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For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

Montreal is home to the biggest and oldest international comedy festival in the world. Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Wanda Sykes and Kevin Hart are among the performers this year.

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Can Greece Get A Handle On Its Notorious Tax System?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

A big problem for Greece as it attempts to climb out of its fiscal hole is its corrupt and inefficient tax system. The tax code is maddeningly complex and evasion is high.

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Novelist E.L Doctorow, Master Of Historical Fiction, Dies At 84

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th century, has died at the age of 84. His widely admired books include "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate."

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Sandra Bland Video Shows An Argument With Police Officer

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

A police dash cam video has been released in the case of Sandra Bland, the woman who was later found dead in a Texas jail. The video shows tension quickly escalating between Bland and the trooper.

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The Unintended Consequences Of A Program Designed To Help Homeowners

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

A Maryland program designed to help struggling homeowners ended up contributing to foreclosures in some cases. Researchers say it's an example of unintended consequences of some government policies.

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Death Penalty Or Life In Prison? Aurora Shooting Trial Goes To Sentencing Phase

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

The sentencing phase of the Aurora Theater Shooting trail begins Wednesday. James Holmes, who was found guilty of murder last week, faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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Newark Police Department Joins A Dozen Others Facing Federal Scrutiny

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:30

The Newark, New Jersey, police department is set to join a dozen other troubled law enforcement agencies under consent decrees with the federal government, which will be monitoring them.

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Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:13

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.

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Syria's Moderates: This Is Not What We Expected

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 01:09

They protested against the Assad regime in 2011, hoping for democracy. Now they're in exile, fighting extremists for their country's future and trying to provide a lifeline for others back in Syria.

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For Love Or Money: Fans, Businesses Flock To Fantasy Sports

NPR News - Wed, 2015-07-22 00:57

The legal loophole that allows people to bet on fantasy sports teams but not real ones is attracting big money. Fantasy games may trump real ones soon, says commentator Frank Deford.

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James Bond Spectre trailer launches

BBC - Wed, 2015-07-22 00:44
The first full-length trailer for the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, is released online.

Two policemen 'killed in Turkey'

BBC - Wed, 2015-07-22 00:34
Two Turkish policemen have been killed in a town near the Syrian border, in the same province hit by a suicide attack on Monday, officials say.

VIDEO: Federer visits children in Malawi

BBC - Wed, 2015-07-22 00:22
Roger Federer has been visiting children in Malawi to see first-hand the progress his Foundation is making in the field of early childhood care across southern Africa.

Warming threat to England's curlews

BBC - Wed, 2015-07-22 00:08
Much-loved birds including curlews and cuckoos are under a growing threat from climate change in England.

Lizard 'skin funnel' copied in lab

BBC - Tue, 2015-07-21 23:51
A new study unpicks how the skin of the Texas horned lizard funnels water towards its mouth, and unveils a plastic replica that uses the same principles.

Woman dies 'bungee jumping in Spain'

BBC - Tue, 2015-07-21 23:38
A 23-year-old woman from London reportedly dies bungee jumping in Spain.

Blair speech as poll boosts Corbyn

BBC - Tue, 2015-07-21 23:35
Former leader Tony Blair is making a rare speech to Labour activists as a poll puts the left-winger Jeremy Corbyn ahead in the party's leadership contest.

Obama And Stewart Have One Last Dance On 'The Daily Show'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-07-21 23:22

President Barack Obama and host Jon Stewart turned serious during their last appearance together before Stewart leaves "The Daily Show" next month.

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My natural hair journey

BBC - Tue, 2015-07-21 22:51
Why some African women are moving away from hair relaxants

Toshiba sells assets amid scandal

BBC - Tue, 2015-07-21 22:46
Toshiba sells its stake in Finish company Kone as it seeks to bolster its finances amid the continuing accounting scandal