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8:59am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:54 am

The Rev. Libby Lane will be consecrated on Jan. 26.
Nigel Roddis Getty Images

The Church of England has named its first female bishop.

The Rev. Libby Lane, who has been a parish priest for 20 years, will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first woman to hold that position since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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8:31am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:41 pm

President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will work with Cuba to normalize diplomatic ties.
Doug Mills UPI /Landov

Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET

President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Obama said "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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7:01am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Two-Way

In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:15 am

The uncle and cousin of injured student Mohammad Baqair (center) comfort him as he mourns the death of his mother, who was a teacher at the school that was attacked.
Mohammad Sajjad AP

Pakistan is picking up the pieces today after an attack on a school by Taliban militants left 145 people dead.

It's a heart-wrenching story. We've collected the news in a different post. Here, we'll tell the story visually, but fair warning — the photographs are representative of the horrific attack, so they're tough to look at:

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6:20am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Two-Way

As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:27 am

Chairs are upturned and blood stains the floor at the Army Public School auditorium the day after Taliban gunmen stormed the school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
B.K. Bangash AP

A day after a horrific Taliban attack on a school that left 145 people dead, Pakistan began to take stock.

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4:04am

Wed December 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:29 am

Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog, Coco, greet hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications.
Amy Pearl WNYC

Sandra Lopez and her Chihuahua, Coco, were inseparable. He followed her everywhere, and kept Lopez's mood up when she was in pain — which was often.

On Oct. 15, 2014, Lopez died at age 49 of melanoma that had slowly spread throughout her body over the course of two years.

Lopez was in and out of the hospital in 2014, but during the months she was home, a hospice nurse from the Metropolitan Jewish Health System visited once a week to help manage the pain, backed up by a 24-hour, nurse-staffed phone line that Lopez called often.

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