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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:18

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.

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Wales 'to capitalise on Nato summit'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:17
First Minister Carwyn Jones says ministers are constantly discussing events around the Nato summit, after criticism of the efforts to ensure Wales benefits.

Merger deal hits Dixons and Carphone

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:17
Shares in Dixons Retail, the owner of Currys and PC World, and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse fall sharply after the firms announce a £3.8bn merger deal.

Lee appeal against 12-year ban fails

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:16
Former world number five Stephen Lee's appeal against a 12-year ban for match-fixing is dismissed.

Neglect care home residents moved

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:12
Some residents are moved from a care home for the elderly in Abergele after inspectors found evidence of neglect and poor conditions.

VIDEO: Timothy Spall on playing Mr Turner

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:07
Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall talk about their Palme D'Or contender Mr Turner, at a Cannes Film Festival press conference

Election debates - online or none at all?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:05
Plans revealed for web-based prime ministerial debate

FCC votes to proceed with net rules

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:04
The FCC votes to proceed with new rules critics say could end net neutrality.

Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb Of Bike-Sharing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:04

The Skylock can let you share your bike with others — and it'll send you a text if it thinks a thief has his hands on it.

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For Some Doctors, Almost All Medicare Patients Are Above Average

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 08:02

Recently released Medicare data show that 1,800 doctors and other health providers nearly always charge Medicare the highest rate for patient care. Experts challenge the legitimacy of the charges.

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PODCAST: The inflation-interest paradox

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:55

Today we're trying to resolve a paradox. Inflation is on the rise in America, yet interest rates are getting lower still. On the one hand, there's word this morning the Consumer Price Index went up three tenths percent in April, the most in 10 months.  Yet, look at benchmark interest rates. To look at this we turn to Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, we been covering an ongoing swarm of protests by fast food workers looking for higher pay in the U.S. Now the protests are going global, involving fast food workers across more than 30 countries, from Argentina to New Zealand. Marketplace's Krissy Clark has some international comparisons.

Meanwhile, in Jersey City and other towns along the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, small-scale entrepreneurs are taking aim at that urban ritual of waiting for the darned bus.  Private operators of mini-buses now ply the streets. Amid questions about safety and traffic, there are new regulations on the way. Marketplace's Dan Weissmann takes us to the "Wild West" of the Hudson.


Accused 'saw wife with four heads'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:54
A man who claims he killed his wife in self-defence tells a jury she appeared with "four heads and long, sharp nails".

A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:47

The baumkuchen is an odd yet tasty layered German sponge cake baked on a spit. It arrived in Denver last year via a long, strange tour of Asia. Its history is as complex as its many layers.

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Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:37

Girls without an education are six times more likely to marry young than those who've finished high school, according to a new report from the World Bank Group. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more.

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Misconduct detective quits his job

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:36
The detective who failed to follow arrest guidelines in a double murder case in Wiltshire resigns.

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:36

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi pulls no punches when talking about a failed relationship. She says it even became the inspiration of her latest album.

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The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:34

Not so long ago, Dr. Sampson Davis found himself in detention for a crime that could have sent his life in a completely different direction. He shares how his big break turned things around.

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DSD may have breached equality laws

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:31
The Department of Social Development (DSD) is to be investigated by the Equality Commission for a possible breach of equality laws.

New plans for Games ticket sales

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:31
Plans to re-launch sales of extra tickets for the Commonwealth Games will be announced on Friday after problems halted an earlier sale.

FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Traffic Rules

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 07:31

The commissioners voted 3-2 to push forward with proposed rules intended to guide how Internet traffic is regulated. Public comments on the proposal are due by July 15.

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