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Once a coward, always a coward?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 17:02
The first British soldier in WW1 to be shot for desertion

US man was Syria suicide bomber

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 16:52
A US man carried out a suicide bombing in Syria, in what is thought to be the first such attack by an American citizen, the state department confirms.

Seth MacFarlane: From Family Guy to leading man

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 16:52
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane on offending people

Legal wrangle over NBA team sale

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 16:21
The NBA tentatively backs the sale of the LA Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer but a lawyer for owner Donald Sterling says he may sue.

VIDEO: India police sacked over hanged girls

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 16:20
Two police officers in India are sacked for allegedly refusing to help search for two missing girls who were later found gang-raped and hanged.

An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:53

Dean Baquet, the new executive editor of The New York Times, is a proud defender of old-school newsroom values. But, he says, he recognizes that both he and the Times need to adapt to the digital era.

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Brazil child sex trade alarm as World Cup nears

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:39
The battle to curb the child sex trade

Is it possible to be a millionaire poet?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:23
What happens to creativity after you get rich?

Liverpool make £25m bid for Lallana

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:09
Liverpool make a final offer of £25m for Southampton captain Adam Lallana and want to complete the deal swiftly.

McDermott leaves role as Leeds boss

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:04
Brian McDermott leaves his role as manager of Championship side Leeds United by mutual consent.

VIDEO: Afghan wheelchair basketball team

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:03
Afghan wheelchair basketball team play the game of their lives

German POW march to be re-enacted

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:00
A re-enactment is to be staged of German WW2 prisoners being marched to the Cultybraggan POW camp in Perthshire.

Babies can learn to love vegetables

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:00
Children can learn to eat new vegetables if they are introduced regularly before the age of two, suggests a University of Leeds study.

We will peak for Italy - Gerrard

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:50
Steven Gerrard says England will be in peak condition for their World Cup opener against Italy after victory over Peru.

Peter Mutharika wins Malawi election

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:49
Opposition candidate Peter Mutharika is declared the winner of Malawi's disputed presidential election in a vote a rival says was rigged.

What a billion dollars buys you this week

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:47

There have been a lot of billion dollar deals in the past couple days. Sales, proposed fines, buyouts. If you’ve got a couple billion dollars lying around the house, you had a lot of options. So, on the off-chance you’re a billionaire, here are some of the things you might have been able to buy this week: 

$1 billion

A clean river. Los Angeles city officials want to turn Los Angeles River into a scenic urban oasis, and that plan just got a bit more likely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommending approval of that $1 billion proposal. This all still has to be voted on by Congress, but it’s looking like the Los Angeles River might not be a concrete corridor for much longer.

$2 billion

The worst franchise in sports history. That’s what former Microsoft tycoon Steve Ballmer seems like he’ll be able to buy from noted racist-remark-maker Donald Sterling if and when his deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers goes through. Beating out bids by David Geffen, Grant Hill, and Oprah Winfrey, the deal still requires final approval from the NBA. And though Sports Illustrated named the Clippers the "worst franchise in sports history," their fortunes appear to be looking up.

$3 billion

A whole bunch of headphones. Beats, the high-end headphone manufacturer and music streaming service owned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, might seem like an odd fit for Apple, purveyor of shiny gadgets and computers. But Apple disagrees, to the tune of the $3 billion it will spend on Beats. Apple doesn’t have to build a subscription music service itself, and instead just supplants one already in place.

$5.7 billion

Lots and lots of meat. Or not. When Pilgrim’s Pride offered to buy Hillshire Brands for $5.7 billion, everything seemed alright (or more accurately for the two huge meat companies, kosher). Then food-giant Tyson swept in with an even bigger offer and made everything a bit more complicated. The deal still hasn’t been finalized, but you could consider Hillshire the king of the prom right now.

$10 billion

Forgiveness, or at least freedom from further prosecution. That’s what BNP Paribas, the largest bank in France, might have to pay in order to avoid criminal prosecution. The U.S. Justice Department suspects that BNP Paribas ignored sanctions and did business with countries like Sudan and Iran, but won’t press criminal charges if the bank pays a very large fine. And the actual amount they have to pay might be far less, and BNP Paribas is looking to pay less than $8 billion. 

A Columbus, Miss. QUIZ! How well do you know this Southern city?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:07

We're continuing our American Futures series with The Atlantic's James Fallows this week. Kai and James have been traveling across the U.S. looking at how small towns are living and working in a new economy.

Next stop: Mississippi to the city of Columbus -- A town with a long history in the South.

How much do you know about this small town? Take our quiz! And check out our reporting from Columbus.

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Cleveland Patrolman, Five Others Charged In Deadly 2012 Car Chase

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:03

Prosecutors say Patrolman Michael Brelo fired more shots than any of the officers who together pumped 137 rounds into the vehicle, killing two unarmed suspects.

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Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:03

A new White House report exploring the intersection of race, poverty and justice suggests the answer is still a resounding yes.

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Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election-Year Politics

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 13:54

By President Obama's own admission, politics had a lot to do with why he decided to accept VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation.

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