9:48am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Disqualified From Office

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9:12am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:01 am

San Mateo, Calif.: Construction was underway earlier this year at a new housing development.
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There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May, the Census Bureau says.

That increase boosted permits to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 780,000 — the most since September 2008, The Associated Press adds. It's a signal that construction will be strong in coming months.

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8:23am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:31 am

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani as he arrived at court on April 26 in Islamabad.
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There's fresh political turmoil in Pakistan today after the country's highest court "disqualified" Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani from office, The Associated Press writes.

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7:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:31 am

Roger Clemens in 1991, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.
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Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the debate resumes about whether one of baseball's greatest pitchers should or shouldn't get into the sport's hall of fame.

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7:26am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

7:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
World

New Zealand Couple Spends $80,000 On Bucket List

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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7:10am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Spain's Borrowing Costs Soar; Latest 'Ominous Sign' In Europe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:32 am

The Spanish flag blowing in the wind in Madrid earlier this month.
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Today's developments in Europe's financial crisis focus mainly on Spain:

-- The Wall Street Journal writes that "Spain, on the edge of losing debt market access, paid around 2 percentage points more in interest rates Tuesday than a month ago to lure investors to its Treasury bill sale, an ominous sign ahead of a critical government bond auction Thursday."

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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And today's last word business is about a bank takeover that was more of a fake over. Businessman Li Chunping made headlines in China earlier this year. He spoke in the Chinese media of how he took over an American bank - the Atlantic Bank of Delaware, which he said went bankrupt in 2008.

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The story got him plenty of public praise. The communist party touted him as a model citizen, rising from poverty to be a successful businessman in the rice trade. He even got a position as a government adviser.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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Now in Hollywood last night, Microsoft unveiled its newest product: a tablet computer to compete with the iPad. Putting out a computer is an unusual move for Microsoft, which is mostly known for software.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco was at the announcement.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a photo studio for the stars, Microsoft engineers revealed their snazzy new tablet, which they call Surface.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

The Federal Reserve starts its latest two-day meeting Tuesday, and analysts around the globe are wondering whether the central bank will end ease monetary policy. The meeting follows some tough U.S. labor data and the recent Greek elections.

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