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Gerrard urges World Cup 'wake-up call'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:30
England captain Steven Gerrard warns colleagues they face a "terrible, long summer" if they make an early World Cup exit.

Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:26

At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire."

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Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:20

A study found that people who consumed broccoli sprouts excreted two air pollutants faster than usual. So does that mean there's something to detoxing with cruciferous veggies? Scientists say maybe.

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Defending Champ Spain Knocked Out Of World Cup

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:16

Spain, a tournament favorite, lost 2-0 to outsiders Chile in group play of the soccer tournament Wednesday. Chile now advances to the next stage, along with the Netherlands, who beat Australia 3-2.

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Michigan's vineyards: Wine that survives the winter?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:09

Places like California are known for growing grapes that have been around for more than a century. But there are new types of grapes that have only been around for decade or two and are allowing wine to be made in places never imagined before -- like colder Midwest states.

One winemaker who’s joining the northern wine region is Dave Anthony. He and his wife, own and run a four and a half-acre vineyard and winery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the northern Lake Michigan shore.

Anthony says people were pretty surprised when he said he wanted to start a winery so far north 15 years ago.

“I think there’s some shock out there, that it actually works,” Anthony says. “The first reaction was beyond 'are you crazy?': 'It’s just stupidity, total stupidity.'”

Because the winters are cold here. This winter, temperatures in January and February were often well below zero.

But Anthony is growing what is called "cold hardy" wine grapes, and they can withstand 25 below zero temperatures. Many of these wine grapes were created by the University of Minnesota. It released its first cold hardy grape in 1996. Since then, Minnesota tripled the number of wineries in the state to 30. Iowa more than tripled the amount of grapes it’s growing.

But Anthony says the biggest challenge is the lack of name recognition for his wines.

“Who's ever heard of Marquette or La Cresent?” Anthony says.

But there already is a developed wine region in Michigan, it’s farther south near Lake Michigan, around Traverse City. It's a bit warmer there so the vineyards can grow the European varieties like Merlot and Pinot Grigio.

Charlie Edson is the owner and winemaker at Bel Lago winery near Traverse City.

He grows 100 varieties of grapes on his vineyard, including some cold hardy grapes. But he says customers like to buy wines with names that they know.

“I think it is marketable in certain circumstances. In our circumstances I probably wouldn’t go that route because consumers don’t know what those varieties are,” Edson says.

Edson says the biggest criticism of these new grapes - at least in terms of taste - is that they don’t have the same structure and character as the centuries old wines, like cabernet.

But Edson says cold hardy grapes are a type of crop insurance, considering how cold this winter was.

“There is winter injury in the vineyards right now, in most vineyards, and I can tell you the cold hardy varieties -- they laughed in the face of this winter, so we will have full crops of cold hardy varieties which is terrific,” Edson says.

That is not the case for most of the European varieties this year.

But back on the northern side of Lake Michigan, Anthony thinks this might be a wakeup call for grape growers, which might allow cold hardy grapes to expand and grow even further in the future.

Auschwitz guard, 89, arrested in US

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:09
An 89-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of aiding and abetting the killing of hundreds of thousands of the Jews in Auschwitz death camp is arrested in the US.

Iraq formally seeks US air strikes

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:05
Iraq formally asks the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have recently seized key cities.

Yo, $1 million. Yo.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:03

Yo.

That's it.

Just Yo.

Capital Y; lower case O.

It's a new messaging app with a twist, I guess you could say. You can text somebody else with the Yo app. But all you can say is...Yo.

Here's the yo-crazy part: The guy who built it has moved from Israel to San Francisco. He's opened an office and hired staff. He's looking for "strategic partners."

And he's raised a million dollars from investors.

...yo.

C'mon...tell me we're not in a tech bubble.

Go ahead.

I dare you.

Yo.

World Cup: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:02
Netherlands secure a place in the last 16 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup with victory over Australia, who are eliminated.

Sherpas count cost of 'ticket to Everest'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:00
Why Sherpas will return to work despite deadly avalanche

Fish-eating spiders 'widespread'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:00
Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish.

VIDEO: 'Children are thrown into our arms'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:52
Lieutenant Giuseppe Bisceglia of the Italian Navy tells the BBC's Matthew Price about the dramatic rescue missions to help Libyan migrant boat passengers, in trouble on the open sea.

Turkey sentences 1980 coup leaders

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:44
Turkey gives life sentences to the two surviving leaders of the 1980 coup, former army head Kenan Evren and ex-air chief Tahsin Sahinkaya.

VIDEO: Hands-on with Amazon's Fire Phone

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:38
The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor takes a first look at Amazon's Fire Phone.

Tomkins rejoins Wigan from Saracens

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:38
Dual-code international Joel Tomkins returns to rugby league side Wigan Warriors after three years in rugby union with Saracens.

US central bank cuts growth forecast

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:35
The US Federal Reserve cuts its growth forecast for 2014 because of the unexpectedly harsh winter and trims back its stimulus programme.

Afghan Presidential Candidate Alleges Vote Fraud

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:32

Abdullah Abdullah has accused election officials of allowing ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities in the June 14 poll.

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Iraq: Twitter Q&A with John Simpson

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:27
BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson answers your questions

GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:22

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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From Ukraine's President, A Promise Of Truce — With Conditions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 12:22

Ukraine's new president says he will declare a unilateral cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. The announcement comes after months of fighting between government troops and pro-Moscow separatists.

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