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Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:26

The Afghans will elect a new president, and the U.S. combat mission will end. There are worries about a resurgent Taliban, the fragile economy and the future of women's rights. In short, Afghans are concerned about most everything.

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VIDEO: Norway's 'Slow TV' attracts viewers

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25
Pioneered in Norway, so-called Slow TV has featured an eight-hour knitting epic and a six-day ferry journey through the fjords.

The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25

Just six people managed to sign up for health insurance through the federal website the day it opened for business. The numbers are better now, but the botched rollout may have not only inconvenienced people, but also permanently changed people's perceptions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:24

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

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Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:23

Scientists hope to solve mysteries of the human brain by studying much simpler neural networks — like the brain circuits of fruit flies and mice. Already such research is turning up clues to why many people with autism are easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud sound.

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VIDEO: Snowboarding 'slopestyle' medal hope

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:16
Professional snowboarder Jenny Jones is one of Britain's main hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics in February.

Ukraine activist beating: Three held

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:13
Police in Ukraine arrest three suspects over the severe beating of an anti-government activist and journalist, Tetyana Chornovol.

VIDEO: Wildlife 'thrived' in hot summer

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:11
The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.

Japan agrees Okinawa US airbase move

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:10
The government of Japan's Okinawa prefecture approves the relocation of a US military airbase, ending years of deadlock, officials say.

VIDEO: Brewers seek UN heritage status

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:58
Germany has been known for its beer culture for centuries, but now some of the country's top brewers want their five-century-old purity law to be given world heritage status by the United Nations' cultural agency.

10 reasons to remember 2013

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:53
BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter looks back at a year of "huge significance" for the sport

VIDEO: Is Paris prepared if Seine floods?

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:43
In 1910 the river Seine in Paris rose eight metres above its normal level. Experts are now predicting that if a similar flood happened today, half a million homes could be lost and hundreds of thousands made homeless.

'Booty Call,' 'Above The Rim' Director Dies At 54

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:41

Police say Jeffrey Ian Pollack was found collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said Thursday they do not suspect foul play.

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Icebound Ship In Antarctica Edges Closer To Rescue

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:38

A ship that has been trapped in thick Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve was nearing rescue on Friday. A Chinese icebreaker named the Snow Dragon draws close to the icebound vessel.

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VIDEO: How to make a viral spaceman

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:33
The secret to making viral videos - from a man who knows

Children died in India relief camps

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:25
At least 34 children die in camps set up for thousands who fled their homes in the Hindu-Muslim clashes in the north Indian town of Muzaffarnagar, an official report says.

Police File To Be Released On Newtown Shooting

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:25

The planned release of thousands of pages of state police documents from the investigation into last year's Newtown school massacre could shed light on the world of the gunman Adam Lanza.

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England fight back in Melbourne

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:19
England's bowlers reduce Australia to 164-9, still 91 runs behind, on a dramatic second day of the fourth Ashes Test.

Japan close to escaping deflation

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:01
Japanese consumer prices rise at the fastest pace in five years, showing government policies to end its deflation problem may be taking effect.

Two hurt in explosion at flats

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 22:46
A man and woman were taken to hospital on Boxing Day after a gas explosion in a flat in Inverclyde.

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