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#TBT: Hoping For Presidency, Former Senator Throws Rock In Water

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:41

The 2008 presidential race was the first in the post-YouTube era. Candidates tried all kinds of things to break through, including former Sen. Mike Gravel simply throwing a rock in water.

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Search for MH17 crash bodies ends

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:36
Investigators say they have finished recovering human remains and wreckage from the site of the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

Baltimore Police Hand Freddie Gray Investigation Report To Prosecutors

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:36

A Baltimore Police Department task force found the van transporting Gray made one more stop than originally thought.

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Prosecutors take Baltimore inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:10
Investigators with the Baltimore police have finished their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and have handed the results over to the state's attorney's office.

Airbus 'to sue over US spying'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:08
Airbus says it is to file criminal complaint over alleged US industrial espionage, following reports in German media - AFP.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield on living above the sky

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:00

The sky's not the limit for Commander Chris Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut. For him, it's just the start of everything else.

Hadfield spent more than 150 days living in space, the bulk of it during a three-month stint at the International Space Station where six astronauts from countries all over the world live and work.

Hadfield's time in space coincided with a change in social media and communications. During his first space voyages in 1995 and 2001, there was no way for Hadfield to relay information about his experiences while in space. But, by the time he got to the ISS in 2013, improvements in technology and huge leaps in social media interaction made it possible for him to keep in touch: on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Hadfield says when it comes to living in space, there has been significant change. People from 15 different countries left Earth in November of 2000.

"For the last 14 years, we have permanently been living off the planet, and when I say we, I mean humanity," he says. "Once you start permanently settling somewhere, then it really just becomes a new part of human culture."

That culture is still in early development, but it is growing as more stories start coming back from space. The ISS, for instance, is now home to a guitar and an espresso machine. Astronauts are becoming more accustomed to sending videos home, and telling people on Earth about their out-of-this-world lives. Soon space culture will include an album of folk music Hadfield recorded in space.

He compares space exploration to early settlers of undiscovered continents.

"When the first settlers came across the Bering Strait 20,000 years ago from Asia, their culture changed the place and defined the people themselves, and we're just getting into that stage of leaving Earth in space," he says.

So where to next from the ISS?

"It will go eventually from the space station to the moon, over the next few generations, and from the moon eventually to Mars, just as we've spread over the whole surface of the Earth," Hadfield says.

Why 'thug' has its origin in India

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:58
The history of a word proving controversial over Baltimore

Ex-leaders express Venezuela concerns

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:51
A group of 26 former heads of state and governments demands that the Venezuelan government release jailed opposition leaders.

VIDEO: Tourist captures Nepal temple collapse

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:50
Amateur video has emerged of the moment ancient temples in the Nepalese town of Bhaktapur were destroyed by an earthquake.

Tories have 'given up on Britain'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:42
First Minister Carwyn Jones says he fears the Conservatives have "given up on Britain", by attacking Scotland and Wales in the election campaign.

Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Set To Crash Into Mercury Thursday

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:41

Messenger was launched from Earth back in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter will end its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

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France Investigates Claims Its Soldiers Abused Children In Africa

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:38

President Francois Hollande warns of consequences if the allegations about the abuse in the Central African Republic are true. The U.N. worker who publicly revealed the abuse has been suspended.

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A Forgotten Tradition: May-Basket Day

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:38

For at least a century or so, April flowers led to showers of May-baskets on the front-door knobs of American homes.

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In pictures: Clandon Park House fire

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:35
Images of the aftermath of a fire at Grade I listed Clandon Park House.

Mertens dies after on-pitch collapse

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:35
Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens dies of heart failure, three days after collapsing during a match.

The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:28

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Belfast to host major air conference

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:27
More than 100 airlines will be represented at a major conference on air routes to be staged in Belfast.

Farah to race 1500m in Birmingham

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:26
Great Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah will run in the 1500m at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 7 June.

Murphy leads Hawkins in semi-final

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:24
Shaun Murphy opens up a 6-2 lead over Barry Hawkins in the semi-final of the World Championship at the Crucible.

Carver to meet angry Newcastle fans

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 07:22
Newcastle boss John Carver is to meet two disgruntled fans "for a cup of tea" to discuss their grievances.