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Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-27 07:11

In America, there's a fine line between gimmicky wrestling and performance art.

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'It wasn't care, it was like hell'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:59
The story of one victim of paedophile care home boss

OPEC Holds Production Steady, Signaling Lower Fuel Prices

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:49

Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.

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Terminally ill woman settles claim

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:45
A terminally ill mother-of-two who said she would have been cured of her cancer had she been diagnosed earlier settles her case.

Mitchell loses 'plebgate' libel case

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:41
A judge ruling in Andrew Mitchell's High Court libel action says he is satisfied the MP used the word "pleb".

Ukraine in anti-corruption pledge

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:41
Ukraine's new parliament meets for the first time, as the president says he intends to nominate a foreigner to lead the country's anti-corruption efforts.

More powers for Scotland explained

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:15
The Holyrood parliament in Edinburgh is on course to receiving new powers, including on income tax, VAT and airport duty - but what will this mean for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Follow this explainer to find out more....

VIDEO: Why stand as an election no-hoper?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:14
Most by-elections have a raft of candidates who have no hope of winning, or even saving their deposit.

Beckenbauer investigated by Fifa

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:14
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Franz Beckenbauer is being investigated over selection for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Libya cafe bombed over graphic video

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:11
A fast-food restaurant in the capital Tripoli is bombed overnight after a video showing a worker defiling food in its kitchen.

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:02

The Ferguson Public Library has become a refuge for community during a difficult time. In response, donations to the library have reached "several orders of magnitude" higher than ever.

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What's the best day to shop for holiday bargains?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:58

Black Friday sales long ago jumped their 24-hour confines. And with good reason: American consumers spend a third of their annual retail expenditures during these last few weeks of the year.

But this year there are fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so retailers are pushing more deals than ever, according to Thom Blischok, a retail analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“It would be fair to say that this will be the richest holiday season with regard to the numbers of sales and the percentage of sales,” Blischok said. “And let’s not forget online shopping.”

That online shopping holiday, once known as Cyber Monday, is lately more like Cyber Week. This year Adobe Digital Index found that online shopping deals will peak on Thanksgiving, with an average markdown of 24 percent.

And if you’re wary of scouring Amazon while you’re basting your turkey, Adobe analyst Tamara Gaffney says there’s a reason you might want to reconsider.

“By Black Friday you’re going to have a two times higher out-of-stock when you shop online. When you get to cyber Monday, which is December first, it will be five times higher,” Gaffney said.

So analysts say the best days to shop will be Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It seems the advice is: shop early, shop often.

Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:45

AAA says some 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving — the largest number since 2007.

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VIDEO: The longest-serving political leader in UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:43
Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.

Brandao jailed for Motta headbutt

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:38
A one-month jail sentence is given to Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao for a headbutt in a French league fixture.

OPEC is stuck between lots of oil and a hard place

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:30

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting Thursday, and with oil prices at a four-year low the group is at a crossroads.

Marketplace sustainability reporter Scott Tong says OPEC is facing a changed oil industry and a tough choice. They could cut production and sacrifice market share to other producers, namely the U.S., or they could stay the course and let prices keep falling.

There's no easy answer, and Tong says the cartel could be in for gridlock not unlike what we've seen in Washington. That's good for oil producers in the U.S. right now, but if prices get too low it could spell trouble for the fracking boom here.

Listen to David Gura's full conversation with Tong in the audio player above. Below, you can hear Gura's interview with Jamie Webster, who's in Vienna for Thursday's meeting.

Wilshere set to miss three months

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:25
Arsenal say midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for approximately three months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

VIDEO: 'She was anything but conventional'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:17
The novelist, PD James, one of the most respected British crime writers, has died at the age of 94.

VIDEO: 70% of shop chicken contaminated

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:11
The Food Standards Agency has warned that 70% of fresh chickens sold in UK shops are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug.

Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:03

Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they're among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.

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