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Women Who Eat Fish Twice Weekly Cut Their Risk Of Hearing Loss

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-10 11:48

Something as simple as eating fish can help lower the risk of hearing loss, researchers say. All types of fish helped. And since many people don't eat fish at all, there's an opportunity here.

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VIDEO: Scanners reveal Stonehenge secrets

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 11:02
Scientists have discovered a hidden complex of archaeological monuments at Stonehenge, challenging the modern impression that it stood in isolation.

Man Utd have 'bright future ahead'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:57
Manchester United are on the brink of "something special," despite the club's profit loss, says chief Ed Woodward.

A flood washes away one Colorado town’s infrastructure

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:47

One of the hardest-hit centers following the 2013 Colorado flood was the 2,000-person town of Lyons. Key pieces of the town's infrastructure, like sewer, water and gas lines, were severely damaged. Fast-forward a year, the town is still working on a list of 87 projects ranging from park and riverbank repair to bridge rebuilding.

You wouldn't be able to tell by taking a walk down Main Street. In the town's busiest corridor, you can barely see signs of the flood. But almost everyone in town has a story — including Connie Sullivan, owner of the St. Vrain Market.

"We essentially lost nearly 100 percent of our inventory," said Sullivan, who either lost or gave away food from the St. Vrain Market during the flood.

When the water receded, she found a foot of mud in her shop. With destroyed roads, water and sewer lines, many residents couldn’t even return home for two months. Sullivan said that put a wrinkle in her recovery plan.

"You didn't have electricity and then you had to figure out when your customer base is going to be returning, and what types of products you would be able to sell even once they did return," she said.

One big change? Lyons lost about 20 percent of its available housing — and Sullivan’s business now looks different. The town has made a big push to have more people visit and boost sales tax revenue. Her sandwich sales to the increasing number of tourists are up. Sales through Colorado’s Food Assistance — or food stamp — program are down.

"We served that niche of the community," said Sullivan. "It's sad to see that those customers are some of the ones that haven't returned."

Those residents have moved to nearby towns like Longmont or Berthoud. Some moved to outlying counties, while a few left the state.

The housing shortage in Lyons becomes apparent a few short blocks from Main Street in the Confluence neighborhood. Nearly every home on one block of Park Street is in the midst of repairs or demolition.

Lyons mayor John O'Brien points to a pile of rocks and debris. “You can see this cobble; you can see where the stream was. During the flood this became really another rivulet,” he explained.

Nearby are the remains of a home that's expected to be bought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant program. O’Brien said it’s too dangerous for the homeowner to move back.

"… because we know when the next big flood comes, it's going to come right through here," O’Brien said.

In the weeks immediately after the flood, the first priority was to repair downed sewer and water lines. But O’Brien said the work is still far from complete, with work still needed to repair parks, streams and bridges.

One year after the flooding, Colorado's Chief Recovery Officer Molly Urbina said it will take homeowners and businesses many more to rebuild.

“It’s not really a sprint. This is a marathon for a recovery,” she said.

While both federal and state agencies have pumped millions into repairs, Urbina said there will still be a shortfall for some communities.

“There was way more damage than there is going to be for grant funding. So the local communities have to look at their own budgets and see how this all fits. You know: What’s the gap and how do we get there?” said Urbina.

The gap in Boulder County is expected to be $56 million. To soften the financial blow, the county is asking voters to approve a Flood Recovery Sales and Use tax this November.

While there is a long list of repairs ahead, Mayor John O’Brien said a key concern is the lack of affordable housing.

“We’ll be concerned with replacing the housing that we lost — that 20 percent which was substantially damaged,” he said.

The town lost both of its two trailer parks, which held about 50 homes.

 “It’s going to be difficult. I mean, because Lyons is the last best place in Boulder County it means that housing values continue to rise,” said O’Brien.

Town officials expect to hold public meetings on when, where and how to build affordable housing in the coming months. But completing the project will take years. O’Brien said flood recovery won’t be complete until everyone who wants to move back to Lyons can return home. 

'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:46

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?

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Pakistanis flee flood dyke breach

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:33
Pakistani authorities breach a strategic dyke in flood-affected Punjab to ease pressure on flood defences downstream and protect urban areas.

Ukraine offers rebels more autonomy

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:31
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is willing to grant more autonomy to separatists in the east but will not let the country break apart.

The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:00

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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Google worker lived a year on campus

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:57
Three Google workers recall living for months at a time at the firm's headquarters in California taking advantage of the perks it offers.

VIDEO: Record shop inspires Lenny Henry play

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:44
A play written by comedian Lenny Henry, inspired by a Birmingham record shop, gets its premiere in the city.

'Ryder Cup means more than cash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:44
Rory McIlroy says a European Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles would mean more to him than winning the PGA Tour's £6m FedEx Cup bonus in Atlanta this week.

Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:41

The Russian president also accused the West of staging the crisis in Ukraine in order to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance.

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Mercury Prize 2014: The nominees

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:07
A look at the 12 acts nominated for this year's prize

Travis 'assault was aggressive'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:54
Staff working on the BBC's Mrs Merton Show thought an alleged assault by Dave Lee Travis was "aggressive" rather than "playful, albeit ill-judged", comedian Dave Gorman tells a court.

Why Microsoft wants 'Minecraft'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:52

There's more to buying "Minecraft" maker Mojang than just putting the game in the Microsoft store.

Though playable on multiple platforms — including Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One — "Minecraft" has yet to be made available on Windows 8. 

Which, says Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson, gives Microsoft the excuse they need to diversify their company offerings, and could potentially take the company in a new direction.

"When [Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella] first took the helm, we heard a lot about cloud computing, business software, enterprise — areas where Microsoft is really still pretty important. But like any big tech company that publishes stuff, Microsoft needs to be diversified," Johnson says. "Buying a company that makes a game like 'Minecraft' might help Microsoft sell people on the Windows Phone, for instance."

Microsoft's track record with buying gaming companies has been mixed. After they acquired Lionhead Studios, the company went on to create games from the "Fable" series exclusively, which garnered positive reviews. But their acquisition of Rare in 2002 was a disappointment; once known for landmark Nintendo titles such as "Banjo-Kazooie" and "Donkey Kong Country", Rare failed to live up to expectations in the years following the acquisition, and was restructured in 2009.

If the acquisition goes through, its success depends on how Microsoft reconciles company culture with Mojang, Johnson says.

"The big question is, how much is Microsoft going to interfere with what [Mojang] does, how much it can continue doing its indie-gaming stuff without Microsoft interfering? Maybe if Microsoft lets this company continue to exist and lets it do what it does best... it might be a pretty sensible partnership."

Johnson 'realistic' ahead of major

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:44
Scottish Open champion Trish Johnson says she needs to "putt the best she can" to win this week's Evian Championship.

US father faces five murder charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:36
A US father will be charged with murdering his five children and dumping them in another state, say police.

VIDEO: Warning over school leavers' skills

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:22
Too many courses for school leavers in England are not providing the skills needed to help them find work or go on to further education, Ofsted warns.

VIDEO: Expert says Scots oil will deplete by 2035

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:07
Scottish oil and gas revenue will reduce significantly by 2035 according to industry expert Sir Ian Wood.

Rwanda murder plotters jailed in SA

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:57
A South African court jails four men over the attempted murder of Rwanda's ex-army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Johannesburg in 2010.