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After Crushing Bad Luck, A Free Bungee Jump

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

German tourists Paul Zeller and Nico Reiner were enjoying a vacation on New Zealand's South Island when a tree fell and crushed their car. NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to note that the tourists were offered free bungee jumps as compensation.

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Violence Gives Way To Calmer Thai Elections

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Tensions are high in Thailand, after several were injured in protests in the capital, Bangkok, ahead of elections Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Michael Sullivan about the significance of the elections.

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Oil Train Derailments Spur Calls For Safety Measures

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Roughly a million barrels of oil are being drilled from the North Dakota plains every day. Tens of millions of dollars have been put toward infrastructure for transporting that oil out of state, but recent derailments and explosions involving oil tanker trains are prompting calls for a slow-down.

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Why A Do-Nothing Immigration Strategy Might Work For GOP

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The conservative magazine The National Review is offering House Republicans a strategy on immigration reform: Do nothing. National Review editor Rich Lowry tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks the best political move for Republican lawmakers is to hold off on passing an immigration bill.

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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.

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Seahawks, Broncos Fans Mingle In D.C. Watering Hole

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

All season long, it's been a convivial scene at Washington's Penn Quarter sports bar, where fans of the Denver Broncos cheered their team alongside fans of the Seattle Seahawks. The question is, what will happen there on Super Bowl Sunday, when the two teams face off?

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Homs Is Birthplace Of Syrian Protest

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The city of Homs has been under siege since the Syrian civil war began. Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that Homs is the historical center of anti-government protests.

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Plane makes emergency landing

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:44
A plane bound for Birmingham is forced to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport after a minor technical fault.

Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:43

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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VIDEO: Beach submerged in foam after storm

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:42
A beach off the west coast of Ireland has been completely submerged in sea foam, after it was battered by gale force winds.

Minister's pledge over flooding

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:36
The environment secretary says "everything possible" is being done to help those affected by flooding - as more bad weather is due to bring further problems on Sunday.

Oscars: Song disqualification explained

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:34
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences details the reasons why a contender for this year's best original song Oscar had its nomination revoked.

England tour ends with T20 whitewash

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:32
England's tour of Australia finishes with a Twenty20 whitewash as the hosts win the final match by 84 runs in Sydney.

Afghan election campaign under way

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:20
The campaign for Afghanistan's 5 April presidential election is formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul.

Virus shuts Blumenthal's restaurant

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:19
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal shuts his central London restaurant after it was hit by an outbreak of a vomiting virus.

New York area ready for Super Bowl

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:03
The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Yarnold 'can handle Sochi pressure'

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 03:52
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold says she can handle the pressure of being labelled a Winter Olympics medal favourite.

VIDEO: No commotion: Lloyd Cole returns

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 03:48
Lloyd Cole and The Leopards perform Opposites Day, a song from their latest album, on The Andrew Marr Show.

Health watchdog attacks NHS culture

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 03:46
The health watchdog criticises the NHS in England for a culture that "doesn't listen" and is jeopardising safety - while warning it could go bust without serious change.

VIDEO: Harman: No 'rubber stamp' on leaders

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-02 03:42
Harriet Harman, deputy Labour leader, has denied there would be a 'rubber stamping' of proposals to alter how the party selects its leadership.

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