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Usmanov predicts Arsenal trophy era

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:54
Arsenal's second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes the Gunners can begin an era of trophy-winning success.

China 'investigating Canada couple'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:49
Chinese authorities are investigating a Dandong-based Canadian couple on suspicion of stealing state secrets, state media say.

Pope reinstates Nicaraguan priest

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:42
Pope Francis reinstates Nicaraguan priest Miguel D'Escoto, who was suspended in 1984 for taking a job in the Nicaraguan government.

Statement expected on armed police

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:42
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is expected to make a statement to MSPs later on the issue of police officers routinely carrying handguns.

Scotland to get more power - leaders

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:35
Scotland will be given greater powers over tax and social security if voters rejected independence, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg announce.

Impact statements 'should matter'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:00
A grieving mother asks why bereaved families go through the trauma of giving victim impact statements at Parole Board hearings if they do not affect judgements.

Comcast expands low-income internet program

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 01:00

Comcast is expanding its "Internet Essentials" program, which lets low-income Americans apply to receive broadband internet for ten dollars a month. The move to draw attention to the program has been part of a campaign to convince regulators to approve its merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast says, if approved, the merger would extend Internet Essentials to millions more low-income people.

Comcast is also announcing is that they're changing their eligibility requirements so that former customers who still owe payments on their bills will be able to use the program.

“If your bill to Comcast is more than a year old, you will be able to apply for Internet Essentials,” says Brian Fung, technology reporter for the Washington Post.

While Comcast has touted the 1.4 million Americans currently enrolled in the program, critics counter that up to 2.6 million households would be eligible for the program, were it not for the current enrollment criteria -- A household is eligible for Internet Essentials if it has a child eligible for free or reduced school lunches.

What the program does make clear, according to Fung, is that there is now an understanding that internet access, especially for poorer families with children, is essential. 

Finding shelter from Ukraine's war

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 00:58
Meeting Ukraine's war refugees outside Kiev

Daimler 'assisting China' in probe

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 00:52
The German car giant Daimler says it is helping the Chinese authorities with a probe, following reports that Chinese investigators visited its Shanghai office.

Light column marks WW1 centenary

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 00:50
A column of white light reaching high above the London sky is switched on to mark 100 years since Britain entered World War One.

India pregnant woman in daring swim

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 00:48
An Indian woman in her ninth month of pregnancy swims nearly a kilometre across a river swollen by monsoon rain to get to hospital and avoid a home birth.

Murray able to train at '100%' again

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 23:46
British number one Andy Murray says he has fully recovered from back surgery last year and can train at 100% again.

A Hospital Reboots Medicaid To Give Better Care For Less Money

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 23:44

In Cleveland, a public hospital may be succeeding at the seemingly impossible: saving money while making patients healthier. It's doing so by giving patients personalized attention.

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When Kids Start Playing To Win

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 23:40

And, what the adults in their lives should do about it.

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From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 23:39

What do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people? For our yearlong series exploring poverty, NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the television shows that place the poor center stage.

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VIDEO: How Sweden cares for its elderly

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 23:21
The system for looking after older people in England is "horribly fragmented", Care Minister Norman Lamb has said during a visit Sweden to see how the elderly are cared for there.

Horses' ears 'communication tool'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 22:45
Horses look to the ears to work out what another animal is thinking, according to a study.

Blast was aerosol set alight in bag

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 22:41
A small explosion in Belfast city centre was caused by an aerosol can set alight inside a rucksack, police say.

Man Utd beat Liverpool in US final

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 22:38
Louis van Gaal's Manchester United beat Premier League rivals Liverpool 3-1 in Miami to win the International Champions Cup.
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