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Adams 'sorry for offensive remark'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 04:01
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams apologises for using what he acknowledges was an offensive term at a public meeting but denies claims that it was aimed at "all unionists".

VIDEO: Underwear protest by Mexican farmers

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:56
Mexican farmers hold a protest wearing just underpants and a photograph to protest against alleged abuse of power.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:54
Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.

VIDEO: Has Farage got what it takes to be PM?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:54
UKIP now has two MPs and has been rising in the polls, but do people see the party as a serious political force or just a protest vote?

Quiz: How to start college with good habits

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:45

Students who meet with their advisors are more likely to enjoy college, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

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Eurozone 'persistent stagnation' risk

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:43
The eurozone may be stuck in an enduring period of no growth, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.

VIDEO: Mellor 'an idiot' over cabbie comments

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:41
A former Sun editor says David Mellor "is an absolute ocean-going idiot" over his comments to a London cabbie.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:37
Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

No rush on contract talks - Hamilton

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:36
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is in no hurry to start talks about a new deal with Mercedes.

Day in pictures: 25 November 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:34
24 hours of news images: 25 November

'Many dead' in twin Nigeria blasts

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:33
Two female suicide bombers blow themselves up at a crowded market in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, causing many casualties, witnesses say.

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:23

Art imitates life for Chris Pearce — English teacher by day, comic artist by night. Inspired by his students, the material practically writes itself.

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Girl died after stem cell transplant

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:20
A problem with the freezing of stem cells may have contributed to the death of a 12-year-old girl with cancer, a coroner rules.

French dad loses adoption fight

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:12
A French appeal court refuses to allow a father to take custody of his biological son, who was given up for adoption by his mother.

Grand juries usually decide to pursue charges

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:00
11 in 162,000

The number of cases in which federal grand juries declined to issue an indictment in 2010, FiveThirtyEight reported. The federal investigation into Michael Brown's death is ongoing, but it's clear the county grand jury's decision not to pursue charges is very rare. The site's research showed one exception to the trend: when the cases involve law enforcement.

8 years

After eight years of sponsorship, Sony Corp announced it would not renew its contract with FIFA, the organization behind world soccer. As Reuters reports, Sony says the move is the result of a restructuring of divisions and a concerted effort to grow its electronic devices division.

80 percent

The portion of cities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 nationwide that have SWAT teams at their disposal, up from 13 percent since the early 1980s. In light of this summer's protests in Ferguson the New York Times' Retro Report looked back at the proliferation of SWAT teams in the U.S. The squads have their roots in late 1960s shootouts with the Black Panthers but are now commonly implemented in drug raids.

30 percent

Americans spend about half their food dollars outside the home and consume around 30 percent of their calories outside. Strikingly, when children eat out their calorie consumption doubles. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules requiring an additional set of food merchants to disclose caloric content: theaters, amusement parks, convenience stores, pizza chains, and the prepared food sections of grocery stores. It's significant, especially when you consider that a study found purchased calories fell an average 6 percent in Starbucks with calorie signage.

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The number of cabinet members President Barack Obama has had so far, Quartz reported. Even with four secretaries of defense, including Chuck Hagel's successor, the Obama administration is in the middle of the pack. Cabinets are rife with turnover. George W. Bush and Harry S. Truman each had 35 cabinet members.

PODCAST: Counting calories

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:00

First up: the government's calculation of economic growth July through September. It was revised upward beyond what most forecasters were expecting. Couple that to new signs of strength in the housing market. More on that. And the Food and Drug Administration will come out with new rules requiring restaurants with more than 20 locations to list the calories of the food that's on the menu. So how will this change what we see? Plus, a famous venture capitalist who says monopoly, not competition is the way to go. Peter Thiel was a co-founder of the electronic payments system Paypal and was the first outsider to put money into a little social networking site called the Facebook. As part of our ongoing discussions on this program about the innovation economy, Thiel's advice to entrepreneurs is to find a niche and dominate the heck out it. Actually, he put it more strongly than that.

The decision not to pursue charges is a rare one

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:00
11 in 162,000

The number of cases in which federal grand juries declined to issue an indictment in 2010, FiveThirtyEight reported. The federal investigation into Michael Brown's death is ongoing, but it's clear the county grand juries decision not to pursue charges is very rare. The site's research showed there was one exception to the trend: when those cases involve law enforcement.

8 years

After 8 years of sponsorship, Sony Corp announced it would not renew its contract with FIFA, the organization behind world soccer. As Reuters reports, Sony says the move is the result of a restructuring of divisions, and a concerted effort to grow its electronic devices division.

80 percent

The portion of cities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 nationwide that have SWAT teams at their disposal, up from 13 percent since the early 1980s. In light of this summer's protests in Ferguson the New York Times' Retro Report looked back at the proliferation of SWAT teams in the U.S. The squads have their roots in late 1960s shootouts with the Black Panthers, but are now commonly implemented in drug raids.

30 percent

Americans spend about half their food dollars outside the home, and consume around 30 percent of their calories outside. Strikingly, when children eat out, their calorie consumption doubles. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules requiring an additional set of food merchants to disclose caloric content: theaters, amusement parks, convenience stores, pizza chains, and grocery store prepared food sections. It's significant, especially when you consider that a study found purchased calories fell an average 6 percent in Starbucks with calorie signage.

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The number of cabinet members President Barack Obama has had so far, Quartz reported. Even with four secretaries of defense, including Chuck Hagel's successor, the Obama administration is in the middle of the pack. Cabinets are rife with turnover; George W. Bush and Harry Truman each at 35 cabinet members.

Does caloric transparency really change behavior?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 03:00

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration releases rules requiring an additional set of food merchants to disclose caloric content: theaters, amusement parks, convenience stores, pizza chains, and grocery store prepared food sections.

Today, Americans spend half their food dollars outside the home, and consume around 30 percent of their calories outside. Strikingly, when children eat out, their calorie consumption doubles.

Does transparency change behavior? One of the largest studies on this followed Starbucks users, at stores with calorie signs and without.

“People were systematically underestimating their calories in food items,” says study co-author Bryan Bollinger, who teaches marketing at Duke University. “So when they saw the information on the board, they were surprised and then reacted accordingly. Consumers can and will use this information if it’s useful to them.”

Listen here for more from Bollinger's interview:

The study found purchased calories fell an average 6 percent, and that changes in behavior stuck with Starbucks consumers, even when they visited outlets without calorie signage.

There’s also evidence that merchants required to post calorie counts start to offer more low-fat choices.

These finalized FDA arise from the Affordable Care Act and are scheduled to take effect in one year.

Father in court over bludgeoning son

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:53
A retired fireman from Thornton Heath appears in court accused of bludgeoning his adopted son to death with a scaffolding pole.

Ferguson Docs: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:52

Wilson told a grand jury in September that Michael Brown punched him twice in the face and "the third once could be fatal if he hit me right." The grand jury declined to charge him in Brown's death.

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