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Monday, June 10, 2013

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  • NSA Leaker Checks Out Of Hong Kong Hotel
    Investigators are trying to learn all they can about the American intelligence contractor who says he leaked sensitive documents to reporters. The 29-year-old Edward Snowden said over the weekend that he was behind the disclosure of two secret U.S. government surveillance programs. Now Snowden has reportedly checked out of his hotel.
  • Snowden Had A Fast Rise In The Intelligence World
    Who is Edward Snowden? The National Security Agency contractor says he leaked information on secret surveillance programs to spark public debate over the reach of government monitoring.
  • Jury Selection Begins In George Zimmerman Trial
    Jury selection began Monday in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Zimmerman saw Martin walking through his neighborhood at night, in the rain and wearing a hoodie. The two fought and the case centers on whether it was murder or self-defense. The racially-charged trial also drew its share of protesters at the courthouse.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Struggles To Live Up To Campaign Promises
    The streets of Cairo are relatively quiet now — protests have died out and a political impasse is settling in. The embattled Egyptian president is facing a groundswell of frustration as people ask about the promises of revolutionary reform and when will they see the change in their own lives. Summer power cuts are increasing, price hikes continue and a planned election for parliament still has no date. But people's frustration with President Mohammed Morsi doesn't mean they have faith in a divided and weak opposition.
  • Jeannette Walls' 'Silver Star' Lacks Spunk And Direction
    The novel is about two sisters, aged 12 and 15, who travel cross-country after their mother abandons them. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that not only the characters are adrift in this book, the story itself seems unsure of what it wants to be.
  • FISA Court Has Approved Majority Of Surveillance Warrants
    The recent leak about the National Security Agency's spying program has put attention on the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the courts which oversee the programs. The largely-secret FISA courts began in 1978 but have expanded and changed greatly since then. Melissa Block talks with journalist and author Tim Weiner about the history and process of the FISA court.
  • Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus
    Is the world on the verge of a pandemic? There are three reasons to think so. Two flu viruses are active, and a virus that bears a resemblance to SARS has cropped up in the Middle East. Each has devastating potential, but many early warnings of past pandemics have failed to materialize.
  • Cooper Union Students Fight For Freedom From Tuition
    The small, highly selective college for artists, engineers and architects had been one of the last remaining tuition-free schools in the country. But in April, Cooper's board decided to begin charging tuition for most undergraduates. A rotating cast of students has now taken up residence in the president's office until the board agrees to reconsider.
  • The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'
    The 10-person ensemble is one of the best-known choirs from the island nation. On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors from West Africa, who were enslaved in the Caribbean region.
  • China May Not Intervene To Keep NSA Leaker In Hong Kong
    Edward Snowden, who says he revealed information about the National Security Agency's secret program to gather telephone and Internet data, has checked out of his Hong Kong hotel. He has suggested he will seek asylum in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but many analysts believe the Chinese government won't grant him refuge, given its desire to improve Chinese-American relations. However, a problem with Hong Kong's asylum law might make it possible for Snowden to stay there for a while.

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