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Prince George: Star of royal tour

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 16:13
Baby steals show as tour reveals rise in support for monarchy

Going to medical school thanks to a stranger

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 16:04
How a boy got to medical school thanks to a woman he'd never met

Why is Kim Jong-un always surrounded by people taking notes?

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:55
Who are the people who take down Kim Jong-un's every word?

VIDEO: Testing glass to destruction

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:52
The lab that tests everyday products

Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:50

The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.

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VIDEO: Take a tour of a million-dollar car

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:39
Since the age of five, Christian von Koenigsegg knew he wanted to create the world's fastest car. On the floor of the New York International Auto Show, he tells the BBC how he did it.

How to mint your own virtual money

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:25
How easy is it to coin your own virtual currency?

VIDEO: Did Pixar make Steve Jobs funny?

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:16
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, explains how Steve Jobs use of humour in presentations was influenced by his time at the animation firm.

Terrorism financing suspect arrested

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:12
Officers from the Metropolitan Police arrest a man in London on suspicion of financing and encouragement of terrorism.

New mortgage rules and you

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:02
How home loan applicants could be asked about their lifestyle

Kerry Says Window For Russia To Change Course In Ukraine Is Closing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:41

Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no question Russia is behind an effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine.

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Girl gives father's CV to Mrs Obama

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:35
A young girl offered US First Lady Michelle Obama her father's CV during questions at the White House's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:30

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:16

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. An uptick in new cases in Saudi Arabia has health specialists concerned that the virus could spread outside the region.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:15

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Q&A: Ecclestone on trial - day one

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:12
The big questions from F1 chief's first day in Munich court

VIDEO: Obama plays football with Asimo robot

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:05
President Obama plays football with a humanoid robot in Tokyo as part of his four-nation Asia tour.

Bidding adieu to Ladies' Home Journal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 13:58

Today, the Meredith Corporation, which owns Ladies' Home Journal, released its quarterly earnings -- and the earnings call was as good an opportunity as any, I guess, for the company to fire everyone on the magazine's editorial staff.   Yes, it's time to mark the passing of yet another periodical: "Ladies' Home Journal" will no longer be published monthly.    The first issue was printed in 1883. Back then, it was called "The Ladies Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper." Its slogan? "Never underestimate the power of a woman."   "It's not a consumer issue," a company spokesman said. "It's an advertising issue."

Village museum goes up against Tate

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 13:51
A village museum in East Sussex goes up against Tate Britain and the new £35m Mary Rose Museum to be named the UK's museum of the year.

The threat of a football union has the NCAA talking

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 13:42

Scholarship football players at Northwestern University will participate in a historic vote Friday on whether to form a labor union. This vote, as well as lawsuits challenging NCAA rules for athletes, are already forcing the NCAA and big football schools to rethink the business model of college sports.

Until recently, schools were only allowed to feed their giant hulking college athletes a certain amount of food. “There were even rules in place over whether a bagel with cream cheese was a meal or a snack," says Andrew Muscato, producer of the documentary “Schooled – The Price of College Sports." The NCAA’s food rules, which classified a plain bagel as a snack, but with the addition of a spread made it a meal, were draconian, he says.

“And that was a rule that ultimately was changed, but it was changed because of public pressure, and the perception that these athletes are being taken advantage of considering how much revenue they’re bringing back to the universities," he says.

Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, says even if the union receives a yes vote tomorrow,  the decision would still have to be approved by regulators.

"At the end of the day, the actual demands that would seem to come out of the football players at Northwestern," he says, "are unlikely to be met via collective bargaining. And the most important element here is that they’re providing more momentum, more fuel for the fire of reforming the NCAA."

As of Thursday, the NCAA said its biggest conferences can now give more aid to their student athletes.

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