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10:00am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens Thrived On Tough Assignments

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:59 pm

Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. Consulate. Ambassador Stevens died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate, many of them firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Ibrahim Alaguri AP

Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a very special diplomat. He made a career of going to difficult places and insisting that he witness tumultuous events firsthand.

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8:12am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Striking Chicago Teachers And City Still 'Miles Apart' On Contract

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:23 am

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.
Scott Olson Getty Image

As a strike by Chicago's schoolteachers enters a third day, the president of their union says negotiators are still "miles apart" from an agreement to get 350,000 students back in the classroom, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The talks were set to resume Wednesday morning, but Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said there had been only "centimeters" of progress and that the union and city were still "kilometers apart."

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7:13am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan Factory Fires Kill More Than 300

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:13 am

A man tries to identify body of his relative at a mortuary following a huge fire at a garments factory in Karachi, Pakistan.
Rehan Khan EPA /Landov

The death toll from two factory fires in Pakistan has reached 314, most of them killed by suffocation when they were unable to escape the buildings, officials said Wednesday.

The fires in a shoe factory in Lahore and a garment factory in the southern port city of Karachi, broke out Tuesday night. The Karachi fire killed at least 289 people, while the other 25 deaths were reported at the Lahore factory.

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5:45am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:13 pm

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was in flames during a protest by an armed group angry over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Update at 7:02 p.m. ET. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other staff members were killed in an attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, last night. The attack happened over an American-produced film that criticized the prophet Muhammad.

Here's the latest on the story:

-- Quoting U.S. officials, the AP reports that the Pentagon is moving two warships toward the Libyan coast. CNN is also reporting the move.

-- The remains of all four Americans killed in Libya have been recovered.

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5:11am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Diplomatic Worker Killed; Chicago Teachers' Strike Enters Third Day

Good morning - here are some of our early headlines:

Protesters Attack U.S. Diplomatic Buildings in Egypt, Libya; One American Worker Killed. (CNN)

Chicago Teachers' Strike Starts Third Day, No Breakthrough Seen. (Chicago Tribune)

German Court Backs European Bailout Plan. (Wall Street Journal)

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