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Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Is Convicted On Obstruction Charges

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

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Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.

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GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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Can The Egyptian Regime Still Play Peace Broker In Gaza Strife?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

Violence continues to escalate in the Gaza Strip. According to many foreign observers, Egypt must play a key role in any peace agreement between Israel and Hamas. To find out why, Robert Siegel speaks with Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Tributes to A470 crash death victim

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:58
Family of 36-year-old Joanne Smart from Cardiff say they are devastated following her death after a crash on the A470 on Sunday.

Boko Haram 'controls' Nigeria town

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:31
Nigeria's militant Islamists raise their black flag in the town of Damboa after capturing it, a local vigilante leader tells the BBC.

No alternative to 'steely' Cook - Agnew

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:26
Defeat by India increases the pressure on England captain Alastair Cook, but he remains the only man for the job, says Jonathan Agnew.

Same-day delivery gains traction

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:23

Online shopping's convenience can be tripped up by long shipping times, keeping retailers like Amazon from being the go-to place to pick up ice cream or deodorant.

That's why the online retail giant is experimenting with same-day delivery in a few cities, says Marcus Wohlsen, senior staff writer at Wired. These new trucks would come pre-loaded with items just waiting to be ordered.

"You've got this fleet of trucks that's constantly combing through city neighbords," Wohlsen says. "Lo and behold, somebody orders something that Amazon predicted they or someone in that general vicinity would order and it's already on that truck ready to bring to that person's door."

Amazon's recent interest in drone delivery has also attracted attention recently. Though those trucks "aren't nearly as sexy as a drone," Wohlsen says, they're much more efficent, and give Amazon control over more of the buying process. But filling those trucks and sending them out presents a big logistical problem.

"You can't virtualize that tube of toothpaste; you still have to figure out how to get it there," Wohlsen says. "That said, I think that companies like Amazon and Google are in the best position to make advances in the field of logistics because logistics is a very, very complicated math problem. That's what these companies prioritize. It's how they make money."

For Amazon, Wohlsen says, the move is all about trying to "overtake brick and mortar stores as the main way people buy things. Online retail is still a very small portion of commerce in the U.S. It's something like 6 percent of retail purchases. There's a lot of runway left for Amazon."

Manhunt continues after hotel murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:17
Police appeal to a man wanted in connection with the murder of a guest house landlady in Bridlington to "hand himself in".

Train with MH17 bodies leaves area

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:15
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine allow bodies from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash to be taken to the city of Kharkiv, amid worsening fighting.

Beef's greater environment burden

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:08
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Historical child abuse support call

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:04
A Labour MP says it is important police have enough resources to investigate all claims of historical child abuse.

VIDEO: Tulisa's drugs trial collapses

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:57
Singer and TV star Tulisa Contostavlos's trial over drugs allegations collapses as the judge accuses a prosecution witness of perjury.

Independent help for new pensioners

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:57
Savers will receive free independent guidance as part of a move to give unfettered access to their pension funds from next year, the government says.

Injured Chisora out of Fury fight

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:52
Dereck Chisora withdraws from Saturday's title fight against Tyson Fury after fracturing his hand in training.

Summer fun for future Fed chiefs? Maybe.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:52

If sprinklers, Slip'N Slides and the other joys of summer aren’t wonky enough for your kids, there’s always Fed camp. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond runs a summer program for kids in grades K-8. It’s a field-trip destination, with half-day workshops meant to boost children’s basic financial literacy.

Outreach specialist Angela Collier gathers a group of rising kindergarteners around her at the Richmond Fed. They’re four- and five-year-olds in bright orange T-shirts, visiting from Camp Primrose.

In her best ‘this-is-awesome’ voice she tells them, “We’re gonna be talking about goods. And services. And consumers and producers and spending and saving.”

Oh yeah, it’s Fed boot camp.

“Uh, I wouldn’t call it Fed boot camp,” Melanie Rose quickly corrects. She oversees the Richmond Fed’s economic education programs, including its Summer Camp Challenge.

Is she at least scouting for the next Janet Yellen? Or Ben Bernanke?

Well, if we happen to find one I’m sure we would take him,” she says. “But no.”

Really, this is more like Fed-lite. It’s a chance for almost a thousand kids to stop by, play games about personal finance, and build their economic knowledge. But let’s just say you were secretly grooming future Fed chairs. You’d start young, right?

Step One: Establish everyone’s weight in gold.

“Probably all of you weigh about … one and a half, maybe two gold bars,” Collier tells the 40-pound kindergarteners. They’re standing in front of a gold brick that weighs 401.75 troy ounces.

Now that they’ve got the gold standard down, it’s time for Step Two: Master the difference between a good and a service.

A good, Collier says, is “something you can touch and feel and take home. Can you think of anything that would be an example of a good?” she asks.

“Play dough?” suggests camper A.J. Salvatto.

“Play dough is a great example of a good!” Collier cries.

Well done, A.J. Save that kid a space on the Federal Open Market Committee.

Step Three: Practice. The kids turn over cards, with pictures of cars and clocks and waiters. They try to identify goods and services. There are a lot of question marks in their little voices.

“Uh, a service?” asks one.

“A good?” asks a bunch of them.

Camper Tony Cavero nails it. He holds up pictures of firefighters.

“Are they providing a good or a service?” Angela Callier asks.

“A service,” he replies.

Tony Cavero: destined for the Board of Governors.

Now, older kids come through the Fed summer camp challenge too. But these little guys showed so much promise, we asked them about the biggest lesson learned from their day at the Richmond Fed.

Like Skanda Athreya, whose dad is an economist there, they all mention the same thing: the bus ride.

“I learned on the bus, when the driver’s driving, don’t distract your driver, ‘cause it can make him get in a car crash,” Skanda says.

Which in the coded language of Fed-speak says a whole lot about how to manage the economy.

Police arrest death still unexplained

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:47
Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death for Eric Garner after he succumbed during an arrest in New York City.

Skull fracture in 'targeted attack'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:24
A 16-year-old boy suffers a fractured skull in what police think was a targeted home attack.

US hospital in $190m 'abuse' payout

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:23
Johns Hopkins Hospital agrees to pay $190m to thousands of women who joined a legal case claiming a gynaecologist secretly recorded them.

'Broken' Gerrard's painful England exit

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:17
Steven Gerrard's England story was without a happy ending
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