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Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:14

The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court struck down Virginia's ban in February.

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Swansea criticised over DVA problems

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:13
A Northern Ireland minister accuses the DVLA staff in Swansea of "dropping the ball" as hundreds of motorists report problems taxing and registering vehicles.

Ireland 7-40 England

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:09
England reach the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup for the fourth time in a row with a 40-7 win over Ireland.

How a blog with no advertisements makes its money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:08

Designer Joy Cho's blog "Oh Joy!" gets about 550,000 page views a month. When it launched nine years ago, Cho says  she wasn’t quite sure what a blog was. She had always considered it to be an online diary.

"I had left New York and moved to Philadelphia with no job, and while I was interviewing, I had to start freelancing as a designer to make ends meet," says Cho. "In the meantime, a friend of mine had suggested starting a blog... I really didn’t think anybody would care about what I had to say. But as somebody who is very visual, who’s always collecting things for future reference, I thought 'OK, well at least I can put them online and I can share them with people if they decide they want to view them with me.'"

That was nine years ago. Since then, Cho’s blog "Oh Joy!" has blown up. And recently, she decided to stop putting advertisements on her site - the usual means of revenue for bloggers.

"I had ads on my site for a very long time. However, in the last several years, brands and bloggers have been partnering together a little bit more on sponsored content," says Cho. "I find it to be much more meaningful, much more interesting and much more creative. It’s a way to work with a brand in a way that benefits everybody."

One example? The Whimsy Pop desk

Casey Brodley for Oh Joy!

Cho has also found success in her line at Target and various collaborations with companies, including Land of Nod and Microsoft.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Cameron: UK 'role' in Iraq rescue bid

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:59
Britain will "play a role" in an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees who have fled Islamic extremists in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

VIDEO: Youth Olympics: Highlights

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:49
Watch highlights from the final day of the 2014 Youth Olympics from Nanjing, China, where about 3,600 athletes from 204 nations have competed in 28 sports.

Michael J Fox charity turns to tech

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:46
The Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel have teamed up to equip Parkinson's patients with wearable sensors to help monitor the disease.

Climbers found dead in the French Alps

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:44
An investigation begins after the bodies of five French climbers and their guide are found in the Alps in south-eastern France.

US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:31
Lauren Bacall, one of Hollywood's biggest post-war stars, has died at home in New York after a career spanning seven decades.

Chile quake hazards remain high

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:26
Scientists say the potential remains for further big earthquakes in North Chile, along the stretch of coast hit by a Magnitude 8.2 tremor in April.

BBC confirms Salmond-Darling debate

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:15
The BBC confirms it is to broadcast a live referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling on 25 August.

Russia aid convoy faces uncertainty

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:03
Uncertainty surrounds the situation of a Russian aid convoy bound for east Ukraine after Ukrainian officials say they will not let it in.

Lancasters in historic tandem flight

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:01
The first tandem flight by the last two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world takes place in Lincolnshire.

In Peru's Blood Festival, It's The Condor Versus The Bull

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:58

The condor is tied to the bull's back and they fight it out in an arena. Many Peruvians say it's an important tradition. Conservationists call it another threat to a giant bird already at risk.

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More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:57

A more detailed account about what happened to Lois Lerner's computer is now available. But critics say there are still lots of unanswered questions.

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VIDEO: Swiss train derailed in landslide

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:54
A landslide in Switzerland derails a train in a "serious accident" amid reports that carriages plunged into a ravine.

Placebo test in cardiac arrest study

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:54
Ethical approval has been given for a study where some patients who experienced a cardiac arrest would not be given adrenaline - the usual treatment – but a placebo instead.

Kenya 'at high risk' of deadly Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:48
The World Health Organization classifies Kenya as a high-risk country for the spread of Ebola, as the number of people killed by the virus rises.

Priest orders 'kisses' off grave

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:45
A Lancashire widow says she is "traumatised" after a priest tells her to remove two kisses from the inscription on her husband's gravestone.

Reversible USB cable design finished

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:44
The design for the new reversible USB interface - the standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices - is finished.
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