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EPA Gets A Win From Supreme Court On Global Warming Emissions — Mostly

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

The court's 7-2 decision gave the EPA the right to regulate greenhouse gases. But in a separate 5-4 vote, the justices curbed the agency's attempt to rework one section of the Clean Air Act.

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In 'Drone Memo,' A Step Toward Transparency On Targeting Americans

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

On Monday, a federal court made public a long-secret memo that lays out the Obama administration's legal justification for killing an American citizen in a drone strike. The memo, which concerns the 2011 killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the man presented an imminent threat to the United States.

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Along Iraq-Syria Border, Two Key Crossings Fall To Insurgents

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

Ned Parker, the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters, speaks with Melissa Block about the ways in which the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has moved to take control of the border between the two countries.

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After The Fall, A Young Man Chronicles His Life With Multiple Sclerosis

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:04

Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has applied his skills as a documentary filmmaker to show what it's like to quickly lose the ability to walk.

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VIDEO: Streamed songs included in charts

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:01
Songs streamed online will be included in the official chart countdown from 6 July.

Queen meets Northern Ireland leaders

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:58
The Queen meets first and deputy first ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at the start of her three-day visit with the Duke of Edinburgh to Northern Ireland.

Third video jihadist from Aberdeen

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:47
A third British man in a recruitment video for the Islamic militant group Isis is from Aberdeen, the BBC learns.

Cook form a 'recipe for resignation'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:44
England captain Alastair Cook's form is a "recipe for resignation", according to former batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

Sandwich Monday: Burger King's Extra Long Cheeseburger

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:35

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Burger King Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger. It's like a regular BBQ Cheeseburger, but longer.

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Badger advice 'wilfully' ignored

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:34
A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as "an abuse" of the scientific method.

US vows 'intense' support for Iraq

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:34
Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry vows "intense and sustained" support for Iraq, as Sunni rebels increase gains in the north and west.

Bad transactions can lead to losing your bank account

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:33

Zikomo Fields carries around a prepaid debit card with around $23,000 on it. This is the only way he can control his money because he doesn’t have a bank account -- and this isn’t by choice. He makes more than $100,000 a year and has a steady job as a software engineer. But when he applies to a bank, his name appears in a consumer credit reporting database called, ChexSystem.

Danielle Douglas, a Financial reporter for The Washington Post, wrote a story on Fields and how many people are shut out of the banking system because of a past history of bad money transactions. Whether it’s repeated overdrafts or bounced checks, ChexSystem has it on file. And these transactions don’t just disappear from your record overnight:

“Most of these accounts will have some kind of bad mark in your file for up to seven years, which is a problem. If you’re trying to get back in the traditional banking system, then it’s gonna be difficult to get a checking or savings account” says Douglas.

While there are other options to store your money -- like the prepaid debit card Fields owns -- it still prevents one from taking out loans or mortages, even if you could now afford it. 

VIDEO: Pancake man 'looks like Chinese leader'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:31
A pancake seller in central China is fast becoming a tourist attraction, as he bears an uncanny resemblance to China's current president, Xi Jinping.

VIDEO: Wimbledon: Shot of day one

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:31
Watch the best shot of day one from Wimbledon as Belgian David Goffin hits a fantastic backhand winner in his match against Andy Murray on Centre Court.

Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:31

Back in 2011, Iraq refused to grant American troops immunity, so the U.S. pulled out leaving no residual forces.

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'Radicalisation problem in Cardiff'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:24
Cardiff has an ongoing problem with the radicalisation of young Muslims after two men from the city are identified taking part in what appears to be a Jihadist recruiting video, it is claimed.

'Schumacher files offered for sale'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:21
Medical files purporting to relate to F1 legend Michael Schumacher, recovering from a ski injury, are being offered for sale, his managers warn.

VIDEO: Meet Brazil's keepy-uppy champion

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:16
BBC News meets the Brazilian man who entered the record books for taking off the most T-shirts while heading a football.

Beijing: Hong Kong Democracy Referendum 'An Illegal Farce'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:11

State-run media have denounced the unofficial vote organized by pro-democracy activists. So far, more than 700,000 people have cast ballots.

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Ukraine separatists 'to join truce'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 10:53
A pro-Russia separatist leader in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Borodai, says his forces will join a government ceasefire until 27 June.
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