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Tour owner could quit UCI calendar

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:23
Tour organiser Amaury Sport Organisation may pull its races from the 2016 UCI international calendar, it has been claimed.

#NPRreads: Wealthier Grays And The Intersection Of Race And Guns

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:21

This week's selection of articles and essays covers a surprising economic fact about seniors, the psychological damage done to juveniles in solitary and a look at the South Carolina church shooting.

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$1 Million Bond For Church Shooting Suspect

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:10

Dylann Roof appeared via videolink for a court hearing today, where he stood expressionless as victims' family members poured out their emotions.

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Karlovic breaks ATP aces record

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:02
Croatia's Ivo Karlovic sets a new record for aces in a three-set match, firing 45 to beat Tomas Berdych in Halle.

Iran bars women from volleyball tie

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:00
Activists express anger as Iran bars women from a volleyball match against the US despite an earlier promise they would be allowed to attend.

Charleston relatives 'forgive gunman'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:47
Relatives of some of the churchgoers shot dead in South Carolina address the suspected gunman in court and say they forgive him.

Man dies after two-vehicle crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:42
A man in his 20s has died following a two vehicle crash near Crumlin, County Antrim.

Why Ebola Won't Go Away In West Africa

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:26

Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.

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Jon Stewart, Jamelle Bouie, And Others Weigh In On The Charleston Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:24

We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a historic black church.

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Jon Stewart, Jamelle Bouie, And Others Weigh In On The Charleston Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:24

We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a black church.

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Murray reaches last four at Queen's

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:16
Andy Murray overcomes a fine display by Gilles Muller to reach the semi-finals at Queen's Club with a three-set victory.

VIDEO: Margate's Dreamland opens to the public

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:58
A funfair that formed the centrepiece of seaside days out for generations of day-trippers has reopened after an £18m restoration.

In Bid To Reshape Violent Image, Juárez Dismantles 'No More Weapons' Sign

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:56

The sign was erected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón as a protest to the illegal trade of weapons with the U.S. In recent years, the drug violence in the city has receded.

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Brazil Arrests Heads Of 2 Construction Giants In Petrobras Probe

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:32

The two executives, at Odebrecht SA and Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in early morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.

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Manitoba apologises for adoptions

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:30
The Canadian province of Manitoba has apologised to indigenous families for decades of forced adoptions.

Terror suspect 'scared tag was bomb'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:17
An electronic tag must be removed from a terror suspect because he was scared it contained a bomb, the High Court rules.

The hidden costs of marriage

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:16

Couples hoping to walk down the aisle this summer may incur some hidden expenses. From tax penalties to prenups, navigating your new life can be a tough row to hoe. In many cases, getting married might not make financial sense.

CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger joins Lizzie O’Leary to talk about what you need to know.

Thomas stays second in Swiss Tour

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:13
Welshman Geraint Thomas remains in second place overall in the Tour of Switzerland with two stages remaining.

The big business of Indian weddings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:12

For Indian millennials living in the U.S., a wedding may be the biggest party of their lives. Combining ancient tradition and American extravagance, these events can last for weeks and run well over six figures. It’s a booming industry, and venues across the country are all vying for a piece of the action.

“When hotels hear ‘Indian weddings’ they think, ‘cha-ching!’ ” says Ani Sandhu, owner of Ace of Events in the District of Columbia. He’s one of the area’s most successful Indian wedding planners. In order to plan a successful Indian wedding, he says you must first understand the cultural significance of the event. “In the Indian community, there are two things on their mind: one is education and one is marriage,” Sandhu says. “It’s not just the bride and groom getting married, it’s two families coming together … it’s a party that lasts a very, very long time.” Understanding the context, however, is just the prerequisite. The real heavy lifting happens when bringing together hundreds and even thousands of different elements to make each wedding a unique experience for each couple.

As lavish South Asian weddings grow in popularity, more venues are rolling out the red carpet to the wealthy client base. “On an average … we’re usually over a quarter-million dollars when it’s all said and done,” Sandhu says. Three-hundred- to 400-person guest lists are just the start. “By the time you are flying back and forth from India, you have jewelry that’s coming in, then you have all these events that are happening, all these traditions that need to take place, the total value that clients are spending towards weddings adds up to be a quarter million, three-hundred thousand plus.” Many hotels have started training their staffs in Indian traditions and customs in an effort to make families feel more welcome.

Sandhu often gets some pretty out-of-the-box requests. One groom asked to arrive on the back of an elephant. Another asked to arrive in helicopter. But when a groom came to him two years ago asking to make his entrance on a jet ski in the Maryland harbor, Sandhu had to do some brainstorming. “And I’m like, 'How do you expect to get off a jet ski, take off your wet suit, and be in your traditional Indian gown and not need it to be ironed or anything?' ” He managed to talk the groom out this idea and found a compromise: “For that specific client then we rented a private yacht that could accommodate about 30 guests, and the groom and his groomsmen made their entrance on the yacht.”

The price of the American wedding

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:06

At the courthouse and beyond, the American wedding is more than just a legal act or even a big day— it's a massive business. The wedding industry brings in about $80 billion a year. 

Businesses across the country reap the benefits: venues and florists, caterers, tent rental companies, dressmakers — they're all making big money. 

David Wood, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants, spoke about the wedding industry and how to make the price of a wedding fit into a budget. 

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