Microsoft to Charge Xbox One Users to Say the Word ‘Xbox’ [MPR Weekly News Summary]

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This Week: A group of veterans complain that this year’s Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular skewed too much toward younger viewers. Plus, details on Microsoft’s controversial new plan to charge Xbox One users 99 cents each time they say the word ‘Xbox,’ and a robot discovers his identity after failing a CAPTCHA.

Podcast #104 – (Most) Things Considered [Week of 7/1/13]

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The cornerstone of the (Mostly) Public Radio brand, journalistic storytelling at its finest, exploring breaking news and critical cultural moments with award-winning reporters who go directly to the source. (Most) Things Considered travels the nation and the world to bring to life stories about war, love, science, art, culture, and much more. This Week’s Breaking Stories: Things did not go as planned as celebrity chef Paula Deen spoke what was supposed to be an apology to African Americans at the 2013 BET Awards. Musician will.i.am filed suit against fellow musician Pharrell over the “I Am” trademark, prompting famed Dr. Seuss…

Obama: ‘White House Down Not an Accurate Portrayal of the Presidency’ [MPR News Summary]

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This Week: President Barack Obama gets frustrated with the White House Press Corps, who insists on continuous comparisons between his performance and Jamie Foxx’s in the soon-to-be-released action thriller White House Down. Plus, Apple opens its first Afghani Apple Store operated by the Taliban, and entertainer Tyler Perry will operate the boom mic in his upcoming film Tyler Perry Presents: Boom Operator – A Love Story Written and Directed by Tyler Perry, Starring Tyler Perry, Boom Mic Operator Tyler Perry: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Those stories and more on this week’s news summary.

Angelina Jolie Donates Breasts to Disadvantaged Ethiopian Girl

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Traveling through Ethiopia, it’s not the sweltering heat that gets to you. It’s not the ongoing sectarian violence that has become a way of life here, nor the plague of hunger that seems to reach into every corner of the poverty-stricken African country. Rather, it’s the children. They’re everywhere, and the emptiness of their forlorn glances rivals only that of their malnourished bellies. I exit my car and a group of interested children immediately circle around me. I can’t help but to consider the oddity that I must appear to be. My khaki shorts and vest must be as perplexing…

U.S. Postal Service Employee’s ‘Bombshell’ Leak Is a Dud

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The U.S. Government is undoubtedly pleased today as a self-declared “bombshell” leak promised by U.S. Postal Service employee Dwayne Johnson turned out to be little more than a litany of complaints against a co-worker. “First there was Manning, then Assange, then Snowden,” the beleaguered mail carrier trumpeted Monday in the Swiss capital of Bern, shortly before an international press conference at which he promised to leak classified U.S. Government information. While it isn’t clear whether Johnson has a future at the U.S. Post Office, it is almost certain that Elsinger Gohl, the Swiss ambassador to the United States will step…