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Batman game latest to suffer delays

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:55
The release date for the next Batman video game, Arkham Knight, is being pushed back until the beginning of 2015, the latest in a spate of delays.

Folk musician's accuser takes stand

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:47
A woman who claims she had a sexual relationship with folk musician Francis McPeake when she was a teenager denies in court she made the whole thing up.

VIDEO: CCTV shows killer torching salon

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:46
CCTV shows killer Ahmad Yazdanparast buying petrol before setting his former wife's salon ablaze in Stirling.

The Secret Service wants sarcasm detection software

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:46
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 16:45

A teen from the Netherlands was arrested back in April for sending a threatening tweet to American Airlines while claiming to be part of the terrorist organization Al-Qaida.

This final note on the way out, which I'm sure will work...

The Secret Service wants sombeody to invent a piece of software that'll, "detect sarcasm and false positives," according to the work order. So, if you're a teenager on Twitter and you threaten to blow up a plane because you're bored, this would in theory prevent the FBI from knocking on your door.

You got less than a week if you're up to the challenge because next Monday is the deadline.

What could possibly go wrong.


Marketplace for Tuesday June 3, 2014by Kai RyssdalPodcast Title The Secret Service wants sarcasm detection softwareStory Type BlogSyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

All of a sudden, everyone's buying new cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:45
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 16:44 Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Anthony Gordon looks at a Ford Mustang on the showroom floor at a Ford AutoNation car dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida.

Car makers have reported their May sales figures, and the news is surprisingly good. Sales are at a seven year high.

Even high-end dealers are celebrating.

“Both BMW and Audi were up quite a bit this year verses last year,” says George Liang, president of DCH Auto Group.

Kelley Blue Book says car sales nationwide were up about 11 percent over May of last year, for all kinds of reasons. For one, dealers advertised big Memorial Day sales. With home-grown talent:

Car buyers were also lured into showrooms by easier credit.

“Lenders have opened up their books to those with less-than-perfect credit," says Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Alec Gutierrez.

There’s also a lot of pent up demand for cars. The average U.S. car is 11-years-old. Car-crazy consumers even flocked to GM showrooms, in spite of its recall troubles. 

GM sales were up 13 percent over May 2013, with most models selling well.

“Pickups and big sport utilities, but now it’s started to feed through to their car lines,” says George Magliano, a senior economist with IHS Automotive.

Even Mother Nature smiled on the auto industry. In some parts of the country, every weekend in May was sunny. Perfect car buying weather.

Marketplace for Tuesday June 3, 2014by Nancy Marshall-GenzerPodcast Title All of a sudden, everyone's buying new carsStory Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

Khaled Hosseini on the economics behind 'And the Mountains Echoed'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:44

Success in publishing is about a lot of things. Sales, of course. Staying power. And the business of words.We've asked some of our favorite contemporary authors to share the numbers they think about as they write -- how they infuse the economic world around them into storytelling. 

Listen to this installment from best-selling author Khaled Hosseini ("The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns") in the audio player above. He talks about the very real, very human economics in his new book, "And the Mountains Echoed". We've reprinted the first chapter here:

Back home, in Shadbagh, Pari kept underneath her pillow an old tin tea box Abdullah had given her. It had a rusty latch, and on the lid was a bearded Indian man, wearing a turban and a long red tunic, holding up a steaming cup of tea with both hands. Inside the box were all of the feathers that Pari collected. They were her most cherished belongings. Deep green and dense burgundy rooster feathers; a white tail feather from a dove; a sparrow feather,dust brown, dotted with dark blotches; and the one of which Pari was proudest, an iridescent green peacock feather with a beautiful large eye at the tip.

This last was a gift Abdullah had given her two months earlier. He had heard of a boy from another village whose family owned a peacock. One day when Father was away digging ditches in a town south of Shadbagh, Abdullah walked to this other village, found the boy, and asked him for a feather from the bird. Negotiation ensued, at the end of which Abdullah agreed to trade his shoes for the feather. By the time he returned to Shadbagh, peacock feather tucked in the waist of his trousers beneath his shirt, his heels had split open and left bloody smudges on the ground. Thorns and splinters had burrowed into the skin of his soles. Every step sent barbs of pain shooting through his feet.

When he arrived home, he found his stepmother, Parwana, outside the hut, hunched before the tandoor, making the daily naan. He quickly ducked behind the giant oak tree near their home and waited for her to finish. Peeking around the trunk, he watched her work, a thick-shouldered woman with long arms, rough-skinned hands, and stubby fingers; a woman with a puffed, rounded face who possessed none of the grace of the butterfly she’d been named after.

Abdullah wished he could love her as he had his own mother. Mother, who had bled to death giving birth to Pari three and a

half years earlier when Abdullah was seven. Mother, whose face was all but lost to him now. Mother, who cupped his head in both palms and held it to her chest and stroked his cheek every night before sleep and sang him a lullaby:

I found a sad little fairy

Beneath the shade of a paper tree.

I know a sad little fairy

Who was blown away by the wind one night.

He wished he could love his new mother in the same way. And perhaps Parwana, he thought, secretly wished the same, that she could love him

Reprinted from And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,  Copyright © 2014 by Khaled Hosseini.

Kenya probes 'White Widow' sighting

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:31
Kenya is investigating reports that British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - known as the "White Widow" - has been sighted in the country.

Brooks was 'foolish', not criminal

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:29
Charlie Brooks' defence team in the hacking trial urge the jury to use "common sense" over claims the racehorse trainer hid evidence from police.

US schoolgirls 'stabbed classmate'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:27
Two 12-year-old girls in the US state of Wisconsin are accused of stabbing a classmate to please an online fictional character known as Slenderman.

Phone a friend? Yes, Angela Merkel

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:25
Germany's Chancellor Merkel fails to pick up the phone when an ally seeks help with a TV quiz question.

Two jailed after dog 'ate man alive'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:19
Two women who admitted allowing their dog to maul a 79-year-old man to death in his garden are jailed.

'Heavy fighting' in east Ukraine

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:17
Heavy fighting is taking place in and around the rebel-held city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian media report.

Man murdered ex-wife in salon fire

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:17
Ahmad Yazdanparast is found guilty of murdering his ex-wife by dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire in a hair salon.

Sharapova fights back to reach semis

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:15
Seventh seed Maria Sharapova beats Garbine Muguruza in three sets to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.

Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:11

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.

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SA shock at 'worst maths ranking'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:09
South Africa's ranking as worst in the world for its maths and science education is "a state of emergency", the main opposition says.

'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:08

When his cancer went into remission, columnist Steven Petrow was overwhelmed by the fear that it would return. But it taught him a philosophy that helped him cope: wait to worry.

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Layoff 101: Don't Blame Yourself

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:06

Being laid off can affect your finances as well as your health. Professor Sandra Sucher of the Harvard Business School explains how to survive, and even thrive, after a layoff.

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New Orleans District Moves To All-Charter School System

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:05

New Orleans' Recovery School District will soon have the nation's first all-charter school system. Michel Martin explores whether that will boost achievement, or leave the most vulnerable kids behind.

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VIDEO: Instagram says nudity rules are fair

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:00
The co-founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom says the app's rules on nudity are "fair" after celebrities criticised its ban on topless women.
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