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Tear gas fired at Turkey mine unrest

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:03
Turkish police fire tear gas at thousands of protesters in town of Soma where some 300 miners died on Tuesday.

Scudamore emails 'insult all women'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:54
England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis says emails sent by Richard Scudamore are an "insult to all women".

AUDIO: Miliband on immigration concerns

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:47
Labour leader Ed Miliband says immigration will be a big issue in next year's general election.

Man murdered by intruder named

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:46
Police say they are following a "definite line of inquiry" over the death of a man in a flat in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow.

Farage aide interrupts interview

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:41
Nigel Farage's spokesman interrupts a live interview after the UKIP leader is pressed about immigration and expenses.

Royal editor 'manipulated' by Coulson

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:40
The former royal editor of the News of the World tells the Old Bailey he felt "manipulated" into taking "full blame" for phone hacking at the paper.

VIDEO: Farage aide disrupts radio interview

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:39
The communications director of the UK Independence Party disrupted a interview on LBC with the party's leader Nigel Farage, when he was pursued to answer questions over his expenses.

After Finding $40,000 In Thrift-Store Couch, Roommates Return Money

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:32

Two months after they bought a couch for $20, three roommates realized it was stuffed with envelopes of cash. They decided to track down the rightful owner.

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How Do You Count 500 Million Votes? A Look At India's Election

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:32

Parliamentary elections in the world's largest democracy ended on Friday with a landslide victory for the opposition. Photos offer a glimpse at the logistics behind a massive, six-week election.

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TV journalist Barbara Walters retires

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:29
Legendary US broadcaster Barbara Walters is retiring from a 52-year career with a last appearance on her daytime show, The View.

When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:25

Let me tell you a story — a history story — that's all numbers, only numbers, and still packs an emotional wallop. Button up. It's 1812. In Russia. It's cold.

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How we measure the poverty line(s)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:23

Until the mid-1960s, the U.S. didn't have an official, federal poverty line.

In 1963, the Social Security Administration asked one of its researchers, Mollie Orshanksy, to report on child poverty. Orshansky quickly realized there was no way to tell exactly how many children were living in poverty, and devised a simple calculation to determine who was poor. 

She took the the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "thrifty food plan," which estimated the minimum amount of food that cash-strapped families could survive on, and still be healthy.

In 1963, that food cost $1,033 dollars for the year. Data from surveys at the time showed the average family spent about a third of their income on food, so Orshanksy took that $1,033 and multiplied it by three. Any family earning less than that amount was below the poverty line. Fifty years later, that is still how the federal government determines who is in poverty: the minimum you need for food, multiplied by three.

Many poverty researchers find that problematic, because these days, the average family spends about one-seventh of its income on food, not one third. But other costs, like housing, medical care, childcare and commuting have risen.

For the past few years, the Census Bureau has published a Supplemental Poverty Measure, which takes those rising costs into account, along with whether people live in low-cost or high-cost areas. The Supplemental measure also adds in the benefits that many low-income people recieve like SNAP and subsidized housing.

Many poverty researchers agree the supplemental measure paints a more accurate picture of who is in poverty, but the government still uses Orshanky's original formula to determine its official measure.

Why The U.S. Shunned The Man Who Will Now Lead India

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:21

The U.S. and other Western governments ostracized Narendra Modi for the past decade. They are now willing to deal with him, but it's not clear how warm those relations might be.

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PC admits 'sexting' crime victim

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:20
A policeman admits sending "sex texts" to a "vulnerable victim of crime".

VIDEO: Taiwan nationals return home after riots

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:20
Scores of Taiwanese nationals working in Vietnam return home following a series of violent anti-China protests in several Vietnamese cities.

Wole Soyinka: I Just Want Those Monsters Exterminated

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:09

The Nigerian Nobel laureate says the abduction of more than 250 girls by extremist group Boko Haram is a defining moment for his country.

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The age-old anxiety of exam time

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:07
The age-old anxiety of examination time

Weekendish: False memories

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:06
A round-up of some of the best long and short reads, as well as video, from the BBC News website this week, with your extra comments.

GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:06

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

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Is It Donald Sterling's Right To Fight For His Team?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:05

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling will reportedly fight the NBA to keep his team. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that feud, and Solange and Jay-Z's elevator dust-up.

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