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Rio 2016 Olympics "are on track"

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:15
The International Olympic Committee says it is satisfied with the progress made by Rio de Janeiro in its preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

VIDEO: Smartphone beacons beckon you

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:11
Click learns how to bend beacon technology to its bidding by turning a London Street into a musical wonderland.

In pictures: A journey through 19th Century Brazil

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:10
19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman

Will our cities be congestion-free?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:09
Will our cities ever be congestion-free?

EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:07
Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.

Lyth and Lees win PCA awards

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:05
Yorkshire batsmen Adam Lyth and Alex Lees are named the PCA's player and young player of the year respectively.

Devil worship on the man-eating mountain

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:05
Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain

Job hunting the big data way

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:03
How data crunching is dictating our job prospects

Wenger praises 'electric' Welbeck

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:03
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck is "electric" after his hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Galatasaray.

VIDEO: The world's most beautiful train journey?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:01
One of the most beautiful railways in the world has had one of its most successful summers on record.

Gerrard questions team-mates' desire

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:51
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Basel "wanted it more" in their 1-0 Champions League Group B win.

That's no moon... it's all the money 'Star Wars' made

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:49

In his day job, Chris Taylor is deputy editor of the news site Mashable. But recently he’s been able to combine his love of journalism and “Star Wars” to pen the ultimate behind-the-scenes biography about the storied franchise.

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” sets the record straight on rumors, and offers a few spoilers from the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII," due to hit theaters in December 2015. Here are the three big “Star Wars” facts Kai discovered when he sat down with Taylor:

The first movie came dangerously close to being scrapped.

Several major production companies dropped “Star Wars” because they believed it would be a huge flop. The movie studios—and George Lucas himself—believed it was going to be a children’s movie; the average children’s movie at that time grossed about $12 million. 

It's near-impossible to find someone who has never heard of "Star Wars."

Taylor traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for a "Star Wars" screening — it was the first movie to be translated into the Navajo language. One tribe elder told Taylor he’d never heard of "Star Wars," but remembered seeing "wild birds in space” on television once. After talking to the man some more, Taylor realized he had actually caught a glimpse of the movie's X-Wing fighters. So the search continues.

The franchise has made about $42 billion (so far).

Taylor estimates "Star Wars" merchandise has raked in $32 billion so far. Ticket sales? A measly $4 billion, and another $6 billion on home video. But there's far more money to be made. Since buying Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, Disney has announced at least five more films and a new TV series.

VIDEO: Girl found 12 years after abduction

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:41
A 17-year-old girl has been found in Mexico 12 years after she was abducted by her mother.

On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:40

Diagnosing and treating Ebola isn't so hard, health workers say; hospitals across the U.S. should be ready. But initial symptoms, such as fever and headache, can look the same as other illnesses.

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Ludogorets Razgrad 1-2 Real Madrid

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:31
Cristiano Ronaldo misses one penalty before scoring from the spot as Real Madrid fight back to beat Ludogorets Razgrad.

VIDEO: How do PM's tax figures weigh up?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:31
David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.

Sturridge 'not in England squad'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:29
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect striker Daniel Sturridge to be named in Thursday's England squad.

Nuclear warheads aren't going anywhere because... asteroids

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:05

From the Wall Street Journal, this item, in which the phrase "planetary defense" features prominently:

The U.S. has apparently fallen behind on its timeline for getting rid of old nuclear weapons. One reason we're hanging onto them, according to the GAO: Disposition is pending, and "senior-level government evaluation of their use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids."

I feel much better now.

You?

Nuclear warheads aren't going anywhere because...asteroids

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:05

From the Wall Street Journal, this item, in which the phrase "planetary defense" features prominently:

The U.S. has apparently fallen behind on its timeline for getting rid of old nuclear weapons. One reason we're hanging onto them, according to the GAO: Disposition is pending, and "senior-level government evaluation of their use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids."

I feel much better now.

You?

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