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Public warned over wanted killer

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:50
People are warned not to approach a "dangerous" convicted murderer who breached his prison release licence.

US bill to cloak officer names fails

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:41
Arizona's governor vetoes a bill that would have required the names of officers involved in shootings to be kept secret for 60 days.

VIDEO: Bale's basketball half-court hat-trick

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:34
Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale takes part in the NBA's half-court challenge, testing his basketball shooting accuracy.

The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:32

This week, NPR's Michel Martin has been leading challenging conversations about the fear of black men. Now we want to hear from you.

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Buenos Aires empty as strike hits

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:29
Residents of Buenos Aires woke up to empty streets on Tuesday as a one-day strike by transportation workers began.

US makes climate pledge to UN

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:27
The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

Election 2015 in pictures: 31 March

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:15
The first full day of campaigning

From A 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Hero Returns

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:15

The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series of novels is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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Why take Kane & Barkley to Euro Under-21s?

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:08
Playing in the European Under-21s Championship could be of benefit to England's young stars, writes BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan.

Do higher home prices mean the market is rebounding?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:00

The Case-Shiller 20-city housing price index for the month of January came out Tuesday morning—Home prices increased 4.6 percent percent over last year.

So, does that mean the housing market is on the rebound?

The answer is complicated, due in part to that basic economic rule: supply and demand. On the supply side, people anticipate interest rates going up, says Craig Lazzara, of the S&P Dow Jones Indices. So they think, “If I can borrow at 3 percent, that’s better than borrowing at 6, so I’m going to borrow today at 3,” he says.

Another thing driving demand: there’s not that much out there for sale, especially in the $200,000 range, which is the median right now.

Danielle Hale of the National Association of Realtors says a lot of people want to buy right now, especially millennials.  As for supply, she says for one thing, smaller construction firms are running up against stricter borrowing regulations, “which is keeping that inventory lower than the market is calling for right now.”

So are housing prices going up because of a) an improving economy b) pent up demand or c) limited supply?

The answer: d) all of the above.

Reading project wins Lindgren Award

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:56
Praesa, a reading project aimed at children and young people in South Africa, is named the winner of the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Indian police collect cow 'mugshots'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:54
Police carry out unofficial cow census after Indian state outlaws their slaughter for beef.

VIDEO: Will election campaign make any difference?

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:42
A box and plastic balls are used to see whether the public think the election campaign will make any difference.

New renewables break capacity bar

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:28
New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows.

How key is the current account deficit?

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:20
Does the UK being a large net borrower from other states actually matter?

The Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:15

This year, at Emory University's global health challenge, students had to come up with clever solutions for a pressing problem. Only it wasn't a superbug. It was the extreme violence in Honduras.

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Le Tissier to compete on Countdown

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:08
Former England forward Matt Le Tissier reveals that he will compete in Channel 4 quiz show Countdown.

No action taken over 'wicked lie'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:06
No disciplinary action was ever taken against the Hillsborough match commander for his "wicked lie" about the disaster, the inquests are told.

Man blames home attack on dissidents

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:05
A man beaten with iron bars by a masked gang blames dissident republican paramilitaries for the brutal attack at his home.

Deadline Day Arrives For Iran Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:04

The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran's nuclear program – and ease economic sanctions — will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET.

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