Parallels
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Why Ukraine Is Such A Big Deal For Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, chat during a news conference after talks in Moscow on Dec. 17.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 12:21 pm

There's cautious optimism in Ukraine and the West on Friday at news that President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004. But the mood in Moscow may not be as optimistic.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

U.S. Official: Beijing Preparing For 'Short, Sharp' War With Japan

A ceremony is held to mark a new patrol vessel in service for China's marine surveillance in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, last month.
Shen Lei Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 2:21 pm

China is stepping up war games in preparation for a possible conflict with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a tiny island chain in the East China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo, a senior U.S. Navy official says.

Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the remark at a conference put on by the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego last week.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Protests In Venezuela Intensify, As Government Deploys Military

Venezuelan anti-government students light a fire during clashes with riot policemen in Caracas on Thursday.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 4:36 pm

Thousands of protesters are out on the streets across Venezuela again Friday. This time, the Venezuelan military is also out on the streets trying quash more than two weeks of protests.

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Shots - Health News
10:18 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

When an ad contains too much information, the most important parts may not stick.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 5:02 pm

The way that prescription drugs are advertised on TV could be better, especially when it comes to communicating the risks and side effects of medicines. Now the Food and Drug Administration is calling for research into how the ads could be improved.

The problem, as Michael Wolf, a health services researcher and cognitive scientist at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine describes it, is that most ads work like this:

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U.S.
10:05 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Job Seekers Still Have To Hide Tattoos (From The Neck Up)

Rommel Canlas iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 3:31 pm

Deanna Mullennax spent six months last year looking for a job. Having tattoos, she says, definitely didn't help.

"Tattoos literally change your career," says Mullennax, who is now working at a bakery in Chicago. "They call them 'job stoppers' for a reason."

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Photos: Kiev's Independence Square Before And After

Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014).
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters/Landov

Hopes are high that the worst is over in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where dozens of people died this week as security forces responded to anti-government protests. As we reported earlier, President Viktor Yanukovych and key opposition leaders have signed an agreement about forming a unity government, holding new elections and restoring the nation's 2004 constitution.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Apple's Steve Jobs To Be Featured On U.S. Postage Stamp

Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, is slated to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp next year.
Terry Schmitt UPI/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:04 am

Apple founder Steve Jobs, a man who probably did as much as anyone to set in motion the slow but steady demise of snail mail, will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp, according to a document from the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Good Work On Those 'Feeli The Finnish Reindeer' Lyrics

His antlers are so bright.
Reindeer Herders' Association (of Finland)

We asked and Two-Way readers came through.

The challenge:

Set the story of "Feeli the Finnish Reindeer" and his shiny antlers to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The responses in our comments thread:

Feeli the Finnish reindeer
Had antlers that didn't glow.
And drivers didn't see them
As right over them they'd mow.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Judge Tosses Suit Alleging NYPD Illegally Spied On Muslims

Sheikh Reda Shata stands in the men's prayer room at his mosque, The Islamic Center of Monmouth County, in Middletown, N.J., in Oct. 2011. From 2002 onward, Muslims in New Jersey allege police routinely monitored their comings and goings as part of a surveillance program.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 8:45 am

A federal judge has ruled that New York City Police did not violate the rights of Muslims by putting New Jersey mosques under routine surveillance in an effort to prevent terrorism.

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Movies
6:17 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Analysis: Who Oscar-Winning Actors Thank

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:31 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We finally have analysis of actors giving thanks at the Oscars. You know, I want to thank my director or some inspiring figure. Twice in recent years, winning actors thanked Oprah; twice, they thanked Sidney Poitier. Three actors name-checked God; four thanked Meryl Streep - and that was the headline: Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God.

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