1:24pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Sports

LA Dodgers File For Bankruptcy

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Major League Baseball recently nixed a TV deal for the Dodgers that team owner Frank McCourt said would provide financial stability for the team. The bankruptcy filing appears to be a last ditch effort by McCourt to keep baseball from seizing the Dodgers — one of the most storied teams in sports.

Owner: MLB Forced Us To This Point

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1:13pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Venus And Serena Williams Lose At Wimbledon

Venus Williams hits a return to Tsvetana Pironkova during their match Monday. With the loss, Williams followed her sister, Serena, out of this year's tournament.
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Both Serena and Venus Williams were eliminated from Wimbledon's singles tournament Monday, ending a streak of success at the grass event.

Their exit means that for the first time since 2006, neither Williams sister will play in the Wimbledon women's final.

Here's part of a Newscast report NPR's Philip Reeves filed from London:

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1:08pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Baseball 'Bot, Please Do My Dishes

"Rollin Justin" the robot.
German Aerospace Center

Me: So what's this?

Dave Mosher: A state-of-the-art, baseball-catching robot.

Me: A what?

DM: A robot that catches baseballs without a glove. And when I say balls, that's what I mean: this guy can catch two bare-handed — at the same time!

Me: You don't need to catch two balls in baseball.

DM: Germans built this robot...

Me: Ah...

DM: Anyway, you've got to see this...

Me: Wow!

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12:50pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Protest Against Italy's High-Speed Rail Line Leaves Dozens Hurt

A demonstrator uses a slingshot during a protest against a planned high-speed rail line running through the Susa valley in Chiomonte, northern Italy.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Upset that a planned high-speed railroad line would disrupt their mountainous environment, around 2,000 demonstrators gathered late Sunday for a protest that erupted into violence early Monday. More than two dozen police officers were hurt, along with four protesters, according to reports.

The demonstrators say that the planned train line, and the extensive tunnels it requires, would damage the Susa Valley, near Turin. The plans call for drilling through nearly 33 miles of mountain. Monday's clash came as workers prepared to drill into the mountainside.

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12:20pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Education

What Happens When Charter Schools Fail?

Research from Stanford University showed that while Philadelphia had a slightly higher percentage of charter schools outperforming traditional public schools, the city also had many more charter schools — more than half, in some categories — where the students weren't performing as well as they did at their previous school.
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Charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools that are overseen by their own independent boards. Because of their independence, they are allowed to do things that traditional public schools cannot do. School administrators can experiment with things like the length of the school day and the makeup of each school's curriculum.

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12:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Technology

Is Google Playing Fair With Its Search Results?

Google draws over 1 billion visits to its websites each month, making it the world's largest Web property. But what it might do with that market share has helped Google become federal regulators' target in a massive antitrust investigation.

It is not illegal for a company to have a monopoly — what experts say is illegal is how a company uses its monopoly.

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12:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Philip Morris Threatens To Sue Australia Over Cigarette Packaging Law

Beginning in January of 2012, Australia plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging. As the New York Times reports, legislation, which is expected to pass through the Australian Parliament easily in July, would mandate that cigarettes be sold in green packets without any logos.

The move comes just a week, after the U.S. introduced nine graphic labels companies will have to place at the top of cigarette boxes. Big tobacco is not happy.

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12:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Law

NY Bill Gives Gay Rights A Big Boost

N.Y. Governor Cuomo has signed a bill making N.Y. the sixth and largest U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. Guest host Tony Cox explores how significant the passage of the law is and what challenges lie ahead. Cox speaks with Julie Bolcer, a N.Y. correspondent for The Advocate, and R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that advocates for gay and lesbian Americans.

11:33am

Mon June 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Equestrian Games Return $201 Million

 The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in 2010 at the Kentucky Horse Park had an economic impact of $201.5 million, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday. “The World Equestrian Games were indeed a success and this report illustrates the positive result that our local and state governments, our sponsors, the many volunteers, the business community and the citizens of the Commonwealth working together can have.” Beshear said. “It also underscores the important role of the Kentucky Horse Park and the legacy the games will have for future years.”

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11:12am

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

High Court Rules California Can't Regulate Sale Of Violent Video Games To Kids

"The Supreme Court on Monday refused to let California regulate the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments do not have the power to 'restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed' despite complaints about graphic violence," writes the AP.

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