10:33am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:41 pm

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced at a news conference last week that he intended to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues.
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused by at least eight women of sexually harassing them, never received a mandated training course on sexual harassment from the city, according to his attorney.

Harvey Berger says the city failed to meet its legal requirement and therefore should foot the mayor's legal bills. Filner and the city of San Diego are being sued by the mayor's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson.

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10:23am

Thu August 1, 2013
Economy

Jobless Aid Falls To New Low

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with unemployment numbers.

No, this is not the big monthly jobs report. We'll get that tomorrow. But this morning one number from the Labor Department - the department announced that applications for jobless benefits fell to 326,000 last week. That is the lowest level since January of 2008. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

10:23am

Thu August 1, 2013
National Security

Snowden Leaves Moscow Airport

Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum by Russia and has left the transit zone at Moscow's airport where he has been holed up for more than a month. Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow and Pentagon correspondent Larry Abramson.

10:10am

Thu August 1, 2013
LibraryBox 2.0

Chattanooga's Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign Ends

An interview with Jason Griffey, creator of LibraryBox

In late June of 2013, Jason Griffey, a librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, began a Kickstarter campaign for LibraryBox 2.0. LibraryBox is described as a device that can "share files with anyone, anywhere, off the internet, even off the power grid."

Working like a thumb drive with a wireless connection, LibraryBox can distribute files to anyone with a wi-fi capable device such as a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or personal computer.

With an initial goal of $3,000, the campaign ended on July 28th. LibraryBox made its $3,000 and then some.

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9:58am

Thu August 1, 2013
Education

SimCenter Provides NASA Curriculum to Girls Inc. Campers

Samantha Bautista holding her robotic hand. The girls learned the fundamentals behind designing a robotic hand and were able to build these models to move each finger independently and by finger joints.
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8:18am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:31 pm

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Moscow's airport Thursday for the first time in more than a month.
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The White House says it is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant a temporary one-year asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday after spending more than a month holed up in its transit center. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising the former U.S. intelligence contractor, told Russian media that Snowden's whereabouts are being kept secret for security reasons.

The Obama administration's displeasure was clear:

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7:41am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: The Smell Of Chocolate Boosts Book Sales, Study Says

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:58 am

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

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6:38am

Thu August 1, 2013
Strange News

Bland Meets Dull In Scotland

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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5:39am

Thu August 1, 2013
Pop Culture

'Brony' Convention Takes Off Like Magical Winged Pony

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

In the '80s, My Little Pony was a toy line and TV franchise aimed at little girls. Well, today an expanding group of grown men are fans of the pastel-colored ponies. They call themselves Bronies. This weekend, thousands are heading to Baltimore for BronyCon 2013. There'll be music inspired by My Little Pony, Brony Dance-offs, even some academic pony panels. BronyCon began two years ago with a hundred attendees. Like a magical flying pony, the thing's taking off,

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4:49am

Thu August 1, 2013
NPR Story

Opposition Claims Fraud In Zimbabwe Election

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Zimbabwe, polling stations stayed opened late into the night yesterday to allow for the massive turnout of voters who've been waiting in long lines to cast ballots for a president and parliament. But today, the country's main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, is claiming intimidation and poll rigging in the election.

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