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US wrestling star Dusty Rhodes dies

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:25
One of wrestling's biggest stars, Dusty Rhodes, who billed himself as "The American Dream", has died aged 69.

How Little Red Dots Could Help Women And Babies Stay Healthy

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:19

A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.

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Paraguay ends Conmebol immunity

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:09
Paraguay ends diplomatic immunity for the offices of South America's Conmebol football association, with top officials facing US corruption charges.

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:07

The agency will work with tax prep companies to fight identity theft. Measures include reviewing data that identify the computer and the IP address from which a return is filed.

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Dreams From My Mother: Clinton To Look To Mom In Campaign Kickoff

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:03

The Democrat will also trace her own personal history as she tries to appeal to the Obama coalition of voters in her campaign launch on Saturday.

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Fears over older people's IT skills

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:02
A charity warns that the lack of older people taking part in training may leave the UK with a digital skills gap.

No watchdog probe over Orgreave

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:02
South Yorkshire Police will not be investigated over its handling of violent clashes between miners and officers at Orgreave coking plant in 1984, the police watchdog says.

Roaming Sim card tackles UK notspots

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:01
A mobile phone service will automatically switch users between networks to ensure they can continue to receive and make calls in dead zones.

The hottest start-up is a factory

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:01
Why the hottest start up is a factory

The end of wild fish?

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:01
Can farmed fish meet the world's appetite for seafood?

Network Rail in reliability probe

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 15:01
Britain's Rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail's performance accusing the company of delivering poor punctuality and reliability on some of its busiest commuter routes.

VIDEO: Manhunt for NY killers continues

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:57
Police dogs pick up the scent of two escaped convicts who have been on the run for six days.

Four defining Euro 2016 qualifiers

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:53
Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland face crucial qualifying games that could define Euro 2016 fate.

Migrating whales, migrating tourists

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:29

Every year, whales migrate all over the world, up and down both North American coasts. They travel from Southern Asia and Australia to Antarctica, from Japan and Russia to Alaska and all across Northern Europe. With them, they bring tourists — whale watchers who spend money seasonally to catch a glimpse of a whale. 

Ecotourism is a multibillion-dollar-per-year industry with whale watching contributing about half a billion dollars annually, according to University of British Columbia bioeconomist Rashid Sumaila. 

As whales migrate from cold to warm waters, breeding and feeding hotspots around the world have booms and busts in the whale watching business. Washington state, California and Mexico are among the most well-known places to see humpbacks and other whales, and they have thriving whale watching industries. But other places, like Quebec and Ireland, are investing in their own growing ecotourism markets.

Quebec recently spent about $300,000 as part of a $600,000 advertising campaign to attract whale watchers. Last year, 300,000 people visited Quebec to whale watch, up 100 percent from the year before. And whale watching tourism globally is growing too, possibly because of the appeal of seeing an endangered animal in the wild. 

Sumaila says that the whale watching business depends upon protecting whales and oceans. The already unpredictable industry is taking a hit because of changing migration patterns — a result of warming oceans and acidic waters. As the whales adapt to their changing environment, "there will be losers and there will be winners" in business, Sumaila says. 

He hopes the growing ecotourism industry will begin to give back to conservation and preservation efforts around the world. Without the whales, there is no business. 

U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:27

The agency that helps finance U.S. companies overseas has long been a favorite of big business. But now some members of Congress, who see it as a symbol of corporate welfare, want to see it expire.

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Union: All Data Of All Federal Employees Hacked

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:18

The union says the government's response to the data breach of some 4 million current and former federal workers is inadequate.

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With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:15

James is averaging more than 40 points a game, and with him leading the way, his team isn't looking like the underdog these days. But observers wonder what's fueling his on-court rampage.

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Liverpool reject City Sterling bid

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 13:57
Liverpool reject a £25m bid from Manchester City for England forward Raheem Sterling.

Parties Say They Trust Hastert Judge's Impartiality

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-11 13:54

Judge Dennis Durkin had donated money to Hastert's reelection campaigns and worked with people involved in the case. He offered to let another judge take over but both sides want him to stay.

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Farah 'upbeat' after Salazar scandal

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-11 13:46
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah says he is feeling more positive after his coach Alberto Salazar was embroiled in a doping scandal.