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Gherkin sold to Brazilian billionaire

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:57
One of London's most distinctive office buildings, the Gherkin, has been bought by a Brazilian group for more than £700m.

Blizzard announces Overwatch game

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:53
Developer Blizzard has announced a team-based shooting game called Overwatch.

Reagan apology to Thatcher revealed

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:52
A recorded conversation between an apologetic Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada has been published for the first time.

Bombing At Nigerian High School Kills Dozens

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:49

As many as 48 students reportedly died in the attack came during a morning assembly Monday. It's being blamed on the insurgent group Boko Haram.

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In pictures: World leaders and awkward handshakes

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:45
World leaders looking uncomfortable shaking hands

Tower Bridge unveils glass walkway

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:30
A glass walkway which gives visitors a bird's eye view of traffic is unveiled at London's Tower Bridge.

Will Jeb Bush Run For President? His Brother Says Maybe

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:23

George W. Bush says there's a good chance his brother will run for president in 2016. And he also thinks his family name shouldn't hold Jeb back if he does.

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AUDIO: Tape reveals Reagan apology to Thatcher

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:15
A taped recording of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher reveals the then US president apologising for the country's invasion of Grenada.

Why God was not killed by the Great War

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:04
Why God was not killed by the Great War

Indian woman paraded naked on donkey

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:03
A woman is stripped naked and paraded on a donkey on the orders of a caste council in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

Winter is coming: Why forecasters love a good vortex

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-11-10 02:00

The polar vortex is back. It hit the northern U.S. on Sunday, is sweeping down through the Midwest, and will then move out to the East Coast. Temperatures could drop by 40 degrees and bring some all-time daily lows. 

Directly in the path of this cold air mass is the city of Brainerd, Minnesota. City administrator Patrick Wussow is not panicking. When I called him, he was actually chuckling. 

Wussow had not yet heard that the area would be struck by a vortex. The city had not made any special preparations for the cold weather, nor did people in town seem overly concerned. He says: “It's business as usual, preparing for the weather whichever way it comes—cold or warm.” 

When similar weather patterns brought on historic cold temperatures in December and January last year, the media popularized the phrase “polar vortex,” and for good reason. It makes for a big weather story, and that buzz creates revenue for weather news outlets. This vortex is a top story on sites like CBS News tells readers to prepare for “the sequel.” The NY Daily News calls it a “scary weather phenomenon.” 

Dave Changnon is a professor of meteorology at Northern Illinois University. He says one of the reasons forecasters love a good vortex is that it is predictable, so it makes for an easy story. “It's not like a snow storm,” he says “where forecasters sit there and say, 'oh, we are going to get buried with two feet of snow' and then all the sudden it misses.” If the weather patterns show a polar vortex is coming, it is coming. 

People have pretty short weather memories says Changnon, so they forget that these vorticies are nothing new. They are a reoccurring and documented part of the weather pattern, and he says people in their 40s should remember similar cold weather in past Novembers. 

This vortex is a little unusual, Changnon says, because it is appearing earlier in November than most. But for that reason, he says it won't be anywhere near as cold as last year's vorticies. Changon says people in the affected areas should just prepare for temperatures that feel more like January instead of November. 

 He, for one, plans to wear a scarf and coat.

VIDEO: British bomber 'different' after uni

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 01:36
A relative of Kabir Ahmed, who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq, has described how he became a "different" man at university.