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5:14am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Lynn Coady Takes Canada's Top Literary Honor

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:26pm

Tue November 5, 2013
The Two-Way

41 Hours Of Retail: Kmart's Black Friday Plan Is Criticized

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 5:10 pm

Kmart's plan to be open for 41 straight hours beginning at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning is drawing criticism. At this Kmart store in Connecticut, shoppers wait in line to take advantage of sales on Thanksgiving Day.
Douglas Healey AP

It's only been hours since Kmart announced its Black Friday plan — to remain open for 41 hours in a row beginning early on Thanksgiving Day. But online critics are throwing a red light on the plan, with some calling the company a Grinch for its aggressive approach to the start of the Christmas shopping season.

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3:36pm

Tue November 5, 2013
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Illinois House Approves Bill Paving Way For Gay Marriage

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 5:02 pm

Jerry Bowman (left) and David Strzepek demonstrate at a marriage-equality rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday.
Seth Perlman AP

With the approval of the Statehouse, same-sex marriages are one step away from being legal in Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports the bill received 61 votes, just one more than necessary to send the bill to the Senate, which is expected to pass it.

The House was the bill's biggest hurdle because Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law.

The Tribune adds:

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3:26pm

Tue November 5, 2013
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Developing Super-Typhoon Aims For The Philippines

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:55 pm

A graphic from the U.S. Naval Observatory showing the expected track of Typhoon Haiyan.
U.S. Naval Observatory

Another super-typhoon is brewing in the western Pacific, and forecasters are saying it will likely slam into the Philippines on Friday, packing winds of 155mph.

Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters says Typhoon Haiyan "will likely be the most dangerous tropical cyclone to affect the Philippines this year."

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3:14pm

Tue November 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Apple's Decision To Make Glass In Arizona Will Create Hundreds Of Jobs

Apple has bought a factory in Arizona that will be re-purposed to make sapphire glass. The material is used in the iPhone 5s, seen here, as well as in the wristwatch industry.
Andy Wong AP

Technology giant Apple is buying a large manufacturing space in Arizona, where high-tech glass for its devices will be produced. The move is being hailed in Arizona, where the economy remains slowed by the U.S. housing market crisis.

From Phoenix, Mark Moran of member station KJZZ reports for our Newscast unit:

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