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IRA play park name debate blocked

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:26
Sinn Féin councillors in Newry block unionist efforts to reconsider naming a Newry play park after an IRA man.

US markets reach all-time highs

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:19
US stocks hit record levels, with both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 closing at all-time highs and the Nasdaq breaking the 5,000 barrier for the first time in 15 years.

Sen. Mikulski, 'Ground-Breaker' For Women Legislators, Won't Seek Re-Election

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:15

"Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?" the Maryland Democrat asked, announcing she will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

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GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipyschotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:15

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

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Judge Reduces Sentences For Amish Involved In Beard-Cutting Attacks

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:02

Last summer, a court overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 men. Today, their leader, Sam Mullet, and the 15 others received reduced sentences ranging from 10 years to seven months.

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The Time Nature And Racism Teamed Up To Wipe Out A Whole Town

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:01

Built in 110 days and destroyed in one, Vanport, Ore. was a symbol of a booming World War II-era economy, but one built on a shaky foundation.

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Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:01

Lonesome George was was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When he died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve the tortoise's body, and his legacy.

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Castro's revolutionary lover dies

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:39
Natalia Revuelta, who supported Fidel Castro when he was planning his insurgency and became his lover, has died at the age of 89 in Havana.

Poundland mice took food off sale

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:30
A mice infestation was the reason food was removed from the shelves of a branch of Poundland in Birmingham city centre, the council reveals.

Lawro's predictions v Circa Waves

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:23
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Circa Waves singer Kieran Shudall in the midweek Premier League games.

Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:22

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing also emphasized the need for better training and equipment, including bulletproof vests. But it stopped short of insisting police wear body cameras.

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Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:18

Tinder launches a new version with added features, including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

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Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:02

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.

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Rebooting innovation in Japan

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:00
What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:57

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:55

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:53

In many photos from an Australian island, the marsupial appears front and center, adding its enigmatic smile to an image of happy tourists.

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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:45

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.

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Should England expect to win Slams?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:38
After hopes of a Six Nations clean sweep slip by for another year, Tom Fordyce asks whether English rugby fans should expect more.

Which counties want Kevin Pietersen?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:33
Kevin Pietersen needs to score runs in county cricket to have any chance of an England return, but do any counties want him?