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And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We begin this hour with neighboring countries struggling with the confounding realities of the Arab Spring.
GREENE: In Libya an elected government remains in place, but it may be too weak to bring in the militia leader accused of killing a U.S. ambassador. In Egypt, the general who led a coup against the country's first democratically elected president is now celebrated like a movie star.
Wednesday's $448 million Powerball drawing had three winning tickets. One is held by a project engineer in Minnesota. And this morning we're hearing some county garage workers in New Jersey have a lot to celebrate.
NPR's business news starts with good numbers for the U.K.
New data this morning shows Britain's trade deficit narrowed more than expected in June, helped by a healthy rise in exports. Exports hit $67 billion in June. That's a new high for the U.K. The strong performance indicates Britain may finally be emerging from years of stagnation. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Hillary Clinton has been one of the big stories this week, both in Washington and also in the entertainment world. Two movies were recently announced about the former Secretary of State, former senator, former first lady and also possible 2016 presidential candidate. These projects, one from NBC, the other from CNN, are only in the planning stages right now. But they've already sparked a lot of criticism from the both the right and the left.
And just preserving some semblance of order is the big challenge in neighboring Libya. That country's long-time dictator, Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power two years ago and now the future of Libya as even a functioning state is in question. There has been increased lawlessness in that country. The militias that ousted Muammar Gaddafi are fighting with each other. A thousand inmates escaped in a prison break and there are assassinations of activists and police.
A police officer patrols the rooftop of a school at the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 20, 2012, where a "pacification" anti-crime effort was underway. Rio police are now going to attempt a similar pacification in another huge slum, Mare.
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The Mare shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the city's densest neighborhoods.
Officials also ordered nonessential government personnel to leave the U.S. Consulate in Lahore.
The statement issued Thursday says the drawdown was due to "specific threats" concerning the consulate, which was scheduled to be closed for the Eid holiday from Thursday through Sunday. No reopening had been scheduled, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.
Here are some of the major events surrounding the protests in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the summer of 1988. A general strike on Aug. 8 of that year prompted weeks of protests, which ended with a brutal crackdown the following month.
September 1987 The government declares several currency denominations worthless, wiping out the savings of many Burmese. A brief student uprising in response foreshadows the widespread unrest that would break out the following year.
The typical romantic comedy might end with the wedding, but for Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne), that's just the beginning of the story of <em>I Give It a Year.</em>
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In addition to their own doubts and dubiosity, Josh and Nat's marriage faces an external challenge or two in the persons of Nat's smooth-talking repeat flirtation (Simon Baker) and Josh's agreeably sensible ex (Anna Farris).
Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:55 pm
I Give It a Year is about what you'd expect from the warped mind of Dan Mazer — Sacha Baron Cohen's close collaborator on Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bruno. Which is to say: a raucously funny comic romance that's deaf and blind to the blithe spirit of romantic comedy.
In its efforts to get the Oakland A's to relocate to their city, San Jose officials filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball this year. The Oakland stadium is seen here in a file photo.
Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:20 pm
Calling a lawsuit's potential results "absurd" for cities around the United States, Major League Baseball asked a federal judge to dismiss a challenge to its antitrust exemption filed by San Jose, Calif. The city filed the suit to press its case for relocating the Oakland A's there.
NPR's Richard Gonzales filed this report for our Newscast unit:
Have you ever had a creative project you were eager to get off the ground but you didn't have the funding to make it happen? Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter, has helped to develop an online solution that involves the crowd's participation. Kickstarter connects artists and innovators with potential funders who simply learn about projects by visiting the website.
Yancey, a former music critic, tells Jessica the story of how he and a friend hatched their crowd-sourcing idea in a Brooklyn restaurant, from scratch.