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VIDEO: Butler-Sloss quits abuse inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 14:53
Retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss steps down as head of an inquiry into child sex abuse saying she was "not the right person" for the job.

Care home to shut with 40 job losses

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 14:52
A privately-run nursing home for the elderly in County Fermanagh is to close with the loss of about 40 jobs.

Brooks Irish shows will not go ahead

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 14:44
US country singer Garth Brooks confirms that none of his five Irish shows will take place in Dublin this summer, despite talks to try to resolve a row over the concerts.

I fear for Kerrigan - Vaughan

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 14:31
Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan is not ready to return to the England side after his nightmare Ashes debut, says Michael Vaughan.

Pope: Child migrants to US need help

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:55
Pope Francis calls for moves to protect thousands of unaccompanied children found migrating from Central America to the US every month.

VIDEO: Hague quits as foreign secretary

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:50
William Hague is to stand down as foreign secretary, Downing Street has said, as part of a significant ministerial reshuffle.

VIDEO: Malala meets Nigeria's leader

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:42
Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free at least 200 girls held by Boko Haram.

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Proposal From Egypt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:27

Israel's Security Cabinet has accepted Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has not yet formally accepted the plan.

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Japan enters the 'dumbwalking' era

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:26
Pile-up risk as Japan joins phone revolution and goes 'dumbwalking'

VIDEO: Thousands mark Black Country Day

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:00
Thousands of people take to the streets for the first official Black Country Day.

Bergdahl to return to active duty

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:49
Ex-Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl has completed the reintegration process and is set to return to active military duty, the US Army has said.

Lindt Chocolate just snapped up Russell Stover

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:30

Russell Stover, maker of the fabled Whitman Sampler, just got bought out by Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli, a.k.a, Lindt.

The merged company should hit an estimated $1.5 billion in sales per year.

This made me wonder how companies find each other for these sorts of deals. It would be great if they had to write personal ads the way people do. What is the professional equivalent of candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach? What is the corporate translation of a hardworking, athletic non-smoker?

In the audio player above, I imagine how the Russell Stover/Lindt relationship would start off...

Incidently, to help research this article, I purchased a Whitman Sampler and a bag of Lindt truffles from Duane Reade. After doing my necessary background research, I put these both in the communal kitchen. The Lindt truffles are gone and the only chocolate left in the Whitman Sampler is Raspberry Cream (Thank you, chocolate map).

Also, Russell Stover has a chocolate hack available on its web site.

You won't be sorry. The words "butter fudge" appear.

Fifa partner surrenders in Brazil

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:13
Ray Whelan, the British boss of a World Cup hospitality firm, surrenders to a Brazilian judge amid a probe into alleged illegal ticket sales.

Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Gaza City

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

For a Gazan perspective on the prospect of a cease-fire, Robert Siegel talks to Mukhaimer Abu Sada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University. They discuss the Israeli air strikes in Gaza and what must happen before fighting settles.

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Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Israel

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Robert Siegel talks to Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., about the Israeli air and missile strikes in Gaza and what would need to happen to bring about a cease-fire.

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Between Hamas And Israel, An End Game Remains Unclear

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on what it might take to forge a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

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Between Hamas And Israel, What Might An Endgame Look Like?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Both Israel and Hamas say they are unwilling to sign on to a bare-bones cease-fire. Some say the key to peace may be empowering the moderate Fatah party, but it's unclear who could broker such a deal.

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Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully.

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West Bank: Strewn With Broken Glass And Caught In The Crosshairs

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

For the first time, rockets from Hamas caused damage in Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Reporter Daniel Estrin surveys a damaged home and asks Palestinians how they feel about getting caught in the crossfire.

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In Europe, Google Stumbles Between Free Speech And Privacy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Europe's highest court left Google with the responsibility of balancing the privacy rights of citizens with the public interest — and it's a tough balancing act.

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