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In Rare Concession, Credit Suisse Admits Criminal Wrongdoing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

Credit Suisse will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay over $2 billion in fines in connection to allegations of tax evasion. But the CEO and chairman are reportedly expected to keep their jobs.

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The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

A social media struggle is unfolding in eastern Ukraine, as bloggers on both Ukrainian and separatist sides plead their cases. But many find they face surveillance, trolls and threats as they work.

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In 'Raging Bull' Ruling, High Court Sides With Co-Writer's Daughter

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

The Supreme Court delivered a blow on behalf of writers, giving a screenwriter's daughter a chance to prove in court that the critically acclaimed movie Raging Bull infringed her father's copyright.

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The Mood In Abuja, Where Missing Schoolgirls Cast Long Shadow

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

NPR's Gregory Warner talks to Robert Siegel about the mood and politics in the city of Abuja, as Nigeria struggles to deal with the schoolgirl abduction and its growing militant insurgency.

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With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

Thanks to a big spring crop in Veracruz and police crackdowns on drug cartels, high prices for Mexican limes are falling earthward, just in time for summer cocktails. Mexican farmers are celebrating.

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Charges Of Chinese Cybercrimes To Play Out In American Courts

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

The Justice Department has filed charges against five members of the Chinese military, alleging that they're hackers who committed espionage against U.S. companies.

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Tuareg rebels 'free Mali hostages'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:08
Some 28 hostages abducted by Tuareg rebels in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Saturday have been freed, the United Nations says.

NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:04

Administrator Charles Bolden said no one country was indispensable to the ISS after Moscow last week said it would not participate in a plan to extend the station's life past 2020.

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For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:03

The soccer-mad country produces some of the world's best players. They often come from shantytowns, where they learn the game playing barefoot in the streets or on dusty fields.

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As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:02

An NPR investigation has found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor.

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Manning 'may sue' for sex change

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:01
A lawyer for imprisoned US soldier Chelsea Manning tells the BBC she may sue the Army if she is not given sex change therapy in a military prison.

Sailor's daughter in emotional plea

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:50
The daughter of one of four British sailors missing since they apparently capsized in the Atlantic Ocean makes an emotional appeal to the US Coastguard to resume its search.

Why Google isn't really 'free'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:43

Martin Smith says its OK for you to be outraged by the NSA's surveillance programs, but still use Google and Facebook every day.

“People like the connectivity that they get out of giving information to private companies,” says Smith, producer of the two-part Frontline documentary "United States of Secrets". “And we haven’t seen the kind of abuses [with private companies] that we associate with government overreach. When George Orwell wrote "1984", it was about government. It wasn’t about private corporations.”

But private companies aren’t totally in the clear. Companies like Google may not have been doing the spying. But Martin says that when the government came calling, they didn’t ask many questions.

The documentary includes a clip of President Bush speaking shortly after 9/11:

BUSH: “The new law that I signed today will allow surveillance of all communications used by terrorists. Including emails, the internet, and cell phones.”

“It was kind remarkable to go back and in the context of what we know now listen to what President Bush was then saying,” says Smith “It was all laid out. The companies clearly had to know.

Smith says what we need to remember is that services like Gmail aren’t really free. At heart, Google is an advertising company. They make money by selling stuff to their users. The more data they have, the better the internet giant is at selling their users more stuff

“When Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google put together their search engine, that could have been a service that you paid for. Instead, its a 'free service.' But what we are giving in return is access to our personal data.”

Frontline's"United States of Secrets" Part II airs Tuesaday night on PBS.

Scudamore keeps Premier League job

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:37
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore keeps his job, despite sending sexist emails.

VIDEO: Abu Hamza guilty of terror charges

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:34
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is found guilty of supporting terrorism by an American court.

Sao Paulo turned white by hailstorm

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:32
An unusually heavy hailstorm late on Sunday has left many roads in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo flooded or coated in white.

Citigroup set to announce new jobs

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:10
Citigroup, the US financial services firm, is set to an announce a significant investment in its Belfast operation.

Victories In Oregon, Utah, For Same-Sex-Marriage Proponents

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 11:08

In Oregon, a federal judge overturned a state ban on the practice and in Utah, a judge said the state must recognize hundreds of gay marriages that had already taken place.

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Enrique appointed as Barcelona boss

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 10:54
Barcelona appoint former player and B team boss Luis Enrique as their new first-team coach on a two-year deal.

Sandwich Monday: The White Castle Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 10:52

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the latest bewaffled breakfast item: the White Castle Waffle Breakfast Sandwich.

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