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7:42am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook Hits Major Milestone: 1 Billion Active Users

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:48 am

The Facebook homepage.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Facebook hit a major milestone today: The biggest social network in the world now has 1 billion active users each month. That means that one in seven people in the world are Facebook users.

As you might have expected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on his Facebook account.

The milestone, he said, means Facebook has joined the pantheon of things that help connect humans.

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6:57am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:39 am

There were 367,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The bottom line: This doesn't mark any significant change in the jobs market, especially considering the "4-week moving average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average." That figure is a better measure of labor market trends.

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6:45am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown, First In 45 Years

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 12:28 pm

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Orlin Wagner AP

The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera became a baseball legend last night: He took the first Triple Crown in 45 years and joined the likes of Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle as the 15th player in history to win it.

The stats that got him the most coveted mantle for a hitter? A .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. (You win the Triple Crown if you lead the league in those three measures.) Boston's Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to achieve the feat, back in 1967.

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6:24am

Thu October 4, 2012

6:11am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Turkey Continues Bombardment Of Syrian Targets

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:04 am

Local residents check on the damaged house where five Turkish civilians were killed on October 3 by a mortar bomb in the southern border town of Akcakale.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The situation between Syria and Turkey escalated today, as Turkey continued its attack on targets inside Syria and the Turkish parliament gave the OK for military action outside its borders.

As we reported, Turkey is retaliating for a rocket attack that killed five civilians yesterday. The development is important because it could mean the conflict between rebels and the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has now become regional.

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