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We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:29

Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.

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VIDEO: Suburban peacocks ruffle feathers

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:21
Peacocks have been causing a flap in a suburb of Greater Manchester.

Game-playing dad shook baby to death

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:18
A father who had been playing on his PlayStation killed his five-week-old daughter after being frustrated by her screaming, a court hears.

MayDay PAC: The end of the Super PAC era?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:17

Money plays a crucial role during the political campaign season. The amount of money backing your campaign could mean a win or loss in a seat in Congress. And when Super PACs were deemed legal by the Supreme Court in 2010, the game changed.

Before Super PACs were "super", a PAC was limited to spending no more than $2,500, with corporations and unions strictly forbidden from making donations. Now corporations and unions are allowed to make donations and the limit to spending? Well there is none.

Fair or not, this is one issue that is set in stone... or at least was. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, wants to take down these Super PACs... by creating one of his own. This past weekend, the MayDay PAC reached its fund raising goal of $5 million. Lessig plans to start the anti-Super PAC campaign for this year's House of Representative election.

"We want to win five seats so we can convince the people of Washington that this issue really matters to voters so that we can build the campaign we have to have for 2016 that will win a Congress that is committed to changing the way that elections are funded."

This goal isn't an easy feat. The elections take place in a few months and the majority of people who donated are from areas that have a Democratic seat in the House, according to a map from the MayDay website. But Lessig says this issue is as important to people on the right as well as the left.

"You know, when Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor, the number two issue he talked about was that Eric Cantor had become a Crony Capitalist. So our view is this is cross partisan and we can talk about this in a way that gets people on the right and people on the left to recognize that though they don't have a common end, they have a common enemy. And the common enemy is the way we fund campaigns today."

Now that Lessig has done his part to raise money for the MayDay PAC, he'll hand it over to the campaign shops "that are experts at winning campaigns" and wait until November to see if it was all worth it. 

Boy missing after reservoir alert

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:16
A 14-year-old boy is reported missing after getting into difficulty in the water at a reservoir on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

More Than 50 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Holiday Weekend

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:15

The Chicago Tribune called it "the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year." The number of shootings in the city has risen since last year even as the homicide rate has fallen.

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Eurotunnel power fault stops train

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:10
A Eurotunnel train stops in the Channel Tunnel because of a power fault, leaving hundreds of passengers needing to be evacuated from the train and causing lengthy delays.

Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness

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

In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.

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In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones

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

Following the deaths of three Israeli teens and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian, Jerusalem is as tense as it has been in years. NPR's Ari Shapiro and his translator found themselves victims of rock-throwing there. Their story offers a window into a city on edge.

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In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

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

Brazil's ambitious effort to drive crime out of Rio de Janeiro's violent, low-income favelas ahead of the World Cup has had a mixed record. One positive effect: giving residents a say in local issues.

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The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

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

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

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

A bloody Fourth of July weekend left 60 people shot in Chicago, nine of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon. Many of the weekend's shootings occurred in the city's South Side neighborhoods.

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News Of Israeli Arrests Met With Both Resentment And Reflection

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

For details on how news of recent killings has been received in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

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

Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.

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Your Wallet: What would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:06

We're asking listeners about what they could tell their 18-year-old selves about money if they had the opportunity to:


New question for next week's @MarketplaceWknd: what would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) July 3, 2014


Here's a few of your responses:

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Don't sell that Apple stock you bought for $36.

— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd loans are not evil. That 2nd job will burn u out. Drink at home. Stop wearing nautical-themed polos.

— Trevtor (@Trevtor) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd consider a life of crime

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 4, 2014

So what would you tell yourself if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments!

Legend Di Stefano dies, aged 88

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:54
Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano has passed away at the age of 88 after suffering a heart attack on Saturday.

The two sides of enigma Hamilton - Coulthard

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:27
David Coulthard on how he went from fear to admiration for British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton.

US diplomat expelled from Bahrain

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:26
A senior American diplomat, Tom Malinowski, is ordered to leave Bahrain after meeting a leading Shia opposition group.

Anger over kidnapped man's treatment

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:20
The mother of a man who was kidnapped and then killed by Iraqi militants in 2007 claims the Foreign Office treated him like a second-class citizen.

VIDEO: Star Wars clues to Forest filming

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:09
There are rumours that scenes for the new Star Wars film are being shot in the Forest of Dean.
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