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VIDEO: Why power lines might scare wildlife

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:13
See the bursts of UV light from power lines that scientists say may be causing animals to avoid large areas around them.

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:12

News media were quick to report on a $499 "Miracle Machine" that could turn water into wine. The science sounded suspect to us, with good reason. The perpetrators call it a sham for charity's sake.

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Witness says 'all blacks look alike'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:11
A witness in the PC Keith Blakelock murder trial tells the Old Bailey that "all blacks look alike" to him.

Obama's Big Move On Overtime Pay Keyed To Swing, Base Voters

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:11

The administration's plan to increase the number of American workers eligible for mandatory overtime pay is seen as part of a strategy to stress income inequality.

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Block on Charles's letters unlawful

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:04
The attorney general's decision to block publication of letters written by the Prince of Wales to government ministers is ruled unlawful.

Flashing power lines 'scare animals'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:03
Bursts of UV light from high-voltage cables may be causing animals to avoid large areas around power lines, research reveals.

Suicide followed 'paedophile trap'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 10:02
A man snared by an internet "paedophile hunter" took his own life days after police had questioned him, an inquest finds.

Shock treatment over eating disorder

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:58
Patients raise serious concerns about how people with eating disorders are treated in Northern Ireland.

Russian editor fired in Ukraine row

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:57
The chief editor of popular Russian news website Lenta.ru loses her job over an interview it published with a leading far-right Ukrainian nationalist.

For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:52

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Martin's departure from Miami prompted an in-depth investigation of the Dolphins by the NFL.

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Teen 'suicidal after Clifford abuse'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:50
A second alleged victim tells the Max Clifford trial that she wanted to kill herself following repeated sexual abuse by the publicist.

Labour makes no sense on Europe - PM

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:44
Labour makes "no sense whatsoever" on Europe, David Cameron says, after Ed Miliband casts doubt on whether his party would hold an EU referendum.

Did a viral video help Obamacare?

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:42
Did a viral video help Obamacare?

Hearing loss: Bill could top £239m

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:40
The final bill for settling hearing loss claims by former RUC officers could be almost a quarter of a billion pounds.

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:36

The moneyed world of tech startups is getting a sendup from Mike Judge and a dramatic treatment from AMC. Both programs explore the people who, for better or worse, are changing the way we live.

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Sire De Grugy wins Champion Chase

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:34
Sire De Grugy wins a Cheltenham race for the first time as he cruises to the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Watchdog doubt over election audits

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:33
The Budget watchdog casts doubt on its ability to audit Labour's tax pledges in time for the 2015 election.

Why Did The Possibly Pregnant Shark Cross The Atlantic?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:30

Probably not just to get to the other side. Thanks to a tracking device, researchers and anyone on the Web have watched as "Lydia" has gone where no great white shark has been tracked before.

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Rosario Dawson: From Cesar Chavez to Twitter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:10

Rosario Dawson was one of many celebrities in attendance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this week. The actress, who has appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" and the comic-inspired film "Sin City," appeared on a panel entitled "What Would Cesar Chavez Tweet?", a perfect tie in for her to share how best to mobilize and engage Latinos in the digital space, while also promoting her new movie.

Dawson is playing labor leader Dolores Huerta in an upcoming biopic that chronicles the life of the late civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez. Dawson says the movie brought back memories of her own family's involvement in unions as she was growing up.

"My great-grandmother worked in the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, I came from people who were inspired by Cesar," Dawson says. "To look at it, to look at what they were doing, they were poor people helping poor people, passing on messages, just literally person-to-person. 'Psst, pass it on, march on Friday.' Pre-twitter."

Dawson was here in Austin not just to promote her new film, but also to talk about a project she's working on with her longtime friend and business partner, Abrima Erwiah. The project is called Studio 189, and it's an e-commerce platform that the duo has launched that curates the traditional artisan work of African artists and sells those products online to consumers.

Even though Africa is often overlooked as a place where entrepreneurship and innovation can really thrive, Dawson sees great growth potential, "When you have the median age in Africa being 18.6 and sub-Saharan Africa is expected to have two-thirds of the youth of the world by 2100, you are really looking at a very active, very present, very engaged community and it's really exciting to be working and partnering with folks who are really into it."

Rosario Dawson isn't new to advocating for underserved communities. She is a co-founder of Voto Latino, a 10-year old organization whose mission is to empower Latino Millennials and increase their engagement on a number of social and economic issues. Since its inception, Voto Latino has registered nearly a quarter of a million voters, and according to Dawson, they achieved an important first in the digital space.

"We were the first ones to use texting, to get people to register to vote," Dawson says. "Latino millennials are a very high number, and they really need a pathway, to being in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math education], to being able to have jobs and careers that other people aren't [targeting] them for. They are being talked to as only consumers -- and really they are innovators."

This level of advocacy is important to the actress, who points out that social media is an important way to reach and mobilize a very important demographic.

"Social media is in many ways the frontier for activism for people of color especially since they over-index on social media, especially Latinos," Dawson says. "They are the first ones to take on new technology from everything from 3-D televisions to new types of cell phones... They might not have computers but they have cell phones and they use [them] for everything."

Voto Latino is launching a movement they are calling #TrendURVoice as a way to further engage Latino Millennials around issues ranging from immigration to marriage equality to student loan debt. It's not lost on Dawson that the power of social media to help mobilize extends beyond American youth, "Through social media we are able to reach every corner of the earth just about.

"When you look at the uprising in Egypt you see proof positive about how that works. We are seeing it all around the world and it's the thing that gets kids walking out of class or mobilizing around the world."

Gross misconduct probe over PC death

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:09
Two police officers face a gross misconduct hearing after an officer was shot dead in a training exercise.

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