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5 Interrogation Methods The CIA Used On Terrorism Suspects

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:09

The Senate's report says CIA interrogators used methods such as rectal infusion and waterboarding on detainees. The report says the techniques were ineffective, a point the agency disputes.

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Ends As A Macho Soap Opera Often Anchored By Women

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:09

FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy airs its final episode tonight, capping a seven-season run. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says cable's most macho series succeeded by finding strong roles for women.

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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:09

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.

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'Torture Report': Did Harsh Interrogations Help Catch Osama Bin Laden?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:39

The Senate Intelligence Committee found that the detainee that provided key information did so before he was submitted to enhanced interrogation. The CIA questions that account.

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From Grading Tests To Mixing Beats

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:33

Monica Shah's middle school students in the nation's capital don't call her "Ms. Shah," but "DJ Shah."

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Green dismisses report of QPR fight

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:07
QPR keeper Robert Green insists there was no altercation involving his team-mates at a Christmas lunch.

Resignation to signal end of a rocky era for Detroit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:00

Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is expected to resign at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Orr is responsible for putting Detroit into – and getting it out of – the biggest municipal bankruptcy this country has ever seen.

After adjusting $18 billion worth of debt, Detroit will end this fiscal year in the black.

Who wins and loses as oil prices fall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:00

As oil prices fall,the global economy has winners and losers. The losers include oil companies, and countries that rely on oil revenue. But the worst hit countries aren't necessarily the best-known or biggest producers. Trevor Houser, a partner at the Rhodium Group, has calculated the economic impact on every country if oil prices stay low. "It turns out the countries that are most vulnerable are oil producers we never hear about," Houser says. For instance, if oil prices stay low, the Republic of Congo will effectively see about 27 percent of its economy disappear.

The thinking behind the Fed's next move

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:00

Next week, Federal Reserve policymakers hold their last meeting of the calendar year, and many economists expect they may do something major.

Really major.

They may remove the two-word phrase, "considerable time," from the guidance they issue – the tea leaves economists and investors try to read to figure out what the policymakers are thinking.

Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke first used the phrase “considerable time” in September 2012: “The committee emphasized that it expects a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy to remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economic recovery strengthens,” the language read that day, and in the 17 Fed statements since.

Two words may not sound important, but according to Dana Saporta, an economist with Credit Suisse, that first mention was a turning point. “It was a time in which the Fed was moving away from calendar-based forward guidance” – that is, tying policy changes to certain dates– “to thresholds”—that is, tying policy changes to inflation or unemployment.

Throughout the economic recovery, the Fed has been trying to telegraph something, says Guy Berger, U.S. economist at RBS Securities: “Our policy is dictated by how the economy is evolving.” And maybe, now that Fed has wrapped up its multi-trillion-dollar bond-buying program, the economy has evolved enough for it to signal to investors higher rates are coming soon.

Why?

Well, take last week’s employment report. In November, the U.S. economy added 321,000 new jobs, and wages ticked up 0.4 percent. “When they look at domestic economic indicators, almost all of them have improved,” says Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo. But, he notes, there is a lot more on the Fed’s radar.

“The plunge in oil prices has caught a lot of folks by surprise,” Vitner points out. “Right now the rest of the world is a bit of a drag on the U.S. economy, and it presents some downside risk.”

He says Fed policymakers are keeping an eye on the economies of China and Germany, both of which have slowed down, and that could affect the economy here in the future.

Greek election move rattles investors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:00

Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras spooked investors on Thursday. Greek lawmakers had been due to vote in a new president in February but Samaras moved the vote forward in an attempt to force parliament to back his candidate for the presidency and, in turn, his pro-austerity policies. It’s a big gamble: If Samaras loses that vote, it could trigger a general election, which he would likely lose. The victor – according to the opinion polls – could be the left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party. That outcome would raise fears about Greece repaying its debts. And it could once again re-ignite a wider crisis of confidence in the euro.

VIDEO: Hawking film premieres in London

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:53
The famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is to attend the premiere of a new film about his life, The Theory of Everything.

Volunteers drown in South Africa

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:49
Two British charity volunteers drown while swimming off the coast of South Africa.

VIDEO: Boris Johnson's singing skills tested

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:42
London Mayor Boris Johnson recites the lyrics to Jessie J's song Bang Bang on London radio station Capital FM's breakfast show.

American 'planned attacks in Israel'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:39
A US citizen being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say.

Abercrombie & Fitch boss steps down

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:32
Mike Jeffries, the controversial chief executive of US clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch, resigns as the firm struggles with changing teen shopping preferences.

VIDEO: Kalashnikov rifle in 60 seconds

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:31
BBC News takes a quick look at the Kalashnikov, or AK-47, one of the world's most recognisable weapons.

Ambulance man walked past crush

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:29
An ambulance officer at Hillsborough walked past fans who seemed to be "in significant need of help", an inquests jury has heard.

Aguero out for four to six weeks

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:29
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss between four and six weeks with a knee injury, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity Sends Healthy Boy To An Ebola Ward

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:20

An ambulance in Sierra Leone is sent out to pick up a suspected patient. But after two wrong turns and several stops for directions, it arrives at the home of a 14-year-old boy with no signs of Ebola.

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Argentina: Where Cash Is King And Robberies Are On The Rise

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:19

With spiraling inflation and a distrust in banks after the country's 2001 default, Argentines are keeping more cash on hand. And that means robbery rates are spiraling, too.

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