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8:42am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:09 pm

President Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

While conceding that nations will disagree about when and how to step in as "tyrants ... commit wanton murder," President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "we must get better" at preventing atrocities.

The president again laid out his case for strong international action to hold Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. Then Obama told world leaders that:

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8:13am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed By Strong Quake In Southwestern Pakistan

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 11:14 am

A U.S. Geological Survey map showing the location of Tuesday's earthquake in Pakistan.
USGS.gov

(This post last updated at 1:00 p.m. ET)

A strong, 7.7-magnitude earthquake in southern Pakistan on Tuesday has killed at least 45 people, according to Reuters. The U.S. Geological Survey says the initial temblor was followed by several aftershocks — one of them a 5.9-magnitude.

The affected area is reportedly about 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan.

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7:38am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Home Prices Rise At Best Pace In Seven Years

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:02 am

This home was under contract last month in Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Led by more strong gains in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, home prices in major U.S. cities were up just more than 12 percent on average in July vs. July 2012, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

The average increase was the largest since February 2006, Reuters adds, and is yet another sign that the housing sector is among the economy's strongest sectors.

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7:35am

Tue September 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Tuesday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:06 pm

Yes, we know this is the Capitol Hill Peace Monument. But it seems a handy symbol for the partisan spending showdown in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A brief and abstract chronicle of some of Tuesday's more interesting political stories, the kinds of stories that might get people who like politics talking around a water cooler, if people still did that sort of thing.

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6:44am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Word Spreads Far Of Canceled Wedding That Fed The Homeless

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:57 am

Carol Fowler (in blue dress) at the dinner her family turned into a charity event after her daughter's wedding was canceled.
Hosea Feed the Hungry, via Here & Now

We first heard about Carol and Willie Fowler's generosity from our friends at Here & Now late last week.

Now, the feel-good story of how they turned something sad into something glad is spreading across the Web.

ABC News describes what happened earlier this month in Atlanta this way:

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