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New England News
7:18 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Feds Expected To Wrap Up Case Against Bulger

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Prosecutors plan to wrap up their case against reputed Massachusetts gangster James "Whitey" Bulger following testimony from two final witnesses in his racketeering trial.

The government could rest its case today after six weeks of testimony. Bulger's lawyers are expected to begin presenting up to 16 witnesses after the prosecution rests.

On Thursday, a real estate developer recounted how Bulger shoved a shotgun in his mouth and threatened to kill him and his family if he did not pay $200,000.

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WAMC News
7:13 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Hedge Fund To Operate As It Faces US Fraud Charges

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A giant hedge fund led by an embattled billionaire is pledging to continue normal operations after a New York indictment accused it of insider trading.

The indictment against SAC Capital Advisors was unsealed Thursday. Lawyers for the company are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan this morning. The charges claim the company permitted an environment where extensive insider trading could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal profits for more than a decade.

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weather
6:49 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Morning Edition forecast.

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Europe
6:36 am
Fri July 26, 2013

In Germany, A Car Pool That Actually Involves Water

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. What better way to beat the summer heat than jumping in a pool? That's what some guys in Germany did, but their pool was a converted an open-top BMW - complete with tiki decorations - still drivable. The fun, though, dried up when they passed a motorcycle cop. They pulled over, abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a nearby river. The investigation is still ongoing, but the police did say this car pool probably didn't have a road permit. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

New England News
6:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces $31M In Development Grants

Thirty-eight cities and towns across Massachusetts are set to receive $31 million in federal Community Development Block Grants.  

Gov. Deval Patrick says the money will help pay for housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure.

Patrick planned to officially announce the grants Friday in West Springfield, where $900,000 will be used for housing, social service programs and upgrades to neighborhood sidewalks.

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Europe
5:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Insulting The French President Is No Longer Always A Crime

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Next time you're in France, if you're moved to call the country's president stupid, it's OK. It's no longer a crime. Yesterday, the French parliament got rid of an old law from the 1880s that made insulting the president in public an automatic criminal offense. That's good news for former President Nicolas Sarkozy. He apparently called his successor, President Francois Hollande, a, quote, "ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair."

NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Fears Of Bust Tinge Energy Boom In Denver

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. Companies that are booming often want prestigious spaces, and this is especially true in the energy industry. The expansion of oil and gas drilling in the United States is having a major impact on the real estate market from Pennsylvania to Texas. It's certainly driving up prices and tightening the market in Denver. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Zimmerman Juror Says He 'Got Away With Murder'

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

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Another juror has now spoken out about the George Zimmerman trial. The only minority on the panel says she believes the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin got away with murder. Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this month. During the trial, the judge ordered that jurors' identities remain confidential; and that order has not yet been lifted.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Dispute Between Military, Morsi Supporters Flares In Egypt

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

Mass demonstrations are expected in Egyptian cities Friday amid fears of an imminent crackdown by security forces on supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi. The military chief who ousted Morsi urged Egyptians to come out in force to give the army a mandate to deal with "violence and terror." Muslim Brotherhood leaders have called for rival protests, after accusing the military chief of calling for civil war.

Planet Money
3:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What A Falling Gold Price Means For Pawn Shops

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 11:45 am

William Roman wants to borrow money, but his bank won't lend him any more. So he's turning to his local pawn shop.

For Roman, a loan from the pawn shop is a lot easier to get. He doesn't have to fill out an application. The people at the pawn shop don't check his credit — all they want is something valuable, something they call sell if Roman doesn't pay them back.

"I've pawned laptops, PlayStations," says Roman. "If I'm not using it, then I'll just go and pawn it."

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