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Boy in hospital with severe burns

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:52
A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns.

Three die in separate road crashes

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:34
Two motorcyclists and a car passenger have died in separate crashes in south and west Wales, say police.

Teachers to debate summer strike

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:34
The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike on 23 June and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.

Redundancy threat at building firm

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:31
Workers at a Newport building firm face redundancy after the company warned it was going into administration, union leaders claim.

Cavendish to miss Giro d'Italia

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:29
Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish is to miss the Giro d'Italia as he steps up his preparations for the Tour de France.

Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:29

Odorless and discreet, vaporizer pens for pot are growing in popularity. But the devices are a nightmare for parents because they make it hard to know if kids are using marijuana.

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Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:13

The magnitude 7.2 temblor's epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco, but it shook up residents in the capital, Mexico City.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:58

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:58

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

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New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:57

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:55

In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy.

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15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:51

The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.

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Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:49
At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

The resurgence of dot-com investment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:49

Venture capitalists are pouring money into internet startups again: they’ve invested $9.5 billion in various startups so far this year, according to the latest MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. 

The report claims we haven't seen this much venture capital floating around since 2001, as the dot com bubble was starting to deflate. Right now, web ventures are getting the most investment money, and biotech is a distant second. 

“The amount of capital that a startup requires now is much less,” says venture capitalist Peter Cohan, president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates. Cohan says startups are cheaper now because technology is so much more advanced than it was in the 90s.  And it costs a lot less.

Some startups that failed in the 90s are being tried again. Things like online currier services. They weren't feasbile in the 90s, because there weren’t any smart phones yet.

“It was very difficult to track curriers and pinpoint where they are so it was very difficult to deliver,” says  Jalak Jobanputra, founder of Future Perfect Ventures, another venture capital firm. 

Is all this startup money blowing up a bubble? Jobanputra says yes.  But it probably won’t pop. Instead, she expects it to deflate, slowly. 

Prince re-signs with 'slave' label

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:49
Pop star Prince signs a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago.

VIDEO: Camel birth shocks sheep farmer

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:43
A farmer who was hoping for some rest after a busy lambing season has been surprised by his latest newborn - a camel.

Man suffers head and face injuries

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:40
A 46-year-old man is being treated in hospital after suffering serious face and head injuries during assault in Belfast city centre.

Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:22

When the NSA leaker asked the Russian leader about his nation's electronic eavesdropping, Putin said there's no "mass system." The Center for Strategic & International Studies says there is.

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Sand sculptors wow seaside revellers

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:21
Weston-super-Mare's annual sand sculpture festival begins.

VIDEO: Golfer Larrazabal attacked by hornets

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:07
Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal is attacked by hornets and forced into a lake to avoid the swarm at the Malaysian Open.

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