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11:14am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Newtown Shootings Inspire '26 Acts Of Kindness' Campaign

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:33 pm

A woman and child earlier this week at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

The idea is simple:

Do "26 acts of kindness" — one for each of the 20 children and six adults killed last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Since NBC News' Ann Curry tweeted that idea earlier this week, it's taken off. Thousands have tweeted back to her about things they've done.

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9:27am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Polio Vaccinations Suspended In Pakistan Following Shootings

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Pakistani health workers demonstrate against the slayings of their colleagues on Wednesday Dec. 19, 2012.
Fareed Khan AP

Clarification at 7:32 p.m. ET: Vaccination Campaign Not Suspended:

The U.N. has halted its participation in a Pakistani-run polio vaccination program following attacks on health care workers. Lack of U.N. support is a big setback, but the government said it would not end the campaign. Officials say the country is committed to seeing polio eradicated and has suspended vaccinations only in Sindh province, where Karachi is located.

Earlier we reported that the campaign was suspended; it is the U.N.'s participation that has been suspended.

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9:26am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Armored Backpacks, Volunteer Guards Among Responses To School Shootings

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:47 am

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Craig Pusley stood guard Wednesday at Hughson Elementary School in Modesto, Calif.
Ed Crisostomo MCT /Landov

8:39am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Three-Year High

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:04 am

San Francisco: A "sold" sign in front of a home earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 5.9 percent rise in sales of previously owned homes in November from October, the National Association of Realtors says.

At their 5.04 million annual rate, sales were the highest since November 2009.

"Momentum continues to build," NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says in the organization's report.

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7:50am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss Universe; Former Contestant Loses Lawsuit

Newly crowned Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, waves to the crowd after winning the pageant in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.
Julie Jacobsen AP

In a dazzling Las Vegas pageant with a lot of glitter, sequins and a great deal of skin, Rhode Island college student Olivia Culpo bested 88 other international competitors to win the Miss Universe crown.

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