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Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:53

Political observers declared the Tea Party dead in May after it lost every major GOP primary it contested. Sen. Thad Cochran's performance against his Tea Party rival makes that judgment seem rash.

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The UN says, "Raise your voice, not the sea level"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:48

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, June 5:

In Washington, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discusses developments in Ukraine.

Did consumers hit the malls over Memorial Day weekend? Chain-stores are scheduled to release sales figures for May.

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson turns 67.

The Great American Brass Band Festival, a 25 year tradition, gets underway in Danville, Kentucky.

And the United Nations marks World Environment Day with the theme "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level."

Adams beaten at Euro Championships

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:48
Olympic champion Nicola Adams is beaten at the European Women's Boxing Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

Husband guilty of 'honour killing'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:48
A man is jailed for life for of the "pre-planned honour killing" of his wife, whose body has never been found.

AUDIO: Modern day slave: 'I wished I was dead'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:36
Modern day slave "Sandra" says that during her ten year ordeal, she wished she was dead.

VIDEO: US game show offers date with 'Prince'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:28
A US dating show in which a group of American women believe they are trying to earn a date with Prince Harry is to be aired in Britain.

Life for revenge attack murder duo

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:26
Two men who murdered a man they blamed for supplying an ecstasy tablet that killed their teenage friend have been jailed for life.

PODCAST: Implementing Chip and PIN; 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:26

More on Mel Watt, the man behind the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Plus, with Sam's Club offering the country's first Chip and PIN credit cards, a look at the barriers to switching to the more secure technology. Last up, on the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, a conversation about the blue collar workers who joined the protests and why they were there in the first place.

Tilting Delaware Bridge Stays Closed, Disrupting Interstate Travel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:15

The I-495 bridge in Wilmington, Del., usually carries 90,000 vehicles per day. But it's empty now, as engineers try to discover what's causing eight support pillars to lean.

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Elderly man hit by truck in Glasgow

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:11
Police have closed a major route in the north of Glasgow after an elderly man was hit by a truck.

Should There Be A University Of Politics?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:11

Other countries provide formal training for people who want to be national leaders. Why not the U.S.?

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In pictures: CAR's victims of war

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:08
Ton Koene's photos of those caught up in conflict

Job-seeking grads embrace the obvious

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:07

Here's some shocking news: San Francisco is tech central for recent grads;  New York has finance nailed and DC is the top spot for budding policy wonks. That's according to LinkedIn, which has mined its own data and put together the top 10 cities for new graduates. But not everything in the survey is painfully obvious.  

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul is a magnet for corporate types, who can stand the cold. Target, General Mills and Cargill are all head-quartered there  
  • The Twin Cities and Chicago attract more graduates than San Francisco. 
  • Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India, with lots of homegrown students flocking there for tech jobs. 

Read the full survey above.

VIDEO: Miliband: Voters 'disenchanted'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:59
Labour leader Ed Miliband responded to the Queen's Speech by saying that Parliament must face the challenge of "disenchanted" voters.

The day I realized a taxi medallion costs $1 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:55

This happened more recently than I'd like to admit — the day I realized that a New York City taxi cab medallion costs $1 million. 

I was in the newsroom reading about the fight between yellow cab drivers and their new green cousins roaming the outer-boroughs. The story, from last June, was that yellow taxi drivers disliked the fact that green cab medallions were first sold for a mere $1,500. Quite a price differential from the yellow cabs, of course.

I grew up in the country, but for as long as I can remember my city family has been in the taxi business. So on hearing this fact my first thought was, "Woah, my uncle has $2 million on wheels." My second thought was, "the city absolutely had to lower the cost of a green medallion. How could an immigrant just starting out possibly purchase a $1 million taxi cab now?"

New York is the kind of place that is always in danger of becoming a city of 'haves' and 'have-nots.' Unless we're careful — unless we purposely create opportunities for those willing to capitalize on them — the pace of this city can leave people behind.

It's impossible to think about this and not think about growing income inequality on a national or global scale — and what kind of measures we as a society need to take to ensure things don't get worse.

If you do a quick Craiglist search you can see that green medallions can go for around $15,000 now. It's a tough buy for someone starting with nothing, but not an impossible dream.

And ideally, New York is a city of possible dreams.

Nine hurt in Tower Bridge boat crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:54
Nine people are injured when a sightseeing tour boat crashes into Tower Bridge.

UKIP MEP paid 'dozens' of migrants

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:49
UKIP's new Welsh MEP Nathan Gill faces criticism after confirming he employed "dozens" of east European and Filipino workers in a care company.

Germany opens Merkel bugging probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:38
Germany announces an inquiry into allegations by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden that the US government bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone.

Murray set for partisan atmosphere

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:31
Andy Murray is prepared for a partisan atmosphere when he plays Frenchman Gael Monfils at the French Open on Wednesday.

Germany Opens Formal Inquiry Into Tapping Of Merkel's Phone

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 06:26

Germany's top federal prosecutor has opened an investigation that won't focus on wide spying activities attributed to the U.S. National Security Agency.

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