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Militants 'seize women' in Nigeria

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:27
More than 60 women and children have been abducted in northern Nigeria by suspected militant Islamists, residents and officials say.

I don't care if I never get back...or ever get back?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:22

Eric Brewster and Ben Blatt are close friends who met while attending Harvard University, a few years ago. Their new book "I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever" is about their 30 day road trip across the United States visiting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.

Blatt admits he was very sports eccentric and loved conducting money ball type studies as a hobby during college. He wanted to find the optimal way to visit all 30 ballparks in 30 days and invited Brewster to go along with him. However, Brewster didn’t quite share the same interests. He says he hates baseball.

"We were driving from city to city, going from the first pitch to the last pitch, just a pure baseball road trip," says Blatt.

Although Brewster doesn’t enjoy the sport, he agreed to join him because he thought it would be a great opportunity to visit most of America.

"I thought this trip would be the ultimate road trip experience," says Brewster. "The reality of it was it was total chaos, it was driving 20 hours, going to a four hour baseball game, then driving 15 more hours to go to another 4 hour baseball game, and putting that on repeat for 30 days."

One thing they both realized while visiting all of the different ballparks on the trip is that baseball is a business.

"It was one of the most surprisingly reinforced things we witnessed," says Brewster. "You just got to feel how much this was just a giant conglomeration of companies that are there to drive a profit. And that is what every minute of every game is about from that perspective."

Britons killed in Turkey crash named

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:22
Two Britons who died in a reported jeep safari accident in Turkey have been named by the authorities there, and a further two remain in hospital.

NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:18

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash of Flight 214 last year in San Francisco was due to automated systems that the crew did not fully understand.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Italy 0-1 Uruguay

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:15
Diego Godin scores the winner for Uruguay in their 1-0 victory over Italy, which sees Uruguay qualify for the last 16 and eliminates Italy.

VIDEO: Shot of day two - Nadal's stunner

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:02
Watch the best shot of day two from Wimbledon as two-time champion Rafael Nadal recovers from a slip against Martin Klizan to hit a searing cross-court winner.

VIDEO: Highlights: England 0-0 Costa Rica

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:59
England bowed out of the 2014 World Cup in disappointing fashion after limping to a 0-0 draw with eventual group winners Costa Rica.

VIDEO: Prince Harry faces penalties in Brazil

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:57
Prince Harry has visited a private sports facility in Belo Horizonte and faced some penalties from children.

VIDEO: Suarez appears to bite Chiellini

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:57
Uruguay's Luis Suarez appears to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, which would be the third time the Liverpool player had committed such an offence.

2-2 game 'most viewed in US history'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:57
The World Cup match between USA and Portugal on Sunday, which finished with high drama, was the most viewed football game in US history, provisional figures suggest.

Andy Coulson guilty of phone hacking

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:51
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is found guilty of conspiring to hack phones while ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is cleared of all charges.

Tributes to dead 'white collar' boxer

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:43
Tributes are paid to a man who died following a "white collar" boxing match at a nightclub in Nottingham.

Never Too Young: Pediatricians Say Parents Should Read To Infants

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:29

Parents have been told they should read to their children early, but most don't think that means the day you bring Junior home from the hospital. Pediatricians say start now to help learning later.

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FBI Says It Freed 168 U.S. Children In Sex-Trafficking Raids

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:22

The authorities rounded up 281 pimps last week, as police targeted child sex-trafficking operations in more than 100 U.S. cities.

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Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:19
Yaya Toure criticises Man City again, Arsenal hold talks with Alexis Sanchez, Rio Ferdinand in line for QPR move, plus more.

On Capitol Hill, A Debate Over What's Driving Central American Exodus

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:17

Republicans blamed the Obama administration's messaging, while Democrats blamed messaging by smugglers and the violence sparked by drug cartels in Central America.

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VIDEO: Boy takes 'selfie' with the Queen

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:08
The Queen has been photographed in the background as a boy takes a selfie at St George's Market

Sky cars to be built in Tel Aviv

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:08
A futuristic network of cars that will travel through the sky above Tel Aviv is to be built in Israel.

'Tis the season for mangos

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:06

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, June 25:

Are folks prepping for summer? The Commerce Department reports on durable goods orders for May. Stuff like lawn and garden equipment. Or a computer for you indoor types.

The Commerce Department also releases its final estimate for first-quarter gross domestic product.

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology discusses the future of human space exploration.

Ever wonder how to cut a mango? It's time to learn a new skill. The folks at the National Mango Board provide tips. They make it look easy. June is National Mango Month.

And the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival opens on the National Mall in Washington.

Police college plan 'to go ahead'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 09:02
A team in charge of plans to build a new training college for the police and other emergency services at Desertcreat near Cookstown will recommend that the project continues.
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