6:14am

Thu June 13, 2013
National Security

NSA Head Tells Senate His Agency Didn't Do Anything Wrong

NSA Director Keith Alexander told a Senate panel that his agency's program did indeed protect American's privacy while gathering data on terrorist activity. Alexander told lawmakers he wants to declassify more details to reassure everyone the programs are legal and effective.

6:07am

Thu June 13, 2013
Sports

Stormy Weather Makes For Soggy U.S. Open

The U.S. Open golf tournament gets underway Thursday near Philadelphia. Several inches of rain have soaked the course since last Friday. To preview the tournament, Linda Wertheimer talks to Christine Brennnan, a sports columnist for USA Today.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Parallels

Iran's Election May Not Really Be About Picking A President

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:55 am

Female supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, hold up posters and national flags at a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on May 24. Jalili advocates for traditional roles for women and resistance against the U.S.
Vahid Salemi AP

When Iranians vote Friday for president, it will be an election unlike any other.

Clerics who hold supreme power in the Islamic Republic have allowed elections for decades.

But while the people vote, clerics and their allies make the rules. Those already in power choose who can run for office and limit what they do if elected.

Restrictions are tighter than ever after massive protests that followed a disputed election in 2009. In fact, the country has come to redefine the whole purpose of an election.

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6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

French Air Traffic Controllers Strike Disrupts Flights

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:56 am

French air traffic controllers are back in their towers. They had been on strike for two days — forcing the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights. But the issues at stake remain unresolved and affect the entire continent. They center on plans to reorganize and streamline the control of European airspace.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

Will A Kill Switch Stop Cellphones From Being Stolen?

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 2:05 pm

People use cellphones in downtown San Francisco. The city's district attorney and New York's attorney general plan to meet with major cellphone manufacturers, as they push the industry to do more to protect consumers from violent street crimes connected to cellphone thefts.
Ben Margot AP

Cellphone thefts are now the single biggest source of property crime in many American cities. A recent study found that lost and stolen phones cost consumers close to $30 billion a year. And 10 percent of smartphone owners say they've had a phone stolen.

Almost everyone has a story about losing their phone; even tech reporters are not immune.

NPR's Laura Sydell lost her phone and spent over three hours skulking around San Francisco using an app and an iPad to track her phone thief.

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6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:48 am

The museum in Paris has unveiled new, sophisticated LED lighting for the painting. They want to bring out her colors — the way Leonardo da Vinci might have seen them.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

Gamers Converge On L.A. For Electronic Entertainment Expo

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 1:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The biggest players in the video gaming are gathered here in Los Angeles this week for E3, the industry's annual trade show. Gamers have been anticipating the unveiling of new products from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and other companies.

NPR's Laura Sydell has spent the past few days with zombies, assassins and one little plumber. Good morning.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Good morning.

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6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Race

Economic Improvement Remains Stagnant For Poor Blacks

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:52 am

In 1965, sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who would later become a U.S. senator from New York, authored a controversial report. It concluded the decline of the black nuclear family was a major component to black poverty. Nearly 50 years later, the Urban Institute has released a follow-up to Moynihan's study that looks at the current barriers poor black families continue to face, and compares those findings to the country's other ethnic groups.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:43 am

Just three weeks ago, Japanese stocks were at a multi-year high — raising hopes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to revitalize the world's third-largest economy. Since then, the market has dropped more than 20 percent.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Sports

NHL Finals: After 3 OTs, Chicago Beats Boston In Game 1

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:16 am

The Chicago Blackhawks have beaten the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Chicago won 4-3 in a game that went into triple overtimes. It was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup finals game in history.

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