5:26am

Mon June 4, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

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NPR's business news starts with some good news for Spain.

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5:26am

Mon June 4, 2012
Middle East

Assad Deflects Blame In Houla Massacre

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

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Let's turn to Syria now. Syria's president gave his first public speech in five months yesterday. Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian Parliament that his government was not responsible for the massacre in Houla last month, in which more than 100 people were killed, nearly half of them children. Also, there is new Syria-related violence in northern Lebanon, near the Syrian border. And to talk about this we've reached NPR's Kelly McEvers.

Kelly, good morning.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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5:26am

Mon June 4, 2012
Sports

NBA Finishes Half Its Conference Playoff Series

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:08 pm

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The NBA is halfway through two riveting conference final playoff series, and there's absolutely no indication how they're going to turn out. Last night in Boston, the aging and creaky Celtics proved that they are really a match for the star-studded Miami Heat. Boston beat Miami 93 to 91 in overtime to tie the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. In the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder also are tied 2-2, and they play tonight in San Antonio.

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5:26am

Mon June 4, 2012
Africa

Egyptians Unsatisfied With Mubarak Verdict

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 1:26 pm

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In Egypt, protests continue against the verdicts in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and various people in his old regime. Mubarak was handed a life sentence in connection to the deaths of protesters during last year's revolution. But critics say the judge's ruling all but ensured the former president's sentence will be overturned on appeal.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has the story from Cairo.

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5:26am

Mon June 4, 2012
Election 2012

Bill Clinton Campaigns As Obama's No. 1 Surrogate

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

Bill Clinton speaks with President Obama in the White House Briefing Room after a private meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. The former president has become Obama's highest-profile advocate this campaign season.
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Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama used to have a famously rocky relationship. But the days when Clinton tried to help his wife, now secretary of state, defeat Obama in the 2008 primaries are ancient history.

Former Clinton strategist Carter Eskew says the ex-president is almost always an asset for Obama.

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5:08am

Mon June 4, 2012
Health and Welfare

Lexington Homelessness Issues

More than a hundred people have volunteered to join a brand new commission on homelessness in Lexington.   Members of the Mayor’s Commission are expected to be named this month.  Laura Connell with the Lexington Rescue Mission hopes homeless people will have a significant voice on the commission.

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5:03am

Mon June 4, 2012
NPR Story

River Pageant Pays Tribute To Queen's Jubilee

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:12 am

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Bad economic headlines have not stopped the celebration in Britain. Britons are in the midst of a four-day holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. And yesterday the queen herself led a flotilla of a thousand boats on the Thames. It was described as the largest such river pageant in more than 300 years, and Vicki Barker was there.

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Mon June 4, 2012
NPR Story

EU Officials Try Keep Eurozone From Going Down The Tubes

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

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We have just come from a week when officials of the European Union openly warned of the possible downfall of the euro. Billionaire investor George Soros has gone even further. He says the euro crisis could bring down the entire E.U. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.

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5:03am

Mon June 4, 2012
NPR Story

Analysts Try To Define Romney's Foreign Policy

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

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Now, one way Mitt Romney has challenged President Obama is by going after his foreign policy record. Romney has been especially critical of the president's handling of Iran and Syria. But those attacks aside, some analysts say it's been hard to define where Romney stands on key international issues and whether he differs all that much from the president.

Here's NPR's Jackie Northam.

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2:49am

Mon June 4, 2012
Asia

U.S. Works To Rebuild Ties In Asia-Pacific

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hands out coins to members of the crew as he visits USNS Richard E. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday. Panetta toured the former U.S. air and naval base in the bay, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is trying to send a message during a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region: The U.S. is back.

Panetta continues Monday to Vietnam, where he's hoping to build stronger defense ties. The trip began Sunday with a historic return to a key crossroads of the Vietnam War: Cam Ranh Bay.

Panetta boarded a little ferry boat Sunday in the beautiful natural harbor north of Ho Chi Minh City. On board, he asked about his destination: the USNS Richard E. Byrd, a big supply ship docked on the other side of the bay.

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