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Administration Defends Bowe Bergdahl's Release Amid Criticism

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 05:05

President Obama said that regardless of the circumstances of the Army sergeant's capture by the Afghan Taliban, "we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity."

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Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 05:02

Federal law seeks to keep sexual assault victims from paying for forensic exams, but in some states they may have to cover tests and treatment for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

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'Godfather of ecstasy' dies aged 88

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:51
The chemist who reinvented ecstasy as a party drug has died at the age of 88 from liver cancer.

VIDEO: Universities 'need to raise their game'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:45
David Willetts says universities "need to raise their game and improve the quality of the teaching experience".

President Obama to increase military presence in Europe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:42

President Obama asked Congress today to approve up to $1 billion to boost the U.S. military presence in Europe, where unease over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has altered the security dynamic.

The president announced the effort after meeting with the Polish president at the start of a European tour, which should include Obama’s first bilateral meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine.

President Obama says he wants to preposition more equipment in Europe, expand training exercises with allies, and increase the number of U.S. military personnel rotating through Europe. He also wants to “step up” partnerships with non-NATO countries like Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

All this comes amidst Russia and Ukraine trying to find a way to settle Kiev’s multi-billion dollar gas bill.

President Obama looks to increase presence in Europe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:42

President Obama asked Congress today to approve up to $1 billion to boost the U.S. military presence in Europe, where unease over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has altered the security dynamic.

The president announced the effort after meeting with the Polish president at the start of a European tour, which should include Obama’s first bilateral meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine.

President Obama says he wants to preposition more equipment in Europe, expand training exercises with allies, and increase the number of U.S. military personnel rotating through Europe. He also wants to “step up” partnerships with non-NATO countries like Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

All this comes amidst Russia and Ukraine trying to find a way to settle Kiev’s multi-billion dollar gas bill.

Australia deny World Cup wrongdoing

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:42
Australia's unsuccessful bid team dismiss allegations their pursuit of the 2022 World Cup involved illegal payments.

VIDEO: The man who says he can 'destroy' evolution

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:34
The man who says he can destroy the case for evolution

I vow...to hide my assets in Bitcoin

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:33

Here at Marketplace, we've talked a lot about the various uses of bitcoin. From buying beef jerky in bulk online, to getting a check up at the doctor's, the cryptocurrency is getting closer and closer to becoming part of every day life. Certainly, though, it has seen its share of controversy, and the fact that it has largely been used for the sale of illicit material via online black markets is a blight on its reputation. But now there's an entirely new possibility for bitcoin users who want to use the digital currency for evil: hiding assets from a spouse.

A recent report looks at the possibility that the unique qualities of bitcoin might allow, in this case, a husband to hide finances while dividing assets in divorce proceedings. It could be especially problematic in the UK, where judges tend to recognize spouses as being more equal, while making less of a distinction between the merits of who is the breadwinner versus who is the homemaker. Considering the fact that bitcoin is hard to associate with a distinct owner, and that a spouse could discreetly and quickly move their currency into a friend's digital wallet, divorce proceedings could be made entirely more difficult to get right. 

So before walking down the aisle, maybe think about a bitcoin addendum to your prenup. 

How to stop the 'two-week' attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:24
How to guard against the latest computer security threat

VIDEO: Children hurt as school buses collide

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:17
Twenty children have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, after two school buses collided in County Durham.

Three-person babies 'in two years'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:11
Scientists will be ready to create babies from three people in around two years, if it is made legal, a review says.

Twelvetrees set to miss first NZ Test

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:11
England inside centre Billy Twelvetrees is expected to miss Saturday's first Test against New Zealand with an ankle injury.

Syrians Head To Polls In An Election Expected To Go To Assad

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:11

Only residents in areas controlled by President Bashar Assad's regime are allowed to vote.

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Obama Seeks $1 Billion To Boost U.S. Military Presence In Europe

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:10

His comments in Europe come amid simmering tensions with Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

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Local Views Of New Orleans' Changing School Landscape

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:03

Measurable gains, yet a sense of loss.

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Day in pictures: 3 June 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:02
News photos from past 24 hours: 3 June

VIDEO: Obama in $1bn Europe security pledge

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:55
Speaking on a visit to Poland, US President Barack Obama has said he will ask the US Congress to back a $1bn plan to strengthen the US military presence in eastern Europe.

Ulster's Ferris announces retirement

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:53
Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris retires from the game at the age of 28 because of an ankle injury.

Apple warms to virtual currencies

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:49
Apps that accept payments made with virtual currencies could soon be available in Apple's online store.
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