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Secrets Spawned Of Machismo, Matchmaking And MySpace

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:23

What does it take to be a man? In writer Matt de la Peña's family, it's meeting your woman in a traditionally macho way. Until now, he hasn't told them how he really met his wife eight years ago.

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GB's Dasaolu powers to 100m gold

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:22
James Dasaolu wins 100m gold and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey bronze on a brilliant night for Britain at the European Championships.

Between Ferguson's Police And Population, A Racial Divide

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

Robert Siegel speaks with local political leader Patricia Bynes of Ferguson, Mo., about the clashes between residents and police taking place there since the weekend. Unrest erupted after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by police recently in the St. Louis suburb.

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In The Absence Of Answers, Protests Fill Ferguson's Silence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

The community of Ferguson, Mo., remains on edge after a police shooting left an unarmed black teenager dead over the weekend. Clashes have erupted between protesters and police, and an officer was involved in another shooting overnight.

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Once Gateways, Turkey's Border Towns Now Close Doors On Islamic State

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

After a long period of supporting Islamist militants like the Islamic State, Turkish towns along the Syrian border are now cracking down. Souad Mekhennet co-wrote a story in The Washington Post about the formerly friendly attitude and its reversal. She speaks with Robert Siegel.

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Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

The era of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears to be coming to an end after eight turbulent years. Haider al-Abadi, the man set to replace him, is not a previously well-known figure. NPR's Alice Fordham has interviewed him, and she tells Melissa Block more about him.

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After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

The International Mathematical Union has announced the four winners of its prestigious Fields Medal. The group includes Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prize in its long history.

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West African Doctors Plead For Access To Experimental Ebola Serum

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

The Ebola outbreak has taken a particularly high toll on health workers, with more than 100 cases of health workers infected with the disease. West Africans are now requesting access to experimental drugs that have been used on Western health workers.

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Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

You might have heard a lot recently about non-Asian people donning makeup or clothing to appear Asian. But why is it that we're seeing so much of this phenomenon, widely referred to as "yellowface"?

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Brazil Mourns, After Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:16

The man running third in the race to be Brazil's next president has died in a plane crash. Eduardo Campos' small plane crashed in bad weather south of Sao Paulo as it was preparing to land.

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Nato peace camp 'plans new site'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:59
One of the protesters planning an anti-Nato "peace camp" in Newport during the summit of world leaders in September has claimed they will set up at an alternative site.

England women fight back in India Test

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:51
England women reduce India to 87-6 after being bowled out for 92 on the opening day of the Test at Wormsley.

More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:46

Paid paternity leave is a luxury in the U.S. Just 10 to 15 percent of employers offer it, even though an increasing number of fathers want, and expect, time off with a new child.

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Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:42
A rocket lands in southern Israel hours before the expiry of a three-day Gaza ceasefire, Israeli police say.

Swiss train derailed in landslide

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:40
A landslide in Switzerland derails a train at the top of a ravine, injuring several passengers and leaving one carriage hanging over the precipice.

Long Island Soaked By Record-Breaking Rainfall

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:34

Flood warnings are still in effect for other parts of New England after an early-morning downpour jeopardized commuters in New York. One town has been hit with more than a foot of rain.

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Sales tax holidays: A lot of hype for a little saving

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:33

Even though they are bad for state budgets and aren't necessarily good bargains, Americans love sales-tax holidays. Retailers like them too, because the tax holidays motivate consumers.

“It can be a pretty significant increase in traffic in the store and sales,” says Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman for Macy’s.

So why are tax holidays so popular?

“There’s absolutely a psychological impact here that is bigger than the money,” says Craig Shearman, spokesman for the National Retail Federation.

He says consumers generally hold out for sales offering at least 25 percent off.

“If retailers were to offer 5 or 10 percent off, consumers would laugh at them,” says Shearman. “But when shoppers can save that same 5 or 10 percent by virtue of not paying tax, it goes way beyond the amount of money involved.”

While consumers save money at the cash register, it’s really the states that pay.

“The first time I heard about a state tax holiday, I laughed until I cried,” says Verenda Smith, deputy director at the Federation for Tax Administrators, an association of state tax agencies.

There are 27 tax holidays this year.

“They’re expensive. They tend to distort the economy a little bit. But people love ‘em,” says Smith.

If tax holidays disappeared, would retailers lose much business?

Joy Hyrons, who handles accounting for Miller’s School Supplies in central Florida, says not necessarily.

“Well, to be honest with you, it probably wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference because the people have to purchase these items anyway,” says Hyrons.

On Net Neutrality, California Cares; Texas? Not So Much

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:33

A geographical analysis of comments to the Federal Communications Commission shows wide disparities on the issue of an open Internet.

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VIDEO: Swiss train derailed in landslide

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:30
A landslide in Switzerland derails a train at the top of a ravine, injuring several passengers and leaving one carriage hanging over the precipice.

£315m race circuit gets MotoGP

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:26
A five-year deal is signed to bring the British MotoGP to Wales at the Circuit of Wales track in Ebbw Vale.
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