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Bus chief in devolution warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 12:00
Handing transport powers to England's new "city regions" could lead to a "confiscation of assets", the chief executive of Stagecoach, the UK's biggest bus operator, warns.

Emergency Rooms Often Skip The Epinephrine For Severe Allergies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:48

Mom may be more up to speed on the right treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions than doctors, a study finds. Epinephrine should be the first and fastest choice for treatment.

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I can still compete, insists Woods

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:33
Tiger Woods says he can still compete at golf's top level, despite admitting he can no longer drive as far.

Small businesses support extended

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:30
A package to boost bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses has been announced ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.

UKIP sex education policy confusion

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:24
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is forced to clarify his remarks on sex education in schools after appearing to contradict party policy during a live televised debate.

Family fight Steve Biko autopsy sale

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:17
The family of the South African anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, take legal action in an attempt to stop a post-mortem report on his death being sold at auction.

VIDEO: 'I was terrified to be around food'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:10
Early intervention in anorexia cases is key to prevent irreparable health issues, one sufferer has warned.

Bobby Keys, Who Played Saxophone For The Rolling Stones, Dies At 70

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:09

During the course of his long career, Keys played with everyone from John Lennon to Eric Clapton, but it was work with the Stones for which he was most famous.

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Fill 'Er Up: The Joys Of Good Gas Station Food

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:08

Forget dried-out doughnuts and creepy-looking hot dogs. In cities across the U.S., patrons can fill up on gourmet grub and top off their tanks in one stop.

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VIDEO: Breastfeeding mother 'humiliated'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:03
A mother who says she was asked to cover her baby while breastfeeding at Claridge's Hotel says she felt humiliated.

Allen trial sees help calls increase

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:01
The trial and conviction of a paedophile former care home boss sees a rise in demand for help from a sexual abuse charity.

A first: National debt passes $18 trillion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:00

Here's a big number: $18 trillion. 

That's the national debt of the United States of America. Yesterday, we surpassed the $18 trillion mark for the first time.

Partisan and or political inferences will not be entertained.

Russian ruble suffers huge one-day fall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-02 11:00

If you pulled up a graph of the Russian ruble relative to the dollar, you’d see a line that heads pretty steadily south from summer on. Monday, the ruble suffered its biggest one-day fall against the dollar since the late '90s.

The drop is largely due to falling oil prices, since Russia is a large producer and exporter. Additionally, economic sanctions from the U.S. and EU due to Russia’s involvement with Ukraine are driving away investors. But another reason the ruble is losing value is because the Russian government isn’t trying to prop it up, says Alexander Kliment, with Eurasia Group, a research and consulting firm.  The country had been spending billions buying rubles with the hope of stabilizing its value but stopped a few weeks ago, in part because it didn't want to deplete its foreign reserves.

So what’s a country to do as its currency collapses?

Russia largely has to weather the storm, says Nicholas Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy, which specializes in sovereign credit risk. Russia could try buying up the ruble on a massive scale and raising interest rates, but that’d be very expensive and very risky. It also could enact capital controls, like limiting the amount of money that people can take out of the country. But that’s unlikely he says, because it would send a terrible message to the markets.

Russia has another, equally unlikely option, says Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The country could try to resolve the situation in Ukraine, in the hope that the U.S. and EU lift or reduce their sanctions. 

VIDEO: Why won't the deficit shrink?

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:55
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury says that the deficit is not falling as quickly as the government would like.

Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:31

Raju the elephant appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles. He will now be allowed to remain with his rescuers. His previous owner had wanted him back.

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Israel's Netanyahu Fires Ministers, Calls For Early Election

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:31

The prime minister has more than two years left in his term. But with his coalition fracturing, Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "impossible" to lead a government under the current conditions.

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French MPs back Palestinian state

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:16
French MPs vote in favour of recognising a Palestinian state, in a highly symbolic gesture that will not be binding upon the government.

A Brief History Of Racial Protest In Sports

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:16

On Sunday, players from the St. Louis Rams ran onto the field with their arms raised in the "hands up, don't shoot" pose that's been used in protests of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:02

Saying that inflation has outpaced wage growth, the ordinance will raise the city's minimum wage to $10 by next July, with new increments added each summer thereafter.

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Eye of the Tiger: Has Woods still got it?

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-02 09:45
As Tiger Woods returns from injury, BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter asks whether the American has still got it.