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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:42
Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:27

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

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Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:17

The U.N. reports that hundreds of civilians were hunted down and killed. NPR's Gregory Warner explains the roots of the conflict in a nation that's not yet 3 years old.

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2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:04

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up, and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.

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Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:59
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Tasered for throwing pants at police

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:59
A naked man who threw his boxer shorts at a police officer during a strip search was unlawfully Tasered, a court hears.

Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:50

The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "Guns Everywhere Bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.

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Milwaukee locals want to bring Pabst back

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:43

Back in the day, Milwaukee was known as the Beer Capital of the World. But if there were ever a beer that truly represents the city, local Susie Seidelman says Pabst Blue Ribbon is it.

"Pabst is from Milwaukee, and so much of the brands authenticity, its draw, its appeal, its marketing has to do with Milwaukee," she says. "It’s right on the can, it’s all over the website, all over the promotional material. We really made this beer what it is."

Seidelman is part of a Facebook group called “Milwaukee Should Own Pabst Blue Ribbon”. It has more than 4,000 members.

Pabst might have been born in Milwaukee, but for the last four years it’s been headquartered in Los Angeles. It’s owned by investor C. Dean Metropolis. He’s the guy responsible for bringing Twinkies back.

The Pabst brand is worth a lot of money—anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion. Seidelman says coming up with that kind of cash would take a lot of people willing to part with their money.

“We would have the brewery be community owned by the city of Milwaukee, we would put the call out to hundreds of thousands if not millions of investors asking for small support in the form of purchased share.”

Local business owners like Jim Haertel are rallying around the movement. He has a special interest in Pabst.

“We have their former corporate offices. We have Captain Pabst’s old office, even his roll top desk, which we would gladly save for the president.”

Haertel says he had to fight to save many of the old industrial brick buildings at Pabst headquarters. He even opened a bar in one. He says he has space to accommodate the new Pabst if it comes back to Milwaukee.

“Pabst is certainly the first of the great Milwaukee brewers, Schlitz would share some of that fame. The two of them really duked it out over the years,” Haertel says.

But now Pabst owns Schlitzand Blatz and brands like Colt 45. And the company does all this without even brewing its own beer; it pays MillerCoors to do that. But Pabst does have one thing going for it.

“Pabst is still the largest American owned brewery," says Jim Kupferschmidt, who owns the Milwaukee Beer Museum.

He says that’s because MillerCoors and Anheuser Busch are both now owned by foreign beer makers. He says there’s a good reason beer companies are buying out competitors: “You want as much shelf space on the liquor store and in the tavern as you can possibly get.”

As for Milwaukee’s push to bring Pabst back, Susie Seidelman says she knows it’s a bit of a pipedream. But she says it’s not about the beer. In fact, she doesn’t even drink Pabst: “I’m more of a Miller High Life person myself.”

Seidelman says Pabst never should have left. She says this is about righting a wrong.

Farbrace named as England assistant

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:36
Paul Farbrace is confirmed as England's new assistant coach to Peter Moores after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach.

VIDEO: Horror of S Sudan massacre filmed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:35
The White House has strongly condemned the massacre of civilians in South Sudan calling it a betrayal of the people by their leaders.

In Lawsuit, American Muslims Claim FBI Used No-Fly List To Bully Them

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:33

The four men claim they were approached by FBI agents to become informants. When they declined, they say they were put on the no-fly list.

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Men win sex discrimination pay case

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:16
Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues win an equal pay claim against a university.

This is an office, not a jungle gym!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:15

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up April 24:

Did you buy a dishwasher in March? The Commerce Department reports on orders for appliances and other durable goods.

It's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Not a parent? Maybe it's Get Away From Your Coworkers' Kids and Take a Really Long Lunch Day.

If you're in Iceland you probably have time off to celebrate the first day of summer on Thursday. It's a public holiday.

Actress Shirley MacLaine turns 80.

And the focus is on traveling far. Really far. A three-day Humans to Mars Summit wraps at George Washington University.

Januzaj elects to play for Belgium

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13
Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj commits his international future to the Belgium national side.

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13

The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

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Rhys Jones withdraws from uni role

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:11
Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from becoming Cardiff University's chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle in which his appointment was delayed at the last minute.

VIDEO: One man's bid to make kindness cool

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:01
BBC News hears from a man carrying out a daily random act of kindness or 'RAK Nomination'.

Is London safe?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:56
Hashtag undermines city's reputation

VIDEO: More complaints over Jamaica Inn

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:50
More than 700 people have now complained about struggling to understand dialogue in the BBC's adaptation of Jamaica Inn

VIDEO: Service honours ferry victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:46
An emotional memorial service has taken place to remember the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster.

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