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After Mysterious Absence, Dallas DA In Treatment For Mental Illness

NPR News - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:58

Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk announced she is being treated for depression after three weeks of questions over her whereabouts. Her staff had said she was on a long vacation.

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One photographer, 35 years of campaign history

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:48

Jim Cole has photographed every New Hampshire primary since 1980. He's snapped photos of everyone from George H.W. Bush sticking his head out of an airplane to the Lobsterman who ran for president in 2000. He's back at it this time around for the Associated Press.

On how to get a good shot:

I’ve done so many primaries now that I try to concentrate on what they’re doing instead of what they look like.... I try as hard as I can not to touch another photographer when I’m taking a picture … I try and foresee what possibly can happen and where my best chance is of getting something that’s different and unusual.

On shooting newbie delegates:

The ones that are going through it the first time, at least this time around, they’re the ones that in my opinion are doing it right. They’re doing the hands on. They’re doing the small venues, the coffee shops and these town halls. The so-called veteran campaigns have everything all set up in stage where the candidate comes into the room, grabs the microphone, gives their 20-minute, 30-minutes speech and then says, "I’ll take questions, take questions," and then they go out the same door, say goodbye.

On knowing when he has a good picture:

If there’s something that happens and I press the button, I do feel good about what I have. I was taking pictures of Marco Rubio in Littleton, and when he was done talking, he went to speak with this woman who was in a wheelchair. There was a really nice moment of her holding with both of her hands, holding both of his hands and the two looking at each other right in the eye. And it made for a nice shot, and I got it, and I knew I had it.

Indicted Congressman Challenges Limits On Contact With Colleagues

NPR News - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:47

Rep. Chaka Fattah was indicted on on conspiracy, bribery, and fraud counts, and now says restrictions on his ability to meet with his colleagues is an "undue and unnecessary burden."

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University Of Illinois Fires Football Coach Over Handling Of Player Injuries

NPR News - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:46

Illini Director of Athletics Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman on Friday; a school statement says the decision was made "in the best interests of student-athletes."

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Farah chasing record 'triple-double'

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:41
Watch Mo Farah attempt a unique 'triple-double' in Saturday's 5,000m at the World Championships, BBC One, 12:30 BST.

China's Tricky Economic Transition: From Steel Mills To E-Commerce

NPR News - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:39

Shanghai's stock market rose Friday and investors are relieved. That doesn't change the fact that China's economy is undergoing a wrenching transition away from manufacturing, with more pain to come.

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100 not out: Jose's home comforts

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:36
Jose Mourinho takes charge of his 100th Chelsea home league game on Saturday, but how does his record compare with other top managers?

Jack Lew is a fan of both Hamilton and "Hamilton."

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-08-28 11:13

That's the number of preschool students now enrolled in McMillan's First Steps, a New Orleans academy that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Owner Linda McMillan says the campus was under 7 1/2 feet of water, but with the school system in disarray, she saw a chance to expand through fifth grade. She did just that after taking advantage of 10,000 Small Businesses, a Goldman Sachs program that partners with local colleges to give small business owners. "I got to know who I was. What kind of business owner I was," McMillan says.


It's the number of years the market has been in a bull run, and a reason for the volatile week. Prices have gone steadily up, so the market would be more volatile even without this week's swings, experts told Marketplace reporter Gigi Douban. With the new economic reality, we're likely hear a lot more of the V word.

August 6, 2015

Because it's Friday: That's the date "Hamilton" — the smash hit musical based on life of first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton — opened on Broadway. Current Secretary Jack Lew attended a performance this week and told New York Magazine he loved it. He also chatted about Hamilton's legacy and place on the $10 bill, in light of Lew's own announcement that the bill would be redesigned to feature a woman.


And... also because it's Friday. That's what you'll pay for your very own Kai Ryssdal. That is, the sandwich named for our host at new LA eatery Wax Paper Co. Eater notes that the Kai comes on a sesame seed roll with "pole-caught tuna, potato confit, celery, lettuce, and black olive aioli." Yum.

VIDEO: Iceland's spectacular Northern Lights

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:59
Footage of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, filmed over Iceland on Wednesday - courtesy of Gardar Olafsson

Do you care how much a barrel of oil costs?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:38

We're going in depth on oil, and its role in our lives and the global economy.

We want to hear how oil prices impact your life. Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND


The family who never knew their father

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:30
The things I wished I knew about my father

VIDEO: How safe is it to eat burgers rare?

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:21
The Food Standards Agency is proposing new guidelines that would allow for restaurants to serve burgers rare.

VIDEO: Worlds: Day seven's bizarre moments

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:19
Watch some of the weird and wonderful moments from day seven of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

England blind team miss out on Rio

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:18
England's blind footballers lose in the European Championship semi-finals to miss out on a place at the Rio Paralympics.

Joseph Kim's escape from North Korea

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:11

Joseph Kim escaped from North Korea, one of the most isolated economies in the world, to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. Kim, now a college student in New York, recently wrote a book about his experience called "Under the Same Sky."


He was interviewed by Marketplace host Lizzie O'Leary. 


Lizzie O'Leary: Just before we started this interview, I asked you what you had for lunch, just to check our sound levels, and it really struck me that you had something pretty moving to say about that. Tell me what your reaction was when I said that to you.


Joseph Kim: I didn't mean to throw you a heavy topic at the beginning. Growing up in North Korea, my father died of starvation when I was 12 years old. I became homeless around that age. So back then, the world — the entire world and dream and everything was associated with food. But now that I came to the states, I just didn't realize that I hadn't eaten anything until today, until you asked me... I think it's a very ironic that I forget. The fact is that even at this moment, there are so many other North Korean boys and girls who are still — the dream is still to be able to have a full three meals a day. 





Joseph Kim (Copyright Martin Bentsen) 


O'Leary: You escaped North Korea, you went to China and you made your way here. What does the idea of security mean to you? There's been so much insecurity in your life, until now. What is security?


Kim: My world, in a sense, was very narrow. Like as long as I had a full meal per day, I didn't have to go starve. I think that was my ideal, perfect, I guess Utopian world.


O'Leary: Coming as a teenage boy from a place where you were thinking about daily things like food, and now you're in college in the US, I wonder what you think about money, financial success. And what you think about Americans' sort of obsession with it.


Kim: I shared earlier that my life was about finding food. But then coming to America, that was provided. I didn't have to work to like fight for it as I did in North Korea, so I was really struggling.... In a sense my dream was achieved. And I didn't know what to do with my life. I didn't know what else to look for, so that was a hard. Now that I live in the states, I think insecurity is probably what everyone struggles [with], whether you're rich or poor, more so with wealthy people. I think they're more insecure.


O'Leary: You think so?


Kim: Yeah,  I can see some of that patterns from — not my friends, but in the movies, like the more rich you are, the more you're kind of a slave to your entitlement, and money. I understand. 


O'Leary: And yet you don't seem ... angry at us, or frustrated at us for taking so much for granted.


Kim: I wanted to be angry, but I also know it's not [the] right thing to be. I can't hate because, they worked hard to get that too. And also, it was not their choice — it was not like they're like, "Oh let me born in America." It was never their choice. So, I can't really like hate them, or be mad about it ... for being who they are. But I would love to remind them that ... it's OK to not be billionaires. Like, you still get to live.

Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:05
A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.

Cooper 'leads Corbyn' in focus groups

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:52
Former Labour voters prefer Yvette Cooper to fellow party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, a joint Newsnight/Ipsos Mori focus group suggests.

The pen-seller of Beirut

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:43
How poignant image sparked campaign to help Syrian refugee

Can You Use That In A Sentence? NPR Readers Can

NPR News - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:36

We solicited sentences from our readers using Oxford Dictionaries' new words and were impressed by the responses.

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Why the paralysis on migrant crisis?

BBC - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:34
Europe's biggest migration crisis since WW2 is both a human tragedy and a moment of political risk for the European project, the BBC's Chris Morris says.