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Pick your best Ryder Cup moment

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:06
Tense, tantalising, captivating, controversial, the Ryder Cup delivers iconic moments year after year. Choose the best from our top 10.

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:02

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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Ebola trial volunteer immunised

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:00
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus has begun in Oxford.

Man on trial for ex-lover's murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:58
A man who claims he accidentally shot his former lover dead while intending to kill himself in front of her goes on trial for her murder.

For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:55

Scotland has lowered the voting age from 18 to 16 for Thursday's referendum on independence. But it looks like the youngest voters won't be casting ballots in the way that many had initially expected.

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Ebola crisis: Five ways to break the epidemic

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:43
Five ways to break the deadly epidemic

Ice probably caused aircraft crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:34
A light aircraft crash at Caernarfon which killed the son of the pilot was probably caused by the carburettor icing up, an inquest hears.

Your pictures: Vintage

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:26
Readers' photos on the theme of "vintage"

The numbers for September 17, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:26

Thirty-two out of 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict that the Federal Reserve will announce plans to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a statement expected Wednesday afternoon. In general, Fed-speak-watchers are split on whether the bank will drop that language, which could rattle the markets.

While we wait for the Fed's statement, here are the other numbers we're keeping an eye on:

59 percent

Mobile ads are a moneymaker for Facebook, accounting for 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter of 2014. The Wall Street Journal reported that most of that money isn't coming from big consumer brands, but from mobile gaming companies who will pay out the nose for targeted ads and users who hit the "install" button without leaving Facebook –sometimes up to $20 per ad and another $10 per install. That investment becomes worth it once users shell out money for in-game add-ons, but many are concerned the market for "free-to-play" games will bust soon.

$500 million

That's how much the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is seeking in a suit against the troubled for-profit Corinthian Colleges. The suit alleges that Corinthian used predatory lending tactics and harassed students to claim payments, all the while messing with its own job placement numbers by paying employers to temporarily hire its graduates. Corinthian disputes the allegations.

53 percent

The parents of over half the students at the Children's Creative Workshop in Malibu have filed "Personal Belief Exceptions," allowing their children to attend school without certain vaccines. Many of the wealthiest schools across California are seeing a huge drop in vaccination rates, according to an investigation by the Hollywood Reporter, and cases of whooping cough are skyrocketing.

Ukraine Women 1-0 Wales Women

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:25
Wales Women's hopes of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup are over after losing 1-0 away to Group 6 rivals Ukraine.

Arrest over war artefacts theft

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:24
A large haul of World War One and Two hand grenades, rifles, mortar shell, hand guns and ammunition are found in a house.

Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:12
Chris Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day - including a season's best 9-52 - as Durham thrash Northants by an innings.

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:11

New research shows that foliage can be beneficial in the workplace. Now show us your pet desk plant.

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'Genius grant' winners announced

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:09
A physicist, a graphic memoirist and an organiser of home care workers are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" grants.

NFL sponsors chime in on recent scandals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:00

The start of the National Football League’s season has been more about incidents off the field than on.

Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, telling him to stay away team activities while he faces child abuse charges. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension after video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancé.

Responding to these incidents and others, the NFL’s big-money sponsors are pushing the league to take a bigger stand against this behavior.

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” Anheuser Busch said in a statement. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code.”

Cover Girl and Pepsi also released statements expressing the desire to see more action from the NFL.

In turn, the league announced its taking steps to address its domestic violence policy. It also hired Cynthia Hogan to be the league’s senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. Hogan was an aide to Joe Biden in the Senate when he wrote the Violence Against Women Act.

“This is one of the first times we’ve seen sponsors threaten to walk away from the entire league,” says Victor Matheson, a sports economist at the College of The Holy Cross.

He says sponsors typically rethink their contracts with the individual players in these types of circumstances. This time, it’s more about the league’s response, though teams can be targets too.

Raddison, the hotel chain, has suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings, referring to charges against Peterson by saying, “Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.”

The Vikings reversed a previous reinstatement and have now kept Peterson from playing.

“We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right,” the Vikings said in a statement. “At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community.”

But for now, despite registering their discontent, most sponsors are staying put.

“For now, I think it’s just piling on,” says Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College. “[Sponsors are saying] ‘We’re good guys, don’t boycott us.’ And when the storm blows over, which I believe it will, then they’ll be back on board.”

Zimbalist says the NFL enjoys strong viewership, more so than other professional sports leagues, which is a big draw for sponsors.

Despite the backlash, fans are still watching. Over 22 million people tuned in Sunday when the Chicago Bears’ played the San Francisco 49ers, according to NBC.

Isaac family to attend memorial

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:38
The family of a schoolboy swept out to sea while playing on a beach on Anglesey is returning to the island for a memorial service.

McGrath, Walton on corruption charge

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:37
Jockey Richie McGrath and ex-trainer Kate Walton are among seven people charged with breaching betting rules by the BHA.

Ukraine to vet one million officials

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:32
Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

eBay attack puts its buyers at risk

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:32
A sophisticated attack on eBay compromises at least two listings so that users who click on them are redirected to a fake page that attempts to steal their credentials.

Bangladesh Court Commutes Islamist Leader's Death Sentence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:22

Delwar Hossain Sayedee will instead spend the rest of his life in prison. He was convicted last year for his role in the violence surrounding the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

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