4:33am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Attackers Killed During 'Brazen Assault' Near Afghan Palace

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:58 am

Afghan security officers at the scene of Tuesday's attack in Kabul.
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The tenuous nature of efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan were dramatically underscored Tuesday morning when gunmen attacked buildings near Afghanistan's presidential palace in Kabul as journalists were gathering to hear from President Hamid Karzai about nascent plans for peace talks with the Taliban.

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4:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Author Of Controversial 'Seduction Guide' Apologizes

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:02am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Suspect Arrested In More Than 700 European Highway Shootings

German police say they have arrested a 57-year-old trucker whom they accuse of carrying out 762 shootings on European highways over the past five years.

"We found the famous needle in a hay stack," said Joerg Ziercke, chief commissioner of the German Federal Criminal Police. "A dangerous criminal who on several thousands of kilometers of highway in Germany, France, Belgium and Austria would reach for a gun whenever, wherever to shoot at other vehicles and endanger people's lives. It's unprecedented in Germany criminal history."

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3:50am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

17 Stunning Seconds Give Blackhawks The NHL's Stanley Cup

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:52 am

Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp lifts the Stanley Cup after Chicago's series-clinching win Monday night in Boston.
Scott Strazzante MCT /Landov

A goal behind with about 80 seconds to go in regulation time, the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in a 17-second span Monday night to beat the Boston Bruins and win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.

The 3-2 victory came in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. For Chicago, it's the team's second NHL championship in the past four years.

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3:41am

Tue June 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Daughter Bills Dad For IT Support Chores

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. If you're on the younger side, do you ever feel like your parents treat you like their own personal IT support? Well, one woman decided to send her dad an invoice. She posted it online. It comes from a company called Your Awesome Daughter.

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3:23am

Tue June 25, 2013
Business

IRS Systematically Targeted 'Progressive' Groups Too

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

The scandal at the Internal Revenue Service is becoming more of a muddle. We're learning more this morning about which groups were targeted for extra scrutiny. Turns out both conservative groups and progressive groups were on the so-called Be on the Lookout List at the IRS. Meanwhile, the man currently leading the agency says an internal investigation has found no evidence of intentional wrong doing.

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3:23am

Tue June 25, 2013
Law

Prosecutors Begin Their Case Against Trayvon Martin's Killer

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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In Sanford, Florida today, prosecutors continue making their case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who last year shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. In opening statements yesterday, prosecutors described Zimmerman as a vigilante who wanted to rid his neighborhood of people who didn't belong there.

Zimmerman's lawyers say he acted in self-defense. From Sanford, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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3:23am

Tue June 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Miami Heat Celebrate NBA Championship With Victory Parade

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

The Miami Heat, yesterday, held a victory parade that got people wondering was it planned by a Spurs' fan. The NBA champs piled onto the top of a double-decker bus that carried them through Miami streets overflowing with fans. But the route also passed under three low hanging overpasses. Amid shouts of, Get down, the six foot eight LeBron James barely managed to avoid what the Kansas City Star called a face full of concrete.

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1:41am

Tue June 25, 2013
Law

Justices Rule In Favor Of Employers In Discrimination Cases

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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And the Supreme Court was actually already having a busy week. Yesterday it handed down rulings in two other notable cases, both dealing with worker's rights. The justices split five to four along ideological lines to make it harder for employees to win discrimination lawsuits. The court raised new hurdles for plaintiffs who say they were victims of bias and then faced retaliation for raising the issue. NPR's Carrie Johnson has more.

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1:41am

Tue June 25, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case To Lower Court

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:10 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

The U.S. Supreme Court surprised just about everyone yesterday with its decision on affirmative action in higher education. That surprise was an apparent compromise that leaves affirmative action programs intact for now but subjects them to a more rigorous review by the courts.

The vote was seven to one, as NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg reports.

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