10:13am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

Boris Gets Left Hanging, But The Joke's Rarely On London's Savvy Mayor

A still image taken from an eyewitness video shows London's Mayor Boris Johnson hanging from a zipline, after losing his momentum.
YouTube

Some Londoners may not be much interested in sports - but one image from these Olympic Games will surely remain with them, long after the cheers and crowds have faded away. It is the spectacle of their mayor, Boris Johnson, brandishing a Union flag in either hand, dangling helplessly from a zip wire 20 feet above the ground.

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10:00am

Thu August 2, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

# 616, Drama, Camel Screen Guild Theater “Command Decision” 3/3/49, AFRA Workshop “Night Flight” 11/8/46 

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

9:39am

Thu August 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Despite bumps in the road, Carousel at last becomes Destiny

A view of the first level of the formerly 'Carousel' expansion- now Destiny USA.
Destiny USA

For more than 22 years shoppers have flocked to the Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse. That name goes in the history books today, as the mall is re-branded as Destiny USA.

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9:37am

Thu August 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Comptroller: Local governments face grim fiscal reality

A report from the state comptroller finds local governments in New York are struggling financially. Around 10 percent are running deficits or suffering from cash flow problems, and there is no end in sight.

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5:32am

Thu August 2, 2012
Strange News

Will You Marry Me? Wait, Where Are You?

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:23am

Thu August 2, 2012
NPR Story

New Zealand's Olympic Athletes Go For The...Marmite

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:32 am

New Zealand's Olympians have some extra motivation to win a medal: they are also competing for marmite. The country's only marmite maker was shut down in an earthquake, but one grocery chain found a stash and is awarding the jars to medal-winning athletes.

5:23am

Thu August 2, 2012
NPR Story

Amazon Takes Entertainment Step With App Offerings

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:32 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Amazon is positioning itself to be a bigger player in the digital music and movie market. This week, the company announced that it would be offering its movie and music apps on more devices, including Apple's iPad.

NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Netflix has been a dominant player streaming movies online, and its app is on almost every device, from Xboxes to iPads. Now, Amazon's added a movie and TV app to the iPad.

Should Netflix worry?

SARAH ROTMAN EPPS: Netflix should worry.

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5:23am

Thu August 2, 2012
National Security

Drones: From War Weapon To Homemade Toy

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:19 pm

In this Jan. 8, 2009, photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, a small Draganflyer X6 drone makes a test flight in Mesa County, Colo. with a Forward Looking Infrared payload. The drone, which was on loan to the sheriff's department from the manufacturer, measures about 36 inches from rotor tip to rotor tip, weights just over two pounds.
Mesa County Sheriff's Dept. AP

Drones transformed the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their use has been extremely limited in U.S. skies. The Federal Aviation Administration essentially bans the commercial use of drones, and government use is still highly restricted.

But that's changing.

For a long time, drones, which are formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, were exotic, expensive and out of reach for all but military users. Today, however, a clever hobbyist can have his own eye in the sky.

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5:23am

Thu August 2, 2012
Education

Families Make Big Changes To Pay For College

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:50 am

Emily Macri looks over a college brochure with her mother, Maureen O'Brien, in Kingman, Ariz. Macri is transferring to Northern Arizona University so that she can pay in-state tuition.
Courtesy of Emily Macri

Maureen O'Brien told her daughter Emily Macri: dream big.

She could pick any college she wanted and they would figure out a way to pay for it.

Macri chose the University of Vermont, which costs more than $49,000 in tuition and fees per year for out-of-state residents.

O'Brien and her daughter co-signed a private student loan from Sallie Mae for $24,000 and a $30,000 Parent PLUS loan, a federal loan program for parents. And that was just for Macri's first two years of college.

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5:23am

Thu August 2, 2012
Africa

A Diplomat's Extended Visit With Al-Qaida In Mali

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 11:54 am

Fowler notched his 130 days in al-Qaida captivity on his belt. He was held in north Africa in 2008-09.
Courtesy of Robert Fowler

For all the verbiage about al-Qaida over the past decade, only a tiny number of Westerners are actually speaking from firsthand experience. Robert Fowler, a former Canadian diplomat and U.N. envoy, is one of them.

In December 2008, Fowler and a U.N. colleague were traveling through a remote stretch of southwestern Niger, near the border with Mali, when gunmen forced them from the road.

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