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Woman Who Challenged Facebook's Age Limit Dies At 114

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 11:03

Anna Stoehr became an Internet celebrity at age 113, when she owned up to fibbing to join Facebook. Stoehr was born before the Wright brothers took their historic first flight.

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Move over, Snapchat. There's a new app in town.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 11:00

In every disaster there is an opportunity, and a market, for someone.

Confide, a smartphone app company, created an app, also called Confide, that makes top-secret business messages self-destruct, like Snapchat images. According to Confide's website, "messages disappear after they're read, ensuring all of your communication remains private, confidential and always off the record."

Confide is trying to capitalize on the Sony hack by pitching its app to big companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. Good timing.

The best part? The company is offering the service to Sony for free.


Hartley banned for three weeks

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:37
Northampton's Dylan Hartley is suspended for three weeks for elbowing Leicester's Matt Smith on Saturday.

VIDEO: Pensioner's £1,000 lunch for lonely

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:37
An 86-year-old woman decides to treat dozens of strangers to Christmas dinner in a pub in Devon.

An Update From New Orleans

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:33

Charter schools, special education, and new preschool funding are among changes for New Orleans schools.

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Record Number Of Britons Are Using Food Banks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:28

Hunger has become one of the biggest issues in British society. A parliamentary report says one problem is welfare benefits, which have been cut under the conservative government.

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VIDEO: 'Beetroot as lipstick won't catch on'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:16
In the midst of Russia's current currency crisis, a government senator has been advising the country's women to use beetroot instead of imported lipstick.

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:46

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

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Gay US blood donor ban 'should end'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:40
Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, a key health body recommends.

FDA To Lift Ban On Gay Blood Donors Celibate For At Least A Year

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:39

The agency said it will issue a draft guidance recommending the proposed change in 2015. A ban on gay blood donors has been in effect since the early 1980s when fears about HIV/AIDS were widespread.

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Russia limits firms' dollar holdings

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:37
The Russian government instructs five firms to limit foreign currency reserves as part of its efforts to stabilise the rouble.

Army chiefs vow anti-Taliban action

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:30
The army chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to co-ordinate operations along their border, a week after Taliban fighters attacked a school in Peshawar.

Balotelli 'naive' over Mario post

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:30
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli admits he was "naive" over a social media post that brought him a one-match ban.

Woman hit by car is 'critical'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:28
A woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, say police.

Van Gaal 'needs' Ferguson support

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:17
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson's "belief" in him has made his job easier.

VIDEO: Driver in disabled bay stand-off

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:14
Matthew Sanders, a driver who wrongly parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham, refuses to leave his car in an attempt to stop it being towed away.

Some Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:53

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.

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Legal bid against Kenya security law

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:50
Kenya's opposition mounts a legal challenge against a controversial new anti-terrorism law which gives security agencies sweeping powers to detain suspects.

Tributes to man shot dead in car

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:42
Tributes are paid to a man shot dead as he sat in a car in Sheffield in what police believe was a targeted attack.

US cinemas to screen The Interview

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:35
A number of cinemas in the US have said they will screen Sony film The Interview on Christmas Day.