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Week in pictures: 24-30 May 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:22
News photos from around the world

Razor blades in food bank donations

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:18
Razor blades and dirty cat litter are found in items donated to a food bank in West Sussex.

India's economic growth disappoints

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:17
India's economy grew at a slower-than-forecast annual pace of 4.6% between January and March, due largely to a slowdown in the manufacturing sector.

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:15

Shinseki has resigned his post, President Obama says, hours after the embattled head of Veterans Affairs said he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care network.

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PODCAST: A $2 billion bank shot for the Clippers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:14

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has reportedly won the bidding yesterday for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise, with a $2 billion offer. Getting one of the world's richest people to replace Donald Sterling is a big win for the NBA.

On Monday, the EPA will set greenhouse-gas reduction goals for every state. And some states may be playing catch up.

Froome frustrated by lack of testing

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 06:12
Tour de France champion Chris Froome says anti-doping measures must be tightened up to help prove the sport is clean.

Man 'lied' to police on Boston plot

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:57
Officials in the US state of Massachusetts charge a 23-year-old man with lying to police and destroying evidence in the Boston bombings inquiry.

This week's movers and shakers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:54
Who's top who's bottom in business this week

Flintoff 'must earn Lancashire place'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:53
Andrew Flintoff is not certain of a place in Lancashire's T20 team, says director of cricket Mike Watkinson.

Rennard apology enough, says ally

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:52
Lord Rennard has made a "generous" apology to four women who accused him of sexual harassment, his legal adviser says.

Pair arrested over toddler's death

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:52
A man and a woman are arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a one-year-old girl who was admitted to a Surrey hospital with serious injuries.

MP sorry for Duffy 'bigot' comment

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:49
A Labour MP is "deeply sorry" for saying Gordon Brown was right to brand Rochdale pensioner Gillian Duffy a "bigot".

Back in the game

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:30
How good are athletes' reactions after five years out of the game?

Sharp rise in EU migrant numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:28
The numbers of refugees and migrants reaching Europe so far in 2014 has risen sharply, the BBC has learned, reaching as many as 60,000.

VIDEO: Google to consider deletion requests

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:23
Google has launched a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from online search results, after a European Union court ruling.

The best advice for grads? Screw up.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 05:15

It’s commencement season, AKA, the month of unsolicited advice.

Many a hungover student will struggle to stay awake in a rented gown, largely tuning out the platitudes doled out from a dais.

BINGO will proceed: believe in yourself, fail, thank your parents, follow your passion. And out into the world will go another crop of young people; smart, terrified, debt-ridden and clueless.

I’ve been mulling this over since Business Insider published this list of advice their reporters wish they’d gotten.

Thinking back on my own college graduation sixteen years ago, I can still feel my own fear. “Who am I? What am I supposed to be? Who is the devil who invented Jagermeister?” Believe it or not, I remember my commencement speaker, the brilliant cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

He walked to the center of the stage and spoke only briefly, with a simple message: find your own voice.

And then he played. I believe it was Bach, though that may be a trick of memory. But it was gorgeous.

What I didn’t know is that the next few years would be hard. I didn’t have a job lined up. I’d try acting, working in a bookstore, leading outdoors trips for kids, and a presidential campaign. It took me until I was about twenty-four until I thought maybe journalism was right for me. And even then, it was a maybe.  I didn’t know for sure until I was twenty-eight, carting around a load of grad school debt. And then, not a single newspaper would hire me. Not one.

But here is what I learned: uncertainty is okay, and the best stuff happens when you are picking yourself up after a fall. A job that helps you pay the rent and pay your loans is a good job. People will help you if you ask them. You will learn through osmosis. That is what my late stepfather used to call “the college of life.”

And yes (cliché alert!), your biggest successes will come from failure.

The actor Charlie Day gave a commencement speech at his alma mater, Merrimack College, and I loved it. 

I made my way to Marketplace after a truly terrible year. I’d been very sick with endometriosis, gone on medical leave and lost my job. I didn’t know if I’d ever work again.

And then an email from Kai Ryssdal popped into my inbox.

This is not to say that everything will work out. It often won’t. But in my imaginary graduation speech, I’d say this: give yourself permission to screw up, because it’s going to happen anyway.

And write thank-you notes. Your mother was right about that. 

'Conflict' deadline looms for firms

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 04:54
Manufacturers of products that use "conflict minerals" must submit a plan to deal with the problem by Monday, and many are expected to miss the deadline.

Sudan husband in death row hope

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 04:53
The husband of a woman on death row in Sudan for abandoning her religious faith tells the BBC about seeing their new baby and his hopes for an appeal.

Death probe PC's resignation halted

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 04:52
The Metropolitan Police withdraws its acceptance of the resignation of an officer due to face an investigation in a death in custody case.

'Tractor beam' built at university

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 04:43
Physicists at Dundee University create a Star Trek-style "tractor beam" capable of moving objects using ultrasound.
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