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Anti-terror police release teenager

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 13:19
An 18-year-old man is arrested and bailed on suspicion of terrorism offences which may be linked to three Cardiff jihadists thought to be in Syria.

Contador my main threat - Froome

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 13:14
Britain's Chris Froome believes Spain's Alberto Contador is his biggest threat in this year's Tour de France.

VIDEO: US drought 'worst for decades'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 13:11
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.

Hopes rise for new Ukraine ceasefire

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 13:09
The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they have agreed on steps aimed at ending hostilities in eastern Ukraine.

Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 13:06

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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Murray has years left at top - Connors

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:56
Jimmy Connors, Tim Henman, Pat Cash and other former players deliver their verdicts on Andy Murray's Wimbledon quarter-final exit.

US outrage at Palestinian teen death

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:56
The US and UN condemn the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager in Israel, which sparked fierce clashes in East Jerusalem.

Police arrest World Cup 'tout gang'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:52
Brazilian police arrest 11 people suspected of being part of an international gang illegally selling World Cup tickets allocated to sponsors and officials.

Ex-PM urges help for Nigeria search

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:50
The UK should do more to help the government in Nigeria find and release more than 200 abducted school girls, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says.

A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:31

In the remote cluster of rocks in the North Sea, knitting is a deeply ingrained tradition that stretches back for centuries — and persists despite the money that oil and gas have brought to Shetland.

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Outdoor fireplace explosion death

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:24
A north Wales teenager dies after an explosion involving a garden chimenea in Lancashire.

In War's Looming Shadow, Gazans Hope Peace Will Hold

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:21

For more on the Palestinian reaction to recent tensions with Israel, Robert Siegel speaks with Mkhaimer Abu Sada, a political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza City.

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Slenderman schoolgirl 'incompetent'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:20
One of two girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character is deemed incompetent by doctors.

Sarkozy: Case against me 'political'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:20
Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy says the French judiciary is "being used for political ends", as he is formally investigated for influence peddling.

Meet the other undocumented immigrants

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:10

It doesn’t get much attention, but 30 – 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. entered the country legally. Some come as tourists. Others arrive here with a student or work visa.

A man I’ll call "Will" came to Los Angeles from Canada.

The last time he crossed the border, Will told the U.S. official he was just coming to Seattle to shop for the weekend. “So I basically entered the country on a lie.”

He eventually applied for – and got – a visa to work legally for a music company in LA. Then, the music industry tanked. Will lost his job and his visa.

Now 50-years-old, Will has lived in LA for half of his life. Much of that time, he’s worked under the table.

“In conversation, I’ll kind of jokingly say, ‘Well, I’m an illegal alien,’” says Will. “And people are always shocked because I don’t look or sound like an illegal alien.”

He’s white, with a medium build and sandy-brown hair. And even though he may not look the part, he does represent so-called "illegal aliens."

At least a third of the 10 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. didn’t sneak across the border. Many of them flew here in an airplane with completely legitimate papers.

But it’s what happens next that concerns Republican Congressman Lou Barletta.

“They come on a visa. The visa expires and they simply don’t go home. They blend in to the interior of the country and we can’t find them,” says Barletta.

Those folks are known as ‘visa overstays.’

Will, the Canadian, is one of them. In the underground economy, he sometimes works alongside undocumented Latinos.

“As a handyman, I do work in houses that are under construction and I see how Mexicans are treated and how they’re paid. And I am not treated that way, even though I am just as undocumented as they are,” says Will.

Americans simply aren’t on the lookout for Canadians because they’re not seen as an economic threat.

Will says, “Canada has such a high standard of living. Much higher than it is in America. And most people in Canada have no desire to come here.”

But when Canadians do come here for work, Will says, they don’t necessarily have to start at the bottom. “I don’t see many Canadians who come here and work as busboys.”

Canadians are hardly alone. Educated professionals from around the world work in the U.S. without official authorization.

Congressman Barletta sees this flaw in the immigration system as a threat to national security - and job security.

“They may not be looking for an entry level job. They may be looking for much different jobs. And some of them even high tech jobs,” says Barletta.

Barletta has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to stay in the country after a visa expires.

In terms of any broader immigration reform, Congressman Barletta won’t support any legislation that doesn’t address visa overstays. He says, “It’s a non-starter for me.”

One solution involves the collection of biometric data from foreign visitors. At airports, we collect the biometric data on the way in. But not on the way out. That means there is no reliable calculation for the number of people who may have overstayed their visas.

“To do biometrics on departure would require implementation of some sort of infrastructure at all of our ports of entry – air, sea and land – that simply doesn’t exist yet,” says Theresa Cardinal Brown with the Bipartisan Policy Center, which recently studied the issue.

That new infrastructure would cost taxpayers north of $3 billion; money that hasn’t been allocated. So the U.S. is still a long way from being able to identify and track down visa overstays.

And that’s lucky for Will, the Canadian, living in LA. At home, Will plays the piano for an audience of one – his dog. It seems like a carefree existence.

But it could all be taken away. And after 25 years here, LA is the only home Will knows.

“I have nothing in Canada. I have no place to go,” says Will. “It would be just like going to another country and starting over. I have nightmares about it.”

Will is trapped in immigration limbo. If he ever returned to Canada, he would not be allowed back into the U.S. He’s already told his mother that he can’t return, even if she gets sick.

“I said, ‘You know, if something happens, I can’t go. If you have a heart-attack in Canada, I can’t go there.’ And she’s like, ‘I know. And I understand. And it’s okay,’” says Will.

That’s just one of the compromises necessary for people like Will who continue to work in this country after their visa has long since expired.

Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.

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Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has offered recommendations on how to reform one of the surveillance programs deployed by the National Security Agency. The privacy board found that the program, which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is constitutional and free of abuse, but it's still proposing reforms.

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Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Files detailing Nebraska's homesteading history have been digitized and are now available to the public. The milestone's part of a larger effort by the Homestead Digitization Project to put all homesteading documents from around the U.S. online. For more on the subject, Robert Siegel speaks with historian Blake Bell from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.

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Palestinian Teen's Death Dredges Fears Of Reciprocal Violence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are as high as they have been in years, following the killings of three Israeli teens and the death of a young Palestinian.

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For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.

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