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VIDEO: Imams in hostage video appeal to IS

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 22:55
Two high-profile imams in the UK make a direct appeal to the Islamic State militant group to free British hostage Alan Henning.

'The disunited kingdom' - the papers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 22:49
The post-referendum newspapers focus on the political row over Scottish MPs voting on English matters - a row many say could "stall" further devolution.

Sinatra, chips & flowers for my mam

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 22:24
Ten years after Brian Clough's death, close friend Pat Murphy shares his memories of one of football's greatest characters.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon steps into spotlight

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 21:57
Politicians in England and Scotland are set to consider how the UK will be governed in the future after voters rejected Scottish independence.

Our readers' worries and hopes about student data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 20:45

We hosted a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 18, to discuss our Quantified Student reporting project, and to hear what our readers have to say about student data policy issues. Here are some selected tweets from the conversation:

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VIDEO: William takes Kate's place in Malta

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 20:39
Prince William is to visit Malta to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.

Intruder sparks White House alert

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 20:28
Secret Service agents briefly evacuate part of the White House after an intruder was spotted running through the grounds.

White House Briefly Evacuated After Man Jumps Fence, Makes It Inside

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 19:43

The 42-year-old got past the front doors Friday night before the Secret Service arrested him. President Obama and his family weren't home at the time.

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Oil firm to create West Lothian jobs

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 19:22
Aberdeen-based Oil and gas services company Oil States announces plans to create 100 new jobs in West Lothian.

Brian Clough memories 10 years on

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 18:57
How is Brian Clough remembered, a decade on from his death?

Police separate rivals in Glasgow

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 18:21
Police make six arrests after separating groups of rival Unionists and independence supporters in George Square in the centre of Glasgow.

UK couple missing after hurricane

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 18:10
A British couple are reported missing off the Mexican coast after Hurricane Odile hit the country last weekend.

VIDEO: Guilty pleas in US embassy bombings

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 17:45
An Egyptian man accused of helping to plan the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has pleaded guilty in federal court in New York.

Imams in hostage video appeal to IS

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 16:48
Two high-profile imams in the UK make a direct appeal to Islamic State militants to free Alan Henning, a UK hostage threatened with death.

Court to hear Berlusconi fraud appeal

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 16:08
The European Court for Human Rights will hear Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's appeal against a fraud conviction, his lawyer says.

Russian jets intercepted off Alaska

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:40
Six Russian fighter jets are intercepted by American and Canadian planes off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, US defence officials confirm.

The economics of slow money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:14

We came across a story from Vermont Public Radio about a new digital currency called Beetcoin.

It's an electronic currency like Bitcoin, designed for farmers with small and medium-sized operations, and that got us curious about how smaller-scale farms are funded and the economics behind running a farm.

To put that in context, we headed over to Rockefeller Center in New York City, where we met up with Christopher Wayne, the technical director of Greenmarket Farmer's Market's technical assistance program. Greenmarket's oversees New York City's Farmer's Market Programs. 

While a farmer's market might seem like an oasis of natural goodness in the heart of the city, as Christopher Wayne explains, there's a lot of work with "slow money" that goes on behind the scenes to bring these markets here.

"Slow money" brings us back to Beetcoin. What exactly is slow money?

As Vermont Public Radio's Angela Evancie explains, "Slow Money is looking to establish networks where the investors in small farms and small food businesses are local, they're right there in the community … and they are the ones connected to the investors."

Click play above to hear more about Slow Money and the economics of farming.

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:13
Social media trends of the week - in 60 seconds

Migrants speak of horror at sea off Malta

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:10
Migrant survivors in Malta speak of horror at sea

Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:08

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.

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