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The England captain who married her team-mate

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:21
"It's a shame you can't be open in football," says Kate Richardson-Walsh, England hockey captain and partner of team-mate Helen.

AUDIO: Parents 'may give up' on child support

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:17
Janet Allbeson and Steve Webb discuss changes to child maintenance arrangements.

Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors' Prisons

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:01

In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail someone because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for non-payment.

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Whisk offers a different model for getting around town

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:00

When you think of the iconic images of New York City, certainly the yellow taxi cab comes to mind. It makes sense - NYC makes up 40 percent of the for-hire vehicle industry's business in the United States. It's why Michael Ibrahim, CEO of a startup called Whisk, thinks his business couldn't have gotten started anywhere else.

Unlike other phone apps with on-demand car services (think Uber or Lyft), Whisk doesn't deal in recruiting drivers to be part of its service. Instead, it serves as a platform for users to locate the nearest  black car or livery business vehicles. Also, unlike its competitors, users can watch their ride fare in real time on their phone, not unlike riding in a yellow taxi. 

Ibrahim says that working with multiple businesses that offer cars for hire allows Whisk to avoid a common problem found in other ride-sharing programs:

"There’s actually a predicative problem about knowing where rides are going to come from at what time and helping to deploy drivers. And what we get, because of our model, is we have all these partners that are helping us do it."

McIlroy ends engagement to Wozniacki

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:53
Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy ends his engagement with former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

Man held after body found in river

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:51
A man is arrested after the body of a woman is recovered from the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire.

Obesity op rules stricter in Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:34
People in Wales needing bariatric surgery to help lose weight have to meet stricter criteria than patients in England, a report finds.

Greens' message resonating - Bennett

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:30
The Green Party of England and Wales is "on track" to make gains in Thursday's European elections, its leader says.

Search for missing boat resumes

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
The search for a fishing boat missing off the north east coast of Scotland resumes, as the two men on board are named locally.

Is bubbling property really the greatest threat?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
Is bubbling property the greatest threat to UK’s recovery?

Arrests in Syria charity fraud probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
Counter-terrorism police arrest five men in West and South Yorkshire over suspected fraud at a Syrian aid charity.

Jailed voyeur teacher still gets pay

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:15
A deputy head teacher starting a five-year jail term after admitting filming pupils in the toilets of his school is still receiving his salary.

Minaj files to dismiss wig claim

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:40
A former hair stylist for Nicki Minaj sues the star for $30m (£18m), accusing her of selling wigs based on his designs without permission.

VIDEO: Can animals beat students' exam stress?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:24
As exam season gets under way, one university is using some unusual stress reduction techniques, including massage and petting animals.

Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:24

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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Without A Marijuana Breathalyzer, How To Curb Stoned Driving?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:21

Legal pot sales are growing in Colorado, and the state has a marijuana DUI blood standard for drivers. But without a pot breathalyzer, it's hard to measure how high someone is.

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For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:20

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:20

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:18

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 23:17

Many of sports history's greatest athletes never led their teams to a championship victory. So why should it be a requirement for basketball stars today?

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