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VIDEO: Couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:45
Thomas Howard, 93, and his wife Irene, 91, first met when they were children living on the same street in 1931.

The Trouble That's Brewing In Burundi

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:43

Protesters are marching against the president's plan for a third term. Some 100,000 refugees have fled. The fear is that Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries, could slip back into civil war.

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O'Neill and Keane involved in crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:29
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane are involved in a car crash in Dublin.

Search Still On For Two Men Who Escaped A New York Prison Last Week

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:29

It's believed Richard Matt and David Sweat, two convicted murderers, used power tools to drill through obstacles and escape through a large pipe, finally emerging through a manhole.

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Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:10

Some big states have been moving to limit the numbers of people they send to solitary but officials say it's necessary to maintain control and, in some cases, protect the prisoners themselves.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:08

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company, Syngenta. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.

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The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:07

The Colorado hospital has been in the works for a decade and has cost more than five times the original estimate. Funding runs out this week and it's not clear where additional money will come from.

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Malaysia Airlines to be 'new company'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:05
Malaysian Airlines will become an "entirely new company" its new boss has said, in an interview with the BBC

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines 'to be replaced'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 12:05
The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines has moved to reassure the families of last year's twin Malaysia Airlines disasters that the company's rebranding will not affect them.

The Hard Work Of Waiting For A Hand Transplant

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:57

Kevin Lopez was born missing the fingers on his right hand. Now 20, Lopez has been on a waiting list for a hand transplant since turning 18.

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Alibaba boss in US charm offensive

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:51
The boss of the Chinese internet firm Alibaba, Jack Ma, tells the US "we need more American products for China".

Chile law against football hooligans

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:44
Chile's government passes a law imposing tougher sanctions on violence and racism at football matches ahead of the forthcoming Copa America.

1D to meet Alton Towers crash victim

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:38
The stars of One Direction film a video message wishing for a teenage girl whose leg was amputated following an Alton Towers rollercoaster crash.

Anxious About China, Asian Nations Buy More U.S. Military Hardware

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:36

The shopping spree by Southeast Asian nations is expected to total around $40 billion over the next year. But the U.S. has competition, from Russia, Europe and other countries in Asia.

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Teen 'was being blackmailed online'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:02
Police are investigated whether a schoolboy believed to have taken his own life after being tricked into posting pictures online was being blackmailed.

Abortion Restriction Law Is Backed By Federal Court In Texas

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:52

A federal appeals court has backed key parts of Texas' controversial 2013 law that critics say would put some clinics at risk of closing.

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Tampa Bay Takes 2-1 Lead Over Chicago In Stanley Cup Final

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:49

Cedric Paquette scored for the game-winning goal late in the third period, with help from defenseman Victor Hedman.

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My First Job: Rosie the Riveter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:25

Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.

The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.

“Actually, I was 17 and underage so I had to kind of fib,” Sousa says.  

Commonly referred to as “Rosie the Riveter(s)” because of Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of the same name, women who worked in American military factories were an integral part of wartime efforts.

Norman Rockwell's ''Rosie the Riveter''

For Sousa, a shipyard at peak operation was an exciting place to be.

“It was so busy you could actually see the energy in the air, everybody with a purpose,” Sousa says. 

But there was a somber element to her first job too. The troop transports she was helping to build were taking many men to a war they might not come back from.

“But we knew they were going to bring them back and they did. On those ships, on our ships.”

Sousa and other women who worked on the home front were recently invited to the White House and thanked for their service. Sousa says she even got a kiss on the cheek from the President. The attention Sousa has received on account of her first job has come as a surprise to her.

 “I never expected to be recognized, not only just locally, but by the President of the United States. I never, ever, ever expected that to happen. But it did, and I’m sky high.”

My First Job: Rosie the Riveter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:25

Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.

The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.

“Actually, I was 17 and underage so I had to kind of fib,” Sousa says.  

Commonly referred to as “Rosie the Riveter(s)” because of Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of the same name, women who worked in American military factories were an integral part of wartime efforts.

Norman Rockwell's ''Rosie the Riveter''

For Sousa, a shipyard at peak operation was an exciting place to be.

“It was so busy you could actually see the energy in the air, everybody with a purpose,” Sousa says. 

But there was a somber element to her first job too. The troop transports she was helping to build were taking many men to a war they might not come back from.

“But we knew they were going to bring them back and they did. On those ships, on our ships.”

Sousa and other women who worked on the home front were recently invited to the White House and thanked for their service. Sousa says she even got a kiss on the cheek from the President. The attention Sousa has received on account of her first job has come as a surprise to her.

 “I never expected to be recognized, not only just locally, but by the President of the United States. I never, ever, ever expected that to happen. But it did, and I’m sky high.”

Facebook offers free beacon devices

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:17
Facebook begins a roll-out of Place Tips - a system allowing businesses to send updates to a person's smartphone when they are nearby.

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