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7:03am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Rosie O'Donnell Had Heart Attack, Uses Verse To Spread News And Message

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:15 am

Rosie O'Donnell in July 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Rosie O'Donnell has chosen an unusual way to tell her fans that she suffered a heart attack last week:

In verse.

On her blog.

And she's using the experience to urge other women to "listen to the voice inside" and call 911 if they suffer the symptoms she did — which she tried to ignore for a day.

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Tue August 21, 2012

6:24am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan: General's Plane Damaged; Afghans Start Spying On Own Troops

An aircraft that had been set to fly Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey out of Afghanistan today was damaged by shrapnel from rockets fired at the Bagram air field north of Kabul from outside its fences.

Two maintenance workers on the ground were slightly wounded, NPR's Tom Bowman reports. Dempsey was not near the aircraft at the time. He later left Afghanistan on another plane.

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6:09am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Diana Nyad Ends Latest Bid To Swim From Cuba To Key West

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:21 am

Diana Nyad in the Florida Straits on Monday.
Christi Barli AFP/Getty Images

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has ended her third recent attempt to swim the 100 miles or so from Cuba to Key West, Florida, her official Twitter page says.

That word followed reports from ABC News' Good Morning America and CNN.

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5:23am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 4:47 am

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP
  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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