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'Trafficking victims' rescued in NI

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:16
Twenty potential victims of human trafficking have been rescued in the past week in County Armagh, police say.

Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas, Flash Grenades To Disperse Protesters

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:16

Protests escalated Monday night as police tried to push back demonstrators who defied orders to disperse. Attorney General Eric Holders will travel to the Missouri city on Wednesday.

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One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:15

This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.

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Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:11

While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:10

The Yazidis are a small religious minority and have faced persecution again and again over the centuries. Some say it is now time to leave Iraq for good.

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An Account Of The Ferguson Shooting, From The Man Standing Beside Brown

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:09

Dorian Johnson was with Michael Brown on the night that he was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo. Freeman Bosley, Johnson's attorney and a former mayor of St. Louis, speaks about the situation.

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Amid Continued Chaos In Ferguson, A Second Autopsy Is Released

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:02

Requested by the family, a preliminary, independent autopsy has found that Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot six times by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:01
Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

VIDEO: The debate over competition in the NHS

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:40
Recent large contracts are fuelling the debate over competition for services within the NHS.

More Men Put Ambitions On Back Burner For Their Partners' Careers

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:37

Women have been moving for their husbands' jobs for decades. But today, more men are following in their partners' footsteps — and grappling with the implications for their own careers.

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Newry no confidence vote defeated

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:35
A motion of no confidence in the Sinn Féin mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council is defeated.

UKIP MEP uses 'outrageous' term

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:22
Comments made by a UKIP MEP about a Thai constituent are described as offensive, rude and outrageous by the woman's husband.

Ship death Afghans in asylum plea

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:18
A group of people from Afghanistan rescued from a shipping container in Essex are seeking asylum in the UK, the Home Office confirms.

Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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The Designs Behind Airstrikes — And The Damage They've Dealt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

As U.S. deputy commander in Iraq until January 2011, Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero oversaw targeting for airstrikes during 17 months of the troop surge there. He tells Robert Siegel that for such strikes to be effective, they must be one part of a larger, overarching strategy.

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Hit Hard By Ebola, Liberia Now Has A Third Treatment Center

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

Men, women and children began lining up hours before the new facility opened — only the third Ebola treatment center in a country where the virus is spreading with alarming speed.

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Ebola Hotspot Opens A New Treatment Center

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

The Ebola outbreak has been spreading through Liberia with alarming speed, yet for weeks there have been only two places in the whole country where people infected with the virus could get medical care. Doctors Without Borders just opened a third facility.

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What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the White House to brief President Obama on the latest federal response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo. FBI agents are set to finish canvassing for witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown, and more federal peacemakers will arrive to try to ease tensions.

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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.

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Won't you please take a vacation?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:52

Chances are you know someone in your workplace who refuses to take a vacation. Or maybe it’s you. Research shows that one out of seven workers entitled to paid vacation time didn’t use it this past year.

Some managers prefer when their employees don’t take a vacation.

"Somewhere around 13 percent of U.S. managers are more likely to promote people who don’t take all of their vacation days," says Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School.

Other companies want to fix this problem - so, they’re paying for their employees’ vacation expenses. In 2012, the company FullContact began offering their employees about $7,000 a year for a vacation.

"The perception of managers and workers is that somehow people who never take any vacation, or are always doing their job, are somehow better team members and are more productive," says Koehn. "But the evidence on all of that is unambiguous. People who take time off are actually less stressed, more focused and more productive."

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