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VIDEO: Best football anthems - voted by you

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 09:16
Find out which football matchday songs make the 'Top Of The Kop' charts, as voted for by BBC Sport users.

UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 09:12
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times", as experts warn time is running out.

South Sudan bans foreign workers

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 09:07
South Sudan government issues an order to non-governmental organisations and private firms to fire foreign workers by mid-October amid an aid crisis.

Council says 6,000 jobs to go

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:56
A further 6,000 jobs will be cut at Birmingham City Council in the next four years, making the workforce about a third of the size it was in 2010.

US 'would consider Iraq ground troops'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:44
US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State militants if the current strategy fails, a top US general says.

The other big vote in Scotland

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:30
While Scotland decides its future on Thursday, the R&A will announce whether it will admit female members for the first time.

Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:19

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.

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PCC resigns over child abuse scandal

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:14
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

VIDEO: Rare colossal squid defrosted

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:06
Scientists in New Zealand have thawed and started to examine a rare colossal squid caught in a fisherman's net.

Trott ready to resume England career

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:05
Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott believes he is ready to resume his England career, 10 months after he quit the Ashes tour.

Russia 'must boost Crimea forces'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:55
Russia needs to boost forces in Crimea because of the Ukraine crisis and a foreign military build-up, Russia's defence minister says.

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:54
Ukrainian MPs adopt a law granting special status to parts of eastern regions held by pro-Russian rebels and an amnesty for rebel fighters.

Would-be school gunman sentenced

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:50
A man persuaded by an Atlanta-area school worker to surrender rather than go on a shooting rampage is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:46

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:45
Chinese footwear firm Ultrasonic has announced the disappearance of its chief executive and chief operating officer, along with most of its cash.

'Bloodshed threat' before gas siege

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:39
A worker at a gas plant where British hostages were killed by militants allegedly threatened "bloodshed" the night beforehand, an inquest hears.

The numbers for September 16, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:33

About 45.3 million people were living at or below the poverty line last year, according to new census data released Tuesday. That's about 14.5 percent of the population, and a slight drop from last year's 15 percent. Median household income also crept up to $51,939, only about $180 more than last year.

Here's what we're reading — and other numbers we're watching — Tuesday morning.

$105

That's the base price of Android One, a series of affordable smartphones Google announced in India Monday. It's a bid to capture the country's emerging smartphone market, the New York Times reported, which is expected to double by 2018. Google is also testing drones designed to bring Internet to remote areas.

$70 million

The cost for Russian rockets to ferry one American astronaut to the International Space Station has climbed since the space shuttle was retired three years ago, and NASA is looking for a new solution. They're expected to contract out so-called "space taxis," the Wall Street Journal reported, and Boeing is the favorite over Elon Musk's SpaceX.

$340 million

Money was contracted to private companies to clean Chicago's public schools in February as a cost saving move. Now principals are pushing back, the Washington Post reported, saying their schools are filthy, grappling with waste and bug problems they didn't have before.

Sport autobiographies - best quotes

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:31
Memorable quotes from sporting autobiographies

Passport delay victims 'need refund'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:24
Passport applicants who paid £30 extra to avoid missing travel because of processing delays should get refunds, MPs say.

Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 07:20

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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