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Joep Lange, Who Died On Flight MH17, Changed The Way We Fight AIDS

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:02

He was a passenger on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight. Those who knew researcher and activist Joep Lange say he was a giant in the battle against AIDS — and truly "a scientist with a heart."

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State of mind key at Open - McIlroy

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:59
Rory McIlroy says he will be able to think clearly as he takes a four-shot lead into the third round of the Open.

Airliner hit from rebel area - Obama

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:55
US President Barack Obama says a surface-to-air missile fired from a rebel-held area of Ukraine brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:52

Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen, was born in New York City. His father reportedly lives in the San Francisco area.

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Teenager stabbed in Cardiff assault

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:49
A teenager is in hospital after being stabbed in an assault on City Road, Cardiff, on Friday evening.

'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:28
A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.

A look at the Export-Import bank

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:23

In Congress, there’s been a big, heated debate about a bank most people probably haven’t heard of: The Export-Import Bank of the United States, commonly called the Ex-Im.

The bank’s charter expires in September, and many conservative Republicans would like to kill it, while others are calling for reforms.

Conservatives say the Ex-Im bank is bloated, inefficient, comes at a high cost to the taxpayer and is really just a form of corporate welfare for big companies, including Boeing.

But Democrats and some Republicans say Ex-Im helps small businesses enter foreign markets, helping boost exports.

To help explain what the Ex-Im bank does and put it in context, we took a little field trip to a fabric whole seller in New York City who once did business with the bank. We also spoke with entrepreneur and investor Jan Boyer* in Washington, D.C.

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story provided the misspelled the name of Jan Boyer. The text has been corrected.

 

Hospital on conflict's front line

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:20
Inside Gaza as the Israeli ground campaign starts

Tech IRL: Selling your smartphone safely

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:13

Smartphones hold so much of our lives. From our photos to our emails to our texts, there is a lot of personal info housed on our smartphones. Hayley Tsukayama, tech reporter for the Washington Post, joins Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O’Leary to tell listeners what they should be doing with their smartphone before selling it.

Selling your smartphone is a quick way to make some cash. But a study published earlier this week by the security firm Avast, in which the firm bought some used Android phones and recovered thousands of "erased" personal files, stands as a good reminder that you have to think carefully before you sell.

Chelsea sign £15.8m Brazilian Luis

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:13
Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid's Brazil international left-back Filipe Luis for £15.8m on a three-year contract.

Israeli Forces Move Into Gaza, 'Terrorist Tunnels' In Cross Hairs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the latest news from the Gaza Strip, where Israel has undertaken a ground invasion against Hamas operatives. It's the first time in five years that the Israeli military has conducted a ground operation.

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In 5 Months, 2 Lost Planes: Malaysians Struggle To Cope

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Malaysia is reeling from the loss of a second plane in five months. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the reaction from Malaysians in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday on a recommendation that Congress lower certain mandatory drug sentences retroactively. The move could cut almost two years off of thousands of prisoners' sentences.

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The Short Spiral: From A Peace Plan Scuttled To A Gaza Invasion

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Until a few weeks ago, Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk had been running the faltering U.S. effort to put Israelis and Palestinians on a path toward peace. He speaks with Robert Siegel about the violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel's unfolding ground invasion.

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After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement.

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Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. says that evidence suggests the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was fired from separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports what is now known about the crash.

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A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

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New York man dies during arrest

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:04
Eric Garner suffers a fatal heart attack during an arrest in New York, after a police officer appeared to put his arm around his neck.

Newcastle fans on Malaysian plane

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 11:52
Two Newcastle United fans travelling to the club's pre-season tour were among those on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine.

The FCC has been inundated with comments. Now what?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 11:43

The Federal Communications Commission is getting inundated with comments on its proposed net neutrality rules.

The folks weighing in include regular people, business owners and musicians. The band OK Go ganged up with a bunch of other artists to write a letter objecting to parts of the proposed net neutrality rules. They don't like the idea that broadband companies could charge extra for "fast lanes" on the web, which could give some content providers an advantage. OK Go's lead singer Damian Kulash fears big-pocketed content providers would push little guys out of the way online.

"Our big breakthrough was a video we made in my backyard for $5. Suddenly, a band could get directly to their fans with a massive video that we'd made for almost no money," he says.

Kulash thinks the FCC's current proposal could crimp, not advance, that kind of open access to an online audience.

On the other side of the debate sits the telecom industry, which doesn't like the idea that it might be regulated as a utility. Telecom companies say that could kill investment and innovation.

The FCC says it's putting extra processes in place so all public input is seriously considered. The agency's commissioner and senior staff get summaries of the comments.

But law professor Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania says the FCC is too constrained by court rulings on its proposed regulations, and can't take all views into consideration at this point.

He doubts that the final version of the rules will be shaped by posts and emails from average Joes.

"They will be used by whichever side of the debate it favors as rhetorical flourish," Yoo says.

Blair Levin, a former chief of staff with the FCC, is more hopeful that every comment counts.

"This is obviously one of the issues about which the public cares most that the FCC will be dealing with," Levin says.

Levin thinks the FCC still has a lot of options on the table. The agency hopes to finalize the rules by year's end.

Editors' Note: American Public Media Group, Marketplace's parent, submitted comments to the FCC generally in favor of net neutrality.

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