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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:54

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Back-to-school sticker shock

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:52

The annual back-to-school spendathon is almost here. And for public-school parents, it’s going to be pricey.

Huntington Bank is out with its annual "backpack index," which tracks the cost of school supplies. The bad news: elementary school kids will need $642 in extras this year, middle-school kids will spend an additional $918, and high school students will get hit up for an additional $1,284.

Those estimates translate to an 11 percent jump, 20 percent jump, and 5 percent jump, respectively.

The biggest bumps are expected to come from higher standardized-testing fees, and fees for things like school trips, music classes and sports, according to Huntington. Many middle-school kids will also need a graphing calculator, which can run nearly $130.

Huntington didn’t include laptops or tablets in its index. But many parents will be facing extra costs for those, as well.

Since Huntington started tracking the cost of school supplies in 2007, the bank estimates they have increased 83 percent for elementary school students, 73 percent for middle school students and 44 percent for high school students.

Here’s a guide, from the group, on what you can expect this year.

England close in on win over India

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:51
England move closer to levelling the series against India with another dominant display on day four of the third Test.

Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:46

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had treated more than 100 Ebola patients before catching the virus himself last week.

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'Dozens of bodies' at Libya base

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:42
At least 35 bodies are reportedly recovered from a military base that was overrun by Islamist-led militias in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:14
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

When politicians 'think aloud'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:14
Why do politicians keep on falling foul of secret recordings?

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:12

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

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Ex-policeman on Rodney murder charge

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:10
A former policeman is to be charged with murdering a man who was shot dead after a car was stopped by officers in north London nine years ago.

Premier League to use vanishing spray

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:03
Vanishing spray used by referees at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be used in Premier League games next season.

Production stalls on Big Bang Theory

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:57
Work on the eighth series of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory is delayed, as its cast members fight for higher salaries.

AUDIO: Why the Moon is shaped like a lemon

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:54
Professor of planetary sciences Ian Garrick-Bethell explains what gave the Moon its unusually distorted shape.

Path led man to his death on Snowdon

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:47
A coroner demands Snowdon park officials address the dangers of paths that leave "people in peril" after a man fell about 600ft (180m) to his death.

A peculiar sort of debt

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:45
What are the true costs of running the student loan scheme?

VIDEO: Aerial video of Eastbourne Pier on fire

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:20
A major fire has broken out in Eastbourne Pier.

Smart home kit proves 'easy to hack'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:13
Security experts at HP raise concern about smart home devices after testing 10 app-controlled examples and discovering vulnerabilities.

U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:06

The U.S. did not name the officials but said they have been responsible or complicit in perpetrating human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.

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We'll keep tightening sanctions - PM

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:03
UK Prime Minister David Cameron warns of increasingly tough sanctions unless Russian President Vladimir Putin "changes his approach".
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