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Three men held over £2m heroin haul

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:32
Three men are arrested after heroin with an estimated street value of £2m is seized following raids in Glasgow's Springburn area.

A science news preview of 2015

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:29
A year of speed, space, soil and big bangs ahead

Voice of Babe and Rugrats dies at 51

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:22
Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who brought to life characters including Babe and Chuckie on Rugrats, dies aged 51.

Patient tests negative for Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:21
Tests on a patient in Cornwall suspected to have Ebola have proved negative, Public Health England confirms.

FTSE unlikely to match 2013 close

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:14
London shares edge higher in early New Year's Eve trading, but the FTSE 100 looks set to end the year lower than it did in 2013.

Kazakhstan takes Guantanamo inmates

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:13
Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are sent to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon says.

Meningitis baby appeal tops £120,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:07
The family of a baby girl who lost her limbs due to meningitis say they have raised over £120,000 for her care.

Hundreds ignore new M4 speed cameras

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:01
Motorists are warned that enforcement action will start in the new year on average 50mph speed enforcement cameras on the M4 through Port Talbot.

£5.5m football stadium hit by delays

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:37
Manchester football team FC United's new £5.5m stadium may not open until February following a series of setbacks.

Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:31

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:28

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The A-B-Cs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:27

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:23

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:22

The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.

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VIDEO: First same-sex weddings in Scotland

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:06
Scotland's first same-sex weddings have taken place following a change in the law earlier this month.

VIDEO: A topsy turvy year in politics

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:51
The year before a general election is not always full of political excitement, but 2014 has seen the rise of UKIP, the Scottish referendum, and one or two scandals in Westminster.

VIDEO: Trend for high end gin boosts sales

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:38
Many revellers will be raising a glass this New Year's Eve, but apparently more and more people are choosing gin as their tipple of choice.

Nuclear secrets in the Australian outback

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:11
Australians living with the impact of UK nuclear tests