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8:11am

Mon September 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:22 am

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Kathy Willens AP

After a dramatic finish to the regular season that included a no-hitter on the final day and a tie that will force a special elimination game Monday night, Major League Baseball is set to start its playoffs.

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7:58am

Mon September 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Vaccine Refusals Fueled California's Whooping Cough Epidemic

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:22 am

A student gets vaccinated against pertussis at a Los Angeles middle school in 2012. The state required that students be immunized to halt an epidemic of whooping cough.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When the whooping cough vaccine was invented in the 1940s, doctors thought they had finally licked the illness, which is especially dangerous for babies. But then it came roaring back.

In 2010, a whooping cough outbreak in California sickened 9,120 people, more than in any year since 1947. Ten infants died; babies are too young to be vaccinated.

Public health officials suspected that the increased numbers of parents who refused to vaccinate their children played a role, but they couldn't be sure.

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7:12am

Mon September 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Multiple Car Bombs Wreak Havoc In Baghdad, Killing Dozens

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 11:30 am

Iraqis look at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, where at least 10 car bombs were detonated during the city's rush hour Monday.
Khalid Mohammed AP

A spate of car bombs exploded during Baghdad's morning rush hour Monday, killing at least 47 people and wounding dozens more. Most of the bombs struck areas with large Shiite populations; various news agencies are reporting that from nine to 14 separate bombs were detonated.

Many of the car bombs resulted in far more injuries than deaths. But at least one explosion was especially deadly. According to the BBC and Reuters, an attack in Baghdad's Sadr City district killed at least seven people.

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6:55am

Mon September 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Remembering Lee Thornton, Who Broke Barriers In Journalism

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:08 am

Lee Thornton.
University of Maryland / Philip Merrill College of Journalism

The news media has lost another trailblazer.

Two months after the death of Helen Thomas, another woman who broke important barriers in Washington's press corps has passed away.

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6:00am

Mon September 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:06 am

Pope John Paul II in 1982
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The Vatican said Monday that it has set April 27, 2014, as the date that popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be "raised to sainthood."

Their canonization will come on "the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy," the Holy See added.

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