5:23am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:31 am

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani as he arrived at court on April 26 in Islamabad.
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There's fresh political turmoil in Pakistan today after the country's highest court "disqualified" Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani from office, The Associated Press writes.

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4:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:31 am

Roger Clemens in 1991, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.
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Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the debate resumes about whether one of baseball's greatest pitchers should or shouldn't get into the sport's hall of fame.

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4:25am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

4:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
World

New Zealand Couple Spends $80,000 On Bucket List

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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4:10am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Spain's Borrowing Costs Soar; Latest 'Ominous Sign' In Europe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:32 am

The Spanish flag blowing in the wind in Madrid earlier this month.
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Today's developments in Europe's financial crisis focus mainly on Spain:

-- The Wall Street Journal writes that "Spain, on the edge of losing debt market access, paid around 2 percentage points more in interest rates Tuesday than a month ago to lure investors to its Treasury bill sale, an ominous sign ahead of a critical government bond auction Thursday."

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2:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
Law

Jury: Roger Clemens Not Guilty Of Perjury

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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A federal jury has acquitted baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens on all charges. The jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress and of obstructing a congressional investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg was in the courtroom. She has this report.

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1:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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Now in Hollywood last night, Microsoft unveiled its newest product: a tablet computer to compete with the iPad. Putting out a computer is an unusual move for Microsoft, which is mostly known for software.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco was at the announcement.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a photo studio for the stars, Microsoft engineers revealed their snazzy new tablet, which they call Surface.

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1:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Middle East

More Civilians Joining Syria's Rebel Movement

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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The opposition in Syria is increasingly taking up arms. They've been devastated by months of assaults by government troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad

WERTHEIMER: The army offensive to crush the rebels has been so ferocious that a U.N. monitoring mission was suspended. But we're about to hear the sounds of the rebels fighting back.

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1:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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And today's last word business is about a bank takeover that was more of a fake over. Businessman Li Chunping made headlines in China earlier this year. He spoke in the Chinese media of how he took over an American bank - the Atlantic Bank of Delaware, which he said went bankrupt in 2008.

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The story got him plenty of public praise. The communist party touted him as a model citizen, rising from poverty to be a successful businessman in the rice trade. He even got a position as a government adviser.

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1:53am

Tue June 19, 2012
NPR Story

Obama, Putin Working On Political Solution For Syria

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:48 am

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President Obama disagrees with Russia's president Vladimir Putin over what to do about Syria. The U.S. thinks it's time for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to go. The Russians aren't so sure. The American and Russian leaders met yesterday during a summit of global leaders and they at least agreed that they prefer a political solution to Syria's problems. They hope to avoid a civil war. They just don't agree how to do it. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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