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Next big thing Bouchard in a hurry to arrive

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:50
Eugenie Bouchard once chased Maria Sharapova for a photograph - now she must chase her down for a maiden Grand Slam final spot.

NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:47

The football league says the 2016 championship will depart from tradition by not using the Roman numeral L (50) because it doesn't work well on the logo.

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Netherlands 2-0 Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:43
Arjen Robben scores one goal and sets up Jeremain Lens for a second as the Netherlands beat Wales in Amsterdam.

Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:41

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.

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The country that's hooked on tobacco

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:36
The country where nearly two-thirds of men smoke

Hospital feed 'poisons 15 babies'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:30
One baby has died and 14 are ill with blood poisoning after being given what appears to be a contaminated batch of liquid.

Women 'Complain A Lot, Interrupt,' Developer Says At Conference

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:18

At a tech conference in Berlin, a developer compared a software plug-in framework to his girlfriend, saying she "complains, interrupts" and "doesn't play well with others."

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Madeleine police focus search effort

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:11
Police and forensic officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann focus their search on a small patch of land in Praia da Luz.

In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

In one of the country's most competitive primaries, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel appear headed for a runoff.

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Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

Twenty-five years ago, Chinese soldiers backed by tanks cracked down on protesters, shooting hundreds and possibly thousands of unarmed civilians in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The Chinese mourned victims in private Wednesday, as Tiananmen Square evinced a heavy security presence.

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After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. So he won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

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New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.

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In Keynote Speech, Obama Marks A Quarter-Century Of Polish Democracy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

President Obama is delivering the keynote address of his current trip to Europe in Poland. Earlier in the day, Obama is meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

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Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:08

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.

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Obama condemns Russia 'dark tactics'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:07
US President Barack Obama condemns Russian "aggression" and "dark tactics" in Ukraine, during a speech to mark 25 years of Polish democracy.

Heart baby 'youngest in the world'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 11:34
A 13-day old girl at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, becomes the youngest in the world to be fitted with an artificial heart, doctors say.

VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 11:34

Problems at the VA are not new; the system has struggled for years to deliver health care in a timely manner. Most of those enduring long waits are older vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

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1 Baby, 3 Parents: Scientists Say Due Date Is In Two Years

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 11:27

A medical procedure uses material from three people to target problems in mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles that have their own DNA.

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The student-debt burden: online vs traditional schools

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 11:05

There were dueling Congressional hearings on student loans today.

The Senate Banking and Budget committees talked about what a trillion dollars in student-loan debt might mean for the economy.

Our colleague, Sally Herships reported on legislation proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; it would allow students to refinance their federal student loans. 

We thought we’d compare the debt load for students who graduated from exclusively online program, to the debt load for students whose programs were not entirely online.  Financial-aid expert Mark Kantrowitz ran the numbers for us, based on data from  the 2011-2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS).

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Eimear McBride wins Baileys prize

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 10:54
Irish author Eimear McBride wins the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, the debut novel she spent nine years trying to get published.
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