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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

Spain is exporting record amounts of wine. Earlier this year, Spain's King Felipe VI, center, and Queen Letizia toasted with Freixenet president Josep Lluis Bonet during a visit to the winemaker's headquarters in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Spain.
Susanna Saez EPA /LANDOV

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. Annual results from Italy have not yet been reported; last year, it was the top exporter, ahead of Spain.

The growth is due to a bumper crop at Spain's vineyards in 2013 that let it surpass France. But a Spanish industry group says that despite 22 percent annual growth in exports compared to 2013, Spain's overall wine profits fell 2 percent in the same span.

From Madrid, Lauren Frayer reports:

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Turkish Airlines' Near-Miss Creates Big Problem At Kathmandu's Tiny Airport

Turkish Airlines has the first slot for landing at the Kathmandu airport, just after 6 a.m. In the winter months, this often means long hours circling over the hills south of the Kathmandu Valley and waiting for the dense fog to lift. Today wasn't any different. At around 6 a.m. local time, flight TK726 crossed from India to Nepal, and the pilot advised passengers that fog over the airport meant a 90-minute delay. But not to worry, he said, there was plenty of fuel.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Putin Speaks About The Killing Of Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) attends an Interior Ministry meeting Wednesday in Moscow. He condemned the death of Boris Nemtsov, saying it was a "disgrace" to Russia.
Alexei Druzhinin AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has for the first time spoken publicly about the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, calling his death a shameful tragedy. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who became a major opposition figure, was shot four times in the back Friday as he was walking near the Kremlin.

"The most serious attention should be paid to high-profile crimes, including the ones with a political subtext," Putin said in a televised address to the Interior Ministry. He said the country should be devoid of the shame and tragedies it's recently seen and endured.

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Code Switch
10:46 am
Wed March 4, 2015

A Few Reactions to the DOJ's 'Scathing' Report on Ferguson Cops And Racial Bias

Ferguson Police Department and the Municipal Court in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

The Justice Department reportedly did not find enough evidence to charge white officer Darren Wilson with any civil rights violations for shooting Michael Brown last August. But they did find plenty of evidence of routine discrimination by Ferguson police against black residents.

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10:36 am
Wed March 4, 2015

The Magic Trick That Could Shorten The FAFSA

The IRS and the Department of Education have the power to make the FAFSA easier without cutting questions. So why haven't they?
LA Johnson/NPR

Read part one of our reporting on the FAFSA, "Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That"

It's deadline time for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Better known as the FAFSA.

The daunting application — with its 108 questions — stands between many college hopefuls and much-needed financial aid.

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