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1:36pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

French Soldier's Skeleton Scarf Goes Viral, Military Launches Investigation

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 4:54 pm

This isn't the sort of picture of a French soldier that his commanders want to see. Photographer Issouf Sanogo says troops were protecting their faces from dust kicked up by a helicopter landing in central Mali on Sunday.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The photo is quite striking, to be sure.

Agence France Press photographer Issouf Sanogo writes that when he was with French soldiers in central Mali on Sunday, "a helicopter was coming in to land and churning up tremendous dust clouds. Instinctively, all the soldiers grabbed their scarfs to avoid getting a mouthful of sand."

Sanogo started taking pictures.

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1:00pm

Tue January 22, 2013
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Beyonce's National Anthem Was Pre-Recorded, Marine Band Says

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:02 pm

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

Update at 6:14 p.m. ET. Backing Off?

Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman for the United States Marine Corps, sent us a statement that seems to back off a bit from their earlier statements saying Beyoncé lip-synced her way through the National Anthem during President Obama's inauguration, yesterday.

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12:25pm

Tue January 22, 2013
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Reports: Shots Fired At Houston Community College

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 3:30 pm

Update at 5:19 p.m. ET. College Safe:

During a news briefing, Sheriff Maj. Armando Tello said that the Lone Star College campus is now safe.

Tello said three people were injured, after an altercation between two men led to a shooting. One of the individuals invovled in the altercation was a student at the college. Another one of those shot was a maintance worker caught in the cross fire.

Tello did not give any details as to the condition of the injured.

Classes will resume tomorrow.

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11:35am

Tue January 22, 2013
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White House 'Welcomes' House Vote On Extending Debt Limit

White House spokesman Jay Carney.
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President Obama "welcomes" the plan by House Republicans to vote Wednesday on a three-month extension of the nation's borrowing limit, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, and "would not stand in the way of the bill becoming law." (The Hill)

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11:33am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Bolivian President Says Venezuela's Chávez Is Working Toward Return

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 4:54 pm

A man walks past a mural of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, on Jan. 11.
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Bolivian President Evo Morales gave a positive status update on his ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

According to Bloomberg News, Morales said he was in communication with the ailing leader.

"I have good news that our brother comandante President Chavez is already in physiotherapy in order to return to his country," Morales is quoted as saying. "We hope to be alongside him at international events as we have always been."

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