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Syria Islamists 'seize Idlib city'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:43
An Islamist rebel coalition has seized one of the last cities in western Idlib province held by the Syrian government, activists say.

‘I just smash anything that moves'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:37
Saracens flanker Jacques Burger is relishing the chance to get his teeth into Bath, as Chris Jones discovers ahead of Saturday’s Premiership final.

Heat wave death toll passes 1,000 in India

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:36

Some reports are saying that as many as 1,400 people have died in India due to the country's latest severe heat wave, where temperatures are reaching well over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Several news organizations are posting photos of melting asphalt in New Delhi streets.

Indians are hoping for monsoon season rains to come soon and provide some relief from the sweltering temperatures.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal reached BBC Correspondent Justin Rowlatt in Delhi.

“Everybody here is being warned, take things easy. Don’t push it in this terrible heat,” says Rowlatt.  

But many of India’s poorest residents don’t have the luxury of taking a few days off work.

“They’re desperate for the work, so they go out and continue to work hard (in the heat),” Rowlatt says.  “What people are waiting for is the great release of the monsoon, which cools temperatures down.”

Drug Addiction, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Trail Issue

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:33

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents and New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary state, is suffering from a heroin epidemic. The candidates are hearing about it.

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Lawro's lowdown on the FA Cup final

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:30
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson on whether Arsenal or Aston Villa will win at Wembley on Saturday.

Video: Homeless in LA

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:29

Mark Aranguri, trained firefighter and father of four, tells his story about being homeless in Los Angeles.

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What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:24

About a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo. Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos. For some people, problems linger for months.

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Honda, Fiat and BMW in airbag recall

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:13
Three major carmakers have expanded recalls of vehicles with faulty Takata airbags.

Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:06

France has one of the world's highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a "dumbing down."

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Neruda death probe inconclusive

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 12:04
New tests on the remains of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda say they have found no conclusive evidence he was poisoned.

Ireland votes through Aer Lingus deal

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:49
The Republic of Ireland's parliament has approved the sale of the nation's 25% stake in Aer Lingus to British Airways owner, IAG.

Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:35

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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A symbol of holding out

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:26
Tiny buildings that stand in the way of big developments

Great Barrier Reef status at risk

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:21
Australia holds its breath as Unesco decides status

Most-wanted Nazi 'unfit for trial'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:05
Former SS lieutenant Gerhard Sommer, at the top of a most-wanted list of Nazis, has been declared unfit for trial by prosecutors in Germany.

MEPs in new EU-US trade controversy

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:05
MEPs call for transparent and public handling of trade disputes with the US but soften their stance on controversial commercial courts.

Are more people on the move?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:03
Are more people on the move than ever before?

Who's controlling Sumner Redstone's media empire?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:00

If you were to ask Sumner Redstone about what happens to his media empire when he’s no longer with us, his answer would be simple: he doesn’t plan on leaving. Sumner Redstone intends to live forever.

The story of how Redstone came to take the helm of two media giants, Viacom and CBS, is about as unfathomable as the man himself; he took his father’s movie business and turned it into one of the largest chains in the country. He bought CBS, and then turned around and bought Viacom as well. Now, at 92 years old, Redstone seems to be slowing down.

“Sumner is the chairman of both companies,” says Vanity Fair contributor Bill Cohen, who penned the story “Endless Sumner," about Redstone's succession plan. “I think you’re starting to see signs of real and material deterioration."

He says that rumors abound that Redstone may soon be headed for that great boardroom in the sky. Redstone's staff at Viacom, meanwhile, say he’s still “sharp as a tack.” So what becomes of CBS and Viacom without Redstone? Cohen says this about Redstone's plans: “[He] has put his ownership stakes at both Viacom and CBS into an irrevocable trust that kicks in when he dies… I think it is probably a good bet that Shari [Redstone] is likely to become the chairman of both Viacom and CBS.” 

Listen to Kai Ryssdal's interview with Redstone from 2006 below:

Bangladeshi boat migrants doomed from the start

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:00
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt discovers some migrants are so desperate to leave Bangladesh that they knowingly board ships destined for prison camps.

Man dead and girl hurt in 'incident'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 10:48
A man has died and a young girl is airlifted to hospital after police were called to an incident in Cornwall.