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VIDEO: Gates 'optimistic' for Ebola sufferers

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:27
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is "optimistic" about increasing the treatment capacity for Ebola in West Africa.

Teacher found dead filmed naked boys

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:26
Indecent images of pupils are found on the computer of an Essex deputy head teacher who was found dead the day after he was visited by police.

Eddie Jordan answers your questions

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:08
Hamilton or Rosberg? Where will Alonso go in 2015? What's up with Vettel? Eddie Jordan answers these questions and more.

WATCH: Container Ships Collide In Suez Canal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:08

The two vessels, one flagged in Germany and the other in Singapore, come together after one appears to lose rudder control.

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Cuts delay police ombudsman probes

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:07
Budget cuts have delayed Police Ombudsman investigations into allegations of serious crime by the police in almost 300 killings in Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: Chimp culture captured on camera

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:06
Researchers have captured the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.

eBay to split off PayPal business

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:00
E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year.

Secret Service Chief On White House Breach: It Won't Happen Again

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:00

Going into Julia Pierson's hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, President Obama has expressed confidence in her and the agency she leads. Will that change?

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:57

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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Iran 'postpones' woman's execution

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53
Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

VIDEO: Wildlife populations halved in 40 years

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53
A new study has warned that wildlife populations around the world have dropped by more than half in just 40 years.

Police to review firearms policy

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:46
The controversial policy allowing police firearms officers to routinely carry guns will be reviewed by the national force, the BBC learns.

Doggone It, The World Can Wipe Out Rabies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:45

Rabies kills tens of thousands of people each year. Now scientists are hoping to mount a final siege against the virus globally. The trick? Getting all of our four-legged friends in for a shot.

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Verstappen 'could be F1 superstar'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:23
Sir Jackie Stewart says Max Verstappen could become a "superstar" if he impresses in his grand prix weekend debut at Suzuka.

PM vows seven-day GP access by 2020

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:20
David Cameron announces plans to ensure seven-day GP access is rolled out across England by 2020.

Wylfa nuclear plant given extension

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:16
Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey is given a licence to continue operating until December next year.

VIDEO: Henning's wife pleads for his release

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:16
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning makes a renewed direct appeal to the IS militants holding her husband.

eBay and PayPal split

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:00

What a difference eight months makes.  

Just last January, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe told analysts in a big conference call, “We and the board believe the best way to drive long-term shareholder value is to keep eBay and PayPal together.” 

But here's what Donahoe said in a different statement Tuesday morning, announcing that eBay will spin off PayPal into a separate, publicly traded company: “However, a thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively. The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges."

So, what’s changed? Well, there's been continuing pressure from activist shareholders like Carl Icahn. He’s said all along that PayPal could make more money if it were separated from eBay. Icahn thinks Ebay had a conflict of interest that held back PayPal’s growth. 

We can start seeing if Icahn’s right when PayPal becomes a stand-alone stock of its own. That’ll be after an initial public offering sometime later next year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:43

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.

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Whyte given 15-year director ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:36
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is banned from being a company director for the maximum period of 15 years.
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