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1:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Little Known About Trial of Bo Xilai — Except The Result

Then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2012. (Andy Wong/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

China is in a holding pattern, waiting for the trial of a former rising star in the Communist party, Bo Xilai.

Bo ran the city of Chongqing — a metropolis of 30 million people. He is being tried on corruption charges, including taking $3.3 million in bribes.

Bo is considered by Forbes to be the 10th richest man in China. He is also suspected of involvement in the killing of British business man Neil Heywood — for which his wife Gu Kailai has been convicted.

So far, authorities have not said exactly when the trial will begin, or detailed all the charges against Bo.

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1:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Prisoner Release Precedes Middle East Peace Talks

A man holds a sign that reads, "Red week, the Israeli government releases twenty six murderers," during a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, as people protested Israel's decision to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, most of them held for deadly attacks, as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to a resumption of Mideast negotiations. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Israeli authorities are preparing to release a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners from jail in the next 24 hours.

It is a gesture intended to kick start a new round of negotiations.

Tomorrow, representatives of the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority will sit down together in Jerusalem and talk. The meeting will be chaired by the U.S.

The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Kevin Connolly reports.

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2:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Sarah Siskind's Music, Rediscovered

Sarah Siskind has re-released her album, "Covered," under the record label of Justin Vernon, better known as Bon Iver. (Facebook)

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson brings us new music each week to listen to.

This week, we’re reaching back into the archive, sort of.

In 2003, Sarah Siskind released an album called “Covered.” But as a result of severe sinus problems that required surgery, Siskind wasn’t able to tour and the album never really got off the ground.

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2:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Debating The Future Of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Dream Defenders and their supporters protest Friday, July 26, 2013 outside Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (Phil Sears/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

The activist group Dream Defenders has been occupying the Florida capital building for almost a month.

The group, which describes itself as “an organization directed by Black & Brown Youth, who confront systemic inequality by building our collective power,” is demanding that legislators repeal Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

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2:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

'Whitey' Bulger Guilty Of 11 Killings

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

James “Whitey” Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant. (Read the full verdict here)

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2:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Will E-Books Be Passed Down Through Generations?

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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

After his aunt Eunice recently died, columnist Danny Heitman inherited many of her books — from Plutarch to coffee table books of her favorite artist, Andrew Wyeth.

But with the proliferation of e-books, Heitman wonders whether books will be passed on from one generation to the next.

In a recent column called “Can you inherit an e-book?,” Heitman writes:

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2:43 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Federal Judge: NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Policy Violates Constitution

People hold signs during a silent march to end the "stop-and-frisk" program in New York, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Thousands of protesters from civil rights groups walked down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in total silence on Sunday as they marched in defiance of “stop-and-frisk” tactics employed by city police. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

A federal judge in New York has issued a decision that calls for a federal monitor of the New York City Police Department, to prevent the department from violating the civil rights of residents.

The judge, Shira Scheindlin, says New York City police officers for years have been systematically stopping innocent people on the street.

She says the stop-and-frisk actions, which increased over the last decade — even as crime declined — violate both the 4th and 14th amendments of the Constitution.

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2:40 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Glut Of Lobster Brings Price To A 20-Year Low In Maine

Scott Beede returns an undersized lobster while checking traps in Mount Desert, Maine, May 21, 2012. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:29 pm

Global warming and other factors are causing an oversupply of lobsters in Maine.

Canada, which is the largest importer of Maine lobster meat, experienced an early season and its own glut of lobsters due to warming waters.

Maine lobstermen have seen an 80 percent increase in their own bounty over the past few years.

The result is that prices have dropped to about half since 2007, says eighth generation lobsterman Jason Joyce of Swan’s Island Maine.

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2:10 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Expert Says To Get Russia, Read The Great Russian Authors

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. (Kwong Yee Cheng/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

With U.S.-Russia relations at a new low, we revisit our conversation with Tom de Waal, who says that when it comes to understanding Russia and Vladimir Putin, stop listening to the political scientists.

Instead, de Waal says reading Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky will help you understand not just Russia, but key neighboring states like Ukraine and Georgia.

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2:09 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

U.S. Military Revives Blimp Technology

(Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

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