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10:44am

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

A Weakening Hurricane Rina Stumbles Toward Mexico

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 10:51 am

This NOAA GOES East satellite image shows Hurricane Rina over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

AFP/Getty Images

Tourists and residents are fleeing Mexico's Yucatan peninsula ahead of Hurricane Rina, which is forecast to make landfall early Friday morning. The good news is that Rina has weakened and will continue to do so for the next two days. Right now, the Hurricane Center says Rina has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The AP reports on the preparation in Mexico:

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10:39am

Thu October 27, 2011
Middle East

The Arab Uprisings: Now Comes The Hard Part

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 11:06 am

Supporters of the moderate Islamist party Ennahda celebrate Tuesday after the party received the most votes to form an assembly that will write a new constitution. Tunisia was the first Arab country to stage a revolution this year, and the first to hold elections.

Amine Landoulsi AP

The heady days of the Arab uprisings have seemingly passed, and now the countries that tossed out autocratic leaders, or are still trying to, face much more difficult tasks.

Tunisians held a successful election on Sunday, but now must form a government and write a constitution. Libyans have not only purged but killed former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Now, they face enormous difficulties in unifying the country in the wake of his regime's total destruction.

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10:27am

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Arrests Made In Alleged $1 Billion Disability Scheme On Long Island

An alleged scandal involving doctors, a union president and hundreds of Long Island Rail Road workers led to the arrest of 10 people today on charges related to what officials say was a scam that paid an estimated $1 billion in disability benefits to people who didn't deserve them.

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10:12am

Thu October 27, 2011
Media

David Carr: The News Diet Of A Media Omnivore

"We are entering a golden age of journalism," says David Carr of The New York Times. "I look at my backpack ... and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30-40 years ago."

Mario Tama Getty Images

David Carr has a cold. On Sunday night, the media columnist for The New York Times tweeted to his more than 335,000 followers that he realized he probably had a variation of the common cold — because his drugstore was out of his favorite cold remedy.

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9:29am

Thu October 27, 2011
Africa

U.N. Votes To Lift Libya No-Fly Zone On Oct. 31

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift the no-fly zone over Libya on Oct. 31 and end its authorization of military action to protect civilians.

The council authorized the actions on March 17 in response to an Arab League request to try to halt Moammar Gadhafi's military, which was advancing against rebels and their civilian supporters. The NATO bombing campaign that followed was critical in helping the rebels oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power in August.

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