6:09am

Sat June 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Saving Niagra Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:42 pm

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope in the rain during a training session for his upcoming stunt in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Gary Wiepert AP

Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That's expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.

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6:08am

Sat June 9, 2012
World

The Young And The Jobless: Hopes On Hold In Spain

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 9:46 pm

Graffiti on a wall in Madrid reads, "We want to work, let the businessmen who have gotten rich from our labor pay for the crisis." Nearly 50 percent of young adults in Spain are unemployed.
Denis Doyle Getty Images

The crowd of job seekers at an unemployment office in downtown Madrid looks different than it did a few years ago.

When the housing market went bust, construction workers flooded the lobby. Now, labor reforms have made it easier for corporations to fire workers without seniority. So now young people, including those with an education, are unable to find work.

Jaime Garcia de Sola, a former intern at an investment bank, was one of those waiting in the unemployment line.

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6:07am

Sat June 9, 2012
Animals

Growling With The Gorillas: A Rwanda Mountain Trek

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:58 am

Gorillas rest in the Virunga mountains of Rwanda. More than half of the world's mountain gorillas live in the volcanic chain in East Africa.
Rebecca Davis NPR

It's not easy shaking a bad reputation. Take the gorilla, for example: It's been saddled with a sketchy rep for as long as anyone can remember. Something along the lines of big, hairy, ferocious and superhuman in strength. A bit daunting, perhaps. And yet folks who work with and study gorillas say they are as much gentle as giant. I recently had the opportunity to find out for myself thanks to a trip organized by the International Reporting Project that took us to Rwanda.

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2:03am

Sat June 9, 2012
Author Interviews

How 'The Queen Of British Ska' Wrestled With Race

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 7:44 am

The British ska-revival band The Selecter formed in the late 1970s, playing what can be described as rock fused with calypso and American jazz.

Much of what set the band apart was its charismatic lead singer, Pauline Black. As one of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, she was called "The Queen of British Ska."

That experience is one of many recounted in her new memoir, Black by Design, which has just been released in the U.S.

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8:29pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Music

Kishi Bashi: Unique Performances In Time

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:58 am

Kishi Bashi is the stage name of Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi.
Jennifer Leigh

Consider this name: Kishi Bashi. It has a pleasant, repetitive character with a nice — if unusual — little loop. It's an apt stage name for a musician who's creating something haunting, beautiful and maybe a little off-kilter through the technology of looping.

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7:24pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Attorney General Holder Assigns Prosecutors To Leaks Probe

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 8:21 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Attorney General Eric Holder said he was assigning two U.S. attorneys to investigate possible leaks of classified information.

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6:54pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Very Few Users Vote On Facebook's Privacy Changes

Facebook's logo.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

At the beginning of this month, we told you that Facebook was giving its users the opportunity to vote up or down on changes to its privacy policy.

Voting closed today and Mashable didn't mince its words when it described the results: "Facebook Election Is a Bust: 0.00038% of Users Voted On Privacy Change," was its headline.

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6:16pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Markets Post Best Week Of The Year

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:30 pm

The markets ended in positive territory for the fourth day in a row, capping off the best week this year.

Of course, last week, was painful with big losses. The Wall Street Journal reports on the numbers:

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6:14pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Middle East

In A Syrian Village, Evidence Of A Slaughter

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:03 pm

Anti-government protesters in the northern Syrian village of Hass protest on Thursday following the deaths of dozens of civilians a day earlier in the village of Mazraat al-Qubair. The banner reads, "The al-Qubair massacre challenges the world's humanity."
Edlib News Network AP

NPR correspondent Deborah Amos joined U.N. monitors and a small group of journalists Friday who were able to enter the Syrian village of Mazraat al-Qubair, where 78 people, including women and children, were killed on Wednesday by pro-government forces, according to opposition activists.

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5:58pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against WikiLeaks Suspect

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:38 pm

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Thursday.
Patrick Semansky AP

A military judge refused to dimiss 10 of the 22 counts against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who stands accused of giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

The AP reports:

"Col. Denise Lind also indicated she will postpone Pfc.Bradley Manning's trial, currently set to start Sept. 21, to November or January because of procedural delays.

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