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Man charged with Omagh bomb murders

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:06
A 43-year-old man from the Republic of Ireland is due to appear in court, charged with the murders of 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bomb attack.

What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:06

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:59

The wearable computing headset will be available for anyone to purchase, for one day only, on Tuesday. Google says it's expanding the Glass testing program to get more feedback.

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For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:56

The Albuquerque Police Department has engaged in excessive force and unreasonable deadly force, according to a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice.

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VIDEO: 'I never won the model contests'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:44
How Australia's first international Indigenous model got to the top

Sebelius resigns after Obamacare woes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:43

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system. 
Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation and says he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

Sebelius's departure comes as the Obama administration seeks to move past the woes of the initial rollout of Obamacare, which included a website launch marred by glitches, an unexpected cancellation of some Americans' individual health insurance policies and seemingly endless delays of key deadlines and requirements.

Sebelius faced a high-profile grilling in front of a Congressional panel over the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, and mentions of her all but disappeared from the President's public comments and addresses regarding the ACA. Most notably, Sebelius did not even appear at President Obama's triumphant announcement of 7 million Obamacare enrollees in the White House Rose Garden last week.

According to The New York Times, Sebelius approached the president last month about the decision. Sebelius was previously the governor of Kansas, until she was nominated for the cabinet position in 2009.

Sebelius will resign after Obamacare woes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:43

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, will resign after serving five years in the position and presiding over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama accepted Sebelius's resignation earlier in the week, and on Friday will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, according to White House officials.

Sebelius's departure comes as the Obama administration seeks to move past the woes of the initial rollout of Obamacare, which included a website launch marred by glitches, an unexpected cancellation of some Americans' individual health insurance policies and seemingly endless delays of key deadlines and requirements.

Sebelius faced a high-profile grilling in front of a Congressional panel over the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, and mentions of her all but disappeared from the President's public comments and addresses regarding the ACA. Most notably, Sebelius did not even appear at President Obama's triumphant announcement of 7 million Obamacare enrollees in the White House Rose Garden last week.

According to The New York Times, Sebelius approached the president last month about the decision. Sebelius was previously the governor of Kansas, until she was nominated for the cabinet position in 2009.

God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:40

The eastern Ukrainian city is caught in a tug of war between Kiev and Moscow. A tongue-in-cheek campaign is presenting a third option: annexation by Britain. After all, a Welshman founded it in 1884

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Jamieson and Guy win British titles

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:35
Michael Jamieson wins the 200m breaststroke while James Guy sets a new British 400m freestyle record on day one in Glasgow.

The GPS trade-off: Get lost less often, but lose privacy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:34

In the age of Google Maps, Siri, and GPS, it is hard to get lost.

"You can if you really, really work at it,” says Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter at the Boston Globe and author of “You are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.”

“The whole idea of being able to navigate through the world with a higher degree of reliability is one of the most challenging technical problems the human race has ever faced, and it’s taken us centuries to beat it.”

But this technological achievement has come at a price, says Bray: Privacy.

Bray says many technologies weren’t designed to track people, but some companies -- and governments -- are using it to do just that. Cell phones and license plate scanners have new, unforseen second purposes. Many cities regularly scan the license plates of vehicles driving their streets.

"There’s no limit right now, under law, [on] how long you can keep those records," Bray says. “I don’t want to get lost, I just don’t want others to constantly track my location.”

VIDEO: Al-Jazeera trial dismissed as 'joke'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:27
Three Al-Jazeera journalists have denounced as a "joke" the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt.

Vote 'risk' for UK credit status

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:19
A vote for Scottish independence would delay the UK's return to triple A credit status, according to the ratings agency, Fitch.

Queen and president celebrate NI

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:14
The Queen and Irish President Michael D Higgins jointly host a Northern Ireland-themed reception at Windsor Castle, on the penultimate day of Mr Higgins' four-day state visit to the UK.

Utah Gay Marriage Gets Hearing In Appeals Court

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

Same-sex marriage went before an appeals court in Utah on Thursday. It's the first federal appellate court to hear a marriage case after the 2013 marriage equality decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee was in the courtroom for the hearing.

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Egyptian Journalist Trial Is Long On Jail Time — But Short On Proof

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Leila Fadel in Cairo about the ongoing trial of Al-Jazeera journalists. The journalists have now been in jail for more than 100 days.

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Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as a late night host on the network. Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced his retirement last week.

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Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

Thursday's a milestone day in India's long election, as 11 states and territories vote on seats in the lower house of parliament. The ruling Congress Party is suffering under anti-incumbent sentiment.

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Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week.

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Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

The House voted Thursday to approve the budget introduced by Paul Ryan. It was passed on a party line vote. NPR's Tamara Keith joins the program to talk politics and policy.

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A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:08

The slogan is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else). But some wonder whether it's time to retire it.

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