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Chief admits causing 96 deaths

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:55
Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield accepts his failure to shut a tunnel to football terraces "was direct cause" of 96 deaths.

BBC Savile abuse report 'due in May'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:54
A report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out abuse while at the BBC is due to be published in May, the report's author has said

MEP's remarks "a joke", says Farage

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:52
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said his party's Scottish MEP should not have compared a Scottish government minister with a convicted terrorist.

Duchess awards St Patrick's shamrocks

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:48
The Duchess of Cambridge presents shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards to mark St Patrick's Day.

MSPs reject anthem call by student

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:46
A petition calling for folk song Flower of Scotland to be made the country's official anthem is rejected by a committee of MSPs.

Abducted girl 'may meet' ex-teacher

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:44
A schoolgirl who was groomed and abducted by her maths teacher has been offered the chance to meet the man who abused her, her mother says.

World's worst team closer to Russia

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:28
Bhutan, the world's lowest ranked side, upset Sri Lanka to progress to the next round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.

Protect abuse probe police, say MPs

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:26
Police and intelligence officers who give evidence about an alleged Westminster paedophile ring must be protected from prosecution, two Labour MPs say.

Egypt orders activist killing trial

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:21
Egypt's state prosecutor says a policeman must stand trial on charges of killing activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh at a protest in Cairo in January.

TV station probe over offensive word

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:20
Television regulator Ofcom launches investigation after TV station Made in Cardiff broadcast offensive language before the watershed.

US plane returns after bomb threat

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:05
Local media reports say that passengers had to tackle the man as he charged the cockpit, claiming to have a bomb.

Tiny houses give homeless a foothold

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-17 06:00

On a given night, over half a million people in the U.S. are out on the streets. That statistic comes from the federal government's point-in-time count last year.

In Oakland, California, carpenter Greg Kloehn is trying to help those around him without a place to live. His project is a small one — tiny to be exact.

We're driving in Kloehn's beat-up van through North Oakland's industrial landscape, looking for building materials. He pulls over at a pile of construction debris from an old Victorian house. We get out and he picks up a few old two-by-fours from the heap. "These are what I like", he says.

Kloehn turns trash into tiny houses. He's made about 30 so far. They're rectangular structures, big enough to sleep in, but not stand in. Kloehn builds them on wheels, so they're mobile. Then he gives them to people without homes, like Gregory Clinton.

Clinton's regular-sized house was foreclosed on ten years ago. Now he lives below a highway in a community of people with Kloehn's tiny houses. Clinton calls them “street homes.”

The houses are lined up like a wagon train, each made of different objects—old wood studs, futon frames, plywood. Some have glass refrigerator shelves for windows. One has a washing machine top for a door. The houses are a variety of colors, whatever paint Kloehn could find dumped around Oakland.

Clinton says Kloehn has inspired him to improve his tiny home. He built a little addition and has decorated. He used pieces of hard, white plastic to hide the wheels so his house looks more like a permanent residence than a mobile home.

Outside, Clinton has plants and artwork: a print of Van Gogh's "Cafe Terrace at Night." He didn't know it was so famous.

"I love that one," he says. "See the little people and the stuff. It's got everyone coming out to eat at the cafe. It's nice."

Clinton's neighbor, Sheila Williams says her tiny house is much better than living in a tent. “I feel a lot safer,” she says, “When you live in a tent you get sick when it rains in the winter time. Your shoes get wet and you have to stuff them with paper or change your socks. And the rats come in and get all over you.”

Williams says this is her first home in 32 years. She's proud of it. In the back, she points out a little mailbox with a red flag. It says "no soliciting" on the side.

While living in her tiny home, Williams has been able to meet with a case worker and is scheduled to move into an apartment soon. She plans to give the tiny house away to her neighbor, who lives in a tent and has breast cancer.

These tiny homes are not going to solve homelessness says Kloehn. But he says they give people a little more stability so they can work on getting off the street.

Back at his workshop, Kloehn shows me a new house he's finished up. It's all ready to go, he just has to decide who will get it. That's hard to do, he says. The demand these days is high.

'Terminator' printer 'grows' objects

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:52
A new method of 3D printing that uses light and oxygen to 'grow' solid objects was inspired by the Terminator 2 film.

Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Out-Of-Network Coverage

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:49

With a few exceptions, all the policies sold in the individual New York market won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.

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Wall crash baby 'killed by father'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:43
A recovery truck that hit a wall, killing a baby, was driven by the baby's father, a family friend says.

Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:35

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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DR Congo demonstrators arrested

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:32
At least 11 activists are arrested in DR Congo for protesting against the detention of pro-democracy activists, officials say.

Teachers' stress levels 'soaring'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:24
Stress levels among teachers in England are 'soaring', with new data showing stress now accounts for most absence save for maternity.

Sotheby's auctions to stream on eBay

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:18
A partnership between the two companies will allow eBay users to browse Sotheby's catalogues and bid in real time.

U.S. Returns Dozens Of Looted Artifacts To Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:18

Some of the artifacts date back more than 4,000 years. Among them is the head of a statue of Assyrian King Sargon II, similar to one destroyed by militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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