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New 'IS chemical attack' in Syria

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 09:19
Islamic State militants may have used chemical weapons in an attack on a town in northern Syria on Friday, medical organisations and rebels say.

'England can still retain Ashes'

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 09:13
England can win all three Twenty20 games against Australia to retain the women's Ashes, says captain Charlotte Edwards.

VIDEO: Syria migrants: 'We just want some peace'

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 09:08
Record numbers of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to reach Europe.

VIDEO: 'Air show pilots keep to stringent rules'

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:46
Chris Heames, a Hawker Hunter jet pilot at public air displays, describes his shock at hearing about the scale of the Shoreham air show disaster, which left his colleague Andy Hill in a critical condition in hospital.

Not Over 'Til It's Over: Runner's Early Celebration Costs Her The Bronze

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:43

American distance runner Molly Huddle is the latest athlete to learn the hard way about premature victory celebrations.

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Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You On Facebook

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:35

Public professional Facebook pages focused on medicine are catching on. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with their patients.

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Tech stocks were on sale yesterday — and people bought

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:15

If all of a sudden there were a huge sale on what are normally out-of-reach, expensive goods, you'd probably go shopping, right? 

Well, that sale happened yesterday, when Black Monday became a two-fer: A massive selloff on Wall Street, and also an opportunity for bargain shopping, Black Friday style. Tech stocks had huge and high-profile markdowns, and today they're leading the rebound. That's because, in some ways, Netflix, Apple and Google are like the Chanel, Hermes and Prada of Wall Street: They never go on sale, so when they do? You get in line. 

By midday, Netflix was up nearly 10 percent, Apple over 5 percent, Google 4 percent and Facebook nearly 5 percent. Tesla, Amazon and Twitter were also big movers. Tech stocks had been among the hardest hit in Monday's selloff, especially Netflix, which has been on an absolute tear in recent months. The tech-heavy Nasdaq suffered its first 10 percent drop since November 2012.

But why were these stocks hit so hard in the first place? Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research says tech stocks probably got caught up in the overall frenzy, and because they're the big names in many big indices, they suffered hardest.

"It’s kind of baffling, in some ways," he says. 

And Dawson says the tech buyback has as little to do with reality as the selloff.

"So much of it seems to be reaction to what other people are doing," Dawson says. "It's not as if there's some underlying concern about these businesses versus some other view just discovered today."

Netflix specifically, he says, has no reason to be a volatile stock.

"Its underlying financials are fantastic, it's growing rapidly, its DVD business covers the cost of expansion internationally," Dawson says. "There's no new reason in the last couple weeks to think Netflix is going to have a hard time."

So, tech stocks are really just the big-name representatives of whatever mysterious forces are driving Wall Street's sudden plunge and delirious rebound: a combination of emotion, swarm behavior and fear of missing out. But if you were planning to stock up on Apple stock while it was on sale, it looks like you've missed your chance until the next Black Monday. 

Kids Company warned of closure ‘riots’

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:13
A set of claims made by Kids Company to civil servants about the impact of the charity's closure have been described as "absurd" and "hysterical", BBC Newsnight learns.

Stones hands in transfer request

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:55
Everton's John Stones hands in a transfer request following Chelsea's repeated attempts to buy the defender.

Donald Trump's Evolution On Campaign Fundraising

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:54

When billionaire developer Trump entered the presidential race two months ago, he drew a sharp line between other candidates – needy candidates, always trading favors for money – and himself.

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Gatlin not the problem - Johnson

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:51
Criticism of Justin Gatlin is masking the issue of doping within athletics, says sprinting great Michael Johnson.

Two dead after car hits house

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:49
Two people die when a car collides with a house and bursts into flames.

Paris train attack 'premeditated'

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:42
The foiled attack by a heavily armed man on a train in France last week was premeditated, a French prosecutor says.

Wood lifts lid on England Ashes party

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:21
England Ashes winner Mark Wood on lifting the urn, drinking with the Aussies, practical jokes and winter tours.

Rudisha wins second world title

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:48
Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya wins his second world title with a commanding performance in the 800m final.

U.S. To Accept Up To 8,000 Syrian Refugees Next Year

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:46

In 2016, The U.S. will take in between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees. As of June 2015, fewer than 1,000 had been admitted.

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Ex-MP denies child abuse claims

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:44
A former MP says he is "completely innocent" of claims of child abuse and murder, a day after he was questioned by police for a second time.

Samsung responds to 'stylus flaw'

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:29
Some early adopters of a new Samsung phone have said the device's stylus can damage the phone when inserted upside down.

VIDEO: Typhoon Goni lashes Japan

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:12
Typhoon Goni lashes the mainland of Japan, leaving at least one person missing and more than 70 others injured.

Ireland make semi-finals after draw

BBC - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:07
Ireland reach the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships in London after a 2-2 draw with Belgium in Pool B.