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2:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Vet, AWOL From Nursing Home, Found At Normandy Ceremonies

Normandy veterans parade in Arromanches, France, during events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Gareth Fuller PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 3:45 pm

An 89-year-old World War II veteran, reported missing by his U.K. nursing home, has been found at the D-Day commemorations in France.

Bernard Jordan, who served in the Royal Navy during WWII, is a resident at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex, reports the BBC. He had previously attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.

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1:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Uber Car Service Company Is Now Valued At $17 Billion

Its service is still growing, and it faces legal challenges from taxi companies. But Uber, the company whose app pairs drivers with passengers, was a hit it big in a financing round, bringing in investments of $1.2 billion and sending its valuation skyward.

Four years after it began operations, San Francisco-based Uber is now valued at $17 billion, based on figures the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, released today.

Uber is creating 20,000 jobs a month, Kalanick said, and it's operating in 128 cities in 37 countries.

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1:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes

There was chaos at the Corinthians-Itaquera subway station on the east side of Sao Paulo on Thursday, as workers went on strike.
Werther Santana DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:05 pm

First came the bus strike. Then came the teachers. Now it's the train workers' turn.

Sao Paulo will see the kickoff to the World Cup next week, but with only a few days to go, it's chaos on the streets of South America's biggest city.

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1:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Zoo: Keeper Accidentally Shot With Tranquilizer Was NOT In Gorilla Suit

After several news outlets reported that a man dressed as a gorilla was shot with a tranquilizer gun, a zoo in Tenerife, Spain, wants to be clear: There was no gorilla suit involved.
Richard Thomas iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:16 pm

Here's a scene out of sketch comedy: A zookeeper dresses up as a gorilla and pretends to escape as part of a training drill, then gets shot by a tranquilizer dart when a vet mistakes the primate costume for the real thing.

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12:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist

A propaganda painting is seen outside the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011. North Korean state media reported Friday that the nation has detained a U.S. tourist.
Feng Li Getty Images

North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. citizens known to be held there to three.

A dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency states that Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the country on April 29, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

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11:47 am
Fri June 6, 2014

70 Years After A Crucial Invasion, World Honors D-Day

President Obama speaks during the joint French-American D-Day commemoration at the Normandy American Cemetery.
Alain Jocard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:07 pm

World leaders are gathered in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day some 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley called the area overlooking the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of U.S. troops are laid to rest, "one of the most beautiful places on Earth."

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10:44 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Sword Fights Break Out In A Clash At India's Golden Temple

Members of a hardline Sikh group clash with guards of the Sikhs' holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Friday. At least 10 people were reportedly wounded in the clash.
Prabhjot Gill AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:18 pm

A commemoration of a military raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, went awry Friday, as rival groups of Sikhs clashed at the shrine. Ceremonial swords and staffs were swung in anger, resulting in injuries and panic.

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8:15 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:45 pm

The U.S. hit a milestone Friday, as the government's monthly jobs report showed that in May, the country finally surpassed the number of jobs it had before the recession started. The gain of 217,000 jobs put the total U.S. payroll number at nearly 138.5 million jobs.

But analysts note that the recovery has taken more than six years and has excluded many workers.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: Jobs Gain Of 217,000 Reported

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7:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Book News: Hachette Announces Layoffs Amid Amazon Dispute

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:41 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't handle the heat in San Antonio, as Tim Duncan and the Spurs took the first game of the 2014 NBA Finals. The air conditioning in the Spurs arena didn't work during the game.
Chris Covatta Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 10:58 am

The first game of the NBA finals was a scorcher. Yes, it was played indoors – but the air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures. The Spurs overcame the heat, and the Heat, 110-95.

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7:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Shooting At Seattle Pacific University; 3 Wounded, 1 Dead

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:24 pm

This post updated at 9:40 p.m ET.

At least three people were wounded and one was killed after a lone gunman opened fire on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, according to Seattle police. Officials say the alleged shooter is in custody.

The campus was placed on lockdown soon after the shooting began just before 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

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7:14 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Beastie Boys Win A Fight For Their Copyright

Rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz leaves a New York City courthouse Thursday.
Larry Neumeister AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 1:21 pm

The Beastie Boys have won a $1.7 million verdict against the makers of Monster Energy drink in a copyright infringement dispute over the company's use of the band's songs in a 2012 promotional video.

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6:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Tracking Roadkill? There's An App For That, Too

Adult bison and calves cross a dirt road on Antelope Island, northwest of Salt Lake City. A team of scientists from Utah State University has developed a smartphone app to track animal-vehicle collisions.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:54 pm

Want to know where most motorists hit deer? To answer such a question, at least in Utah, used to involve the laborious task of sifting through mountains of paperwork. And the results weren't even all that accurate.

But a team of scientists at Utah State University has developed a smartphone application to make the task easier, and is hoping that "citizen scientists" will help compile a roadkill database.

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4:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fla. Man Impersonating Officer Pulls Over Unmarked Sheriff's Car

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 2:45 pm

Not the wisest of moves: A man impersonating a police officer in Florida signals a real sheriff's detective driving an unmarked car to pull over.

WESH in Orlando reports that the suspect, 20-year-old Matthew Lee McMahon, "activated a red and blue light Monday while driving behind an unmarked county sheriff's car."

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3:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Senators Reach Framework To Pay For Veterans' Care Outside System

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:32 pm

Senators from both parties have reached an agreement on legislation that would expand the ability of veterans to seek government-paid medical care outside the network of the VA medical system.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who is chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, was joined by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in making the announcement Thursday on the Senate floor.

The Associated Press reports:

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3:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Wall Of Ice Surrounding Fukushima Will Contain Radioactive Water

Members of a local government council check an outlet of a so-called groundwater bypass system as they inspect the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station earlier this week.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:56 pm

Earlier this week, workers in Japan began constructing an underground "ice wall" around the melted-down nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The wall is designed to stop hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater from leaking into the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Building a subterranean wall of ice sounds a little crazy. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel, who's been covering the story, says it is a little crazy — but not as far-fetched as it sounds.

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2:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell won Senate approval as the new secretary of health and human services.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 3:31 pm

The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.

In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.

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2:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Claims Of Mass Graves Spur Calls For Inquiry In Ireland

Leinster House is home to the upper house of the Irish parliament. Some members are calling for an investigation into children's deaths and burials at church-run homes.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:27 am

Earlier this week, we told you about allegations that children who died at a former home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland, may have been buried in a mass grave. Irish lawmakers are now calling for a full investigation, RTÉ reports.

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2:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Sprint Is Reportedly Close To Deal To Buy T-Mobile For $32 Billion

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:36 pm

In a deal that's sure to face scrutiny from U.S. regulators, Sprint is reportedly close to sealing a deal with T-Mobile to buy the company for around $40 a share.

If the sale goes through, T-Mobile would join Sprint as the second U.S. wireless company acquired by Japan's Softbank. It would unite the third- and fourth-ranked carriers in their fight against the industry's two dominant leaders, Verizon and AT&T.

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12:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Pope Replaces Financial Watchdog's Board

Pope Francis
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 1:41 pm

Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican's five-member financial watchdog with a new team from four countries.

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11:45 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Suspected Gunmen Arrested After 3 Canadian Mounties Are Killed

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:45 am

Updated 3:30 a.m. ET Friday:

Authorities in New Brunswick, Canada, have arrested a man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday. Two other Mounties were wounded. A spokesman for the RCMP says 24-year-old Justin Bourque was arrested early Friday. A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Original Post:

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10:45 am
Thu June 5, 2014

In A First For Britain, A Secret Trial For Terrorism Suspects

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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:23 am

There are terrorism-related trials with secret testimony and secret evidence, but an upcoming trial in Britain goes beyond all that. It's so secret that little is known about the case — except that it involves terrorism.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is reporting on the trial, which starts June 16, for our Newscast unit. Here's his report:

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10:19 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Body Found Miles From Sunken South Korean Ferry

In late April, rescue workers surrounded the area where the South Korean ferry Sewol sank. The body of a victim was recovered Thursday about 25 miles from this site.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

The body of a victim in the South Korean ferry disaster was retrieved Thursday, bringing the death toll to 289.

The remains were recovered 25 miles from the capsized vessel, according to The Associated Press. Fingerprints identified the body as that of a passenger who had been traveling with his family. His wife and 11-year-old son were previously found dead; his 7-year-old son was rescued, according to the wire service.

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9:32 am
Thu June 5, 2014

GM Review Found 'History Of Failures' In Ignition Switch Debacle, CEO Says

General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra (center), Executive Vice President Mark Reuss (right) and President Dan Ammann discuss a review of the company's handling of a recall for a deadly ignition switch problem.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 12:05 pm

An internal inquiry into the long-delayed ignition switch recall by General Motors found an 11-year "history of failures," CEO Mary Barra says. She announced the findings of an investigation into how the company handled a deadly defect with ignition switches at a Thursday morning news conference. (updated at 12:04 p.m.: added link to full report).

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