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Newtown Report Offers Few Insights Into School Shooting

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 15:04

The exhaustive compilation of evidence adds details to a summary released by authorities last month showing that shooter Adam Lanza had a fascination with guns and mass shootings.

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Newcastle 12-17 London Wasps

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 14:47
Ashley Johnson and Sam Jones run over tries for London Wasps to condemn Newcastle Falcons to a fifth straight defeat.

Clubs consulted on return to standing

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 14:30
Standing could make a permanent return at all levels of the Football League after its 72 clubs are asked for their opinion.

S Sudan government agrees to truce

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 14:12
The government of South Sudan agrees to an immediate ceasefire but the rebel leader tells the BBC conditions for a truce are not in place.

Resolution recap: Joe Udo explains how he succeeded in 2013

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2013-12-27 14:10

Resolutions are hard! But they can be easier if you put systems into place that fit you and how you tend to behave. Here's some inspiration for your money resolutions for the New Year.

Blogger Joe Udo, a stay-at-home dad and full-time blogger at RetireBy40.org, shares his story of successfully keeping one of his major financial resolutions during a tumultuous year for his family.

Lessons summary:

1. Remove as many obstacles from your goals as possible. Automatic deductions to a savings account means the money is gone before you even have a chance to spend it.

2. Figure out where you can sacrifice to save. Do you have cable TV? A pricey smartphone plan? Re-evaluate all of your expenses.

3. Be accountable to others and yourself. Letting friends and family know what you want to accomplish forces you to focus on specific, achievable goals, who can provide tips from their own experience, too.

Joe Udo explains:

"For the year 2013, we had a pretty big change. It would be the first full year where I don’t have a full-time job. So there [is] some uncertainty about our income. The good thing is that my wife is still working and she likes her job, so we were able to have that stability there."

"The resolution that I’m proud of this year is to contribute $10,000 to our kid’s 529 [college savings] account. This one was a little bit difficult, $10,000 is a lot of money and you never know if the kid is going to college. We do think about our kid’s higher education, quite often actually. A lot of people are depending on their kid to get student loans, but we don’t really want to do that. My parents helped pay for my college education, and my wife had help from her parents. So thats kind of our inheritance."

"For 2014, we’ll set up an automatic deduction so we can take advantage of dollar-cost averaging, because putting $10,000 at once, you never know if the market is going up or down."

"To me, our financial goals, we do have to do make some sacrifice. We mostly cook at home, we only have one car that we share, instead of a car each like most families."

"Blogging about financial goal[s] is really helpful, because I have my readers who are keeping track of my financial goals too as well as myself. So if I fail, I’m not just disappointing myself, I’m also disappointing my readers."

What’s YOUR 2014 resolution? Let us know and we'll help you make sure it happens!

VIDEO: Stuck Antarctic ship awaiting rescue

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:56
A rescue mission is underway in Antarctica to reach a group of scientists and tourists, whose ship has been trapped in dense pack ice since Tuesday.

Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:42

Scientists and growers are in a bitter fight against citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's orange and grapefruit crops. They fear that unless scientists find a cure for greening soon, it's just a matter of time before economic realities and the disease force growers out of business.

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Amid Political Chaos, Thailand's Army Chief Won't Rule Out Coup

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:21

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha hinted that a coup was possible amid violence in the streets between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:11

In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.

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Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:10

North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than rail cars and pipelines can take it to refineries. Now, one company wants to ship it by barge across the Great Lakes. That worries environmentalists, who say a 2010 tar sands oil spill near Lake Michigan has yet to be fully cleaned up.

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Power cuts after severe weather

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:09
Around 1,300 customers may remain without electricity overnight, ferry crossings have been cancelled, and roads are blocked by fallen trees after a day of strong winds and heavy rain.

On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:02

As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.

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Beirut blast kills Sunni politician

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:01
Top Sunni Lebanese ex-minister Mohamad Chatah, a staunch critic of Syria's government and its Hezbollah backers, is killed in a bomb blast.

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