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How London Is Reacting To President Trump's Visit

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

President Trump arrived Wednesday in the U.K., where he plans to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Tony Gallagher, editor of London's The Sun, about how locals are reacting to the visit.

These Rohingya Refugees Are Working To Prepare Safer Shelters Before Monsoon Season

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Fiona MacGregor, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, about the cash for work program, which gives Rohingya refugee volunteers a stipend to help prepare safer shelters.

Trump Officials Struggle To Meet Deadlines Even As More Migrant Families Reunited

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

Two Central American fathers in El Paso were just released from ICE custody and reunited with their toddlers. Attorneys say the reunification process is ongoing, but haphazard and poorly coordinated.

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Abortion Rights Groups Prepare For Intensified Battle At The State Level

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

Abortion rights advocates are concerned that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court might reverse or substantially erode Roe v. Wade. Under that scenario, states could have free reign to restrict the procedure.

Justice Department Reopens Investigation Into 1955 Lynching Of Emmett Till

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

The Justice Department is reopening its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Till was 14 when he was brutally murdered in Mississippi. Outrage over photographs of his body helped propel the civil rights movement.

Did President Trump Get Anything More From NATO Than What He Came With?

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

The whiplash of President Trump berating NATO allies, only to praise them and claim victory for himself, reveals what Trump seeks to get in the public eye, even if not much changes in the substance.

President Trump's Claims Of Success At NATO Offer A Sharp Change In Tone

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:09

President Trump says he is well liked in Britain, as he arrives for meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May, during a visit that has prompted widespread protests.

Girl fighting cancer finally paddles in the ocean

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:08
Watch a 12-year-old girl who's fighting cancer paddle board for the first time.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:06
For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.

Trump creates a big, self-contradictory spectacle at NATO

Washington Post - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:00
Trump claims credit for holding a gun to NATO's head . . . and then suggests he can't force Putin to do anything.

House needs to probe what Jim Jordan knew about abuse allegations

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:53
Another member of the Ohio State University wrestling team has stepped forward to join the growing number of those alleging that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, knew that the team's doctor was sexually abusing team members while Jordan was the assistant coach -- and that Jordan failed to take any action to prevent the abuse.

U.S. Department of Justice Files Appeal to Block AT&T and Time Warner Merger

MacRumors - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:53
A month after a judge approved AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner with no conditions, the United States Department of Justice has announced plans to appeal the merger's approval.

In a court document filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the DoJ announced its formal appeal. No additional data was included in the initial document.Notice is hereby given that the United States of America, plaintiff in the above named case, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from the final judgment entered in this action on June 12, 2018.AT&T first announced its plan to purchase Time Warner in late 2017, but the acquisition was put on hold when the DoJ filed a lawsuit to put a stop to the merger based on the grounds that it would result in higher bills and fewer options for consumers.

A judge in June, however, ruled that the merger was legal, and while the Justice Department said it was disappointed in the court's ruling and would consider its next steps "in light of [its] commitment to preserving competition for the benefit of American consumers," it ultimately decided not to interfere with a stay at the time that the ruling was announced.

Just days after the judge's approval, AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner, but the DoJ is still able to appeal the decision even after the completion of the merger.

Shortly after the acquisition, AT&T announced a new WatchTV service that offers AT&T wireless subscribers under the new "AT&T Unlimited &More" and "AT&T Unlimited &More Premium" plans access to more than 30 live channels and 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand. These new plans are more expensive than AT&T's previous unlimited wireless plans, but includes WatchTV. On a standalone basis, WatchTV is $15 per month.

While AT&T said that its prices would not increase following the merger, it raised prices on its DirecTV Now plans by $5. AT&T also recently raised its administrative fees for postpaid wireless subscribers to $1.99, which some analysts have speculated is to make up for the expense of the Time Warner purchase.

Update: AT&T has released a statement on the DoJ's decision to appeal: "The Court's decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned. While the losing party in litigation always has the right to appeal if it wishes, we are surprised the DoJ has chosen to do so under these circumstances. We are ready to defend the court's decision at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals."

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Asia and Australia Edition: NATO, Trade War, North Korea: Your Friday Briefing

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:49
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Opinion: New satellite is on a mission straight out of 'Star Trek'

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:36
I'm a huge and completely unapologetic science fiction fan. As a child, I sat raptly in front of the screen, watching the explorers of "Star Trek" travel from planet to planet, encountering "new life and new civilizations."

Airline Passenger Groups Outraged Over FAA Ruling On Seat Sizes

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled that there is no need to regulate the size of airline seats, as the agency says evacuation tests show no problems regardless of how much seats have shrunk and how much larger passengers have become.

President Trump's Arrival In London Met With Protests

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

President Trump arrived in London with his rhetoric toward NATO still stirring unease among American allies.

With American Families Shrinking In Size, The Middle Child May 'Go Extinct'

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Adam Sternbergh, contributing editor of New York Magazine, about his story "The Extinction of the Middle Child."

Some Germans Think President Trump Is Affecting Their Domestic Politics

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

No German politician wants to be associated with President Trump. But even though Trump's name isn't popular with Germans, some say he's helping to normalize the anti-immigrant arguments of Germany's far-right.

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