in the U.S.

Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back.

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