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High Court Hears Arguments On Abortion Buffer Zones

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. Opponents of the zones claim that they violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion protestors.

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Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Officials say that more than half of the households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill in West Virginia now have access to safe tap water. But some residents in Charleston, where the ban has been lifted in most areas, are wary of using tap water and are still stopping by bottled water distribution sites.

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Reports Of Arrests And Torture Under Nigeria's Anti-Gay Law

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Under a shroud of secrecy, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan. 7. In Nigeria, the law has become known by many as the "Jail the Gays" law. Melissa Block speaks with Michelle Faul, the Associated Press Chief Africa Correspondent, about the law's ramifications.

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Obama Unveils New Plans To Encourage Manufacturing Jobs

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Touting a rebound in manufacturing jobs, President Obama announced a public-private partnership to expand that momentum. He unveiled a manufacturing innovation institute in North Carolina, the first of three similar hubs he proposed in last year's State of the Union address. Though factory jobs are being added, economists say it's highly unlikely that manufacturing can become a significant source of future employment.

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The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The motivation for flying with other birds in V formation is probably to save energy, say researchers who tracked the pattern of wing flaps in an ibis flock. Each bird in the V catches a bit of lift from the bird ahead.

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Muslim Women Challenge American Mosques: 'Now Is The Time'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Just a few years ago, a woman's place in the mosque was a fringe issue. Now, a younger generation is using social media to draw attention to what it sees as a less-than-welcoming climate at some mosques, and to demand change.

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After Checking Blood Pressure, Kiosks Give Sales Leads To Insurers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

People like the convenience of checking their blood pressure at free machines in pharmacies and supermarkets. But at least one company is selling the contact information of people who use its machines to health insurers seeking new customers.

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VIDEO: Britons pay to see webcam sex abuse

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:54
British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.

Air and sea search after 'jet crash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:54
A major air and sea search is launched off Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, amid reports that a military jet may have crashed.

How to sharpen a knife: A disappearing job

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:53

You go to the drawer in the kitchen, pull out a knife, notice it's a bit dull, and you run it through that knife-sharpener thing you have in that same drawer. In Spain, it doesn't quite work that way. The job of knife sharpener is a tradition over there.

53-year-old Rafael Romero del Campo first took up his trade, as a knife sharpener, 40 years ago. He has no intention of quitting his job, but this trade is dying and he thinks that when he calls it a day, nobody will succeed him.

"I have five children and four grandchildren, and my job as a knife sharpener feeds them all," Romero del Campo says. "The truth is there's no other work. I've been doing it so many years, because I love it."

As part of a BBC series on disappearing jobs, we visit Seville, in Southern Spain, to look at the life of a knife sharpener.

VIDEO: The Kumars return after 7 years

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:37
A new series of The Kumars returns seven years after it was last shown on the BBC.

Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:37

In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.

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IMF head warns of deflation risks

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:30
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, says deflation could undermine global economic recovery.

'Good Samaritans' caught bank robber

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:29
A criminal caught by an unusual group including a roofer, a bank manager and an ice cream vendor pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery.

Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:19

U.S. officials have reportedly received a new "proof-of-life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the first to emerge in years.

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HS2 bill debate set to be delayed

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:07
MPs are unlikely to hold their first debate on legislation authorising the HS2 rail link for another two months because of problems with the consultation process.

How to quit a job without talking to your boss

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:03

This final note, in which I am not, repeat not, quitting my job. (I got in a whole mess of trouble the last time I joked about that.)

But if I were, boy have I found a good way to do it.

It's called the Quit Your Job app.

You decide why you want to quit, it sends an appropriate text to your boss.

Also available from the same company?

The BreakUp text app.

U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 12:00

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Egyptians vote on new constitution

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 11:52
Egyptians vote in the second and final day of a referendum on a constitution newly drafted since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

VIDEO: Travis 'assaulted 'on air' presenter'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 11:51
A radio announcer has described the moment Dave Lee Travis grabbed her breasts when she was broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4, his trial has heard.

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