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Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and otherwise restoring order. But the mixed Shiite and Sunni town of Tal Afar has already seen the brutal face of ISIS.

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By Slim Margin, Supreme Court Preserves Key Gun Control Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.

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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As The Real Threat

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?

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Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:06

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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Photos: Father Of Santa Barbara Killer Meets Victim's Dad

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:51

Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.

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Suspect arrested in US priest attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:47
Police in Phoenix, Arizona, arrest a suspect in an attack on a Roman Catholic church in which one priest was killed and another badly beaten.

Egypt to release Al-Jazeera reporter

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:45
Egypt is to release on medical grounds al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike in protest at being held without charge.

US opens Bergdahl investigation

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:26
The US military has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sgt Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost.

VIDEO: Trapped cave explorer rescue under way

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:20
A rescue operation is under way for an injured man trapped in Germany's deepest cave.

You can't beet vegetables. Lettuce explain.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:19

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, June 17:

In Washington, the Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index. It lets us know if consumers paid more or less for stuff in May than they did in April.

The Commerce Department tells us how many new homes were built in May.

The Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting on interest rates. It's one of eight regularly scheduled meetings for the year.

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on creating jobs through bio-based manufacturing.

And start thinking about broccoli, beets and Brussels sprouts. Tuesday is Eat Your Vegetables Day. Don't argue with me.

Italy warns migrant rescues may end

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:11
Italy says without EU intervention an operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea may have to stop, as hundreds more are rescued.

Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:01

A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.

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China Sentences 3 To Death For Tiananmen Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:58

The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.

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Actor Cox picks up the Queen's baton

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:53
Hollywood actor Brian Cox carries the The Queen's baton at Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian on the third day of its Scottish tour.

Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:49
Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies after talks fail to resolve a dispute over debts amid high tension in Ukraine's eastern regions.

Germany 4-0 Portugal

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:34
Thomas Muller scores a World Cup hat-trick as Germany stun Group G rivals Portugal, who have defender Pepe sent off.

Militants 'seize' Iraq's Tal Afar

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:28
Sunni militants seize the northern city of Tal Afar, officials and residents say - a city which lies between Mosul and the border with Syria.

Student charged after uni bomb scare

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:16
A teenage student is charged with manufacturing an explosive substance after suspicious items were found at Newcastle University.

Did becoming a Starbucks barista just get harder?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:03

There was a time when a cup of coffee would run you 35 cents, and a college education could be had for a couple thousand dollars a year.

Now a latte costs three bucks plus change, and college can cost you more than $100,000.

On Monday, Starbucks announced it’ll help employees foot the bill for a degree.

It’ll pick up a portion—sometimes a large one—of the tab for online classes at Arizona State University. Even for employees working part time.

Listening to the Starbucks webcast today was a little like those Publishers Clearing House ads, where they give a really big check to an unsuspecting, overwhelmed winner.

One current employee stood to tell her story: “I started out as a barista and now I’m a store manager,” she said. “And when we heard the news, on the news, my daughter started jumping up and down and said 'Finally, you can graduate.'”

Yes, it was emotional. 

But, this is not all about feel good, corporate citizenship.  It’s also good business.

“Starbucks will certainly attract better employees,” said Zeynep Ton, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Becoming a barista is likely to get a whole lot more competitive. This sort of benefit will lure exactly the sort of employee Starbucks wants--young and highly motivated.

“They are competing for the cream of the crop of low-wage workers,” said Maureen Conway, Vice President at the Aspen Institute.

And Starbucks isn’t the only company looking to sweeten the pot for its workers, even its part timers. FedEx, UPS and others offer tuition reimbursement. Gap raised its minimum wage this year.

But not all employers feel the need to compete for the best of the best.  “Some employers are willing to get what they can get for the lowest wage they can pay,” said Elizabeth Malatestinic, a professor at the Indiana University's *Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.

At some level, she says, the decision comes down to the culture of the business. 

And it's a lot cheaper for Starbucks to help employees get degrees, than it is for Starbucks to pay employees enough to afford  the ever higher cost of college.  

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the Kelley School of Business. The text has been corrected.

Iraqi and Syrian refugees are flowing into Erbil

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:03

As many as half a million people have fled Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, after violence instigated by ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) rocked the country's north. Most of the refugees have been heading up to the Iraqi city of Erbil, because it is currently the safest place to go to. Refugees are also coming into Erbil from Syria and several other Iraqi cities.

Despite the takeover, many of the internal refugees began heading back to Mosul after just a few days. BBC Correspondent Rami Ruhayem says their biggest fear was an attack from the Iraqi army and not the Islamic military.

Although Mosul is facing some economic problems with the military invasion, like high gas prices and supply shortages, Ruhayem says it’s hard to verify how bad the situation really is.

"The people we spoke to that are going back say it’s OK," says Ruhayem. "They say they have nothing to fear as civilians from the militants. They only feared an Iraqi army assault in order to chase the militants out, and they also said services were OK."

The possibility of things getting worse in Mosul and the rest of Iraq is there. But how will the Kurdish Provincial Government handle all of the displaced people?

"They’re actually doing a really good job of handling it. And it’s probably because of the organization, security and the prosperity that this province is enjoying in very sharp contrast to the rest of Iraq," says Ruhayem.

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