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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:35

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:35

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:35

A race is on to save Britain's beloved crimson phone booth, threatened not by habitat loss or climate change, but by the ubiquity of cell phones. The country had 92,000 payphones in 2002; now, it has just 48,000. But devotees are finding new uses for the booths.

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California Hospital Workers Pitch Obamacare To ER Patients

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:34

Some 5,000 uninsured people go into O'Connor Hospital's emergency department each year. A staffer tasked with helping them find coverage says 70 percent of the people she sees could now get it — if they follow through and apply.

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Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:32

Robert Goins was tracing his genealogy when he found his ancestors' names listed among livestock and farm implements in a plantation ledger. With that painful discovery, he kept digging until he found a very different story: that of a great-great-great-grandfather who lived as a freeman.

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Academic ended life over MS pain

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:29
A former arts chief who battled multiple sclerosis for eight years took her own life because she wanted the pain to end, an inquest hears.

Time Warner Cable rejects $60bn bid

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:26
Time Warner Cable rejects a $60bn (£37bn) bid from rival, Charter Communications, saying the offer price is "grossly inadequate".

Child exploitation policy 'patchy'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:19
MSPs call on the Scottish government to develop a co-ordinated national approach to tackle the sexual exploitation of children.

VIDEO: Return of The Three Musketeers

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:14
The exploits of the Three Musketeers have thrilled and delighted readers and audiences for 170 years and now the BBC is bringing the characters back to life in a new series.

Murray beats Soeda in stifling heat

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:11
Andy Murray makes the ideal start to his Australian Open campaign with a quick win over Go Soeda in searing heat.

How do you measure the cost of a toxic spill that turns off the tap?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:10

A saying of Ben Franklin's has special resonance in Charleston, W.V., "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water." Or, when it's been contaminated. Even for residents who don't run restaurants, or need hospital care, the inconveniences added up over five days.

Amanda Hardman appreciates her good luck. She's got a car, so she can get to distribution spots for bottled drinking water. Better yet, her husband has an old house outside of town with a well. Fifteen people from three different households are making the trek for showers.

But the water tank there is limited, so it brought home some everyday lessons in water conservation: "You know, not to leave the water on while you brush your teeth," she says. "Not to leave the shower on while you shave your legs."

And that taking a shower is worth a 30-minute drive each way -- even if that means other chores don't get done, and social life grinds to a halt.

Economist David Zetland wrote "The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity." He says West Virginia residents have -- at least temporarily -- flipped to a Third World experience of water. The real cost isn't just the bottled water and the paper plates. It's the time spent getting basic needs met.

"In the developing world, young girls don't go to school because they spend their entire lives gathering water," he says.

YouTube streamlines comments system

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 00:10
YouTube unveils a new feature that lets users see, respond to and moderate comments all in one place.

Egypt Holds Key Vote On Country's New Charter

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 23:20

Egyptians start voting Tuesday on a draft for their country's next constitution. It's a vision for the nation's future and a milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a coup last July.

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Officers Acquitted In California Homeless Death

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 23:14

Two former Fullerton police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him. The arrest was captured on a 33-minute surveillance video that was key evidence at the trial.

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Farmers expecting cut in payments

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 23:03
Farmers expect tough times ahead as they find out how much money they will receive over the next few years to help them produce food.

China jails doctor for baby theft

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 22:52
A Chinese obstetrician is given a suspended death sentence for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers.

VIDEO: Horsemeat scandal's lingering legacy

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 22:49
A year after the horsemeat scandal first hit the headlines, there are still concerns about the safety of some food in the UK.

Golf's elite threatened by the new generation

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 22:43
A new generation of young players is ready to challenge those at the top of the sport in 2014, says golf correspondent Iain Carter

NI leaders meet after Haass vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 22:18
The leaders of Stormont's five main parties are due to meet to discuss the way ahead following the lack of agreement over the Haass proposals.

Federer & Azarenka into second round

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-13 22:17
Sixth seed Roger Federer and defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka reach round two at the Australian Open.

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