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9:38 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets

Cars pack a Kurdish checkpoint as residents flee Mosul in northern Iraq. The city was overrun by Islamic militants last week.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 11:38 am

When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.

But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Chelsea Manning Says She Leaked Classified Info Out Of Love For Country

PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks
U.S. Army handout Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:02 am

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, says she disclosed the information out of "a love for my country and a sense of duty to others."

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Sun June 15, 2014

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Chronic stress can cause deficiencies in the pre-frontal cortex, which is essential for learning.
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Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Obama Steps In To End Philadelphia Commuter Rail Strike

Unaware of the work stoppage Roy Pearson waits for a SEPTA commuter train at the East Falls commuter rail station in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Joseph Kaczmarek AP

President Obama has stepped in to end a commuter rail strike in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, Obama granted Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's request for the creation of an emergency board to mediate the contract issues.

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Africa
7:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Dorm Living For Staff Of New British Embassy In Somalia

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 11:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Obama administration says that it will soon appoint a U.S. ambassador to reopen the mission in Somalia. Now the U.S. embassy closed its doors in 1991 when the Somali government collapsed and warlords took over the country. The danger sharpened two years later when Somali fighters shot down two U.S. helicopters, killing 18 U.S. soldiers in an incident that came to be known as Black Hawk Down.

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