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Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:52

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

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VIDEO: Aftermath of fatal fighter jet crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:51
Ten people have been killed and 13 injured at a military base in Spain, when a Greek fighter jet lost power and crashed into other aircraft parked on the ground.

VIDEO: Ukraine civilians 'caught in firing line'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:45
NATO has dismissed as "nonsense" claims by Vladimir Putin that NATO soldiers are fighting alongside Ukrainian government troops in Eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Auschwitz survivors reunited 70 years on

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:28
Survivors have returned to Auschwitz to remember those lost and to be reunited with fellow captives, 70 years after the camp was liberated.

Russia's credit rating cut to junk

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:11
Russia's credit rating is cut to junk by US ratings agency Standard and Poor's for the first time in a decade.

Court bans child being named Nutella

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:59
A French court stops parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision.

Ex-CIA officer leaked Iran plan

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:48
A former CIA officer has been convicted of leaking classified details of a US operation against Iran to a New York Times reporter.

Shanghai's mayor shifts focus away from GDP

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:46

Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong announced he's not going to target a specific gross domestic product growth rate this year. It's a statement that seems out of place in a country that's grown so rapidly over the last few decades, but growth in China is slowing down.  

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz to get some context.

"It was really surreal to hear the mayor of China's wealthiest city start a speech off by saying, 'We're not too concerned about GDP,'" Schmitz says. "For the past couple of decades GDP growth has been the be-all, end-all obsession for China's government."

According to Schmitz, there's much more to the health of the Chinese economy than just GDP numbers. Chinese officials were so eager to boost GDP that they didn't care how the numbers were achieved. "Up until now, a lot of government spending has been inefficient and wasteful, only benefiting the rich and the powerful," Schmitz says.

But slower growth doesn't mean no growth.

"It's important to remember here that China's economy is not imploding," Schmitz says. "We're still looking at growth here of above 7 percent ... Making this 7 percent go further for everyone in China is what the government now seems to be focused on."

Cost of melting icy roads ... is heating up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:28

All that salt and brine and sand that's being sprayed on the roads and highways in preparation for the big storm is getting more expensive.

Statewide in New York, the average price of road salt hit $58 a ton last fall. 

That's up 27 percent from a year ago.

Microsoft quarterly profits fall

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:26
Microsoft reports falling profits but sales were helped by strong Xbox sales over the holiday season.

Relief for Tunisia & DR Congo bosses

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:25
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens admit qualifying for the last eight has been tough.

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:14

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.

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Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:13

Jeffrey Sterling was fired from the CIA in 2002. His case has drawn wide attention in part because he was accused of giving secret information to James Risen of The New York Times.

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Gordon Corera: Will Litvinenko inquiry find answers?

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:08
Gordon Corera looks back over the case of Alexander Litvinenko as the public inquiry begins.

Armstrong has not changed - Walsh

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:08
The journalist who first raised questions about Lance Armstrong says the cyclist's BBC interview shows he has not changed.

Rochdale 1-4 Stoke City

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:05
Stoke ease past League One side Rochdale to book an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Championship team Blackburn Rovers.

Miliband to pledge longer care visits

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:03
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to set out details of Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS, including longer homecare visits, in a speech in Trafford.

Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:00
Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned.

FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:43
The FBI has arrested a man on charges he was spying for Russia and trying to recruit sources in New York City, announces US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Accused Bomber's Lawyers Say Boston Jury Pool Is Too Biased

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:41

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys are again asking that his trial, now in the jury selection phase, be moved. Lawyers say they have data showing that enough impartial jurors cannot be found in the city.

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