5:12am

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

DOJ Files Civil Charges Against Bank Of America

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 6:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Justice Department is bringing civil charges against one of the nation's largest banks. The government alleges that Bank of America made false statements about the quality of home loans it sold off to investors, $850 million worth of loads. The Justice Department move is the latest in a series of cases being brought against financial firms.

NPR's Chris Arnold has been following all of this and joins us now. Good morning.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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5:12am

Wed August 7, 2013
Politics

Obama Focuses On Making Home Ownership More Accessible

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:24 am

President Obama is in California, where he'll visit Marines at Camp Pendleton. On Tuesday, he spoke about housing in Phoenix. Among other items, he talked about winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the companies that guarantee most long-term fixed-rate mortgages in the U.S.

5:12am

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

Bezos' Resources Could Go A Long Way For 'The Post'

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:41 am

News that Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is buying The Washington Post for $250 million took many in the news media and publishing industries by surprise. For more insight into Bezos, David Greene talks to BusinessWeek senior writer Brad Stone. He is the author of an upcoming book: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.

5:12am

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

Tensions Flare Over Rock Of Gibraltar

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:24 am

Once again, Spain and Britain are at odds over a tiny limestone peninsula at Europe's southern tip — Gibraltar. It's physically attached to Spain but has been a British territory for 300 years. Now some Spaniards want it back.

5:12am

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

Want To Be A Chicken Farmer? Try It Before You Commit

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:24 am

The idea of raising backyard chickens has become very popular. But people who follow through on the idea don't always know what they are getting into. So a few companies are letting would-be chicken farmers try out the experience — for a fee.

4:22am

Wed August 7, 2013
Law

With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:21 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for significant changes to the way the nation deals with convicted criminals. And he's not alone.
Evan Vucci AP

Sit down with the attorney general to ask him about his priorities, as NPR did earlier this year, and he'll talk about voting rights and national security. But if you listen a bit longer, Eric Holder gets to this: "I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons."

This is the nation's top law enforcement officer calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. And he's not alone.

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4:21am

Wed August 7, 2013
Africa

For Ethiopian Women, Construction Jobs Offer A Better Life

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:32 pm

Mekedes Getachew, 19, has been working at construction sites in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since she was 15 years old. Except for the heaviest lifting, she says, the laborers "all do the same work and we don't really say this is a man's job, but when it comes to salary there's a difference." She earns $1.50 a day. Men earn $2.
Gregory Warner NPR

Earlier this summer in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, I heard a complaint from many professionals that they could no longer find cheap house cleaners and nannies.

The apparently endless supply of girls and young women from the countryside who would work for peanuts just for a chance to move to the capital was drying up. It turns out more and more of them are finding work on one of the city's many construction sites.

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4:21am

Wed August 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

As Twitter Expands Reach, Abuse Policy Gets Added Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 12:26 pm

This week, several women in the U.K. went public about explicit abuse they received on Twitter.
Alastair Grant AP

A series of threats and abusive messages aimed at prominent women in the U.K. have placed Twitter in an awkward spot. As the company gears up to go public and expand its brand around the world, it is increasingly running into cultural and legal hurdles that challenge Twitter's free speech ethos.

Earlier this year, Caroline Criado-Perez led a successful campaign to keep non-royal British women on the country's currency. Then last week, because of that work, the 29-year-old activist and blogger became the target of an organized barrage of hateful messages on Twitter.

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4:20am

Wed August 7, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Derrick Hodge: Finding Music In Unexpected Moments

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 12:45 pm

Many musicians discover their love for music through church, but Derrick Hodge found church through music. His debut solo album, Live Today, comes out August 6.
Chris Baldwin Courtesy of the artist

There are some weird sounds in jazz musician Derrick Hodge's song "Table Jawn." It was recorded at the breakfast table, during an argument Hodge was having with some bandmates.

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4:11am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland House Of Horrors Comes Down

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:59 am

A general view of the exterior of the house, where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately 10 years ago, were found alive on May 6 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Ariel Castro's house in Cleveland where three women were held captive and raped for about a decade will be demolished this morning.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed on May 6.

Brian Bull of member station WCPN reports that electricity at 2207 Seymour Ave. was turned off after family members and friends picked up personal items on Monday.

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