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Sepsis death man's severe bed sores

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:54
A man with Down's Syndrome had the worst pressure sores some medical staff had ever seen when he was admitted to Wrexham Maelor Hospital in August 2011, an inquest hears

S Africa photos show Meyiwa suspects

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:53
Police in South Africa release images of two men suspected of killing footballer Senso Meyiwa, shot after intruders entered his girlfriend's home.

Thieves Tunnel Into Indian Bank Vault — From Across The Street

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:47

When a bank in northern India opened for business Monday, its staff was surprised to find its strong room breached from underground. Local media say the crime resembles a movie plot.

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VIDEO: Migrants who risk a perilous crossing

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:47
The BBC's Orla Guerin investigates the growing number of migrants who are starting their journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from Alexandria

National Grid in winter power warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:37
National Grid warns that its capacity to supply electricity this winter will be at a seven-year low due to generator closures and breakdowns.

Google developing a cancer detector

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:35
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

Halsall wins two World Cup golds

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:30
Fran Halsall wins two gold medals - and sets a British 50m backstroke record - on the opening day of the FINA World Cup.

Canada 'grateful' to Cpl Cirillo

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:28
Canadian PM Harper tells mourners the nation is deeply grateful to Cpl Nathan Cirillo, the young solder killed by a gunman in Ottawa last week.

AUDIO: 'Why I gave burglar a £20 reward'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:24
A Bolton woman gave a burglar £20 - after he apologised for stealing £10,000 worth of items from her home.

'Boston bomber' friend convicted

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:23
A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect faces up to eight years in prison after being found guilty of lying to investigators.

Trott return welcome - Agnew

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:23
Jonathan Trott's welcome return is good news for England after a turbulent year, says Jonathan Agnew.

MSP Boyack to stand for leadership

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:20
MSP Sarah Boyack is the first candidate to formally announce she will stand for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party.

Dutch ask Russia for MH17 'evidence'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:14
Dutch investigators ask Russia to surrender evidence it claims to have showing a Ukrainian fighter jet in the same area as flight MH17 when it was shot down.

Eric Joyce arrested by London police

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:14
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is arrested by police in London after "clashing" with a youth in a convenience store.

VIDEO: Lava nears homes in Hawaii

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:11
A lave flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

The numbers for October 28, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:04

Six years and $3 trillion later, quantitative easing is coming to an end. The Federal Reserve is expected to make an announcement following a tw0-day meeting in Washington this week. The Washington Post has an interesting history of the bond-buying "experiment," noting QE was originally intended as a one-time injection into the economy, but has been used to stimulate growth in many areas.

As we await official word from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on the policy, here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Tuesday:

3.5 million

That's how many customers have had their Internet speed slowed down more than 25 million times by AT&T since fall 2011, according to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday. Many of these customers are heavy data users with unlimited plans, which AT&T no longer offers, Reuters reported. The FTC called the throttling "deceptive," with some customers' speeds slowed up to 90 percent.

300 million

The number of people using Alibaba's payment system, Alipay. Alibaba founder Jack Ma, fresh off a massive IPO, is set to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook this week to talk about potential partnerships, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple just launched its own mobile payment system last week. 


The number of times per second new RFID chips installed in NFL players' shoulder pads transmit their location. The new sensors allow for near-real-time motion tracking and player data of unparalleled depth, the Verge reported. The league is experimenting with these "next-gen stats" in games this year, with an eye toward putting more sensors on all players and, eventually, the ball.


The number of movies Marvel Studios announced through 2019 at an event in Los Angeles Tuesday. It's a shot across the bow at DC Comics' similarly huge plan, announced earlier this month, for ten new films through 2020. 

UK seen as soft touch - Calais mayor

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:03
The UK is seen as a "soft touch" by migrants and its benefits system acts as a "magnet" to them, the Mayor of the French city of Calais has told MPs.

A Family's Fall Harvest Blooms In 'A Kitchen In France'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:03

Since moving her large family from a Paris apartment to a historic farmhouse in the French countryside, author Mimi Thorisson has found a way to merge the best of the different worlds she has known.

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Trott makes international return

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:02
Jonathan Trott vows to prove himself again at international level after being named in the England Lions squad.

Asian girls 'also victims of grooming'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:00
Asian girls, as well as white girls, are being groomed for sex by groups of Asian men in Rotherham, victim support groups tell the BBC.