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The man who hoped to die in a railway crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:18
Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of the man who rode the railways, hoping to die in a crash.

VIDEO: Bodyguard reveals Castro's lifestyle

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:15
The public image of Cuba's Fidel Castro is that of the exemplary and frugal leader, but his bodyguard of 17 years has written a book in which he claims the former leader enjoyed a lifestyle at odds with the sacrifices he demanded of his people.

Weight-watching - the disabled way

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:15
Weight-watching the disabled way

VIDEO: Carmen the musical in Cuba

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:14
Once a strong tradition in Cuba, musical theatre disappeared after the 1959 revolution. Now an award winning international team are trying to revive the genre with a Cuban version of Carmen Jones.

Seeing art with different eyes

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:14
How is art affected by colour blindness?

Mass 'spy car' use to be banned

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:09
The government announces it is to ban "greedy" councils in England from using static and car-mounted cameras to catch drivers who park illegally.

Today at the World Cup: Day 10

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:01
Who is playing? How can you watch the games? Who will win? All the information you need on World Cup day 10.

US sets up honey bee task force

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:55
The White House has announced a federal strategy to understand why honey bees are dying off and produce a plan to stop their decline.

CDC Says More Workers Potentially Exposed To Live Anthrax

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:55

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased to 86 the number of its personnel who it says may have been exposed to live anthrax at three labs in Atlanta.

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Rooney criticism unjust - Van Persie

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:49
Robin van Persie says criticism of Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney in England's World Cup campaign is unjust.

Thousands attend clipper festival

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:43
Tens of thousands of people are expected in Londonderry for a nine-day maritime festival to welcome home the Clipper Around the World Race.

VIDEO: Syrian refugees rescued from boat

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:25
Matthew Price is on an Italian Navy ship off the coast of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. He watched as Syrian refugees in a boat were rescued.

VIDEO: Snipers capture battle against Isis

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:18
The BBC's Fergal Keane went to Jalula in northern Iraq, and obtained exclusive footage of Isis suspects surrendering to Kurdish forces.

No World Cup strategy regret - Hodgson

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:44
Manager Roy Hodgson says England were "well prepared" despite their exit after only two games of the World Cup's group stages.

After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:44

Not all Sunnis are on board with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if they oppose the Iraqi government. One ranking Sunni cleric in northern Iraq hints at limits to the group's influence.

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MI5 focus on tracking Syria fighters

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:41
Tracking British jihadists in Syria is now the top priority for MI5, as footage appears to show British men trying to recruit people to fight in Iraq.

VIDEO: Ebola outbreak 'out of control'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:38
Director of Operations at MSF, Dr Bart Janssens, says the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is totally out of control.

Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:35

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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Weekly Wrap: An almost eerie calm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:29

The week that was with Leigh Gallagher, from Fortune, and John Carney, from the Wall Street Journal.

New Highs:

Carney: We're sort of slowly grinding higher, but there's almost no volatitlity and a lot of people find it to be an almost eerie calm.

Gallagher: I'm among the people that think we're in for a bit of a shock probably later this year.

Indications of Inflation?:

Gallagher: She has done a good job at being very artful with her words... she was trying to reassure us that growth is happening and that there are improvements in the labor market. I think the biggest problem is the D-word, demand and there's only so much the Fed can do to spur that.

Carney: The most shocking thing about the Fed meeting is the long term projections of where the interest rates will eventually be are coming down. Meaning, instead of everybody thinking will go back to 4 percent long term, it's now down to like 3.75. And that's a change. 

Mary Barra's trip back to Washington:

Gallagher: The irony in all of this is that GM's car sale are actually doing quite well.

Carney: There's a really weird symmetry betweeen what happened with the banks and what's happening with general motors. We rescued them and then it turns out there's all these calamities out there. and they end up having to pay lots of money for things they did a long time ago.

Oil Markets and the Middle East

Carney: "There's a possibility for the biggest war in the Middle East in decades and yet we added like $4 or $5 to the price of crude.

GE nears deal for Alstom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:28

General Electric has won a bidding war for a French company called Alstom.

GE mostly wants the company’s turbine business. But other issues had to be taken into account.

“The country of France is really concerned with jobs. And also technology security,” says Daniel Holland, an equity analyst at Morningstar.

GE has agreed to a 50-50 partnership on the nuclear business. Plus other joint ventures. And it promises thousands of new jobs in France.

But that may not be enough. Government officials have asked GE to revise its bid.

“The French government is completely capable of screwing up this transaction,” says Cliff Ransom, an independent equity analyst with Ransom Research.

But French politicians could be more than gate-keepers. More like business partners. The government intends to buy 20 percent of Alstom.

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