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Abbas swears in unity government

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 13:06
A new Hamas-backed Palestinian unity government is sworn in, marking a key step to ending a major rift between factions in the West Bank and Gaza.

IPCC to investigate Lawrence police

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:55
Claims of "discreditable conduct" by Metropolitan Police officers after the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence are to be investigated by the police watchdog.

People not feeling recovery - Clarke

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:47
Cabinet minister Ken Clarke says the British people have "not yet felt any sense of recovery" in the economy.

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:33

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.

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Despite Expansion, Many Pre-K Programs Fail To Reach Immigrant Kids

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:28

Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children.

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Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies At 93

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

Prominent activist Yuri Kochiyama has died of natural causes at 93. The civil rights champion successfully fought for reparations to be paid to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II.

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Supreme Court: Case Involved Romantic Jealousy, Not Chemical Weapons

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

The justices ruled that federal authorities erred by invoking the chemical weapons treaty in prosecuting a woman who attacked a romantic rival with chemicals.

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As Bergdahl Returns Home, Accusations Of Desertion Surface

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl recently returned to the U.S., released from Taliban captivity in a deal that also released five Guantanamo Bay detainees. A member of Bergdahl's squad tells of a young soldier who turned sour on the Afghan mission and deserted. If true, the Army would have to consider the circumstances of his capture and whether it warrants charges.

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Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet for a unity government joining his Fatah party with Hamas. It resolves a 7-year-old split but also draws condemnation from Israeli leaders.

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As Spain's King Steps Down, Protesters Hope He's The Last One

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

The king of Spain says he is stepping down, ceding the throne to the crown prince. King Juan Carlos has been in ill health, and his popularity has dropped recently after a series of scandals.

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With New EPA Rules, McCarthy Sees Economic Upside In Health Savings

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.

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EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:22

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:17

Each year, 1 percent of children are abused or neglected, usually by their parents. By the time children turn 18, about 1 in 8 of them is likely to have been maltreated, an analysis finds.

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Harris daughter's 'shock at affair'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:12
Rolf Harris's daughter tells a court of her "utter shock" and suicidal feelings at being told the entertainer had an affair with her friend.

Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Will Plead Guilty To Fraud

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:06

Patrick Cannon is accused of having accepted $50,000 in bribes. He will plead guilty to fraud on Tuesday. Cannon stepped down as mayor in March, less than four months after he was sworn in.

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Lallana wants to leave Southampton

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:00
Southampton captain Adam Lallana tells the club he wants to leave when he returns from the World Cup in Brazil.

Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 11:56

The tech giant announced it's working on putting technical intelligence inside our homes, getting us closer to the fabled Jetsons house where all our appliances are automated.

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Gillian Flynn on the economics behind 'Gone Girl'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 11:55

Success in publishing is about a lot of things. Sales, of course. Staying power. And the business of words.We've asked some of our favorite contemporary authors to share the numbers they think about as they write -- how they infuse the economic world around them into storytelling.

Here's a number for you: 78.

That's how many weeks author Gillian Flynn's book, "Gone Girl", has been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Flynn started writing her smash-hit of a novel at the height of the Recession. She had just lost her job at a magazine, and she found herself intrigued by what it meant to lose a job. Her main characters -- Nick and Amy -- wrestle with the economy in the most personal of ways.

“I wanted to explore what it meant to lose a job, what that meant to people of our age, people in their late 30s," Flynn says. "I had Nick and Amy, two people who had always thought their jobs would be very safe. And then, to have that taken away from them...to be forced to reinvent themselves a little bit. What that meant to them, what that meant to their marriage.”

Listen to the full commentary in the audio player above.

Gillian Flynn on the economics behind 'Gone Girl'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 11:55

Success in publishing is about a lot of things. Sales, of course. Staying power. And the business of words.We've asked some of our favorite contemporary authors to share the numbers they think about as they write -- how they infuse the economic world around them into storytelling.

Here's a number for you: 78.

That's how many weeks author Gillian Flynn's book, "Gone Girl", has been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Flynn started writing her smash-hit of a novel at the height of the Recession. She had just lost her job at a magazine, and she found herself intrigued by what it meant to lose a job. Her main characters -- Nick and Amy -- wrestle with the economy in the most personal of ways.

“I wanted to explore what it meant to lose a job, what that meant to people of our age, people in their late 30s," Flynn says. "I had Nick and Amy, two people who had always thought their jobs would be very safe. And then, to have that taken away from them...to be forced to reinvent themselves a little bit. What that meant to them, what that meant to their marriage.”

Listen to the full commentary in the audio player above.

SDLP's Mallon becomes new lord mayor

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 11:45
The SDLP's Nichola Mallon becomes the new lord mayor of Belfast, succeeding Sinn Féin's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
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