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Rail firm apology over death crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:51
Network Rail apologises to the family of a four-year-old girl who was killed when a train travelling at 60mph hit the car she was in at a level crossing.

Reproductive Learning

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:50

[2014-05-01 13:00:00] When scientific researchers study evolution, they frequently start by inspecting the differences between a given species’ sex organs. We’ll find out this hour what we can learn from animals’ private parts with evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of Nature’s Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity and Ourselves (Viking Adult).

For The Children

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:49

[2014-05-01 12:00:00] Children in Bangladesh, Haiti and other impoverished countries face challenges their first-world counterparts can’t imagine. And yet, these kids have inspiring stories of perseverance to tell. We’ll hear some of them this hour from Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Her new book is I Believe in ZERO: Learning From the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press).

Ending 5-Year Dispute, New York Reaches Deal With Teachers Union

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:44

Teachers in the largest public school system in the country had been working without a contract since 2009. Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a "landmark" labor deal.

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How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:43

A fight over patents is unfolding between Apple and Samsung in a California courtroom. But a case before the Supreme Court could change the concept of intellectual property in information technology.

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Pogba accuses Man Utd of 'disrespect'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:21
Juventus's Paul Pogba has accused former club Manchester United of "disrespect", claiming he was made to train alone.

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:11

Researchers have stumbled upon a virus that makes crickets horny before it kills them. Inducing your host to mate more is a great way for a virus to spread its own genes.

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Kerry Announces Progress Toward Peacekeeping Force In South Sudan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ethiopia on the first leg of a visit to Africa. He hinted at possible ways to end the conflict in South Sudan, saying that "terms and a timeline" for military intervention had been decided.

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In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

Addressing the collapse of Middle East peace talks for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry called for pause and reassessment. Meanwhile, he's under fire for comparing Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Apartheid.

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For Separatists, Ballots Are On Their Way — But Plans Are Still Pending

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

The self-proclaimed governor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk announced that preparations were underway for an independence referendum. Separatists' intentions there appear to be unclear, and their opponents feel angry and abandoned by the government in Kiev.

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With Few Answers On Missing Teens, Frustration Simmers In Nigeria

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

Activists and parents demonstrated in the Nigerian capital, hoping to force the government to do more to rescue nearly 200 abducted teen girls, who have been missing for over two weeks. There is still little reliable information about the situation.

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Experts Expect A First For Ford: A Painless CEO Transition

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

Ford Motor Company will soon have a new CEO: Mark Fields, who's currently the chief operating officer. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports that Ford hopes this will quell doubts among investors.

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In Sex Assault Report, Pentagon Sees Progress — And A Long Way To Go

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

The Pentagon issued a study on sexual assault in the military, reports of which have jumped 50 percent in the past year. Defense Secretary Hagel says this is a positive sign of trust in the system.

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Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:04

An uneasy fact emerges from the two dozen mass shootings in this country over the past decade: The majority of those pulling the trigger have been severely mentally ill and not receiving treatment.

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VIDEO: Mantises fitted with 3D glasses

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:03
Scientists at Newcastle University have fitted praying mantises with 3D glasses using beeswax as part of a £1m research project.

Job Growth Trending Up, Survey Finds

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 12:00

The private sector added 220,000 jobs in April, which appears to signal an upward trend.

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Why Domino's is replacing pizza crust with chicken

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 11:56

Not too long ago, we mentioned that chicken was becoming a hot commodity because of rising beef and pork prices--so hot, in fact, that some restaurants are beginning to use them in just about anything they can think of.

"You can do a lot with it and flavor it in a lot of different ways," says Roxanne Swamba, pizza chef for Domino's Pizza. "So it's becoming more popular than it has been."

Thus, Domino's "Specialty Chicken" was born. Not the fried chicken-crust that some had initially thought, the dish consists of 12 bite-sized pieces of chicken, served with a blend of sauces and pizza toppings.

"You can top pizza however you like, but sometimes you don't want pizza," Swamba said. "This happened to be an idea that we tossed around and we started making for lunch a lot, and I came up with a variety of flavors."

Despite the high demand for chicken, Swamba says there haven't been any problems with obtaining the necessary ingredients.

"We work very closely with our supply chain center and find out what the availability is going to be for the year when we plan on launching it," she says. "We knew we could do it."

Senior Prank Gone Wild: Police Arrest 62 N.J. Students

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 11:21

Police say the students broke into their high school, urinated in the hallways, flipped desks and taped hot dogs to lockers. An alarm alerted police who searched the school with a K-9 unit.

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Clarkson denies racist nursery rhyme

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 11:11
The Top Gear host says he "did not use the n-word" after a newspaper claims to have footage of him chanting a nursery rhyme.

Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 11:10

It's the largest tree fruit in the world. It's nutritious. And because it's pretty easy to grow, it has the potential to be a star in the developing world. But ... does it taste good?

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