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Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:50

Raccoons, as cute as they are, carry parasites that can be dangerous to humans. Mixing medicine with yummy treats reduced the disease risk for animals and humans in parks in Chicago.

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Hungary police 'blame rape victims'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:47
Police in Hungary are accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.

China's smoking ban distracts from a larger issue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:45

There are approximately 300 million smokers in China, roughly the population of the United States. Smoking also kills about a million Chinese each year. Now Beijing is considering a ban on smoking in public places and tobacco advertising. 

On the face of it, the ban is an effort by the government to control healthcare costs. But Stanford University anthropologist Matthew Kohrman, who has written extensively about smoking in China, sees the ban as a distraction from a bigger issue.

"It's a sideshow," Kohrman says.

This ban would target consumers, like advocacy efforts by other governments and the World Health Organization do. Kohrman is more concerned about the supply and production of tobacco. 

"Most people would think that cigarette production has gone down worldwide over the last two or three decades. In fact, cigarette production has tripled since the 1960s," he says. "China has become the world's cigarette superpower." 

The places a Westerner might be surprised to find smoking today? Taxis, schools and even hospitals. Even so, consumer habits are changing. Public buses and high-end department stores are smoke-free. Airplanes, too, for the most part. 

"For years now I've been flying on Chinese airlines," Kohrman says. "Shortly after the flight takes off, I've almost on every flight smelled cigarette smoke. I always figured someone in the back has a fierce nicotine habit."

Turns out, the passengers obeyed the signs and flight attendants' instructions. The smoke was coming from the cockpit. 


Dairy industry in 'desperate state'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:26
The dairy industry is in a desperate state, a government committee hears.

PM warns net firms after Rigby murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:36
David Cameron says internet companies must act on terrorist material, after it emerges one of Lee Rigby's killers spoke on Facebook about wanting to murder a soldier.

How many more Fergusons are there?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:35
How many other towns and cities across America have exactly the same cocktail of problems that one spark could ignite, the BBC's Jon Sopel asks.

AUDIO: Tesco writes apology poem to students

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:30
Two students who wrote a poem complaining to Tesco say they were "very impressed" to receive a reply - in verse.

In pictures: Ferguson riots aftermath

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:28
Scenes of widespread damage in Ferguson

Simmons hopes Hughes shares his fate

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:28
Former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons hopes Phil Hughes is as lucky as he was with his recovery from a serious head injury.

England's Finn a doubt for first ODI

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:21
England bowler Steven Finn could miss England's first one-day international against Sri Lanka with a groin injury.

Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a third of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control. Most have been diagnosed, though that's less common among the young.

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Ferguson jury process is 'broken'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:15
Lawyers for Michael Brown's family say the process that cleared a police officer who shot dead the teenager in Ferguson is "broken" and "unfair".

Citizen Naismith: A disowned Ranger

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:07
Charitable and down to earth, Steven Naismith seems to buck the trend of self-centred footballers - except perhaps to Rangers fans.

'Caring and doting' father beat baby

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:54
A "caring and doting" father broken his daughter's neck and damaged her spine after shaking her, swinging her by the legs and sitting on her, a court hears.

Making it a meatless Thanksgiving with Tofurky

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:48

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so throw on your stretchy pants.It’s time for mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, ham and of course a giant turkey right in the middle of the table. Many will deep-fry their turkey, others will stick it in the oven and baste it. But there are those who will eat tofu, or Tofurky to be exact.

"Tofurky is a meat alternative that is the original and number one selling meat alternative turkey in America," says Seth Tibbott, founder and president of the Tofurky Company.

Soybean-rich Tofurky has been a reliable vegan and vegetarian go-to at Thanksgiving gatherings for the past 20 years.

"We first sold 500 tofurky roasts in Portland, Oregon, in 1995," Tibbott says.

The company remains a family-owned and independent enterprise.

"We never sold equity to any outside investors or venture capitalists," says Tibbott. "I wish I had Kickstarter around when I started it."

New centre of the sporting world?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:47
How and why Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have launched a land grab of sporting events unmatched anywhere in the world.

NI golf resort plan 'has floundered'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:42
Plans for a £100m golf resort near the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim have floundered, according to informed sources.

VIDEO: 'I'll never stop missing my Breck'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:28
Lorin LaFave, whose 14-year-old son, Breck Bednar, was stabbed to death by an "internet predator", says she is lost and heartbroken.

Plastic bag protest in Ivory Coast

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:27
Police in Ivory Coast fire tear gas and use batons to disperse crowds protesting about a ban on plastic bags used to carry water.

Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:13

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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