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Rock strike kills two on Alps train

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 08:34
Two people die and at least nine are injured when a falling boulder derails a tourist train in the southern French Alps.

Porn inquiry police face no charges

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 08:29
Three Metropolitan Police officers quizzed over allegations they exchanged porn on mobile phones will not face criminal charges, Scotland Yard says.

Wenger admits defeat poses questions

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 08:27
Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still win the title, but admits the 5-1 defeat at Liverpool "raises questions".

Ireland 26-3 Wales

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 08:25
Ireland inflict a first away Six Nations defeat on Wales since 2011 with a comprehensive victory over the defending champions in Dublin.

Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:52

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.

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Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:52

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.

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Spanish princess quizzed in court

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:45
Spain's Princess Cristina is being questioned in court over a corruption scandal involving her husband, a historic first for Spain's royal family.

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:24
Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling each score twice as Liverpool thrash Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield.

Panama Canal Expansion Suspended Over Cost-Overrun Dispute

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:23

A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.

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Sochi An Olympic Spectacle Even Without The Games

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 07:02

What a week in Sochi, Russia! NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Olympics correspondent Tamara Keith about the ill-fated opening ceremony, stray dogs and bad hotel rooms, as well as who won the first gold medal.

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MLB All-Stars And Alex Rodriguez's Ban: The Week In Sports

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:59

Alex Rodriguez has accepted his season-long ban from baseball and dropped his lawsuits against the MLB and the Players Association. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine about one of baseball's greatest and most infamous players.

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McDonald's brings Big Mac to Vietnam

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:57
McDonald's - often considered a symbol of US capitalism - has opened its first restaurant in communist-controlled Vietnam.

Declining Drone Strikes Give Cover To Pakistan's Peace Talks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:55

Talks are underway between representatives of the Taliban and Pakistan's government. Meanwhile, the U.S. appears to have slowed the pace of drone attacks on Pakistan, which may be intended to allow Islamabad to pursue these peace talks. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shuja Nawaz, the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council.

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Secret Message In An Econ Textbook, Finally Decoded

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:52

A curious series of hieroglyphics appears in the first pages of the classic 1984 textbook, Lectures on Macroeconomics. Recently experts decoded the symbols and were surprised to find a poem. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the book's co-author, Olivier Blanchard, and his daughter, Serena. Ms. Blanchard was just 8 years old when she wrote the verse that has puzzled economics students for generations.

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Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:51

The very first car developed by Ferdinand Porsche was not a sleek speed machine. The wooden-framed, open-carriage P1 was recently unearthed in a garage in Austria where it sat for more than 100 years. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum about the surprising find.

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Montana Ranchers Learn Ways To Live With Wolves

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:50

Gray wolves are a controversial and polarizing animal in much of the American West. Wolves have slowly come back from extinction, forcing people to learn how to coexist with the cunning predator. One farmer is teaching his cattle to huddle together as bison do when threatened — there is safety in numbers.

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Princess Scandal Shakes Spain's Support For Its Monarchy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:47

A Spanish princess will appear in court Saturday to face charges of tax fraud and money laundering. It's the first time a Spanish royal has ever been tried in a criminal case. From Madrid, reporter Lauren Frayer talks to NPR's Scott Simon about the latest in a series of scandals that have sent the royal family's approval rating to an all-time low.

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UN: Civilian Casualities Rise In Afghanistan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:46

The United Nations has just released a grim report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the last year. Casualties rose 14 percent in 2013, with nearly 3,000 people killed and more than 5,500 injured.

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Millenials Happy To Stay With Mom And Dad

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:45

More people in their late 20s are living at home with Mom and Dad than any previous generation. In a column for Bloomberg News, Zara Kessler argues that faced with a dismal economy, today's 20-somethings are redefining success in adulthood. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kessler about the cultural shift.

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January Job Growth Disappoints, But Unemployment Drops

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-08 06:44

The U.S. added just 113,000 jobs in January, instead of the 180,000 analysts had predicted. Despite the anemic gains, the unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.

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