National / International News

Plane stowaway 'going to Somalia'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:38
The father of a US teenager who stowed away in a wheel well on a flight to Hawaii has said his son was unhappy at school and trying to return to Somalia.

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:36

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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BBC suspends its CBI membership

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:30
The BBC announces it is to suspend its membership of the employers' organisation the CBI during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:30

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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Cancer fundraiser achieves £2m

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:22
A teenager with terminal cancer raises more than £2m for charity.

Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Turkey has been roiled by street protests, a Twitter ban controversy and, most recently, a growing rivalry between the ruling party's top two figures, the president and prime minister.

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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

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With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

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Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.

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Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations.

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In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.

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CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.

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Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.

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Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:12

The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.

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Klopp rules out Man Utd switch

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:09
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp rules himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United.

Inside 'The Outsiders'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:04

[2014-04-24 13:00:00] S.E. Hinton became a literary star while still a teenager when her novel The Outsiders was published in 1967. It’s remained a popular title over the years and has been chosen as the focus of the 2014 Big D Reads program. This hour, Hinton joins us to talk about the origins of the book and the role it’s played in her life. 

Caring For Torture Victims

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:04

[2014-04-24 12:00:00] More than 54,000 survivors of torture call Texas home. They come from Nepal, Myanmar, Iraq and other places around the world. We’ll talk this hour about how they are cared for locally with Celia VanDeGraff, executive director of the Center for Survivors of Torture.

Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 11:58
Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.

Clermont & Toulon can deny Sarries & Munster - Guscott

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 11:52
Clermont's class and Toulon's power will prevail against Saracens and Munster respectively in the Heineken Cup semi-finals, says Jeremy Guscott

30 years ago, the Air Jordan brought celebrity to sneakers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 11:42

The fashion world has always been notoriously fickle. What's hot this season may be considered passé in a few months. But one fashion accessory has had a spectacular run: the Nike Air Jordan. This is the 30th anniversary of the iconic sneaker, which has had a huge impact on the sneaker business. It spawned the era of the signature athletic shoe, and a whole generation of underground sneaker collectors known as sneakerheads, that today are not so underground.

In the early days, sneakerheads logged on to online message boards to buy and trade rare shoes. "Most of these people, they were located in the Midwest and down South and the West Coast," says Brooklyn native Joe Guerrero. Everyone calls him Sneaker Joe. He was one of the first sneakerheads who figured out how to make money buying and selling rare shoes that weren't available in big retail stores.

"I saw a demand," says Sneaker Joe. He set out to meet that demand by "hitting up all these stores in downtown Brooklyn and the Bronx, Harlem, all these mom and pop shops that had urban accounts. I just started selling on eBay."

Sneaker Joe's business grew. Soon, he had international customers. He was cutting deals with stores and buying in bulk. He sold online until 5 p.m., took a break for a couple of hours, then started his second business, hand-delivering rare sneakers to celebrities like Jay-Z and LeBron James.

"That was up until 2007," Joe says. "Then the market became oversaturated. It became harder to acquire shoes once all these blogs started reporting and hyping up stuff."

By 2007, sneaker collecting had reached new heights. Camping outside a store for a new shoe release was common. "What changed the way sneakers are looked at is information, the internet," says DJ Clark Kent. "If you didn't know that a new Jordan was coming out, you wouldn't be hyped up to get it."

He was one of the people Sneaker Joe used to deliver to. Kent is a record producer and a sneaker aficionado who has designed several shoes for Nike, and hosts an online talk show about shoes. He says sneaker companies have mastered the art of hype. The limited edition special release is now a standard marketing strategy. "Everybody is hyped for what's coming out on Saturday," he says. "Saturday comes. Whoever gets it, gets it, and then next Saturday there's something else, and then they are hyped all over again."

For Sneaker Joe, camping out overnight for a shoe was never something he was willing to do. Today there are sneaker conferences and brick and mortar stores that have taken the place of entrepreneurs like him. So he has evolved with the times and altered his business model. He invented the Sneaker Pimp tournament, where sneakerheads compete for who has the coolest kicks.

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