6:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Adidas Cancels Its 'Shackle Shoes'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:46 am

The JS Roundhouse Mids.
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Sneakers that come with prison orange shackles to wrap around your ankles?

That was Adidas' idea for the "JS Roundhouse Mids" it planned to start selling in August. It was to be "a sneaker ... so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles."

Was to be, that is.

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6:48am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Disqualified From Office

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6:12am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 7:01 am

San Mateo, Calif.: Construction was underway earlier this year at a new housing development.
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There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May, the Census Bureau says.

That increase boosted permits to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 780,000 — the most since September 2008, The Associated Press adds. It's a signal that construction will be strong in coming months.

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6:03am

Tue June 19, 2012
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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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And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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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