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Custody deaths probes face overhaul

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:57
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to overhaul the way it investigates deaths in police custody in England and Wales.

Postcode database sale was 'mistake'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:50
The inclusion of a valuable database of postcodes and addresses in the Royal Mail flotation is criticised by an influential group of MPs.

PODCAST: Markets look past Ukraine

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:41

European Union foreign ministers today agreed to a package of measures to respond to moves to annex the Crimean region to Russia.  Twenty-one people will find their financial assets frozen in Europe and face bans on travel. Just who is on that list of 21 has not yet been released, but the White House just now named 11 people, targeted for sanctions, seven Russians and four Ukrainians.  And yet the financial markets seem less-than-perturbed by the news. How is it that investors can so easily shrug off a big global political event?

Plus, a new industry has sprung up in recent years: Websites that post nothing but mugshots. They're popular — people like to see other people in embarrassing moments — except with those who have their mugshots posted. In Chicago, the sites also wore out their welcome with the county sheriff. They seemed to be crashing his website. Some of them look like shakedown operations: Mugshots.com has a big "unpublish mugshot"  link right at the top of its homepage — for fees that start at $400. Late last year, those sites seemed to be crashing the Cook County Sheriff’s inmate locator site.  Automated systems were trying to suck the photos up faster than the county’s server could respond. Law enforcement across the country are trying to respond -- but with mixed results.

North Korea abductee meeting praised

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:40
The parents of a Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea in 1977, describe their first meeting with her daughter as "miraculous".

In pictures: Holi, the festival of colours

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:35
Indians celebrate Holi festival

China baby hatch forced to close

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:29
A hatch where parents can abandon their babies suspends work after it is overwhelmed with hundreds of infants, Chinese authorities say.

Just Eat set for £100m float on LSE

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:21
Online takeaway service Just Eat aims to raise £100m from listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange.

What deportations mean for U.S. businesses

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a review of his deportation policy, to sighs of, "here we go again" from the business community.

Business groups that support immigration reform say what they really need is the certainty an immigration bill would bring, so they don't have to worry about workers they thought were legal getting deported. "There's concern about, what would happen if they lost those workers someday.  Because if you're a small business owner your workers are your business," says Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA.

Jacoby says the deportation review could actually hurt chances for immigration reform this year by complicating already-tense negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House.

EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Germany and its European allies react to Sunday's referendum in Crimea. NPR's Soraya Sarhardi Nelson joins us from Berlin.

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Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest.

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Unions Mobilize To Fight Political Novice In Illinois' GOP Primary

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Republicans hope to take the governor's mansion in Democratic Illinois. If Bruce Rauner wins the GOP nomination as predicted Tuesday, he'll take on incumbent Pat Quinn, who has lost popularity.

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Balancing College Dreams With The Reality Of Finances

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

As part of a monthlong look at how American families are paying for college, David Greene talks to a senior and his mother about applying to colleges and waiting to hear about financial aid.

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Negotiators Gather In Vienna For Talks On Iran's Nukes

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

With the clock ticking on a six-month deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions, negotiators from Iran and world powers meet this week in Vienna.

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Syrian Conflict Marches Into Fourth Year

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

The Syrian uprising started three years ago this week with protests and eventually a military crackdown that led to all-out civil war. More than 130,000 people have died.

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Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

The search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing more than a week ago has expanded as officials still have little idea what happened to it.

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Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Google Glass is still in the testing phase and still rather expensive, but that hasn't stopped political professionals from looking for ways Google Glass can become a powerful tool for campaigns.

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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:00

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?

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Fire crew attacks 'beyond belief'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 00:38
Firefighters have been punched, had bottles thrown at them and been confronted by gangs of youths during call outs, a fire chief says as a campaign on the issue is launched.

Jonathan Davies's Six Nations Team of the Tournament

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 00:36
Who makes BBC expert Jonathan Davies's Team of the Tournament after a thrilling 2014 Six Nations?

Markets 'brush off' Crimea worries

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 00:27
Asian shares 'brush off' worries about the referendum in Crimea, but analysts warn of huge movements of money back into Russia in anticipation of sanctions.

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