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Long-lost WWII photographs are found

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:50

In late 2014, Levi Bettwieser bought 31 undeveloped rolls of film at an auction in Ohio. They turned out to be photos from World War II.

"I knew that I potentially had something special just from the look of the rolls themselves and what was written on them," says Bettwieser. "But you never know what you’re going to get because obviously you have no idea what the condition of the images might be that are still on the film."

About two years ago, Bettwieser, a video producer and film photographer in Boise, Idaho, founded The Rescued Film Project to salvage undeveloped rolls of film from around the world.

The rolls had hand-written notes that hint at what they might contain, but most are labeled with various location names, like LaHavre Harbor, Lucky Strike Camp or Boston Harbor. "One was labeled 'Roll of French Funeral,' and so we were able to actually recover some funeral pictures of a French officer," Bettwieser says.

From the beginning, Bettwieser has funded the project with his own money.

"This is not my full-time job, I also have a full-time job sustaining myself," says Bettwieser. "I have spent thousands of dollars of my personal funds to fund the project just because I believe in it, and it’s a passion project. The cost does not make any difference to me – you can’t put a price on the value of saving these images."

Facebook complies with Turkey block

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:42
Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.

Dementia 'link' to common drugs

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:41
A study links commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.

Firm's collapse 'caused by mistake'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:18
A High Court judge rules that a mistake by Companies House caused a 124-year-old south Wales company to go into administration.

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:11
Extreme weather linked to natural climate events over the Pacific Ocean will double as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:11
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.

Bettencourt exploitation trial opens

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:10
A trial involving France's richest woman has begun in Bordeaux with a revelation that one of the key defendants tried to commit suicide

India's Modi Makes A Name For Himself — Literally — In Meeting With Obama

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:03

The Indian prime minister wore a suit with pinstripes that read "Narendra Damordas Modi." The reaction on social media was scathing, but Modi is often lauded for his fashion choices.

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Islamic State 'driven out of Kobane'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:01
Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from of Kobane, activists say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town.

VIDEO: Armstrong on drugs, history and the future

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:59
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says he would probably cheat again if he was in the same situation as he was during the 1990s.

Armstrong - the same, but different

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:58
Lance Armstrong is still fighting, but BBC sports editor Dan Roan sees how his fall from grace has taken an inevitable toll.

Lance Armstrong interview transcript

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:58
In his first TV interview for two years, Lance Armstrong discusses forgiveness, the future and for what he is and is not sorry.

I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:58
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances.

Taking the plunge

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:54
Cold Water Swimming Championships

Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:46

Making pot legal for adults makes it more likely that teens will use too, according to the nation's pediatricians. And that's a problem, because marijuana harms developing brains.

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Van Persie unhappy with scoring form

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:44
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie says he will do everything he can to improve his goalscoring form.

Quiz: Booming bachelors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:43

Nearly a third of Americans older than 24 have at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 28 percent a decade ago, according to the Census Bureau.

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VIDEO: Greek elections: What next?

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:38
A closer look at the Greek elections and what the result means for the country.

Fred Talbot 'propositioned' boy, 15

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:35
Former weatherman Fred Talbot told a 15-year-old boy he would be "happy to oblige" if he wanted to experiment sexually with other men.

Indian cartoonist RK Laxman dies

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 07:03
Famous Indian cartoonist RK Laxman has died in hospital aged 94, Indian media reports say.

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