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Outdoor fireplace explosion death

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:24
A north Wales teenager dies after an explosion involving a garden chimenea in Lancashire.

In War's Looming Shadow, Gazans Hope Peace Will Hold

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:21

For more on the Palestinian reaction to recent tensions with Israel, Robert Siegel speaks with Mkhaimer Abu Sada, a political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza City.

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Slenderman schoolgirl 'incompetent'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:20
One of two girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character is deemed incompetent by doctors.

Sarkozy: Case against me 'political'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:20
Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy says the French judiciary is "being used for political ends", as he is formally investigated for influence peddling.

Meet the other undocumented immigrants

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:10

It doesn’t get much attention, but 30 – 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. entered the country legally. Some come as tourists. Others arrive here with a student or work visa.

A man I’ll call "Will" came to Los Angeles from Canada.

The last time he crossed the border, Will told the U.S. official he was just coming to Seattle to shop for the weekend. “So I basically entered the country on a lie.”

He eventually applied for – and got – a visa to work legally for a music company in LA. Then, the music industry tanked. Will lost his job and his visa.

Now 50-years-old, Will has lived in LA for half of his life. Much of that time, he’s worked under the table.

“In conversation, I’ll kind of jokingly say, ‘Well, I’m an illegal alien,’” says Will. “And people are always shocked because I don’t look or sound like an illegal alien.”

He’s white, with a medium build and sandy-brown hair. And even though he may not look the part, he does represent so-called "illegal aliens."

At least a third of the 10 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. didn’t sneak across the border. Many of them flew here in an airplane with completely legitimate papers.

But it’s what happens next that concerns Republican Congressman Lou Barletta.

“They come on a visa. The visa expires and they simply don’t go home. They blend in to the interior of the country and we can’t find them,” says Barletta.

Those folks are known as ‘visa overstays.’

Will, the Canadian, is one of them. In the underground economy, he sometimes works alongside undocumented Latinos.

“As a handyman, I do work in houses that are under construction and I see how Mexicans are treated and how they’re paid. And I am not treated that way, even though I am just as undocumented as they are,” says Will.

Americans simply aren’t on the lookout for Canadians because they’re not seen as an economic threat.

Will says, “Canada has such a high standard of living. Much higher than it is in America. And most people in Canada have no desire to come here.”

But when Canadians do come here for work, Will says, they don’t necessarily have to start at the bottom. “I don’t see many Canadians who come here and work as busboys.”

Canadians are hardly alone. Educated professionals from around the world work in the U.S. without official authorization.

Congressman Barletta sees this flaw in the immigration system as a threat to national security - and job security.

“They may not be looking for an entry level job. They may be looking for much different jobs. And some of them even high tech jobs,” says Barletta.

Barletta has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to stay in the country after a visa expires.

In terms of any broader immigration reform, Congressman Barletta won’t support any legislation that doesn’t address visa overstays. He says, “It’s a non-starter for me.”

One solution involves the collection of biometric data from foreign visitors. At airports, we collect the biometric data on the way in. But not on the way out. That means there is no reliable calculation for the number of people who may have overstayed their visas.

“To do biometrics on departure would require implementation of some sort of infrastructure at all of our ports of entry – air, sea and land – that simply doesn’t exist yet,” says Theresa Cardinal Brown with the Bipartisan Policy Center, which recently studied the issue.

That new infrastructure would cost taxpayers north of $3 billion; money that hasn’t been allocated. So the U.S. is still a long way from being able to identify and track down visa overstays.

And that’s lucky for Will, the Canadian, living in LA. At home, Will plays the piano for an audience of one – his dog. It seems like a carefree existence.

But it could all be taken away. And after 25 years here, LA is the only home Will knows.

“I have nothing in Canada. I have no place to go,” says Will. “It would be just like going to another country and starting over. I have nightmares about it.”

Will is trapped in immigration limbo. If he ever returned to Canada, he would not be allowed back into the U.S. He’s already told his mother that he can’t return, even if she gets sick.

“I said, ‘You know, if something happens, I can’t go. If you have a heart-attack in Canada, I can’t go there.’ And she’s like, ‘I know. And I understand. And it’s okay,’” says Will.

That’s just one of the compromises necessary for people like Will who continue to work in this country after their visa has long since expired.

Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.

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Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has offered recommendations on how to reform one of the surveillance programs deployed by the National Security Agency. The privacy board found that the program, which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is constitutional and free of abuse, but it's still proposing reforms.

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Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Files detailing Nebraska's homesteading history have been digitized and are now available to the public. The milestone's part of a larger effort by the Homestead Digitization Project to put all homesteading documents from around the U.S. online. For more on the subject, Robert Siegel speaks with historian Blake Bell from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.

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Palestinian Teen's Death Dredges Fears Of Reciprocal Violence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are as high as they have been in years, following the killings of three Israeli teens and the death of a young Palestinian.

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For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.

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Tensions Eddy In Murrieta After Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Migrants

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

The California city of Murrietta is embroiled in unrest, as anti-illegal immigration protesters have successfully blocked three buses transferring migrants from Texas to a local Border Patrol screening facility.

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Apps That Share, Or Scalp, Public Parking Spots

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

A new breed of tech company is offering mobile apps to help drivers using public, metered parking spots sell them to the highest bidder. But in San Francisco, city officials want to put a stop to it.

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Target to customers: No guns please

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:04
US retail giant Target asks customers not to bring guns into its stores, after gun rights activists demonstrated with rifles in one in Texas.

Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:04

Facebook scientists were criticized for a study that manipulated what some Facebook users saw on their feeds. COO Sheryl Sandberg said they didn't mean to upset users.

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VIDEO: How does crowdfunding work?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:55
Emma Simpson takes a closer look at crowdfunding and how it is helping many businesses and projects to find much needed investment.

Anger over missing sex abuse file

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:50
The Home Office is facing calls to explain why a dossier about alleged paedophiles handed to home secretary Leon Brittan in the 1980s was not kept.

TSA To Step Up Security Measures At Some Airports Overseas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:46

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson did not provide specifics for the new measures, but he said the agency is hoping to cause "as few disruptions to travelers as possible."

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Ask Me Anything: Emily Harris On Everything Mideast

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:35

Just over a year ago, NPR's Emily Harris packed up and moved to Jerusalem. She covers Israel and the Palestinian territories, which means plenty of politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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VIDEO: 'I tried to make people angry'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:20
Scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern tackles the controversial law of joint enterprise in his latest drama, Common.

Civilians killed in Ukraine attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:17
Rebels and Ukrainian forces blame each other for at least nine civilian deaths in a village, as diplomats meet in Berlin.
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