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Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

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Boon Or Blood Bath, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and telling locals that soon they'll trade their masks for regular uniforms. In Tal Afar, where locals are Shiite and less sympathetic to ISIS, a bloody takeover has ensued instead.

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Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and otherwise restoring order. But the mixed Shiite and Sunni town of Tal Afar has already seen the brutal face of ISIS.

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By Slim Margin, Supreme Court Preserves Key Gun Control Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.

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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As The Real Threat

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?

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Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 12:06

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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Photos: Father Of Santa Barbara Killer Meets Victim's Dad

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:51

Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.

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Suspect arrested in US priest attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:47
Police in Phoenix, Arizona, arrest a suspect in an attack on a Roman Catholic church in which one priest was killed and another badly beaten.

Egypt to release Al-Jazeera reporter

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:45
Egypt is to release on medical grounds al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike in protest at being held without charge.

US opens Bergdahl investigation

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:26
The US military has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sgt Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost.

VIDEO: Trapped cave explorer rescue under way

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:20
A rescue operation is under way for an injured man trapped in Germany's deepest cave.

You can't beet vegetables. Lettuce explain.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:19

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, June 17:

In Washington, the Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index. It lets us know if consumers paid more or less for stuff in May than they did in April.

The Commerce Department tells us how many new homes were built in May.

The Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting on interest rates. It's one of eight regularly scheduled meetings for the year.

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on creating jobs through bio-based manufacturing.

And start thinking about broccoli, beets and Brussels sprouts. Tuesday is Eat Your Vegetables Day. Don't argue with me.

Italy warns migrant rescues may end

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:11
Italy says without EU intervention an operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea may have to stop, as hundreds more are rescued.

Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 11:01

A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.

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China Sentences 3 To Death For Tiananmen Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:58

The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.

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Actor Cox picks up the Queen's baton

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:53
Hollywood actor Brian Cox carries the The Queen's baton at Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian on the third day of its Scottish tour.

Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:49
Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies after talks fail to resolve a dispute over debts amid high tension in Ukraine's eastern regions.

Germany 4-0 Portugal

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:34
Thomas Muller scores a World Cup hat-trick as Germany stun Group G rivals Portugal, who have defender Pepe sent off.

Militants 'seize' Iraq's Tal Afar

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:28
Sunni militants seize the northern city of Tal Afar, officials and residents say - a city which lies between Mosul and the border with Syria.

Student charged after uni bomb scare

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-16 10:16
A teenage student is charged with manufacturing an explosive substance after suspicious items were found at Newcastle University.

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