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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:53

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.

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US halts work for Germany clash

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:52
Parts of the US came to a standstill as people took time out from work to watch their team lose 1-0 but still advance to the World Cup last 16.

On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:46

Isbel Diaz Torres sees his LGBT rights activism as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution. Attitudes are changing, but he's still struggling to find a place in the island's political landscape.

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Iraq crisis sees battle lines redrawn

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:36
Can Iraq sort itself out before it's too late to stop Isis?

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:25

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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Jayden killer 'planned grave burial'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:20
The man accused of murdering Jayden Parkinson and burying her in his uncle's grave said nine years ago that was how he would "get rid of a body", a court hears.

Keeping the water clean at American Water

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:17

Running clean and reliable isn’t an easy job, but somebody has to do it.

For this installment of “Conversations From The Corner Office” we talk with Susan Story, the CEO of American Water, who says the company has been trying to avoid using some… shall we say icky tactics to keep our clean water from running out:

“People recoil at times at the thought of toilet to tap but not so much toilet to turf. So what we’re going after is the toilet to turf or the toilet to flushing again. If you can reuse that water for purposes that don’t have what you call the squishy or ick factor then we think we’ve made some significant progress.”

And when the country is in the midst of a drought, these tactics are crucial to keep the water flowing.

The issue of water running out is one thing, but keeping it clean is another. Earlier this year, there was a chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River that left about 300,000 people without drinking water, which has still left people buying bottled water in the region. Story says there are hundreds of chemicals and compounds that are required to be monitored which can be a difficult task. But incidents like the Elk River spill are ones they learn from to try and avoid problems like these in the future.

Story says the luxury of clean water is something people don’t appreciate or value appropriately. And whenever she is out a restaurant, she only gets water from the tap.

“And in our buildings we don’t allow bottled water. We drink our water out of the tap cause if it’s good enough for our customers, then it’s good enough for us.” 

Brooks: I feel vindicated by verdict

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:16
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks says she feels "vindicated" after being cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

Fire Chat is hot app in repressive countries.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:03

An app called FireChat was designed to maintain access to the Internet when there is no Internet signal.

But it’s been embraced by people living in repressive countries where email is censored.

“In the past week, we’ve seen 40,000 downloads in Iraq alone. And the numbers in Iran are very comparable,” says Christophe Daligault, who handles sales and marketing for FireChat.

Iranians and Iraqis like FireChat because it lets them communicate anonymously, and without being censored by the government.

FireChat relies on something called mesh networking.

“Mesh networking is basically creating a network among devises that can be easier linked together without relying on the larger Internet,” says Mark Rotenberg with the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

FireChat is limited to about 200 feet. But that range is expected to grow exponentially in the next year.

EU leaders gather for WWI memorial

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:00
EU leaders commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in Ypres, ahead of an EU summit set to be dominated by talks on the Commission leadership.

Alibaba chooses NY Stock Exchange

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:57
The Chinese online retailer, Alibaba, has chosen to float its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in what could be one of the biggest public listings in history.

City watchdog boss defers bonus

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:51
The chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority Martin Wheatley defers his bonus until inquiry into press briefing is complete.

World Cup: Portugal 2-1 Ghana

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:41
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a second-half winner for Portugal against Ghana but both sides exit the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Biting, butting, spitting... what is football's deadliest sin?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:41
What is football's deadliest sin?

USA 0-1 Germany

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:40
Thomas Muller's goal sends Germany through to the second round as Group G winners, with the United States joining them.

Double yellow line plans 'dropped'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:36
Campaigners welcome a "victory" against allowing drivers a "grace period" to park on double yellow lines.

Road trip nostalgia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:35

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Friday, June 27:

The University of Michigan releases its final June consumer sentiment survey.

Fashion designer Vera Wang turns 65. She's famous for those gorgeous wedding gowns.

On this date in 1985, Route 66 was decertified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

And all across the country people eat popcorn in the dark. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" explodes onto the big screen.

Matt Lauer asks Mary Barra about being a mom and GM CEO

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:34

I'm reluctant to criticize other broadcast journalists for questions they ask in interviews, because I've been on the receiving end enough times.

Still, check out this clip of Matt Lauer interviewing Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, this Thursday morning.

Boy missing for 11 days found at home

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:25
A 12-year-old Detroit boy missing for days was found in his own basement, as his father learned of the boy's discovery live on television.

Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:18

The court ruled on cases involving some of President Obama's recess appointments and a Massachusetts law that created a buffer zone to keep protesters a certain distance away from abortion clinics.

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