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Simple Tricks Can Tame The Taste Of Broccoli And Its Cousins

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:34

The horrible memory of overcooked vegetables can and should be overcome, because yes, kale is really good for you. A cookbook author shares tips for making sure these veggies actually taste good, too.

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Thai Protest Leader Says He Advised Army Chief Prior To Coup

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:29

Suthep Thaugsuban, who led months of anti-government rallies prior to last month's putsch, tells supporters that he's had the ear of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha since 2010.

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Facebook's unassuming jobs program

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:26

Partnerships between colleges and corporations have been around for decades. But government funding for research and state college budgets have shrunk in recent years. So now, more companies are stepping in to fill that funding gap.

Back in 2010, there was this virus going around on Facebook. It was called the Koobface virus.

"And the Koobface virus was the first virus that we knew about that could actually infect your friends through your social network," says Gary Warner, head of computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Koobface virus would log in to users' accounts with stolen info "and send messages to all of your friends on FB that said something like 'I can't believe this video caught you naked!' and has a picture of a shower curtain," Warner says. Users would click on it, and boom­­all their friends would get infected. Warner put a graduate student on the case full­time.

"And we actually wrote a program that was able to enumerate every Facebook account that had been stolen by the criminal," he says.

They shared info about the hacked accounts with Facebook, and the company was grateful, to say the least. So grateful, Facebook built a $250,000 wing in the university's computer forensics department. What was once 4,400 square feet of bare concrete is now the Facebook Suite. It feels very Silicon Valley, with sleek chairs and trendy lighting.

But the relationship goes way beyond a shiny new space. Facebook and UAB consult with each other on what to research and even what to teach. And this is typical nowadays when corporations team up with colleges. Relationships are cozier and more targeted.

Jennifer Henley, director of security operations at Facebook, says there's a reason Facebook is partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham: It builds a pool of candidates with the right job skills.

"The reason why is they are giving hands­ome real­ world experience to students about the type of issues we face on a day­-to-­day in the security space," she says. Facebook offers scholarships and flies top students to conferences. Henley says the company needs to fill a pipeline gap.

"By the year 2020, they predict that we're going to have over two­-thirds of security jobs unfilled," she says.

So getting graduates into jobs is good for colleges. Letting companies have too much control? Not good. In fact, Donald Heller, dean of the education school at Michigan State, says universities are careful to avoid this.

"But on the other hand the universities want to enjoy the resources that the corporations can provide, so there's a very fine dance that goes on between the two parties to make sure that both are getting what they want out of the relationship," he says. Heller says companies are looking for an immediate return on that investment. It could be research that makes the foods we eat safer, or a medical breakthrough that helps prevent heart attacks.

"So certainly research is an important outcome of these relationships, but also eventually hiring the graduates of a university," he says. "And they're checking out the corporation and the corporation is checking them out as a potential future employee, so that's an important outcome of the process as well."

And the more colleges give their students a golden ticket to the real world, the better they look.

In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:24

In a solidly conservative state, GOP Sen. Tom Coburn's retirement has set off a heated GOP primary between two rising Republican stars. Immigration is a key issue.

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Parents Get Some Help In Teaching Their Teens To Drive

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:17

A web-based program that puts Mom and Dad back in the learner's seat appears to improve their teenagers' driving performance, while getting them more time on the road.

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Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

Secretary of State John Kerry is touching on a number of complex foreign policy issues this week — from violence in Iraq, to political instability in Egypt and the conflict in Ukraine.NPR's Jackie Northam is on the trip and talks with All Things Considered.

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Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

An Egyptian court issued its verdict in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English network. Though evidence of their alleged crimes was never presented in court, two of the journalists were slapped with seven-year sentences and one with a ten-year sentence. The decision has been met with international condemnation.

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Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

The Iraqi prime minister once boasted that he brought stability to the country, but as Iraq looks more like a Sunni vs. Shiite battlefield, critics say Nouri al-Maliki's policies have led to the mess.

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World's Chemical Weapons Watchdog Clears Syria

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons has announced that Syria has handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons stockpile. Despite the milestone, what questions remain about chemical weapons in Syria?

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EPA Gets A Win From Supreme Court On Global Warming Emissions — Mostly

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

The court's 7-2 decision gave the EPA the right to regulate greenhouse gases. But in a separate 5-4 vote, the justices curbed the agency's attempt to rework one section of the Clean Air Act.

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In 'Drone Memo,' A Step Toward Transparency On Targeting Americans

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

On Monday, a federal court made public a long-secret memo that lays out the Obama administration's legal justification for killing an American citizen in a drone strike. The memo, which concerns the 2011 killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the man presented an imminent threat to the United States.

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Along Iraq-Syria Border, Two Key Crossings Fall To Insurgents

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:07

Ned Parker, the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters, speaks with Melissa Block about the ways in which the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has moved to take control of the border between the two countries.

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After The Fall, A Young Man Chronicles His Life With Multiple Sclerosis

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:04

Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has applied his skills as a documentary filmmaker to show what it's like to quickly lose the ability to walk.

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VIDEO: Streamed songs included in charts

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 12:01
Songs streamed online will be included in the official chart countdown from 6 July.

Queen meets Northern Ireland leaders

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:58
The Queen meets first and deputy first ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at the start of her three-day visit with the Duke of Edinburgh to Northern Ireland.

Third video jihadist from Aberdeen

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:47
A third British man in a recruitment video for the Islamic militant group Isis is from Aberdeen, the BBC learns.

Cook form a 'recipe for resignation'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:44
England captain Alastair Cook's form is a "recipe for resignation", according to former batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

Sandwich Monday: Burger King's Extra Long Cheeseburger

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:35

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Burger King Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger. It's like a regular BBQ Cheeseburger, but longer.

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Badger advice 'wilfully' ignored

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:34
A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as "an abuse" of the scientific method.

US vows 'intense' support for Iraq

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 11:34
Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry vows "intense and sustained" support for Iraq, as Sunni rebels increase gains in the north and west.

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