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Soldier found holding water bottle

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:50
An Army reservist was found still clutching a water bottle when he died in "heatwave" conditions during a Brecon Beacons SAS test march, an inquest hears.

VIDEO: Fan records own amazing crowd catch

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:50
Baseball fan Micah Graves makes an amazing crowd catch whilst watching minor league side Biloxi Shuckers, all recorded on the camera worn on his head.

A snack bar smorgasbord

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:47
$200 million

That's how much Atlantic Broadband is paying to acquire regional telecom Metrocast Communications of Connecticut. Beyond the Time Warners and the T-Mobiles and the DirectTVs, plenty of smaller cable and satellite providers are going merge-crazy, often in a bid to become bigger and more efficient, though sometimes just because everyone else is doing it.


That's how much Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, made per hour when he was an English teacher. With a $25 billion IPO, the company is certainly providing Ma with a significant bump in pay. But at a speech at the Economics Club of New York on Tuesday, Ma stated that he was much happier as a teacher, given the stress he currently faces as head of such a large company. As the South China Morning Post reports, Ma said, "If I had another life, I would keep my company private."


The number of state attorneys — in New York and Connecticut — investigating Apple for antitrust violations, the Verge reports. A letter from Universal Music Group responding to a subpoena has made the rumored probe public for the first time. Last month, several news organizations reported Apple was pushing record labels to in turn press Spotify to drop its free, ad-supported streaming service.

7 years

That's how long Sherry Truitt sold her handmade cufflinks on Etsy before removing her business from the site. The reason? Truitt saw her products being crowded out of search results by factory-made products also sold on Etsy. As the company faces the reality of its stock dropping by nearly half in the last decade or so, Etsy sellers are questioning what happens next as the company opens the doors to larger manufacturers and as Amazon prepares to enter the handmade market.


That's how many nutrition and snack bars are on the market now, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ten years ago there were 226, and they cost half as much, on average. The snack bar business is high-margin and growing quickly, combining convenience with nutrition — or at least the appearance of nutrition.


That's the year by which some of Tesla's shareholders have proposed getting rid of "animal-sourced material" in the design of its cars. Think leather interiors. Two shareholders in particular — Mark and Elizabeth Peters — proposed the change. Elizabeth Peters referred to leather seats as made of the "skins of sentient beings that suffer unspeakable horror." As Bloomberg reports, the proposal was rejected, as Tesla's board feared that such an initiative would distract from the mission of getting the cars to market.

German-born composer James Last dies

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:45
German-born composer and big band leader James Last has died, his manager says.

Scientist 'sorry' over girls comment

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:44
A Nobel laureate apologises for offence caused by comments he made about the "trouble with girls" in science - but says he was being "honest".

'No quick decision' on airports

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:43
There will be no immediate response to the final report of the commission looking at airport expansion, government sources say.

World Cup 2026 bidding delayed

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:39
The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup is postponed amid allegations around the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Vodafone joins home broadband market

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:29
Mobile firm Vodafone is entering the home broadband market in the UK with a £10 superfast broadband offer.

Rome arrests put pressure on mayor

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:24
Six people are arrested in a corruption inquiry over Rome city hall contracts, prompting a protest against centre-left Mayor Ignazio Marino.

VIDEO: S Korea subway scrubbed to fight Mers

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:24
An outbreak of the Mers virus has claimed nine lives in South Korea and authorities are taking steps to curb the spread of the disease and reassure the public.

'Suicide attack' at Egypt temple site

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:18
Suicide attackers have targeted a tourist site at Egypt's ancient city of Luxor, officials say.

Obama 'to send more troops to Iraq'

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:18
US President Barack Obama is preparing to deploy as many as 500 additional troops to help train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State, US officials say.

Why so few forced marriage prosecutions?

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:13
There are estimated to be thousands of forced marriages every year in the UK - so why are there so few prosecutions, asks Yasminra Khan.

How Does A City Stop 4 Million Smokers From Lighting Up?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:03

A few years ago, smoking was so common in Beijing that doctors, nurses and patients would even puff away in hospital hallways. Now the city is trying — again — to ban smoking indoors. It isn't easy.

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Court Decision On Texas Abortion Law Could Hasten Clinic Closures

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:03

A federal appeals court has upheld sweeping abortion restrictions in Texas that supporters say protect women's health. Opponents say the decision could leave just seven or eight clinics open.

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Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:02

The nation's high school graduation rate is at a record-high 81 percent. Why? Because states are doing good things ... or using some sleight of hand.

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For Bakers And Restaurants, Egg Supply Is Getting Ugly

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:01

Commercial bakers and restaurants use liquid egg in dozens of foods, from cakes to mayonnaise. But the price has shot up 240 percent since May, as U.S. poultry farms reel from an avian flu outbreak.

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Businesses Are Hanging Up On Voice Mail To Dial In Productivity

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 01:00

It was a workplace necessity not long ago. Now voice mail is the latest mode of communication to be phased out by the digital age. Companies big and small are cutting it to save time and money.

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Glennie gets presidential approval

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 00:50
Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and US singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris are praised by US president Barack Obama as they receive the Polar Music Prize.

Africa to create biggest trade zone

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 00:49
Africa's largest free-trade zone is to be created, covering 26 countries and including more than 600 million people when a deal is signed in Egypt.