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Few new dads take extra paid leave

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:24
Fewer than one in 50 new fathers are using their right to extra paid time off if their partner goes back to work after having a baby, latest figures suggest.

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:19

The court is expected to render a decision that will determine the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's guarantee that no-cost prescription contraception be part of most health insurance plans.

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Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:18

The president said any action in Iraq will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis. The comments come as extremists seized control of parts of Iraq.

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Weekendish: The origins of chunder and Slender Man

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:15
The origins of chunder and other reads from the site this week

France rail strike halts many trains

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:07
A strike by train staff in France - already three days old - halts many rail services and is set to run into the weekend.

Things your dad likes: Tools, electronics, crackers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:06

Father's Day is coming up, and while your dad probably said that all he wants is a pair of socks or a new tie for a gift, he's really got his eye on that awesome chainsaw or that shiny new smartphone, that is, if you go off of the findings from research organization YouGov, which has a survey of the best perceived brands by fathers. Power-tool maker Craftsman took the top spot, among other home improvement and technology brands.

According to YouGov's BrandIndex survey, household brand Clorox made the biggest leap in positive perception, taking the sixth place on the list, which is possibly indicative of the more active role fathers are taking in household responsibilites. Also moving up into the top 10 was cracker brand Ritz, reminding us of or dads' continued snacking needs as it joins on the list tech companies like Samsung, Sony and Amazon, and the media brands YouTube and the History Channel.

Moving out of the list compared to last year were Cheerios, Johnson & Johnson and M & Ms.

YouGov on their survey methods:

YouGov BrandIndex filtered their entire 1,100+ brand universe for respondents who identified themselves as men age 18 and over with children under 18 years old. The firm then ranked them using their flagship Index score, which measures brand health by averaging sub-scores on quality, satisfaction, impression, value, reputation and willingness to recommend. The scores reflect surveying over the past 30 days.

See the full list in the graphic below.

 

'No NI21 action' over sex claims

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03
The NI21 political party decides no action will be taken over allegations of inappropriate sexual activity by its leader, it is understood.

Mother and newborn girl in M40 crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03
A woman in her late twenties is killed and her newborn baby girl in the same car is airlifted to hospital after a collision on the M40, police say.

Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03

Women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, but they were hardly represented on stage and in games previewed at a big game industry trade event in Los Angeles.

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African elephants' 'survival threat'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:02
The survival of Africa's elephants is under threat, with estimated poaching levels well above their birth rate, an environmental report says.

Police 'misled' on school abuse

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:00
Police investigating alleged paedophiles linked to a residential school were not shown a crucial report which should have led to arrests, an ex-detective says.

Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:58

Sometimes NPR's foreign correspondents take a break from war and other serious business to enjoy daily life in their adopted cities. Here our Pakistan correspondent tries a 'miracle' drink.

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Open prison 'loses 89 inmates'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:49
Eighty-nine prisoners are unaccounted for after walking out of Ford Open Prison in West Sussex, the BBC learns.

Miliband 'sorry' over Sun picture

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:45
Ed Miliband apologises for any offence caused after he posed with a copy of the Sun newspaper, amid criticism from Labour MPs.

Vote to retain Suu Kyi election ban

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:34
A parliamentary committee in Burma votes to retain a constitutional clause barring opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from standing for president.

'Problem' in early years inspections

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:27
Ofsted has a "fundamental problem" with the quality of its inspections of early years education, says the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:20
Egypt asks YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted during a rally supporting the country's newly elected president.

Thai junta lifts nationwide curfew

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:09
The military junta running Thailand lifts a nationwide curfew imposed when they seized power last month following anti-government protests.

How rape and violence returned India to the headlines

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:07
How rape and violence returned India to the headlines

Trump skyscraper sign 'tasteless'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:05
Businessman and Apprentice star Donald Trump is fighting with the mayor of Chicago over a sign one architecture critic has labelled as "egotistical".
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