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The numbers for November 11, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:13

It's Veterans Day in the U.S., Armistice Day and Remembrance Day abroad. We have at least one veteran on staff at "Marketplace": Kai Ryssdal, who served as a Navy pilot during the Cold War.

Kai flew fighter jets from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt along the coast of Norway in search of Russian nuclear bombers, and wrote about the experience for our series, "The New Cold War?

A Pew study found nearly half of post-9/11 veterans served with someone who was killed in the line of duty. Two-thirds of veterans said they had been exposed to casualties, either because they were injured themselves or served with someone who was hurt or killed. That exposure meant vets were far more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

Poppy Field is a comprehensive and interactive visualization of all war deaths since the start of the 20th century, and Vox has a good breakdown looking at American fatalities in major wars.  

Here are some other numbers we're watching and stories we're reading Tuesday:


Tension in Ferguson, Missouri is mounting ahead of a grand jury decision on the death of teenager Michael Brown, and the evidence is in the numbers. According to the AP, local police have spent $65,500 on batons, shields and other gear, plus another $35,500 on pepper spray and the like since August. The big business of tear gas, explained. Meanwhile, residents are preparing, too. CNN reported a spike in weapons sales and spoke with business owners who are boarding up their windows

$972.7 million

A different side of the oil boom -- that's how much Continental Resources chief executive Harold Hamm will pay his ex-wife Sue Ann Hamm to settle their divorce. Continental is the largest oil producer in North Dakota. Hamm might have gotten off easy, the Wall Street Journal reported Mrs. Hamm originally sought several billion and analysts predicted the split would cost him twice as much.

Asked To Stop Praying, Alaska School Won't Host State Tournament

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:11

Alaska's wrestling tournament for small schools will be held next month — but not at Anchorage Christian Schools. A complaint about an introductory prayer led to a request to stop the practice.

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VIDEO: Osmond: 'I stole my brother's date'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:51
Donny Osmond, the singer, actor, and most recently, a judge on Strictly Come Dancing has released his 60th album.

How The Islamic State Wages Its Propaganda War

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:47

From videos to Internet magazines, the extremist group has successfully recruited around the world. One of its recent claims: Enslaving women as a prize of war is sanctioned by the Quran.

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Toddler Madison 'brutally attacked'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:43
A prosecutor tells a jury in her closing speech that toddler Madison Horn was "brutally attacked in her own home."

Palestinian shot dead in Hebron

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:36
A Palestinian has been killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank, local medical sources say, amid rising tensions between the two sides.

In Bolivia, Where A Child's Place Is In The Market And The Mines

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:33

Other countries have moved away from child labor, but not Bolivia, which has lowered the legal working age to as young as 10. Advocates say the move brings the law in line with harsh reality.

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VIDEO: Boy dies after car strikes family

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:30
A boy dies after a car struck his mother and her six children as they walked to school in County Antrim.

VIDEO: Blair: World 'too slow on Ebola'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:30
The world has been "too slow" in responding to the Ebola crisis in west Africa, Tony Blair says.

Big Bank Hank, US rapper, dies at 57

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:30
The New York rapper who, as part of the Sugarhill Gang, released what is generally regarded as the first rap record, dies at the age of 57.

Merkel doubts more Russia sanctions

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:20
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says more EU sanctions are not planned against Russia, despite observers warning of rising violence in east Ukraine.

Biden leads Veterans Day events

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:08
US Vice-President Joe Biden has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of Veterans Day remembrance events across the US.

NHS could dominate Autumn Statement

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:59
It is something for a health minister to admit there is a funding gap for the next financial year and if it's not filled the NHS "could crash", says Hugh Pym.

Activists beheaded in eastern Libya

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:54
The beheaded bodies of three abducted Libyan activists are discovered in the eastern city of Derna, which is held by Islamist groups.

PC dismissed for shoplifter punch

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:44
A Metropolitan Police officer who punched a suspected shoplifter before pinning her to the ground is dismissed from the force.

A Glimmer Of Hope In The Fight Against Hunger In America

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:41

The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be starting to get back on track for some.

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Countdown to historic comet landing

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:36
The European Space Agency says all systems are currently “go” for Wednesday’s audacious attempt to land a small probe on a comet.

'Beasting' inquest to be reopened

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:35
An inquest is being reopened into the death of a soldier who collapsed and died in Wiltshire in 2006.

Spotify defends itself against Swift

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:23
Streaming music service defends its business model after pop star Taylor Swift accuses it of unfairly compensating artists and composers.

For Dyslexics, A Font And A Dictionary That Are Meant To Help

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:16

A designer who has dyslexia has created a font to avoid confusion and add clarity. And two English researchers are making a dictionary that favors meaning over the alphabet.

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