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International Criminal Court To Try Former Child Soldier With War Crimes

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

The international criminal court in the Hague was founded to prosecute those who commit war crimes — particularly the crime of abducting and conscripting children as soldiers. But for the first time in that court's 15 year history, it's putting on trial a man who was once a victim of that same crime.

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Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

In the wake of attacks in Paris, part of the investigation into terror cells in Europe has led to Spain. One of the Paris gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, is believed to have visited Madrid in the days before he burst into a kosher market, killing four people.

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DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:30

Joseph Sledge, now 70, spent 37 years in prison for a crime that a three-judge panel said today he did not commit.

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Saxo Bank faces £70m Swiss losses

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:29
Danish currency trading specialist said it could afford to absorb losses if customers failed to meet their obligations

Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:23

Republican presidential contenders have converged in Des Moines for the Iowa Freedom Summit, an event hosted by conservative lightning rod Steve King.

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BBC agrees Eos music payment deal

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:20
The BBC and the body representing Welsh musicians sign a contract regarding the broadcaster's payments to artists.

After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:16

In northwest Pakistan, a school has reopened after last month's Taliban attack that killed more than 130. Most all of the survivors chose to come back, but the healing will take years, they say.

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Who killed Alberto Nisman - and why?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:12
The death of former state prosecutor Alberto Nisman leads to conspiracy theories and questions in Argentina, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports from Buenos Aires.

VIDEO: Double despair for Coulson

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:06
Cambridge United defender Josh Coulson heads just over against Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:06

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:02

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast can impart funky flavors.

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NFL Hires Investigators, Says Patriots Used Under-Inflated Balls

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:55

It's the latest twist in a story that, to some, exemplifies the over-hyped talking points that often get blown out of proportion during the two-week wait for the Super Bowl.

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VIDEO: Manhole explosion 'miracle' escape

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:49
The mother of a two-year-old girl says it is "a miracle" she escaped injury when a manhole exploded on a Birmingham street.

Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:36

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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Ed Sheeran to get Tussauds waxwork

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:31
Pop star Ed Sheeran is measured by Madame Tussauds ahead of the creation of his waxwork effigy.

Greek leaders in final poll pleas

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:28
Greek party leaders are making their final appeals to voters before Sunday's general election, with polls giving left-wing Syriza a clear lead.

SkyMall files for bankruptcy. Blame your phone.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:19

If you are someone who likes to hop a flight, kick back in your seat and start thumbing through a SkyMall catalog know this: Those days may be numbered.  

With shrinking sales, SkyMall's parent company filed for Chapter 11. Turns out, the retailer famous for its Bigfoot Garden Yeti and other odd and assorted goods is facing too much competition from cellphones and tablets.  

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Was the Box IPO worth the wait?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:18

The first big tech IPO of the year happened Friday: Box, best known for enterprise cloud storage services, debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. At closing, shares were up nearly 66% from a starting price of $14. It was a good day for the company, but a day that was originally scheduled to happen last spring. Why does a company delay an IPO?

UPS delivers on holiday orders – and hurts itself

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:16

UPS is warning that its earnings will fall short for the fourth quarter of last year, mostly because the company overcompensated for the shipping woes of 2013, when it delivered a surge of last-minute packages after Christmas.

For 2014, it hired more workers and invested in more equipment than was needed to handle what turned out to be an easier Christmas shipping season. E-commerce is a bigger part of UPS’ business now, and it is also hard to forecast. Will cost-cutting hurt performance next year?

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Mrs Doubtfire musical in the works

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:28
Composer of Disney's Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors reveals he's working on a musical based on the 1993 film.