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The numbers for October 13, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:28

Sentencing is underway for Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted last month of culpable homicide — equivalent to manslaughter — in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius' defense team asked for leniency, the New York Times reported, citing the athlete's anguish over the killing. One witness suggested house arrest and community service, which prosecutors rejected.

Pistorius could face up to 15 years in prison and the trial will resume Tuesday morning. In the mean time, here are the stories we're reading — and other numbers we're watching — Monday.


That's how many sensitive photo and video messages — some of minors — that were stolen in the latest hack into the self-destructing message app Snapchat. The images began appearing on 4chan over the weekend, Business Insider reported, and users set up a system to search for specific usernames. The unofficial app SnapSaved has taken responsibility for being hacked, but experts say the blame could be on Snapchat's own security, which is open to third-parties like SnapSaved.


The list of globally, systematically important banks maintained by the international Financial Stability Board. U.S. and U.K. regulators will simulate the failure of two big lenders and their impact on the global economy as part of a "war game" Monday, Bloomberg reported.

$29.31 billion

The National Institutes of Health's budget for fiscal year 2013, which has been on a steady decline for a decade, when adjusted for inflation. NIH head Francis Collins told the Huffington Post a lack of funding has inhibited the organization's research on an Ebola vaccine.

Royal hoax DJ tells of death threats

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:22
A radio DJ, who took part in a hoax call after which a nurse killed herself, tells Newsnight how she received death threats and bullets in the post.

North Korea Says Thousands Of U.S. Soldiers' Remains Are At Risk

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:12

The remains of several thousand U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War are "left here and there uncared and carried away en masse," a North Korean military spokesman said Monday.

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Farage TV debate offer angers rivals

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:03
The SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru criticise plans for election TV debates featuring David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg - and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Heathrow Ebola screening from Tuesday

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:54
Ebola screening will begin at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

Garcia calls for Fifa culture change

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:35
Independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia calls for a "change of culture" at Fifa, football's world governing body.

Wenger sorry for pushing Mourinho

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:32
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger apologises for pushing Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho during this month's Premier League game.

NHS strikes: What next?

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:29
Is there a way out of NHS pay dispute?

Pistorius Should Serve 3 Years' House Arrest, Prison Official Says

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:22

At a sentencing hearing for Oscar Pistorius, a court-appointed prison social worker says the South African athlete's punishment for culpable homicide should include three years of house arrest.

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In pictures: Urban photography competition winners

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:03
Winners of Urban Photo of the Year competition

U.S. Strikes At ISIS In Kobani As Kurds Claim Progress

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:42

As the U.S.-led coalition carried out strikes on areas east and south of Kobani in Syria, new reports emerged about Turkey's role in supporting the fight against ISIS.

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Taliban 'kill 22' in mountain ambush

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:22
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security force members in an ambush in Sar-e-Pol province north of Kabul, officials say.

VIDEO: UKIP's first MP: 'Change is coming'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:17
Douglas Carswell has arrived at Westminster for his first day as an MP representing UKIP, after his victory in last week's by-election in Clacton.

Hillsborough dad's 'worst moment'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:04
A father who lost his two daughters at Hillsborough tells an inquest of how he had to leave one child to help care for the other.

A Polar Bear Might Keep The Measles Away, But Shots Work Better

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:03

Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the best-selling Ivy and Bean books, has enlisted her heroines in the effort to eradicate measles. They decide that a shot is more practical than moving to the moon.

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Flower faces minimum eight-game ban

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:02
Wigan prop Ben Flower faces a minimum eight-game ban for punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia when he faces an RFL hearing on Tuesday.

Police 'seize £250K of IS money'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 05:54
More than £250,000 of suspected IS funds are seized at Manchester Airport and other north-west ports.

Fighting for children without lawyer

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 05:47
The parents who represent themselves

French Economist Wins Nobel For Work On Regulating Big Business

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 05:19

The Nobel committee said Jean Tirole has helped to reshape regulators' policies with his idea that the same rules have different effects — good and bad — in different industries.

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AUDIO: Leech used woman's nose 'as a nest'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 05:18
A Glasgow woman discovered that her persistent nosebleeds had been caused by a leech living in her nostril.