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1:53pm

Sat June 29, 2013
Middle East

As Doctors Leave Syria, Public Health Crisis Looms

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:44 pm

Refugees fill cans with water inside a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The death toll in Syria's ongoing civil war may now be as high as 100,000. As the violence mounts, another emergency is looming: a public health crisis across the region.

That's the conclusion of a new study published by the British medical journal The Lancet. Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.

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11:58am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch

The white-throated needletail, after it was found below the wind turbine it hit on an island off the northwest coast of Scotland.
Courtesy of David Campbell

One of only a handful of a type of small bird from Asia to have been spotted in the U.K. in the past two centuries was thrilling twitchers off the northwest coast of Scotland earlier this week.

Then, tragedy struck. It flew into the blade of a wind turbine and was killed.

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10:06am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Paula Deen's Next Cookbook Is Canceled

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:12 pm

Celebrity cook Paula Deen during an appearance last Wednesday on NBC-TV's The Today Show.
Peter Kramer AP

Pre-publication orders had made it No. 1 on Amazon, but now Paula Deen's publisher has said it won't be putting out her next cookbook this fall.

As Publishers Weekly says:

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8:48am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

American Killed At Protest In Egypt ID'd As Kenyon Student

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:05 pm

Andrew Pochter.
Courtesy of the Pochter family

Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old Kenyon College student from Chevy Chase, Md., is the American who was killed Friday in Alexandria, Egypt, when violence broke out during a protest against the government of President Mohammed Morsi, the college says. He was one of at least three people who died from injuries they suffered.

Citing U.S. Embassy officials as its source for that news, the Ohio school adds that:

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8:06am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Death Valley Top 130 Degrees? Here's Where To Watch

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:33 pm

If you're in the red or orange zones, try to stay cool.
National Weather Service

We can't do anything about the oppressive heat wave that's cooking states across the nation's Southwest.

We can, though, wish everyone the best and point to the always-important tips and guidance for how to stay safe when temperatures soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Those include:

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