12:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Law

Trial Probes Alleged Corruption In Post-Katrina Crime

Testimony is under way in the trial of five New Orleans police officers involved in the 2005 death of two men and the wounding of four others on the city's Danziger Bridge. The U.S. Justice Department then accused the officers of covering up the crime. To learn about developments in the case and its impact on New Orleans, guest host Tony Cox speaks with ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson and Metro Crime Commission director Rafael Goyaneche.

11:36am

Wed June 29, 2011
Sports

Federer Loses To Tsonga In Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his quarterfinal round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Day Nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
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Roger Federer was eliminated in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The six-time Wimbledon champion barely looked challenged while winning the first two sets against the 12th-seeded Frenchman. But Federer, who had been 178-0 in matches in which he had won the opening two sets at a major tournament, was broken one time in each of the last three sets.

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11:32am

Wed June 29, 2011
Planet Money

Bank Of America's $20 Billion Subprime Moment

Bank of America said today that it's taking more than $20 billion in charges connected to its mortgage business.

That's huge. For context, the bank reported a net loss of $2 billion last year, and a net profit of $6 billion in 2009.

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9:40am

Wed June 29, 2011
Middle East

Israel Vows To Block Flotilla From Reaching Gaza

A store owner in a Gaza City market. Israel has eased the blockade of Gaza over the past year, and more commercial goods are reaching the territory.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Activists in a small flotilla of vessels are set to again challenge Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, just a year after a similar attempt led to a deadly confrontation in the Mediterranean.

Eight ships and 300 activists — many of them from the U.S. — plan to set sail this week from Greece. They say they're trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal territory and highlight the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there.

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8:49am

Wed June 29, 2011
World

Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Package

Protesters clash with riot police during a 48-hour general strike in Athens on Wednesday.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

European leaders and international financial markets breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when the Greek Parliament voted in favor of a highly unpopular package of austerity measures.

Passage of the measures had been a condition set by the European Union and IMF for release of the next installment of the $155 billion bailout agreed to last year.

But outside Parliament, the streets of Athens were turned into a war zone as protesters and anti-riot police engaged in running battles.

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7:11am

Wed June 29, 2011
Asia

Malaysia Airlines Bans Babies From First Class

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The sound of a crying baby on a long flight is the definition of no escape. One airline has taken a bold stance on the issue, at least for passengers it wants to baby. Malaysia Airlines doesn't have bassinettes in first class. And that means babies are banned. The airline is now adding the extra roomy super jumbo Airbus to its fleet, but says in first class, there's still no room for babies onboard.

And it is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:02am

Wed June 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Groom Falls, Couple Takes Vows At Hospital Chapel

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Derek McBride was about to marry his bride when he made a wrong step. On his wedding day the Pennsylvania man fell down the stairs, broke three ribs and suffered a collapsed lung. But the Erie Times-News reports the wedding went ahead. It was moved to the hospital chapel, which nurses decorated with balloons made out of medical gloves. The bride, Casey Messenger(ph), wore her gown and Mr. McBride wore his, the kind the opens in the back.

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5:33am

Wed June 29, 2011
Middle East

Syria Insists It's Ready To Embrace Change

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And let's turn now from economic to political reforms. The Syrian government insists it's ready to embrace a move towards democracy - reforms that meet the demands of protestors in the street. After months of demonstrations and cracking down hard on those protesters, a senior Syrian official says the government has gotten the message. This comes just after members of the opposition were able to meet for the first time in an officially-sanctioned gathering.

NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Damascus.

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10:15pm

Tue June 28, 2011
NPR Story

Militants Strike Iconic Kabul Hotel

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

And I'm Melissa Block.

In Afghanistan's capital Kabul tonight, a group of suicide bombers armed with heavy weapons attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel which is popular with foreigners and Afghan VIPs. Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard across the city as the battle raged for hours.

(Soundbite of gunfire)

NATO helicopters were called in to respond to the siege.

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7:55pm

Tue June 28, 2011
NPR Story

Syria Lets Western Journalists Return

A small group of Western journalists entered Syria this weekend for the first time since the government banned them after protests began in March. NPR's Deborah Amos, who drove into the Syrian capital from neighboring Lebanon, talks with guest host Susan Stamberg about the mood there and what she observed along the road in.

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