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Boko Haram 'to sell' abducted girls

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:53
The Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram says it will "sell" the hundreds of schoolgirls it abducted three weeks ago.

Man killed in tram crash at station

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:49
A man is hit by a tram and killed at a Metrolink station in Greater Manchester, police say.

VIDEO: Best shots of the World Championship

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:48
BBC Sport looks back at the best shots of the 2014 World Snooker Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Man freed after 13-year-late jailing

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:40
A US man, who authorities forgot to send to prison for 13 years, has been released after spending 10 months behind bars.

Woods unsure of return after surgery

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:39
Tiger Woods says he is unsure when he will return to action because his recovery from back surgery is "a very slow process".

Cheese-rolling matures in village

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:38
About 2,000 people watch an annual cheese rolling competition, 50 years after it was introduced to drum up trade in a village which was by-passed.

Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:30

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was convicted of robbery in 2000, but the state didn't order him to prison until 2013. On Monday, a judge ordered him free, saying he had shown himself to be a good man.

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World facing polio health emergency

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:23
The World Health Organization declares the recent spread of polio an international public health emergency.

'2014 could be key for women's cycling'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:08
Two-time Olympic champion Marianne Vos believes 2014 could be a pivotal year in the progress of women's cycling.

Target CEO steps down in security breach aftermath

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 09:00

Retail giant Target just announced that its CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down after more than 30 years with the company, having served 6 of those years as CEO -- It has not been a smooth tenure. The company’s 4th  quarter profits fell by nearly half after hackers stole as many as 70 million credit and debit card numbers from the company’s database.

Two months after Target was hacked, Brian Krebs, who broke the story, logged onto the company’s website to see who had been put in charge of technology. To his surprise, there wasn’t anyone listed.

“I think a lot of people were kind of surprised by that and were hoping for a little more fast action on the part of Target’s leadership,” says Krebs.

The massive security breach wasn’t the only strike against Target under Steinhafels’ leadership.

“There are some operational issues, and from a financial point of view it’s had some real problems with its foray into Canada,” says Craig Johnson, president of the retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners.

He says Target overpaid for many of its Canadian properties, and once they opened, the stores didn’t perform as well as expected. This along with rebuilding Target’s reputation with customers will be high among the list of priorities for interim CEO John Mulligan. Along with the shift of Mulligan to the interim position, Target announced last Tuesday that former Home Depot Chief Information Officer Bob DeRodes will be the next CIO. 

 

Baltacha dies of liver cancer, aged 30

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 08:44
Tributes are paid to Elena Baltacha after the former British number one dies of liver cancer at the age of 30.

Choir children taken ill on flight

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 08:14
Twelve children are taken to hospital after they became unwell on a flight to Heathrow after performing in Cape Town with opera star Bryn Terfel.

Man shot in buttock in street attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 08:08
A man is shot in the buttock and the thigh in an attack on a Salford street.

Ukraine soldiers killed in Sloviansk

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 08:06
Four Ukrainian soldiers are killed and an army helicopter shot down by pro-Russian militants near the eastern city of Sloviansk, Kiev says.

The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 08:03

Several factors are straining lime production in Mexico, from heavy rains to a disease infecting trees. But criminal gangs are adding to the high prices by stealing from orchards and hijacking trucks.

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'No UK trade benefit' in being in EU

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:55
Membership of the EU has not given the UK any "insider advantages" in trade with other European countries, a report by think tank Civitas says.

A Survivor Of The Crusades Comes Up Against The Syrian Civil War

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:54

The Crac des Chevaliers withstood a siege by the Muslim warrior Saladin during the Crusades nearly a thousand years ago, but the citadel has become a casualty of Syria's 3-year-old conflict.

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Counting calories? Take a day off

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:52

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, May 6:

In Washington, the Commerce Department lets us know what the trade deficit was in March.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on military compensation.

TV audiences said goodbye to "Friends" ten years ago. The final episode aired May 6, 2004.

The multi-talented, and newly-engaged, George Clooney turns 53.

And skip the scale. It's International No Diet Day.

Prayers Before Town Hall Meetings Are Constitutional, High Court Finds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:51

In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Greece, N.Y., council was using prayer for "permissible ceremonial purposes," not as an "unconstitutional establishment of religion."

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Most Americans Make It To The Top 20 Percent (At Least For A While)

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:42

Lots of Americans spend some time near the top of the income ladder — and many spend at least a few years in poverty.

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