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VIDEO: When Paisley heckled the Pope

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:24
Ian Paisley's forceful political style was often displayed at the European Parliament where, after being elected an MEP in 1979, he made sure his message heard loud and clear.

Twitch malware spends users' money

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:18
Malicious links posted on the chat forums of video games streaming site Twitch can spend money without users' authorisation, it has emerged.

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:12

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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Man Utd target top three - Van Gaal

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:09
Manager Louis van Gaal believes a top three Premier League finish is a realistic aim for Manchester United.

'Sexual predator' abused children

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:07
A 76-year-old man from Cumbria who sexually abused young girls over more than two decades is jailed for 16 years.

Chile MP charged over 1981 killings

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:06
Chilean MP Rosauro Martinez is charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Two jailed over dissident gun camp

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:50
Two more people are set to jail over a dissident republican training camp in County Tyrone.

Shop bosses in new 'Yes' vote warning

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:49
The BBC learns that leading retailers are planning a joint warning of higher business costs should Scotland become independent as the war of words heats up.

The sweet story behind the U.S. Senate 'candy desk'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:44

U.S. Senators, as one might surmise, rarely pass up an opportunity to tout their home states – what businesses are based there, what products are made there – and that trait is on display in an unusual place. It's at a spot in the back of the Senate chamber, known as the “candy desk.”

The history of the U.S. Senate’s candy desk goes back to 1965. Donald Ritchie, the head of the Senate Historical Office, says Sen. George Murphy (R-CA), “an old song-and-dance man,” had a sweet tooth.

“Sen. Murphy filled his desk drawer with candies, which he dipped into,” Ritchie says. “And then he invited his colleagues to stop whenever they wanted to.”

Murphy lost his seat in 1970, but the tradition continued. The desk, which is right by the main door to the Senate chamber, currently belongs to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). “You have a chance to sell your state’s products there,” he says. “Or talk about stuff.”

Today, it is chock full of candies manufactured in the Land of Lincoln. For Kirk, a fan of Chicago’s Ferrara Candy Company, it’s personal.

“They offered me all of the desks on the Republican side, and I wanted to make sure that those bastards in Hershey, Penn., couldn’t get the candy desk,” he says, laughing.

Kirk is referring, of course, to the Hershey Candy Company, which had a monopoly on senators’ sweets for years. The desk used to belong to Rick Santorum, and the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania filled it with Kit Kats and Kisses.

I asked all 100 senators to name their favorite candies, and they all seem partial to what is manufactured back home. New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen likes dark chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy, for instance. Georgia’s Jonny Isakson likes Snickers, which include, he points out, Georgia peanuts.

The desk has suited some senators better than others. George Voinovich represented Ohio, a state not known for its confections. So, his tenure at the candy desk didn’t last long. “I think it was one year,” he recalls. “That was enough.”

George LeMieux used to sit at the desk. “I used to joke that it was an unfunded mandate that I had to provide candy for the rest of my senators,” he says. “But I was happy to do so.”

Kirk, the man currently charged with filling the candy desk’s drawers, likes Jelly Belly-brand jelly beans, and there are plenty of those in the candy desk, but he also stocks it with baby aspirin. He had a stroke in 2012, and a small daily dose of the pain killer, he tells his colleagues and constituents, can prevent strokes and heart attacks.

While this means there is less room for Illinois candy, Kirk is able to draw attention to another constituent: the company that makes the aspirin is based outside of Chicago. 

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The preferred candies of your elected officials

They may not be in charge of the candy desk, but we wanted to know anyway: What are your senator's favorite sweets? Below, a yearbook of the candies that melt hearts and minds:

Tammy Baldwin

D-Wisconsin

Ghiradelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight Singles Richard Blumenthal

D-Connecticut

Wint-O-Green Life Savers Roy Blunt

R-Missouri

No comment John Boozman

R-Arkansas

Jelly Belly jelly beans Sherrod Brown

D-Ohio

Milky Way Ben Cardin

D-Maryland

Goetze's Original Vanilla Caramel Creams Tom Carper

D-Delaware

York Peppermint Pattie Bob Casey

D-Pennsylvania

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars Tom Coburn

R-Oklahoma

Hot Tamales Thad Cochran

R-Mississippi

Chocolate covered peanuts Susan Collins

R-Maine

Maine maple sugar candy Mike Crapo

R-Idaho

Snickers Dick Durbin

D-Illinois

Dark Chocolate Snickers Mike Enzi

R-Wyoming

Big Hunk Dianne Feinstein

D-California

See's Candies Dark Chocolate Jeff Flake

R-Arizona

3 Musketeers Kirsten Gillibrand

D-New York

No candy Tom Harkin

D-Iowa

Brach's Hard Candy Orrin Hatch

R-Utah

Jelly beans Martin Heinrich

D-New Mexico

Dark chocolate with sea salt Dean Heller

R-Nevada

Cinnamon bears Mazie Hirono

D-Hawaii

Snickers John Hoeven

R-North Dakota

Life Savers Gummies Johnny Isakson

R-Georgia

Snickers Ron Johnson

R-Wisconsin

Milky Way Tim Johnson

D-South Dakota

Chocolate Tim Kaine

D-Virginia

No candy, Dr. Pepper Angus King

I-Maine

Peppermint Mark Kirk

R-Illinois

Jelly Belly jelly beans Mary Landrieu

D-Louisiana

Snickers Patrick Leahy

D-Vermont

Anything chocolate Mike Lee

R-Utah

Jelly beans Joe Manchin

D-West Virginia

Peanuts Ed Markey

D-Massachusetts

Milky Way Dark Mitch McConnell

R-Kentucky

No candy Robert Menendez

D-New Jersey

Dark Chocolate M&M's Barbara Mikulski

D-Maryland

No candy Jerry Moran

R-Kansas

Peanut M&M's Chris Murphy

D-Connecticut

Twix Patty Murray

D-Washington

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups Bill Nelson

D-Florida

None Rand Paul

R-Kentucky

Snickers Jack Reed

D-Rhode Island

Baby Ruth Harry Reid

D-Nevada

Nuts James Risch

R-Idaho

Butterfinger Jay Rockefeller

D-West Virginia

Baby Ruth Marco Rubio

R-Florida

No comment Bernie Sanders

I-Vermont

No comment Brian Schatz

D-Hawaii

Cinnamon hard candy Chuck Schumer

D-New York

Snickers Jeanne Shaheen

D-New Hampshire

Red licorice and chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy Jon Tester

R-Montana

Butterfinger John Thune

R-South Dakota

Twin Bing Pat Toomey

R-Pennsylvania

3 Musketeers Mark Udall

D-Colorado

Toffee from Enstrom Candies (Grand Junction, CO) Tom Udall

D-New Meixco

Dark chocolate spiced with New Mexico red chile John Walsh

D-Montana

Baby Ruth and Milky Way Midnight Elizabeth Warren

D-Massachusetts

Mounds Sheldon Whitehouse

D-Rhode Island

Milky Way Dark Ron Wyden

D-Oregon

Milk chocolate

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:44

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Dowsett takes Tour of Britain lead

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:38
England's Alex Dowsett takes the Tour of Britain overall lead after finishing second on the sixth stage.

VIDEO: Voting views from Glasgow mosque

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:35
As the referendum in Scotland draws closer, the BBC's Christian Fraser speaks to some worshippers outside Glasgow Central Mosque, the largest mosque in Scotland.

'Killer' father waives court date

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:23
The US man accused of murdering his five children and dumping their bodies waives his first court appearance.

Kennels blaze kills dozens of dogs

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:21
A blaze that swept through a dogs' home has now claimed the lives of 60 animals, police say.

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:15

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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Mexican Crackdown Slows Central American Immigration To U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:07

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

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VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius: The man and brand

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:01
BBC Sport's Dan Roan takes a look at the career and personality of the six-time Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.

Malala suspects held - Pakistan army

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:00
The militants suspected of the gun attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012 are arrested, Pakistan's army says.

VIDEO: What makes badgers so endearing?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:54
As protesters continue their efforts to stop a second year of badger culls, what has made the animal so endearing to the public?

The long shadows of war

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:48
How do you commemorate war without glamorising it?
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