7:27am

Wed June 22, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Government's Mob File Up For Auction

Back in the 1960s, Robert F. Kennedy was leading investigations of the Mafia. A folder from that era contained information and mug shots of men like Carlo Gambino and Meyer Lansky. In the 1990s, somebody accidentally left the file in a New York City taxi. It's up for auction now, with an estimated sale price of $10,000.

7:11am

Wed June 22, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: In The End, It's His Decision

President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement about the next phase of military operations in Afghanistan later today.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Peter Feaver is the director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. He was special advisor for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the White House from 2005-2007.

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6:32am

Wed June 22, 2011
Sports

NFL, NBA Face Tough Contract Bargaining Sessions

Billions of dollars are at stake this summer as the leagues for professional football and basketball try to negotiate new contracts with their players' unions.

6:28am

Wed June 22, 2011
Europe

Europeans Concur: Not Pulling Our Weight In Nato

NATO's secretary general says since defense budgets are being cut as governments struggle with deficits, one answer is to have more bilateral cooperation among member states. The British are trying to patch up the holes created by their 8 percent military spending cuts by working more closely with the French.

6:21am

Wed June 22, 2011
Africa

Tunisia's President Ben Ali Convicted In Absentia

Former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been tried in absentia on charges he embezzled large sums of cash and jewelry. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January and the kingdom has refused to extradite him. Steve Inskeep talks to David Gauthier-Villars, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who has been covering Tunisia.

4:02am

Wed June 22, 2011
Europe

Greece's Economic Crisis Upended Middle Class

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 2:02 am

A demonstrator plays drum in front of riot police outside the Greek Parliament in Athens. The protesters aren't the usual leftists and trade unionists with red banners. They're mostly middle-class Greeks waving the white and blue national flag.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

Greece's embattled prime minister survived a vote of confidence in Parliament early Wednesday. Next week, he faces an even tougher vote for further painful austerity measures to secure a fresh bailout from international lenders.

But the government has lost the people's confidence as tens of thousands of Greeks continue daily protests against devastating measures that have led to growing joblessness, homelessness and anxiety.

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4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Africa

First Lady Visits Nelson Mandela In South Africa

Michelle Obama and her daughters visited the 92-year-old former South African president at his home in a Johannesburg suburb Tuesday. Pictures of the visit show a smiling Nelson Mandela alongside Michelle Obama and her children.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Business

JPMorgan Securities to Settle Fraud Charges

J.P. Morgan Chase will pay more than $150 million to settle charges the firm misled investors about the riskiness of the mortgage backed securities the firm was selling. The Securities and Exchange Commission says J.P Morgan Securities designed the packages to do poorly and then hid that fact from investors. The company neither confirms nor denies the allegations.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
NPR Story

Huntsman's Campaign Wastes No Time, Hits The Road

After formally announcing his Republican presidential campaign Tuesday, Jon Huntsman went straight to New Hampshire to start drumming up votes. On Wednesday, he travels to South Carolina, a critical stop for the former Utah governor and former ambassador to China because he doesn't plan to campaign in Iowa.

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