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Calls to remove US rebel flag grow

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:43
A day after lawmakers in South Carolina called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag, pressure is mounting elsewhere in the US to retire symbols of Confederacy.

Tom Holland announced as Spider-Man

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:36
British actor Tom Holland has been announced as the new Spider-Man in the Marvel reboot.

Fifty Shades rewrite breaks sales record

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:32
EL James' new Fifty Shades of Grey spin-off breaks UK sales records in its first week, beating Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.

Man Who Created The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:32

Donald Featherstone modeled the lawn ornament after images he saw in National Geographic. "Things I did made people happy, and that's what life is all about," he said in 2006.

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Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Intestinal Worms

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:25

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

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Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:23

If the Supreme Court finds health care subsidies unconstitutional, conservatives will boast a win over Obamacare. But Republicans face a challenge — many of their constituents are getting subsidies.

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Iraq crisis displaces three million

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:22
More than three million people have been displaced since January 2014 by the conflict in Iraq between government forces and Islamic State, the UN says.

Scrap inspection regime, GPs urge

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:19
The inspection regime for GPs in England should be suspended because it is "overly bureaucratic" and "nit-picking", doctors say.

Sprinter Hughes switches to Team GB

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:06
Highly-rated sprinter Zharnel Hughes has switched allegiance from Anguilla to compete for Team GB.

Medical Marijuana Is Often Less Potent Than Advertised

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:05

The pot brownie you bought to help your sleeping disorder may have a lot less active ingredient than promised, a study finds. And a review of other studies finds scant evidence of medical benefits.

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100-day plans for troubled NHS board

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:02
The man given the job of running the NHS in north Wales asks staff for 100-day plans to turn the region's troubled health service around.

Vet held over 'drugs in puppies'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:00
A Venezuelan veterinarian wanted for 10 years is arrested in Spain on charges of trying to smuggle drugs via the stomachs of puppies.

Saudi Yemen bombing a message to Iran

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:57
A three-month Saudi-led bombing campaign has failed to dislodge Houthi rebels in Yemen, but the campaign is intended to send a warning to Iran, says the BBC's Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen.

In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:57

The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with issues of power and national identity.

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PC died after "pile driver" attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:55
An off-duty police constable was killed during a night out after he was attacked by a man who struck him with a "pile driver" punch, a court hears.

Man builds giant computer at home

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:37
For many tech companies the race is on to build ever smaller computer processors, but one British man has gone in the opposite direction.

VIDEO: Titanic composer dies in plane crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:36
The composer James Horner, who won Oscars for the theme song and score for the film Titanic, has died in a plane crash in California.

Airlines Vs. Airports: A Dogfight Over Fees Imposed On Fliers

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:36

Airports want Congress to raise passenger fees to pay for improvements, but airlines say the move would hit passengers in the pocketbook and might discourage people from flying.

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Does a comeback ever really work?

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:32
Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya is considering coming out of retirement - but is it wise for sporting icons to make a comeback?

Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:28

Since the mid-1990s, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. Now, state lawmakers say that was a mistake.

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