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11:21 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bradley Manning 101: What He Revealed

This frame grab image taken from a video shot from a U.S. army Apache helicopter gun-sight, posted at Wikileaks.org and confirmed as authentic by a senior U.S. military official, shows a group of men in the streets of the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad just prior to being fired upon by the helicopter July 12, 2007. In a series of online chats Bradley Manning told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org. Wikileaks.org via AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

A military judge has acquitted the former intelligence analyst of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges.

Army private Bradley Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including sending hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, diplomatic cables sent by state department officials and video clips of battles.

He had refused to plead guilty to more serious allegations, including the charge that he “aided enemies of the U.S.” which carries a life sentence.

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2:49 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Forecast For Back-To-School Shopping

Andy and Aimee Smith, background, and their children Ian, left, and Riley shop for back-to-school clothes during the first day of the sales tax holiday at J.C. Penney in Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, Ala. in August 2011. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

The back-to-school shopping season has begun, and retailers are hoping consumers will be in the mood for clothes, shoes, back packs and computers.

The cold, rainy spring depressed sales as the old school year ended, so fingers are crossed for better results for the new academic year.

KUHF’s Andrew Schneider and NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax look at the mood of consumers as communities offer sales tax holidays to boost interest in shopping.

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2:49 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Ohio Man Gets Life Term In Kidnapping Of 3 Women

Ariel Castro, center, listens to the judge during court proceedings Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP)

One of three women kidnapped and repeatedly raped for a decade before their escape told her abductor Thursday that her life is just beginning while his is over now that he’s about to be sentenced to life in prison.

Michelle Knight stood just feet away from Ariel Castro in a Cleveland courtroom, the first time she’s been seen publicly since her rescue from the house where she was held captive.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

NSA And Aaron Swartz Hot Topics At Hacking Conferences

Army General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency delivers a keynote address at the Black Hat hacker conference on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

Two tech conferences in Las Vegas — Def Con and Black Hat — have brought together hackers from all over the world.

Yesterday the director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, spoke at Black Hat to a sometimes hostile crowd.

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2:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Mobile Advertising Boosts Facebook's Revenue

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

Facebook is reporting strong earnings — shares have gone up more than 50 percent this past month, thanks in part to mobile advertising.

Facebook had no mobile revenue in the first quarter of 2012. But just last quarter, 41 percent of Facebook’s revenue came from mobile.

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2:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Education Secretary Duncan: 'We Have To Get Better Faster'

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is pictured in Washington, Jan. 17, 2013. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Public education in the United States has long been political. From equal education for women and minorities, to the differences in funding between wealthy and poor communities, efforts to provide quality public education and reduce these differences have proved to be difficult to attain, not to mention controversial and divisive.

The Obama administration has pushed for education reform with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the helm. Duncan’s policies have appealed to both Republicans and Democrats, but his task is far from easy.

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2:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Snowden Wins Temporary Asylum, Leaves Moscow Airport

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

One of the big questions hanging in the air today is whether President Obama should cancel his scheduled trip to Moscow next month, now that Russia has granted temporary refugee status to Edward Snowden.

Snowden is the former intelligence contractor wanted by the U.S. for leaking information about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs.

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1:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

E-Cigarettes Enjoy Perks Of Being Unregulated

Electronic cigarettes are no regulated by the FDA. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:38 am

Electronic cigarettes are a nicotine delivery system that has a small but growing share of the tobacco industry.

However, unlike chewing tobacco and traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA or any other body. That means that electronic cigarettes can advertise on television.

John Carroll, Here & Nows media analyst, fills us in on the growing trend.

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Suicide Haunts New Generation Of Veterans

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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

It’s estimated that more than 20 veterans kill themselves every day. A new survey of men and women who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shows that mental health is the most important issue they face.

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1:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Ohio Abortion Clinics Blame New Law For Closures

Toledo’s Center for Choice. (Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN)

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:49 pm

Abortion rights advocates in Ohio say a line item in the state budget passed in June is forcing abortion clinics to shut down.

The new regulation bans publicly-supported hospitals from having contracts known as “transfer agreements” with abortion clinics. But, without a “transfer agreement” the abortion clinics can’t do business with the hospital.

Two of Ohio’s 13 licensed abortion clinics have closed in recent weeks, and a third may have to shut down soon.

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