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Salmond advisor's apology rejected

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:30
A woman refuses to accept an apology from a special advisor to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond who made false claims about her.

War rape testimony at London summit

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:30
A woman kidnapped as a nine-year-old by the Lord's Resistance Army testifies at a London summit aimed at ending sexual violence in war.

Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:26

Brazil's Catholic Church has threatened a lawsuit against Italian state broadcaster RAI, which has since withdrawn the ad with the famous statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro dressed in "Azzurri" blue.

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VIDEO: Taxi drivers stage app protest

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:12
London's black-cab drivers hold a protest against a mobile app they claim breaks the law by acting as a meter.

Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:10

The bill was shot down days after President Obama urged Congress to help ease the burden of student loan debt. It would have required a higher tax on the wealthy.

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Hague and Jolie bid for war rape end

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:07
William Hague and Angelina Jolie seek global support for a plan to end impunity for sex crimes committed in war zones.

PM says 30,000 passports delayed

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:05
Up to 30,000 passport applications have been hit by delays, says David Cameron, but extra staff have been drafted in to cope as Labour accuses the government of losing its grip.

England's Welbeck 'fit for Italy game'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:02
Danny Welbeck will be fit for England's opening World Cup game against Italy on Saturday, according to Wayne Rooney.

Sunscreen 'not complete protection'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 09:01
Sunscreen alone should not be relied on to prevent malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, research suggests.

London taxi protest causes gridlock

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:59
Thousands of taxi drivers bring part of central London to a standstill in protest at rival service Uber - a mobile phone app.

A surprise winner in Virginia: Randolph-Macon College

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:58

Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Ever heard of it?

If you hadn't before, it's likely you did on Wednesday. David Brat, an economics professor who just big-footed Eric Cantor and his Democratic challenger, Jack Trammell, are both on the faculty of this one small school outside of Richmond.

"While this may be short-lived, I think if you were to look at the placement of the 'Randolph Macon College' name in the media it would be a very high number," says Dan Hurley, Associate Vice President for government relations and state policy with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He says this kind of marketing is worth millions.

Typically a school would have to have a winning football or basketball team to get this kind of press.  Like a few years ago, when Butler University in Indiana, made it to the NCAA Final Four.

"That impacted them in terms of inquiries, applicants and enrollments, for a number of years," says  Jim Paskill, president of Paskill, Stapleton & Lord, a higher education marketing firm. Paskill says he agrees having two congressional candidates come out of one college sure can make a school look good, but he says he’s a wary. An eight-month campaign season can be a long time under the microscope.

“You know, if this becomes a very divisive campaign and it’s seen as a mud-slinging between two candidates, I don’t think it’s going to reflect very positively on the college,” he says.

No chance of that, says Randolph Macon’s president Robert Lindgren.

“These are two very principled honest,  folks who will debate the issues and not do, some of the typically political things that you might in a congressional campaign," he says.

We’ll find out if his prediction holds up in November. 

How To Survive, And Thrive, After 5 Years As A Hostage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:55

Joe Cicippio belongs to a very small club of Americans who were held by Islamic radicals for years and lived to tell about it. Here's how he coped as a hostage in Beirut and then rebuilt his life.

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Mayall post-mortem due on Thursday

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:43
A post-mortem examination will be carried out on Thursday to establish how comedian Rik Mayall died this week, aged 56.

Anger at '£25,000 pension deal loss'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:36
A former Visteon worker from County Antrim has said he has lost out on up to £25,000 in a pensions' compensation deal.

Do You Want The Truth, Or Do You Just Like Your Story Better?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:24

In her "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin warns against letting an assumed narrative overtake the facts of a story.

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Could Detroit's Automakers Save Its Art Treasures?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:24

Chrysler, General Motors and Ford offered up a multi-million dollar deal to help the bankrupt city of Detroit. But are there any strings attached to the cash and will it be enough to save the city?

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'Washington Post' Op-Ed Tone Deaf On View Of Sexual Assault?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:24

The Beauty Shop ladies continue their discussion of this week's hot news by debating George Will's controversial opinion piece that questions the validity of sexual assault claims on campus.

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What Does Cantor's Loss Say About The Republicans' Future?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:24

In a surprising defeat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to Tea Party challenger David Brat. But what does this mean for Republicans going forward? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

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The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:24

Essence might be the longest-running magazine for black women, but the authors of a new book, The Man From Essence, admit that it was a long road to build the brand.

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Congo and Rwanda 'in border clashes'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:21
Troops from Rwanda and DR Congo are clashing on the border after a soldier was kidnapped, the Congolese information minister tells the BBC.
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