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6:51am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Inflation Rate Slowed Sharply In 2012; Prices Were Flat In December

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:21 am

The cost of a gallon of gas kept rising last year, but not at the torrid pace of 2010 and 2011. That helped keep inflation in check.
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6:24am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Interior Sec. Salazar Is Latest Member Of Cabinet To Announce Departure

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 7:58 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to step down at the end of March, his office confirms to NPR's Jeff Brady.

Word of Salazar's plan broke over night. According to The Denver Post, the former senator from Colorado intends to "return to Colorado to spend time with his family."

As the Post writes:

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6:04am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Fireball, Panic As Helicopter Crashes In London

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:00 am

A firefighter walks toward some of the wreckage at the scene of today's helicopter crash in London.
Andy Rain EPA /LANDOV

At least two people were killed today in London when a helicopter struck a tall crane, exploded and came crashing to the ground in a ball of fire.

Reporting from London, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast Desk that "the wreckage landed close to a very busy commuter station at Vauxhall, and not far from a rail line running into Waterloo. ... Several cars caught fire."

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5:39am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:57 am

Debris littered the street at the scene of today's attack in Kabul.
Sean Carberry NPR

Men wearing bombs strapped to their bodies and traveling in two vehicles carrying more explosives wounded dozens of civilians in Kabul today when they attacked a government security office, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from the scene.

Sean tells the NPR Newscast desk that the Taliban is claiming responsibility and that:

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5:16am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Chaos Expected As NYC School Bus Drivers Strike; 152,000 Students Affected

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:20 am

All locked up: School buses sat idle this morning in the Jamaica section of New York City.
Justin Lane EPA /LANDOV

It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike — meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way.

According to The New York Times:

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