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The Great U.S. History Battle

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:33

The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.

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No baby death inquiry to be held

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:16
A fatal accident inquiry will not be held after a man was convicted of murdering a six-week-old baby in Aberdeen.

Qatar 2022 'best thing for England'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:13
Staging the Qatar 2022 in winter is "the best thing that's ever happened to England", says Phil Neville.

Toronto police probe mystery bunker

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:09
Toronto Police are asking the public to help identify the purpose of a bunker 10ft (3m) underground found near a Pan-Am Games site.

Police face £6m crime cash shortfall

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:02
Police Scotland is facing a £6m shortfall in its budget because of delays in receiving cash under proceeds of crime legislation.

Tobacco 'kills two in three smokers'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:01
The death risk from smoking may be much higher than previously thought - tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two, data from a large study suggests.

FTSE 100 reaches new record high

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:57
The FTSE 100 share index closes at a new high, surpassing the previous record set in December 1999.

Netflix reveals Pee-wee movie title

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:51
Pee-wee Herman's Big Holiday, produced by Judd Apatow and star Paul Reubens, will begin production in March 2015, streaming service Netflix confirms.

Eurozone Approves Greek Overhaul Plan

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:47

The Greek plan would keep Athens' budget under control while spending more on social programs. European ministers agreed to extend financial assistance by four months, but the IMF was more skeptical.

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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:32

Scientists interviewed more than a thousand men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.

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Swans investigate Van Gaal 'insult'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:30
Swansea City investigate disparaging comments allegedly made by a club director about Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

OAP admits causing fatal car crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:24
An 85-year-old woman admits causing the death of two of her friends in a fatal car crash in September 2012.

House Of Carbs: A Big Ball O' Carbohydrates Is Good Eating In Ghana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:20

Our Peace Corps correspondent meets the giant ball of carbs that floats in many a Ghanaian stew. She takes a pinch (using her right hand only). And she learns to almost love it.

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Keystone XL vetoed, and the Eurozone kicks the can

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:14

The line of the day goes to President Obama, by way of the 'Marketplace Desk of News We Could have Told You Yesterday.

"I am hereby returning herewith, without my signature, S. 1, the 'Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.'"

Which is the long and presidential way of saying ... veto.

Also, this note from Brussels, Belgium. Eurozone finance ministers rubber-stamped Greek economic reforms that Athens promised to write down as a condition of the bailout extension they got last week. Which means we'll be doing the Greek debt crisis thing again come June.

Yep, the can kicked ... once again.

VIDEO: Qatar decision 'very disappointing'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:10
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says he is "very disappointed" a Fifa taskforce has recommended that the 2022 World Cup should be held in November and December.

How the EPA made gas-mileage numbers accurate

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:09

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidelines to car makers this week, clarifying how they should measure gas mileage. Auto-makers like Hyundai, Kia and Ford have gotten in trouble for over-stating fuel-economy claims, and many consumers assume that the miles-per-gallon numbers on a new-car sticker must be taken with a heavy grain of salt.

However, the big surprise about those numbers is this: For most cars, they’re pretty accurate.

David Greene, a professor at the University of Tennessee, was one of the architects of the website fueleconomy.gov, where consumers report their actual mileage. Now, he's looking at how close those thousands of reports are to the official mpg numbers.  

"They are pretty close— within a couple of percentage points— on average," he says. "But that’s kind of like saying the average family has 2.6 children. Nobody has 2.6 children."

As the saying goes, your mileage will vary, depending on how and where you drive. But the numbers reflect the average.

It wasn’t always this way, but in 2008 the E.P.A. changed testing procedures to reflect reality— including driving speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, air-conditioning systems running against 95-degree heat, and the like.

The result: the estimated mpg on most cars dropped by 10 to 20 percent.

Commuter Train Derails After Hitting Vehicle In Southern California

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:09

Emergency crews are working among several Metrolink train cars that were thrown onto their sides by a powerful collision near Oxnard, California.

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Head Of U.N. Climate Change Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:09

Rajendra K. Pachauri's departure from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big embarrassment for the group, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore.

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VIDEO: A Winter World Cup - in 60 seconds

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 06:57
BBC News looks at why FIFA is recommending that the 2022 World Cup should be held in winter - and why many clubs disagree.

Terror suspect 'had Blair address'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 06:54
A man accused of planning a Mumbai-style terror attack in the UK had the address of a property owned by Tony Blair, a court hears.

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