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As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:45

Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.

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Clear-up begins after flooding

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:37
A clean-up operation starts after widespread flooding in south and west Scotland, although minor roads remain closed.

'Morale high' on stranded Antarctica ship

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:34
BBC reports from on board stricken Antarctic ship

How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:34

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, supporters promised it would increase the income of Mexicans. And the middle class did grow over the past two decades. But it's clear that the country's ultrarich are its big winners.

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UKIP hails rising membership numbers

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:20
The UK Independence Party says its membership has risen above 30,000 for the first time, after a record year of growth.

How Deflating: Huge Rubber Duck Goes Flat In Taiwan

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:20

The giant inflatable is supposed to project peace and harmony. But Tuesday, it suddenly burst. This isn't the first time that one of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's floating works of art has gone pffff.

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VIDEO: Doctors happy Schumacher 'stable'

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:13
Neurosurgeons in France who are treating Michael Schumacher say he is showing a slight improvement following a second operation last night to relieve pressure on his brain.

Audi and Google expected to announce Android operating system for cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:12

There was news this month that car maker Audi and Google may be planning to partner on developing an Android operating system for cars. The two companies have collaborated before, but this new partnership -- which could be announced at next week's consumer electronics show in Las Vegas -- might be a very big deal. Dave Sullivan, analyst at AutoPacific, joined us to help explain why.

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PODCAST: How safe are bonds?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2013-12-31 08:00

The Dow is up 28 points, two tenths percent to 16-thouand 532.  That's up 29 percent from the close of business last New Year's Eve. The S&P 500 is up a tenth percent, 39 percent for the year with a few hours to go. 

2014 is upon us. Auld Lang Syne makes us think about getting older, and for many, older means an investment portfolio that should be a little more prudent and less risky. So, the advice is often get more bonds into that portfolio and move a bit away from the volatile stock market. But is the economic climate safe enough even for bonds?

And, as we hear more about the commercial development of drones, a new state law seeks to control how law enforcement can use them. January 1, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act goes into effect in Illinois. This limits how police can use drone surveillance (they'll need a warrant). Also, business consulting is about selling outside expertise and can be very lucrative. But did you know companies like Disney and MTV are also in the consulting game?

 

Plane 'incident' in Warwickshire

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:49
Air accident investigators are sent to a "serious incident" involving a light aircraft near Honiley, Warwickshire.

Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:48

A train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in North Dakota on Monday.

“This is just one in a string of legitimate concerns about the movement of crude oil by rail,” says Sandy Fielden, an energy analyst at RBN Energy.

In July, a train carrying oil exploded in Canada, killing 47 people. Last month, in Alabama, an oil-carrying train caught fire when it derailed.

Depending on the investigation, says Fielden, there may be pressure to make some regulatory changes. But don’t expect anything too dramatic: North Dakota is the second largest oil producing state. By some estimates, trains will move 90 percent of North Dakota’s crude next year.

“There’s no question, this oil is going to get to the market,” says Robert Bryce from the conservative Manhattan Institute. He supports the Keystone Pipeline project — as an alternative to moving oil by train. But, he says, it’s going to get to market one way or another.

It’s too early to know exactly what happened in North Dakota. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. There are questions about the tracks, the trains, the tankers that were moving the oil. 

Holly Arthur, with the Association of American Railroads, says rail is safe. Rail has been used to move crude oil since the early days of the industry. Business has picked up dramatically since 2009 and the rise of fracking.

“Today 99.997 percent of all hazmat moved by rail reaches its destination without a release caused by an accident,” says Arthur.

99.997 percent is a reassuring number. But people who live along these lines know there are also more trains hauling oil.

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:40

NPR has been taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of 2013. These 13 reflect the highs and lows of the year, from deadly wildfires and the war in Syria, to football stadiums and same-sex marriage.

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Rival South Sudan Factions Agree To Talks, Cease-Fire

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:37

The conflict pits the country's president against his former vice president, who is accused of plotting a coup. But the violence in the oil-rich nation also has tribal and ethnic dimensions that threaten the world's newest country.

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US hails Guantanamo 'milestone'

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:32
The US hails the release of the last three Chinese Muslim Uighurs from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay as a "significant milestone".

Has Tim Tebow Found His Right Place At ESPN?

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 07:25

The quarterback won fans across the nation a few years back, but hasn't been able to build a solid NFL career. He'll be a college football analyst on TV. Does that sound like the right move for him?

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Child deaths Briton takes own life

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 06:53
Briton Julian Stevenson, accused of killing his two children in Lyon, hangs himself in French jail, officials tell the BBC.

Record New Year's Honours for women

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 06:52
Actresses Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith become dames in the New Year's Honours, which feature more women than men for the first time.

Putin vows to 'destroy terrorists'

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 06:42
Russian President Vladimir Putin vows to "complete annihilate" terrorists, following two suicide attacks on the city of Volgograd.

Shop vouchers after Gatwick chaos

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 06:23
Passengers whose flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport after it was flooded on Christmas Eve are to be offered £100 of shopping vouchers.

Syria chemical deadline 'missed'

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 06:19
A UN deadline for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile looks certain to be missed after the European ships due to collect them turn back.

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