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Ignore other cases, Travis jury told

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:48
Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis should not be swayed by other recent celebrity cases, the judge tells them.

South Sudan U-turn on foreigner ban

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:46
South Sudan's government says it will not expel foreign workers, annulling a controversial decree it issued a day earlier.

Austria’s Alps hit by climate change

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:46
Austria, with its sensitive Alpine regions, has been particularly hard hit by climate change, a major survey says.

Academy regulation 'too weak'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:44
Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research.

Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:24
Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.

Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:20

Every September, top chefs from around the world gather to celebrate the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. But not everyone is convinced the food boom is the answer to the country's historic challenges.

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VIDEO: 'I volunteered for trial Ebola vaccine'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:16
The first healthy UK volunteer has received a candidate Ebola vaccine in Oxford on Wednesday in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

Pick your best Ryder Cup moment

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:06
Tense, tantalising, captivating, controversial, the Ryder Cup delivers iconic moments year after year. Choose the best from our top 10.

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:02

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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Ebola trial volunteer immunised

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:00
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus has begun in Oxford.

Man on trial for ex-lover's murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:58
A man who claims he accidentally shot his former lover dead while intending to kill himself in front of her goes on trial for her murder.

For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:55

Scotland has lowered the voting age from 18 to 16 for Thursday's referendum on independence. But it looks like the youngest voters won't be casting ballots in the way that many had initially expected.

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Ebola crisis: Five ways to break the epidemic

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:43
Five ways to break the deadly epidemic

Ice probably caused aircraft crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:34
A light aircraft crash at Caernarfon which killed the son of the pilot was probably caused by the carburettor icing up, an inquest hears.

Your pictures: Vintage

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:26
Readers' photos on the theme of "vintage"

The numbers for September 17, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:26

Thirty-two out of 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict that the Federal Reserve will announce plans to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a statement expected Wednesday afternoon. In general, Fed-speak-watchers are split on whether the bank will drop that language, which could rattle the markets.

While we wait for the Fed's statement, here are the other numbers we're keeping an eye on:

59 percent

Mobile ads are a moneymaker for Facebook, accounting for 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter of 2014. The Wall Street Journal reported that most of that money isn't coming from big consumer brands, but from mobile gaming companies who will pay out the nose for targeted ads and users who hit the "install" button without leaving Facebook –sometimes up to $20 per ad and another $10 per install. That investment becomes worth it once users shell out money for in-game add-ons, but many are concerned the market for "free-to-play" games will bust soon.

$500 million

That's how much the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is seeking in a suit against the troubled for-profit Corinthian Colleges. The suit alleges that Corinthian used predatory lending tactics and harassed students to claim payments, all the while messing with its own job placement numbers by paying employers to temporarily hire its graduates. Corinthian disputes the allegations.

53 percent

The parents of over half the students at the Children's Creative Workshop in Malibu have filed "Personal Belief Exceptions," allowing their children to attend school without certain vaccines. Many of the wealthiest schools across California are seeing a huge drop in vaccination rates, according to an investigation by the Hollywood Reporter, and cases of whooping cough are skyrocketing.

Ukraine Women 1-0 Wales Women

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:25
Wales Women's hopes of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup are over after losing 1-0 away to Group 6 rivals Ukraine.

Arrest over war artefacts theft

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:24
A large haul of World War One and Two hand grenades, rifles, mortar shell, hand guns and ammunition are found in a house.

Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:12
Chris Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day - including a season's best 9-52 - as Durham thrash Northants by an innings.

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:11

New research shows that foliage can be beneficial in the workplace. Now show us your pet desk plant.

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