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Sharman wins European silver medal

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23
Will Sharman secures Britain's eighth medal of the European Championships by taking silver in the 110m hurdles.

Missing mother and son found dead

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23
The bodies of a woman and her one-year-old son are found in Lancashire, nine months after they were reported missing hundreds of miles away.

Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23

The longtime leader has bowed to pressure to quit his post and endorse his nominated successor. The White House commended the announcement.

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Kenyan Health Workers Fear Ebola May Take Flight

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:16

Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak.

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Criminal Charges Appear Unlikely For NASCAR's Tony Stewart

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.

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As Kiev Cites Progress, Opposing Convoys Head To Ukraine's East

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

There's been more heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, with shelling in the region's major city of Donetsk and government forces reporting more success in their battles with separatists. Meanwhile, both Ukrainian and Russian aid convoys are heading toward the area, though it's unclear how the Russian trucks plan to enter Ukraine.

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Kurdish Province Struggles To Cope With Waves Of Iraqi Refugees

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

Farhad Atrushi, the governor of the Iraqi province of Duhok, joins Robert Siegel to speak about the refugees now flooding his predominantly Kurdish city.

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Obama Says Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is Broken, But Crisis Persists

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

U.S. military officials have decided that Mount Sinjar doesn't require immediate evacuation, but people across northern Iraq are still seeking refuge. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is meeting the man trying to replace him.

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Once-Thriving Heart Of The Eurozone Stagnates

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

The eurozone economy slowed to a crawl in the second quarter of 2014, according to reports released Thursday. The German economy actually contracted, and France stayed flat.

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Williams 'had Parkinson's' at death

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:55
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson's, Widow Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:34

The late actor and comedian's wife, Susan Schneider, said his "sobriety was intact" and that he was in the early stages of the debilitating muscular disease when he took his life on Monday.

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Obama: 'We broke north Iraq siege'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:15
US President Barack Obama says US forces have "broken a siege" in north Iraq, to help rescue tens of thousands of people trapped on a mountain.

Colombia head backs medical cannabis

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:57
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he is in favour of legalising marijuana for medical use, a measure due to be debated by lawmakers.

Gemili fastest into 200m final

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:53
Adam Gemili qualifies quickest for the 200m final with another impressive display at the European Championships in Zurich.

Cosmic grains pre-date Solar System

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:41
Scientists may have identified the first known dust particles from outside our Solar System, in samples returned to Earth by a Nasa space mission.

VIDEO: Meet the Author: Andrew Crofts

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:35
In this week's Meet the Author the BBC's Nick Higham meets author Andrew Crofts.

Ski bums priced out of resort towns

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:21

Christen Johnson moved to Jackson,Wyoming, so she could spend as much time as possible on her snowboard. She's lived in Jackson off and on for the last two years, but she had to leave town recently. When I met her, she was living in Curtis Canyon, a free campsite a few miles outside of Jackson.

Johnson works in town as a cocktail waitress, but her home is an old Econoline van. She's always looking for a place, but her housing budget is $650 a month. Around here, that doesn't buy much.

"There are options that come up, but most of the time they are too expensive," she says.

Even if she found a place she could afford, she might not be able to keep it.

"I've had a lot friends move out of their places because the landlord wants to up rent now, because there is such a high need," Johnson says.

Struggling to find a room is pretty common in Western resort towns like Jackson, Sun Valley and Aspen. But lately, a stronger economy and the popularity of house sharing sites like Airbnb make finding a place almost impossible.

For seasonal workers like Johnson, that means a summer in Jackson is a summer outdoors. For local business owners, it means a whole lot of "help wanted" ads.

"Friday is usually our busiest day of the week," says Chris Hansen, owner of Caldera's Pizza in downtown Jackson. "And right now, every day is Friday."

Hansen is sort of the old model around here — he came west as a ski bum after college in the '90s and stuck around. He says when he needed to grow his staff over the summer, he used to rely on college kids. Lately, that's been difficult.

"Anytime somebody gets in touch with me who isn't here already I always ask them, 'Do you have housing right now?' If their answer is 'No,' I always say 'Come see me when you have housing,'" Hansen says.

This search for staff at Caldera's Pizza has taken Hansen all the way across the Atlantic to the countries of the former Soviet Union.

"A little tiny small country between Romania and Ukraine," is how Nina Maico describes Moldova, her home country, over the din of Caldera's.

Maico is one of Chris Hansen's top servers this summer. To be fair, she's a college student, too — that's why she was able to qualify for the J1 Visa program, which brings international college students to the U.S. to work for a season. Crucial in a place like this, J1 students' contracts almost always include housing as part of the deal.

Maico says she loves getting to work in the States, even if waiting tables here is a little different than in her home country.

"You don't even introduce yourself. 'Hi, what do you like? OK, bye.' Done. Here, you kind of have a dialogue, because its in your interest, you know? Otherwise you are not going to make money."

Robin Lerner helps oversee the J1 Visa Exchange Program at the State Department. She says the reason you usually see Eastern Europeans when you're checking out at the grocery store or grabbing a drink is because their summer break generally aligns with ours. Lerner says big resorts in towns like Jackson love the program.

"Any place where you have one season you are going to see such a need that it goes beyond what can be fulfilled by the local population," Lerner says.

Back at her campsite, Christen Johnson is packed up and ready for work. She says that car camping is good for now, but it isn't really a choice.

"If I just decide I don't want to do it anymore: tough luck, you know?," says Johnson with a shrug. "I don't really have another option other than leaving."

Johnson says she might not come back next year. That would leave one really great summer job open — if you can find a place to stay.

Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:14

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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Ebola risk from air travel low - WHO

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:11
The risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel is low, the World Health Organization says, advising against travel bans to and from affected countries.

VIDEO: Where have Yazidi refugees gone?

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:03
The BBC's defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt spends the day at an Iraqi hospital where the doctors have been treating Yazidi refugees.
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