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Euro elections: Finding a match

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 17:09
The online toys trying to make your EU vote easier

'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:50
A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina is the largest animal ever to walk the Earth, palaeontologists say.

Apple, Google, Agree To Drop Patent Infringement Dispute

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:33

The highest-profile suit between the two companies involved one patent essential to the way cellphones operate on a 3G network.

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Ethnic diversity in France's National Front

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:08
Why France's National Front has black and Arab supporters

Record Flooding In Balkans Destroys Communities

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:08

It's the worst flooding in Bosnia and Serbia in at least 120 years, triggering dozens of landslides and killing several people.

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Colombia and Farc reach drug deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:03
The government of Colombia and the Farc rebel group agree on a plan to deal with the illegal drug trade, at peace negotiations in Cuba.

UK told to hand over jailed Afghans

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:49
The Afghan government orders the UK to hand over detainees held in military jails in Helmand and Kandahar.

Blue badge fraud prosecutions double

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:47
Prosecutions of blue badge fraud have doubled over the course of three years, new figures from English councils reveal.

Missing man's family stage march

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:45
The family and friends of a missing man from Glenrothes stage a march in the town to try to jog people's memories about his disappearance.

VIDEO: 'Land invasion' near Brazil stadium

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:43
With less than a month to go before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the government is facing fresh protests from various groups, including families who have invaded land within sight of the stadium.

Brazil 2014 dengue risk predicted

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:37
Scientists develop an "early warning system" to alert authorities to the risk of dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the World Cup.

A brief history of plastic

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:19
A brief history of plastic, from the Middle Ages onwards

The man who fired a torpedo down a High Street

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:16
Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of a man who fired a torpedo down a High Street.

Arkansas court halts gay marriages

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 15:08
The highest court in the US state of Arkansas halts gay marriages there pending an appeal against a lower ruling overturning a voter-approved ban.

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:33

In an on again, off again, legal tussle, the high court granted a request from the state's attorney general to put the issuing of licenses on hold.

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Argentine liquid cocaine plan foiled

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:30
Argentina seizes two tonnes of liquid cocaine, saying it has foiled a plan to produce and ship the drug to the United States and Europe.

The new rules of internships

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:25

Summer's almost here, the traditional season of the internship.

 

But interns beware: in the last few years a series of lawsuits against employers offering unpaid internships have changed the rules of the apprenticeship game.

 

Rachel Feintzeig is a management reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and has been writing about the plight of the new internship.

 

In recent years, internships have become a near-necessity for college students trying to stand out in a brutal job market. And while some positions can provide valuable work experience and a glimpse into corporate life, critics maintain that the stints often amount to little more than unpaid labor.

 

A survey last year from the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggests unpaid internships don't help students land full-time jobs. Alums of unpaid internships had full-time job offers at nearly the same rate as those who had no internships at all—about 37%, compared with 62% for those with paid internships.

To read more about how internships are changing, read Rachel's article for the Wall Street Journal

'No contest' plea in school shooting

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:11
A 12-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting two classmates in January will not contest the charges against him, his lawyers tell a court.

VIDEO: Battles in Mexico's 'cartel country'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:04
In the western Mexican state of Michoacán, a popular uprising led by heavily armed self-defence groups has chased out one of the main drug cartels.

Final Note: Peak Embarrassed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:04

In our Final Note for Friday, May 16, I've flashed back to my teenage self: those awkward days when we felt we could do nothing right and mortification lurked at every turn, complete disgrace only a heartbeat away. For me, anyway.

Researchers apparently found the exact age when we're most likely to be embarrassed. "Peak embarrassed," they call it.

17. 2 years of age is that peak point when you're more likely to feel embarrassed by your own actions, according to a 2013 study in the journal Psychological Science.

And that's probably good news for adults, or at least anyone over the age of 17.2 years.

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