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8:40 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches

Municipal guards with batons chase a mob of thieves that snatched bags and wallets from beachgoers on Arpoador beach, adjacent to Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 20.
Marcelo Carnaval AP

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 8:04 am

Amanda Maia was visiting Rio de Janeiro for the weekend earlier this month with her mother. It was a sunny day and so they went to Ipanema beach to catch some rays. She says she noticed a few groups of kids.

"There were lots of gangs, about 10, 15 children each; they were about 10 or 12 years old," Maia recalls.

At first, she says, they were just roaming the streets, checking people out. The ones she saw were smoking marijuana, too.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Supermarket Tragedy Leads To Resignation Of Latvian Leader

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.
Yves Logghe AP

The collapse of a supermarket roof and the more than 50 deaths it caused last week has led Latvia's prime minister to announce he's stepping down.

"Latvia needs to have a government that will supported by the Saeima [parliament] majority and deal with the current situation in the nation," Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday, according to The Baltic Times.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Please Send This Man Photos Of Snow On Your Patio Furniture

Just what Denver news anchor Kyle Clark doesn't want to see.
Kenneth Martin Landov

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 11:30 am

If you haven't seen it yet, take a couple minutes to watch this video of Denver news anchor Kyle Clark's funny appeal to the people of Colorado to stop sending his TV station so many pictures of snow piled up on their patio furniture.

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Parallels
7:48 am
Wed November 27, 2013

In Kenya, Corruption Is Widely Seen, Rarely Punished

Video footage shows what appears to be Kenyan soldiers carrying plastic shopping bags as they leave a supermarket at Westgate Mall during a terrorist attack in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Kenya's security forces have long been rated as among the most corrupt institutions in the country, but even jaded Kenyans were shocked by the CCTV footage.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 11:20 am

Editor's Note: One out of three Africans paid a bribe in the past year to obtain a government document, get medical care, place kids in school or settle an issue with police, according to a recent survey. Police consistently attracted the highest ratings of corruption, including those in Kenya. NPR's Gregory Warner looks at the impact it has on the country.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Wed November 27, 2013

'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

This still from a video of an alleged "knockout game" assault has been played over and over on news reports on the supposed trend.
HLN

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 6:00 pm

There are a few variations, but this is generally how "the knockout game" works: A teenager, or a bunch of teenagers, bored and looking for something to get into, spies some unsuspecting mark on the street. They size up the person, then walk up close to their target and — BLAM — punch him or her as hard as possible in an effort to knock the person out. The most brazen perpetrators even post the videos on sites like YouTube and Vine.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge Orders Sriracha Factory To Cool It

Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Peppered with complaints from citizens about burning eyes, sore throats and headaches, city officials in Irwindale, Calif., went to court to see if they could do something about smells coming from a factory that produces Sriracha hot sauce.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Good News, Bad News: Jobless Claims Dip, But Key Orders Drop

While a key measure of factory orders weakened in October, there's better news about the labor market: fewer Americans are filing claims for unemployment insurance.
Mark Duncan AP

First, the good news:

There were 316,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, down 10,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration said Wednesday.

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Parallels
6:27 am
Wed November 27, 2013

World Headlines: China Tracked U.S. Bombers Over New Zone

Computer screens display a map showing the outline of China's new air defense zone in the East China on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, in Beijing.
Ng Han Guan AP

China, Xinhua

China says it tracked U.S. B-52 bombers that flew over its "air defense identification zone."

Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said Wednesday the U.S. aircraft flew south and north along the eastern border of the East China Sea air defense identification zone from 11 a.m. to 1:22 p.m. Tuesday, about 120 miles east of the disputed islands that Japan calls Senkaku and China Diaoyu.

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The Two-Way
5:24 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Thai Protesters Continue Effort To Topple Government

An anti-government protester blows her whistle during a rally Wednesday at Democracy Monument in Bangkok.
Athit Perawongmetha Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 6:44 am

We told you earlier this week about the massive anti-government protests in Thailand in which demonstrators took over parts of the Finance and Foreign ministries and called on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. On Wednesday, the fourth day of demonstrations, protesters forced the evacuation of the country's top crime-fighting agency.

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Business
5:09 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Star Trek's George Takei Adds Perfume Mogul To His Resume

The scent is being sold through Amazon and of course it's called EAU My, which is Takei's catchphrase. But for the perfume, the oh is spelled EAU.

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