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Anti-IS protest stops M4 traffic

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 09:41
Traffic is held up by an anti-Islamic State protest on the westbound side of the M4 Second Severn Crossing.

Weekend Brunch: AIG and women in sports

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-10-12 09:35

ESPN The Magazine's Mina Kimes and Shane Ferro from Business Insider look back on the week's news.

This weekend's reading list:

Dealbook/New York Times: AIG Bailout, Revisionists' Version

ESPN: Lawsuits show MLB's gender problem

Quartz: Memo to Warren Buffett: Actually, women are better than men at managing money

VIDEO: Record-breaking firework in Japan

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 09:13
A new world record has been set for the heaviest firework in the city of Konosu in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Resist Blood Clots

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 09:03

When blood flows over an artificial surface, whether it's an implanted pacemaker or tubing for a dialysis machine, there's an increased risk that a dangerous clot will form.

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Three arrested over Wrexham murder

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:55
Three people are arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Wrexham, police say.

Cyclone Hudhud Blasts India With Winds Topping 120 MPH

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:51

Cyclone Hudhud is being blamed for several deaths after it struck the port city of Visakhapatnam (often called Vizag), destroying shops and snapping power lines along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

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Hamilton hails title-winning car

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:48
Lewis Hamilton is full of praise for Mercedes after they won the constructors' championship and he secured his ninth win of the season.

Record labels try their luck at comedy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:32

The Recording Industry Association of America released their mid-year report, showing revenue industry wide is down almost five percent from last year as audiences turn towards streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.

But for one iconic indie label, there’s hope sales can bounce back, and that hope relies on comedy.

“Our two comedy releases that we’ve put out in the last twelve months have sold better than all the other records we have put out in the last 12 months, combined,” says the President of Kill Rock Stars, Portia Sabin. “It’s pretty wild!”

That’s a big change for Kill Rock Stars, which released albums from noted music acts like Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill and Elliot Smith. This week, the label released comedian Cameron Esposito’s critically praised new album, Same Sex Symbol.

That comes as other indie labels are taking a similar tact. For example, record label Sub Pop, which first made its mark with the bands Nirvana and Soundgarden, is now home to comedian Sarah Silverman, while the label Drag City has signed comedian Neil Hamburger.

Portia Sabin joined Marketplace’s Lizzie O’Leary from the Kill Rock Stars office in Portland, Oregon, to talk about comedy and the future of the recording industry. 

The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:26

Shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place. Experts say it'll be at least another year before the U.S. system moves beyond technology from the 1970s.

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Liverpool win title on final day

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:13
Liverpool retain their Women's Super League title on goal difference on a dramatic final day of the season.

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