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The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Heavy Fighting Resumes In Eastern Ukraine As Truce Talks Collapse

Ukrainian soldiers are seen in an armored vehicle topped with a Ukrainian flag near the city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region, on Sunday.
Manu Brabo AFP/Getty Images

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine has resumed since the collapse of cease-fire talks on Saturday. Reuters says Russian-backed separatists used artillery to try to push Kiev's forces from the strategic rail hub of Debaltseve.

NPR's Corey Flintoff — reporting from the town of Svyatogorsk, which has become a de facto refugee camp for many civilians fleeing the fighting — tells Weekend All Things Considered that he's "met people who've gotten out of some of the most dangerous areas. Many of them have absolutely terrifying stories to tell."

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My Big Break
4:32 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

From The Ivy League To 'The X-Files': David Duchovny's Big Break

David Duchovny says yes, The X-Files was his biggest break — but not because it was successful, he says, but because that's where he went from youthful ambition to an adult understanding of what it means to work.
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Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 5:19 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Here's something you probably know about David Duchovny: he played one of the 1990s' most iconic roles, FBI agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files.

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Around the Nation
4:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

To Save Two Colo. Cows, All It Took Was A Good Ice-Breaker

In this photo provided by the Fountain, Colo. Fire Department, a cow walks away from an icy pond after firefighters rescued it and one other cow that had fallen through the ice.
Darin Anstine AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 5:19 pm

The Fountain, Colo., Fire Department handles a lot of animal rescue calls. But in 11 years with the department, Fire Captain Rick Daniels says the call he got on Jan. 26 was "one of the more challenging animal rescue calls that I've had."

No one's exactly sure how or why, Daniels tells NPR, but two brown cows had wandered out over a frozen pond, and fallen through the half-foot of ice.

Someone driving by the pond called 911 and described seeing just the heads of two cows peeking out over the sheet of ice. The cows were up to their necks in frigid water.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

For Colorado's Undocumented, The Wait At The DMV Just Got Longer

Aleida Ramirez must wait longer for an appointment to renew her expired driver's license because Colorado Republicans have blocked funding for licensing undocumented immigrants.
Megan Verlee Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 5:19 pm

Aleida Ramirez is proud of her old driver's license. It's faded and battered, held together by tape in two places, and it expired two years ago.

But Ramirez wouldn't think of throwing it out.

"Because it's my treasure," Ramirez says. "I mean, this is the only proof that I've been living in this state. This is the only proof that I have that I've been working hard, that I want to be here."

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Around the Nation
4:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Another Florida Case Puts Crosshairs On 'Stand Your Ground'

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 5:19 pm

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