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In Hostage Negotiation, Qatar Plays Middleman To Prove Its Worth

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:00

The small, gas-rich Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar played a key role in freeing U.S. hostage Peter Theo Curtis after nearly two years in Syria.

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Button calls for 'cleaner fight'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:58
Jenson Button sympathises with Lewis Hamilton after his Belgian GP Prix was ended by a collision with Nico Rosberg.

Amazon buys game site Twitch

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:57
Amazon buys video-game streaming service Twitch for $970m (£585m), surprising many after rumours emerged earlier this year that Google's YouTube was in final stages to purchase the firm.

James Foley's letter home published

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:52
The family of the US journalist killed by Islamic State militants last week make public a letter they say he sent while in captivity, via a fellow hostage.

Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:42

A researcher says startups Uber and Lyft aren't really ridesharing services. An emerging set of services being tested promises to be more about sharing and less about being like taxis.

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Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:34

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to the poor neighborhood of West Point today. She talked with residents, handed out cash and apologized to the mother of a 15-year-old killed during last week's protests.

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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

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More Than 2,000 Mourners Gather To Lay Michael Brown To Rest

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Funeral services were held Monday for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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A New Strain Of Ebola Emerges In Democratic Republic Of Congo

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

A new outbreak of Ebola is being reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But scientists say it's not related to the Ebola epidemic going on in West Africa.

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In Michael Brown's Memory, Pleas For Justice And Calm

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

More than 2,000 attended the funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Both family and clergy referred to Brown's death as a sacrifice for the greater good.

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Attenborough engaged audiences in the struggle for apartheid in Cry Freedom, and spent 20 years and his own fortune to bring Gandhi's story to the screen. NPR's Bob Mondello has this remembrance.

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Mexico Swears In A New Police Force, But Many Aren't Impressed

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Mexico is inaugurating a new elite police force, a gendarmerie of 5,000 highly trained officers. The force was a campaign pledge by President Enrique Pena Nieto. His administration has touted a decrease in violent crimes, but despite the dip, the rate of kidnappings is up in many of the country's states.

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Wine Country Quake Leaves Behind Bottles In Shards

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

The wine industry in California's Napa Valley is taking stock of the damage from this weekend's magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

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To Make A Move North, Burger King Eyes Buying A Canadian Icon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

The fast-food restaurant operator Burger King has announced that it's in talks to buy Tim Horton's, a Canadian chain of restaurants. The acquisition would likely herald the move of Burger King's headquarters to Canada, in an attempted tax inversion.

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Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:55

Petro Poroshenko said fresh elections would be held Oct. 26. The move comes as his country continues to accuse Russia of backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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Murray defies cramp to beat Haase

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:45
Andy Murray overcomes cramp to beat Robin Haase 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 in the first round of the US Open.

Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:43

Days after Islamist militias captured Tripoli's airport, the outgoing Parliament picked a new Islamist-backed government. Neighboring Egypt says the development threatens the entire region.

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What it's like to Doodle for Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:35

When Google's co-founders went to the Burning Man music festival back in August of 1998, they changed the Google logo on their homepage while they were gone.

They put a little Burning Man stick figure behind one of the "o"s in Google. It was the first Google Doodle.

Today, Google has a whole team of employees who design Doodles commemorating birthdays, big events, anniversaries, and more.

Sophia Foster-Dimino, an illustrator and Google Doodler based in San Francisco, told host David Gura about the process.

"For the first several years that doodles were sort of an operation, we did doodles that were more freebies, like Leonardo DaVinci or Einstein, people that everyone has heard of," says Foster-Dimino. "As time has gone on, we have sort of wanted to broaden our reach. We know that in the course of history, certain people aren’t as well remembered as they should be. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to dig a little deeper, try and find people that have maybe fallen out of the spotlight and let them share the stage with these other famous individuals that we celebrate."

Sophia Foster-Dimino

Sophia Foster-Dimino

Sophia Foster-Dimino

Her latest doodle commemorates Althea Gibson’s 87th birthday. Gibson was the first African-American athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis. Foster-Dimino says she didn’t know who Gibson was when she was assigned to create the doodle. So, she researched by reading Gibson’s autobiography and watching videos of her playing tennis at Wimbledon and at the U.S Nationals.

A Doodle in its early concept stages.

"It’s really a good idea to immerse yourself in the source material and try to pick out the things that will be recognizable to those who are already fans to the person and intriguing to those who are not familiar with them," says Foster-Dimino.

Foster-Dimino says she wanted to illustrate Gibson’s talent and strengths on the field.

A rejected Doodle idea.

"Although the option was on the table, to just do a simple portrait, we really wanted to show her grace and elegance on the field, which captivate anyone watching her play, which was why I pitched my boss to do an animation," says Foster-Dimino.

On @Marketplace tonight, I'll talk to @hellophia about @GoogleDoodles. (She drew today's #AltheaGibson Doodle.) http://t.co/lq3Dcdi6NR

— David Gura (@davidgura) August 25, 2014

Despite Crackdowns, China's President Rides A Wave Of Popularity

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:14

President Xi Jinping has suppressed Internet speech, imposed greater censorship and jailed critics. But his battle against corruption has made him broadly popular among ordinary Chinese.

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California begins quake clear-up

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:13
Workers assess damage and begin to clear up after a 6.0 magnitude quake hits California's San Francisco Bay area, the strongest there in 25 years.
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