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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Fiji Launches Competition For New National Flag

Fiji's national flag — until October.
Michael Yang Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 11:24 am

The South Pacific nation of Fiji has launched a competition for a new national flag.

The current flag, adopted in 1970 following independence from Britain, is blue with the Union Jack in the left corner and a shield with the country's coat of arms.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

Longtime Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1987.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 11:29 am

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md), who has served in the Senate and in Congress longer than any other woman, says she will not seek a sixth term in 2016.

Mikulski, 78, announced her decision Monday in Baltimore.

" 'Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?' " she said she asked herself, according to The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

The Nasdaq composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday. The index hit the mark nearly 15 years to the day since it surpassed the 5,000 mark on March 9, 2000.

We'll note that the index didn't have far to rise from Friday's close of 4,963.53.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Video Shows L.A. Police Shot And Killed Man On Sidewalk

A cellphone video captured the deadly struggle between Los Angeles police officers and a man on a city sidewalk (in background). Seconds after this image appears in the video, shots were fired that killed the man, a robbery suspect.
Anthony Blackburn Facebook

An altercation in Los Angeles in which police killed a man in the Skid Row area Sunday is putting new scrutiny on law enforcement's use of deadly force. Police say the man tried to grab an officer's weapon. A dramatic video posted online shows the man was on the ground struggling with officers when he was shot.

The LAPD says that two of its officers involved suffered minor injuries and were treated and released. Police say three officers fired their weapons.

Here's a summary of what happened:

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Netanyahu: U.S., Israel Agree On No Nukes For Iran, Split On How To Get There

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington on Monday.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 11:22 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that while the U.S. and Israel agree that Iran should not get nuclear weapons, they disagree about how to stop the Islamic republic. But, he tells the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington, reports of a decline in U.S.-Israeli relations are "not only premature, they're just wrong."

Netanyahu says his planned speech to Congress on Tuesday is not intended to be a slight to President Obama. "I have great respect for both" Obama and the office that he holds," he says.

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