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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:28

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.

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Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:26

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.

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No let-up in Saudi air strikes against Yemen

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:18
Saudi Arabia's air operation against Yemen's Houthi rebels is ending its first week with no let-up - but what are the Saudis hoping to achieve, asks Frank Gardner

'Poor can not afford' exam appeals

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:12
Schools who ask parents to pay for A-level and GCSE exam appeals risk discriminating against poorer pupils, says a teachers' union.

Builder admits murdering couple

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:10
A builder admits murdering a property developer and his wife as they slept, in a jealous revenge attack.

To Avoid Surprise Insurance Bills, Tell Exchange Plan When You Move

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:09

Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.

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Secret trial man jailed over manual

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:07
Law student Erol Incedal has been jailed for 42 months for possessing a bomb-making manual after earlier being cleared of plotting a terror attack.

Wives fill Indian boardroom quotas

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:48
Some of India's richest businessmen have appointed their wives as company directors to comply with a new law.

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:36

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.

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Obama creates cyber sanctions

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:34
President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the US government to sanction foreign hackers.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Weighs State's Religious Freedom Bill

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:30

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday. A similar Indiana law sparked a backlash. Critics say it allows businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it bolsters religious freedom.

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IS militants 'enter Damascus camp'

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:29
Islamic State militants enter the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital, seizing control of large areas, reports say.

'Absconder policy' ruled unlawful

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:22
A government ban on inmates with a history of absconding from being transferred to open prisons is declared unlawful by High Court judges.

VIDEO: New photos of Scott's expedition

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:22
New photos have emerged of Captain Scott and his expedition to the South Pole, in the course of which he died.

VIDEO: Singer Joni Mitchell in LA hospital

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:16
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is undergoing tests in hospital after being found unconscious at home, but said to be awake and in good spirits.

North ruled out of Clermont match

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:13
Northampton wing George North will miss Saturday's European Champions Cup game with Clermont because of a head injury.

Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 05:06

After being found unconscious in her home Tuesday afternoon, folk music icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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Blast at Yemen factory 'kills 35'

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 04:55
At least 35 workers have been killed by a blast at a diary factory in Yemen, medics say, as Saudi-led air strikes continue against Houthi rebels.

VIDEO: Mafia boss prison sentence expires

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 04:47
A Mafia boss who faced extradition to serve a prison sentence in Italy has had his sentence dropped after Italian authorities said it had expired.

Google reveals computer-on-a-stick

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 04:31
Google announces that a range of computer-on-a-sticks and laptops costing as low as $149 (£101) are joining its range of Chrome OS devices.