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VIDEO: Bedroom library brings books to township

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:31
The BBC meets a man who has created his own underground library after the local council library burned down.

10 stories that look like April Fools but aren't

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:29
April Fools' Day is a time when mischievous fictional news stories suddenly pop up, but some turn out to be genuine.

Who uses zero-hours contracts and why?

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:26
Zero-hours contracts have become a major political issue in the UK. But where did they come from and what are the arguments for and against?

Intruders raid Turkey AKP office

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:21
Intruders enter an office of Turkey's ruling AK Party in Istanbul, a day after a prosecutor was taken hostage and killed in the city.

VIDEO: Labour dismiss Tory business letter

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:18
More than 100 British business leaders have signed a letter publicly backing the Conservatives' economic policies.

Blaze breaks out at Bicester Village

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:14
A large fire breaks out at Bicester Village shopping outlet in Oxfordshire.

The Opposite Of The Dean's List

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:01

The Education Department says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid.

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The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:01

The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. But now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.

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Nigeria's New President: From Military Ruler To 'Newborn Democrat'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:01

For the first time, an opposition challenger has defeated a sitting president at the ballot box. A peaceful transfer of power from one elected leader to another would be another first for Nigeria.

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Income inequality is affecting life expectancy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-01 01:00

That's the price jump in one local seafood restaurant in Seattle. This iconic eatery plans to raise base wages for the whole staff. In addition, the management team aims to get rid tipping, an effort to prevent servers from taking a hit when tips went away. The move comes right after Seattle put into effect a higher minimum hourly wage at 11 dollars today. 


That's the current population of Dayton, Ohio. The former industrial city has experienced decades of brain drain, causing its population to shrink by more than 100,000 people in the last half century. Recently, the city has actually witnessed a small growth spurt, thanks to low housing prices and high rates of entrepreneurship. 


Despite paying for $300 a month for health insurance, a lawyer from Indiana who has suffered from depression for 20 years still pays out of pocket for her weekly psychotherapy treatments. One study shows today that health insurance industry discriminate against the mentally ill, even though the federal law and the affordable healthcare act both require insurer to provide patients suffering mental illnesses with the same level of coverage. 

Five years per 1,000 people

That's the drop in average life expectancy for every 1 percent rise in income inequality, according to a University of Wisconsin analysis reported by New York Times' the Upshot. It's a similar impact to what you might expect with a 3 percent rise in obesity, or a 4 percent increase in smoking. The method researchers used is complex, but fascinating, and points an a persistent correlation between inequality and poorer health.

82 percent

 The portion of pregnant women in the late 2000s that continued to work within a month of having their first child, according to Pew Research. The opposite was true 50 years ago, when only 44 percent of women remained in the workforce during their pregnancy at all.

77.6 percent

The portion of people who successfully switch jobs without actively searching or applying, according to a new paper from the San Francisco Fed. Quartz crunches the numbers on why the workforce can be unfriendly to those without connections or existing experience. 

Wahlberg to make Boston bombing film

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 00:55
Mark Wahlberg is to co-produce and potentially star in a film about the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon and the city-wide manhunt that followed.

Iceland boss backs Tory policies

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 00:54
The boss of Flintshire-based food company Iceland is one of 100 business leaders backing the Conservatives' economic policies in an open letter.

Russian dissident gets asylum in UK

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 00:44
A key ally of Russian anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexei Navalny - Vladimir Ashurkov - is granted political asylum in the UK.

More arrests in India nun rape case

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 00:23
Police in India arrest four men in connection with the rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal state which sparked outrage.

'Cuts damage special needs support'

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-01 00:16
Special needs provision in England has been "drastically damaged" by funding cuts, the leader of a teachers union has argued.

Thousands in Vietnam factory strike

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 23:56
Thousands of workers at a Vietnam shoe factory continue to strike, in a rare anti-government protest over a social insurance law.

Engineer-Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 23:55

Omar Shekhey left engineering to found a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.

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Tobacco Firm Asks FDA To Lift Warning Label On This Product

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 23:53

The product is called Snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. Its Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars, dip and chewing tobacco.

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Closing Arguments To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-31 23:32

The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Because of holidays and judicial housekeeping duties, the trial won't resume until next week.

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Tributes to officer after bus crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-31 23:16
Tributes are paid to an off duty police officer who died after being hit by a bus in Swansea city centre.