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Worried You Have An STD? This App Helps You Quietly Find Out

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 03:03

Planned Parenthood has an app that offers discreet help for Californians seeking to get tested for chlamydia or gonorrhea.

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In Charleston, A City Gathers To Mourn, Try To Understand Mass Shooting

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 03:02

The community began to try to pick up the pieces, after a gunman entered a historically black church, opened fire and killed nine people.

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PODCAST: Off the grid

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 03:00

Why are financial market players betting the Greek debt crisis is about to be resolved? Greek, German, and French bond yields are down this morning — hinting not of crisis, but of some kind of resolution. More on that. Plus, is there an alternative to giant power plants sending electricity out over far-flung grids? Maybe. We head to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they're experimenting with fuel cells.

Why bother with seven-day GP opening?

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:56
The government is setting out its plans to boost GP numbers to help achieve a seven-day service. But is this all really worth it?

'Not enough medics' on SAS hike

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:53
An Army medic tells an inquest he raised concerns about not having enough medics prior to a fatal SAS selection exercise.

Apple farm boss guilty of manslaughter

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:47
A fruit farm manager is found guilty of the manslaughter of two workers who died while getprize apples from a storage container in Hampshire.

Access granted to crash black box

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:46
A bid by Scotland's top law officer to get air accident investigators to hand over the black box from a North Sea helicopter crash is granted by a judge.

New tower branding plan revealed

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:46
Portsmouth City Council releases revised plans for the branding of Spinnaker Tower after outcry over large amounts of red in the design.

Ofsted purges 1,200 poor inspectors

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:45
Ofsted ditches 1,200 poor inspectors after judging them not good enough.

Scam sparks Scots fraud haven fears

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:44
Fears are growing that Scotland may be becoming a magnet for money-launderers following allegations linking shell companies there to a $1bn (£634m) fraud in the ex-Soviet republic of Moldova.

VIDEO: Remembering at Imperial War Museum

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:43
How this glove was shrunk by a gas attack

Roy Keane 'shouted at taxi driver'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:41
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane shouted aggressively after a taxi driver told him to smile, a court hears.

VIDEO: Westminster Hall

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:36
MPs debated subjects including Personal Independence Payments.

Tunisian consular staff freed in Libya

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:27
Ten Tunisian diplomatic staff who were kidnapped in Libya are freed, officials say - amid reports of a possible deal to free a Libyan militia commander.

Missing school trip pupils inquiry

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:08
An investigation starts into how a number of primary school pupils went missing during a trip.

VIDEO: Greatest find inspires new drama

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:05
The "Staffordshire Hoard" inspires a series of plays to be staged at London's New Vic Theatre.

Substance pupil remains in hospital

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:03
A 14-year-old girl remains in hospital after nine pupils were taken ill at school after reportedly taking an unknown substance.

U.S. colleges to recruit in Cuba

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:00

As U.S. relations with Cuba thaw, colleges and universities are among those lining up to do business in the communist country. The Educational Testing Service has confirmed plans to offer some of its admissions tests in Cuba starting this month. The island nation is home to an estimated 1.5 million people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Don’t expect a rush of Cuban students on campuses just yet, though. When the Test of English as a Foreign Language debuts in Havana later this month, just 4 students are expected to take it.

“There are obstacles to beginning testing in Cuba,” says Eileen Tyson with ETS, the nonprofit that gives the exams. “We want this to go well, and we’re just going to take it very slowly.”

Those obstacles include limited computer and internet access and a lack of credit cards, which are needed to register for the exams. Students taking the language test, which is required by many U.S. colleges, will be logging onto computers at the Swiss Embassy. Tyson says the GRE, a graduate school admissions exam, will roll out in the fall.

VIDEO: Bringing WWI to life at Dunham Massey

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:00
Bringing stories of World War One to life

U.S. mayors tackle water problems

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 02:00

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is holding its annual meeting over the next few days in San Francisco, with President Barack Obama among the speakers.

On the agenda: water. Turns out water problems aren’t limited to the parched West. Of course the mayors will be talking about water conservation, but there's more.

“If you’re going to have a supply of water, you need it to be clean and accessible,” says Mitch Jones, a senior policy advocate at Food & Water Watch

Jones says many cities that have plenty of water struggle to make sure it’s safe. Think Toledo after last summer’s algae blooms on Lake Erie, or Charleston, West Virginia, after that big chemical spill last year. Jones says clean water is expensive, and federal money for loans has dried up.

“Congress needs to step up and fund the programs that exist for getting that money out to the  communities that need it,” says Jones.

Lima, Ohio, has also had problems with algae and waste water disposal. David Berger, Lima’s mayor, who will be speaking at the mayors’ conference about government mandates on water quality, says he wants federal grants, not loans.

“Loans we have to pay back," he says. "Those truly don’t help us.”

Otherwise, Berger says, U.S. cities will have to take on billions of dollars worth of debt.