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Critics' Lists: Summer 2012
6:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse

Harriet Russell

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:23 pm

Head to the bookstore or pick up your Nook or Kindle or iPad, and prepare, if you will, to make some decisions about your summer reading life. My suggestions this year tend to be fine new fiction, the kind that not only flows on the page but also makes a sort of music in your mind. So, word music it is! Strike up the orchestra! It's going to be a big summer for big broad American literary voices, voices that leap from the page and linger with you, echo through your summer and perhaps even beyond.

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Business
5:48 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Cellphone Maker Nokia Announces Job Cuts

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:07 am

Finnish cellphone manufacturer Nokia announced it will cut 10,000 jobs by the end of next year; that follows a cut of 14,000 jobs announced last year. Nokia once dominated the cellphone industry but in recent years has struggled to keep up with smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple.

Space
5:38 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Tracking Asteroids From A Backyard In Kansas

Gary Hug built what he calls the Sandlot Observatory, with its 22-inch reflector telescope, behind his house near Topeka, Kan.
Courtesy of Gary Hug

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:55 pm

Meteors enter Earth's atmosphere every day, with most burning up before they reach the ground. But asteroids, which are larger than meteors, have the potential to cause some damage, and there's a man in Kansas who's tracking these chunks of space rock β€” in his own backyard, using a telescope he made himself.

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Remembrances
5:36 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Mobster Henry Hill Made The Most Of His Notoriety

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:07 am

David Greene and Renee Montagne have a remembrance of former mobster Henry Hill, who died Tuesday at age 69. Hill was the subject of the best-selling book Wiseguy and the hit movie Goodfellas.

Middle East
5:36 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Yemen Works To Reclaim Al-Qaida's Territory

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:07 am

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NPR Story
4:43 am
Thu June 14, 2012

JPMorgan's CEO Calls Losses 'Indefensible'

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:07 am

The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he tried to explain his company's recent multibillion-dollar trading losses. Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee that the losses were indefensible. He also said the company may try to recover some of the compensation paid to the traders who were responsible.

NPR Story
4:43 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Jury Deliberates In Gupta Insider Trading Case

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:07 am

The insider trading case against Rajat Gupta is in the jury's hands. Gupta was a former member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs and a close associate of Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager who was convicted of insider trading last year.

Law
4:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Michigan Finally Eyeing Changes To Lawyers For Poor

Edward Carter's conviction for a 1974 crime was vacated by a judge after it was shown that Carter was innocent β€” and after he had spent 35 years in Michigan prisons.
Brakkton Booker NPR

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 11:05 am

Lawyers on all sides agree the system enshrined nearly 50 years ago that gives all defendants the right to a lawyer is not working. The Justice Department calls it a crisis β€” such a big problem that it's been doling out grants to improve how its adversaries perform in criminal cases.

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Middle East
4:05 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Iran's Nuclear Fatwa: A Policy Or A Ploy?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on June 2. The supreme leader has said repeatedly that nuclear weapons are un-Islamic and Iran will not pursue them. But in the West, many are skeptical.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:25 pm

It's been an article of faith for nearly a decade that Iran's supreme leader issued a fatwa β€” a religious edict β€” that nuclear weapons are a sin and Iran has no intention of acquiring them.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently made references to this religious commitment from Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Sports
4:05 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Minor Leaguer's Life: Bats, Games And A Nickname

Tyler Saladino, 22, makes a throw from second base during warm-ups with the AA Birmingham Barons.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:51 am

Tyler Saladino plays baseball in the minor leagues in Birmingham, Ala. A prospect in the Chicago White Sox system, he was sent to the AA Birmingham Barons after spending part of spring training with the major league club.

And when he arrived in Alabama, Saladino's first task was to find a place to live, as he tells Morning Edition's David Greene. He settled on sharing an apartment.

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