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We made mistake on floods - Pickles

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 08:10
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says the government should have dredged the flood-hit Somerset Levels, as severe flood warnings are issued along the Thames.

Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:56

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:53

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.

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Iran to reveal detonator information

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:52
The Iranian government promises to provide information on detonators as one of seven steps aimed at allaying fears over its nuclear programme.

VIDEO: Six Nations: France 30 - 10 Italy FT

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:50
Live coverage of the concluding match in the second round of fixtures as France tackle Italy in Paris.

Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:47

People who have never experienced earthquakes are starting to feel rumbles, which scientists say may be linked to the rise in oil and gas activity. Along with the quakes are shockingly loud noises that can put residents on edge.

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VIDEO: Giraffe put down despite campaign

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:45
Efforts to win a last minute reprieve for a young giraffe called Marius at Copenhagen Zoo have failed and the zoo has put the animal down.

City closed 'for a week' by floods

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:36
Large parts of Worcester city centre could closed for a week because of flooding, the county council says.

New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 07:20

The U.S. and Russian teams are fending off accusations from a French sports website that they are colluding to help each other win medals.

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Legal action taken over baby ashes

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 06:48
Parents alleging the wrongful disposal of baby ashes in Aberdeen are taking legal action against the city council at the Court of Session.

Birth Control And Blood Clots: Women Still Weighing The Risks

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 06:47

The drug company Merck has agreed to settle with thousands of claimants who sued over the contraceptive NuvaRing. Hormonal birth control has never escaped controversy when it comes to potentially serious side effects, so how do women sort through the data and make a decision that works for them.

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VIDEO: Fires rage across southern Australia

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 06:44
Phil Mercer reports on wildfires which are threatening lives and homes in southern Australia, as the state of Victoria faces some of the worst conditions in five years.

Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender In 2012 Fire That Killed 112

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 06:00

The deaths in the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, which supplied U.S. and European retailers, were blamed on blocked exits and managers who prevented workers from escaping.

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U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:53

U.S. Olympic teams have been more successful in speedskating than in any other winter sport. The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.

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Evidence 'links warming to storms'

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:16
"All the evidence" suggests extreme weather in the UK is linked to global warming, the Met Office's chief scientist says.

Pickles defends minister over cleaner

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:10
Eric Pickles defends new immigration checks after the resignation of the minister behind them for employing a cleaner who did not have a valid visa.

Was That Jump A 6? Subjectivity In Olympic Judging

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Vote-trading scandals in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics forced the International Skating Union to make major changes to its judging system, including obscuring which judge issued which mark. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca discusses the issue of transparency and subjectivity in Olympics judging with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Collecting The Letters Of Wartime

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Letters written in a time of war reflect almost universal longing and loss, no matter the century or the enemy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Andrew Carroll, the director of the Center for American War Letters, about his personal collection of wartime correspondence from every American conflict, going back to 1776.

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France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.

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New Criminal Sentencing Efforts Aim To Reduce Prison Crowding

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

This week the Justice Department encouraged people sent to prison under tough old drug laws to apply for clemency. The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced a bill that advocates call the biggest sentencing reform in decades. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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