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Breaking Down The Home-Rule Charter

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:13

[2014-04-29 12:00:00] The conversation surrounding the Dallas Independent School District is whether or not it should become a home-rule district. We’ll talk this hour about the pros and cons of re-imagining DISD with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and school board member Bernadette Nutall.

Poll: Young Voters Uninterested In November 2014 Elections

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:13

A new survey reports voting interest among 18- to 29-year-olds has declined in recent months. Only a quarter say they'll definitely vote in the midterm elections.

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How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:08

The contrast between the racial makeup of the league's ownership class and its players usually goes unmentioned. But the Donald Sterling fracas has pushed that not-quite-subtext to the fore.

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Why the EU and the U.S. target different individuals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:04

The European Union today slapped sanctions on 15 more people it accuses of aggravating the crisis in Ukraine. This follows yesterday’s move by the U.S. targeting another seven individuals and 17 companies. This may suggest a degree of coordination between the U.S. and Europe -- a kind of one-two punch. But look a little closer, and you'll see a big difference between the American and the European measures.

The EU has now imposed travel bans and asset freezes on a total of 48 people, and all of them have one thing in common: They’re all directly implicated in the Ukrainian crisis. That’s not the case with the U.S. sanctions.

“The American approach has been much more targeted on Mr. Putin’s inner circle, and on businesses that are believed to be controlled by those individuals,” says John Lough, Associate Fellow at the Chatham House think tank in London. 

Take one of the principal victims of the American asset freeze announced on Monday: Igor Sechin, head of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. He is not believed to have been involved in the alleged attempt to destabilize Ukraine. But he is a very close ally of President Putin . 

Meanwhile the Europeans today penalized – among others – several Ukrainian separatists and the head of Russian military intelligence.

“You could say the Europeans are pussy-footing around in the sense that they are being more legalistic. They are going after the instruments of this policy rather than going for the most sensitive area of the Russian elite, the people on whom President Putin depends,” says Nick Redman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The softer European approach is not surprising. The EU does ten times as much trade with Russia as the US does. Europe also depends on Russia for 30 percent of its natural gas. Redman says don’t expect the Europeans to hit the Russians where it really hurts - say in the energy sector - for fear of Russian retaliation. 

“Obviously sanctions that would be more effective and would go further, would impose costs on the imposing nations," he says. 

Celebrity chef denies discrimination

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:04
Celebrity chef Stephen Terry denies allegations of sexual discrimination made against his restaurant by a young female chef.

Supreme Court Considers Where Line's Drawn In Cell Phone Searches

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case testing if police may search cell phones possessed by persons they arrest. It has broad implications for police work and protection of personal data.

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One Day From Elections, Baghdad Is Racked By Violence

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

In Baghdad, at least 17 people are dead and dozens wounded after a pair of bombs struck an outdoor market. It's just the latest deadly attack on the eve of Iraq's national parliamentary elections.

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Dozens Dead And Communities Reeling As Storms Roil Deep South

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

Severe storms have hit Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, killing more than 30 people and leveling buildings throughout the South.

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White House Report Lays Out Plans For Combating Campus Sexual Assault

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

A White House task force issued a report Tuesday aimed at dealing with sexual assault cases at colleges. The report offers basic guidelines for schools and sets up a national reporting system.

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High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.

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Heated Words, And Mild Relief, In Russia's Response To New Sanctions

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response.

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In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For The Fences

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

As President Obama returns from his trip to Asia, he is defending the trip's modest diplomatic accomplishments. He says that, while such efforts may not be sexy, they're better than unforced errors.

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Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA, Fined $2.5 Million

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 12:03

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks.

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A Brief Tour Of The Alimentary Canal, From Spit To You Know What

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:56

If you didn't know that spit makes a great spot remover or where prison inmates smuggle cellphones, author Mary Roach can fill you in. There's more than digestion going on down there.

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Sex abuser 'could have been stopped'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:51
A teenager jailed for 49 sexual offences against 13 boys could have been prosecuted earlier, a report by West Sussex County Council says.

Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:43

Back in 2007, equity firms took Energy Future Holdings private in a huge $45 billion deal. The natural gas boom, however, drove the price of electricity down, leading to huge losses for the company.

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VIDEO: Parents welcome acne drug review

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:39
A father campaigning for a ban on an acne drug taken by his son who later committed suicide, welcomes a government decision to review its use.

Adam Silver, NBA will try to force Clippers' sale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:33

To billionaire Donald Sterling -- the owner of Los Angeles Clippers who was banned, chastised and fined today for racist comments -- a $2.5 million penalty may seem like chump change.

And if NBA Commissioner Adam Silver succeeds in forcing him to sell the Clippers, Sterling could way away with quite a bit more cash in his pocket.

"The Clippers could sell -- the numbers you’re hearing bounced around are $1 billion to $1.5 billion," says ESPN.com NBA editor Kevin Arnovitz. "If you're looking for a glass half-empty here, he bought the team for $12 million. He's looking at a payday here of maybe $1 billion."

Weaker teams in smaller markets have sold for $500 million, Arnovitz says, and he thinks the results of this controversy will only strengthen the Clippers' brand – they're in the play-offs, playing action-packed games and and they've got star players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Sterling will only have to sell the team if a majority of owners agree to force an ouster -- but, in the meantime, the NBA has effectively cut Sterling out of the team's day-to-day operations. He can't attend games or talk to sponsors (many of whom have already made it clear that they don't want to talk to him, either). 

In sum, Arnovitz says: "Sterling has to disappear... The product has never been better.This was a cloud and now it seems lifted."  

VIDEO: 'Four horse race' for European Elections

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:26
Political editor Nick Robinson has been touring the UK to test the mood ahead of the European Elections.

A Cookbook Map Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:19

Amazon Books has curated an interactive map that shows who's invigorating regional cooking. And there are some surprises: Texas is moving beyond barbecue, while charcuterie is cool in California.

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