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Three veteran MPs honoured by Queen

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:33
MPs Nicholas Soames, Bill Cash and Dawn Primarolo are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

'Superhead' Anthony Seldon knighted

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:33
Dr Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College, is knighted by the Queen in her annual birthday honours list.

Medical research defender knighted

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:33
A hugely influential scientist who defended animal experiments, despite threats to his life, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Honour for Raspberry Pi pioneer

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:33
Video game veteran and Raspberry Pi co-creator David Braben has been appointed OBE in the Birthday Honours list.

Day-Lewis knighted in Honours list

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:32
Triple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

MBE for fundraiser Stephen Sutton

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:32
Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Birthday Honours: Ten famous faces

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:31
Ten of the big-name recipients on the 2014 list

Is the video game industry sexist?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:31
Why women are missing from video games

Sports stars get Birthday Honours

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:30
Laura Davies, Warren Gatland, Lizzy Yarnold and Kevin Sinfield are recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Full jails told to take more inmates

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:27
The Ministry of Justice orders dozens of already full jails to take more prisoners because the jail population is increasing faster than expected.

Eric Cantor And A Defeat Of Biblical Proportions

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:27

As part of our series "This Week's Must-Read," poet David Lehman recommends a book for those still surprised by Eric Cantor's political upset.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Spain 1-5 Netherlands

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:15
Netherlands thrash defending champions Spain 5-1 in the opening game of Group B, with two goals each for Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:11

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.

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Online poker could get a second chance in U.S.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 13:01

Amaya Gaming, a Canadian company, is buying Oldford Group, the parent of popular sites like PokerStars. Amaya is the smaller of the two, but it’s the acquirer. And, one of the biggest selling points for the $4.9 billion deal is that many top officials from Oldford will be leaving the combined company completely. 

This could bring sites like PokerStars back to the U.S., and bring back memories of the era from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, when online poker was a free for all, and sites like PokerStars were making players like Chris Carlson rich. 

“I started making so much money from playing online that I left my really paying, secure job to play professionally. And, I played most of my hands at PokerStars,” he says. 

But in 2006, the Justice Department said a 1960s era law banned many online gaming transactions. Sites like PokerStars started operated in a kind of gray market. And, started crossing some lines, such as, “incorrectly coding the transactions so they were not obvious to the credit card issuers as gambling transactions,” says Mark Hichar, chairman of the gaming law practice group at Hinckley Allen.

PokerStars allegedly labeled some as golf purchases. There’s another way to put this, he says, “Fraud and money-laundering.” 

That was the accusation against top officials at PokerStars and other sites on a day in 2011 that became known as Black Friday. PokerStars quickly left the U.S. Popularity in online poker plummeted. 

Later that year, the Justice Department ruled that states can legalize online gambling, after all. New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada did, but kept PokerStars out, while its officials remain indicted or under suspicion. That’s why it’s a big deal they’re leaving the combined company.

“Given that this deal basically results in the removal of all those entities from PokerStars as a corporate entity, it seems as if New Jersey regulators won’t have any objection to PokerStars now entering the market,” says Christopher Grove, editor of Online Poker Report, who adds this deal could be the start of a new era of online poker in the U.S.

4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:58

Rare is the politician who has publicly admitted to holding or changing a position out of political expedience. In that respect, Clinton was no different in her interview with Terry Gross.

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Cliffhanger: Authorities Set Fire To House Teetering On The Brink

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:55

The ground under a $700,000 home overlooking Lake Whitney, Texas, began giving way last year. Officials decided the best thing to do was burn it down.

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VIDEO: Dangling house burns down

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:43
Officials in Texas have set fire to a luxury Texas lakeside home that was dangling over the edge of a cliff.

Harris wins Walter Scott book prize

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:42
English author and former BBC journalist Robert Harris wins the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Jolie: War rape key diplomatic issue

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:41
Angelina Jolie says sexual violence in conflict is now "firmly on the top table of international diplomacy", as a global summit on the issue ends.

Fido, your big day at the office is here

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 12:34

Here's an extended look at the Marketplace Datebook for the week of Jun 16:

We begin with Monday, everyone's favorite day of the week. In Washington, the Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for May.

The State Department hosts a two-day "Our Ocean" conference on protecting the vast bodies of water that cover almost three quarters of our planet.

And in Michigan on June 16th, 1903, Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

Start thinking about broccoli, beets and carrots. Tuesday is Eat Your Vegetables Day. Don't argue with me.

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

On Wednesday, a Senate Committee holds a hearing on "Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth."

The Federal Reserve wraps up a two-day meeting on interest rates and the economy.

Then we slow down on Thursday ... maybe wear something fetching for World Sauntering Day.

Just in time to ruin your summer fun, "Jaws" was released to movie-going audiences June 20, 1975.

And finally, Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Yeah, do that. (And don't go into the water.)

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