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Eleven-year-old Li will play US Open

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 11:15
Eleven-year-old Lucy Li will become the US Women's Open's youngest qualifier as the event visits the men's venue Pinehurst.

VIDEO: 'Explosion' in child online sex abuse

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 11:13
The online trade in images that show child sex abuse is now "an epidemic", the head of the global initiative to combat the problem has warned.

Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 11:12

It started in February in West Africa. It has surged in the past few weeks, and now it has killed more than 300. The death toll is the highest of any outbreak since Ebola was detected in 1976.

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Fed Slows Pace Of Bond Buying, Keeps Rates Steady — For Now

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 11:03

The Federal Reserve said that it was curtailing its bond purchases to $15 billion per month. It gave no hint when interest rates would rise.

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Man held in Barbados murder probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:43
A man is arrested after a British former soldier was stabbed to death on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

How an Illinois company does businesses in Iraq

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:39

Jason Speer, President of Quality Float Works Inc., a float metal ball manufacturing company, has travelled several times to Iraq since their expansion into the troubled country:

"People still don’t even believe me, I have to show them some pictures," says Speer, about his business trips to Iraq.

Speer says he saw investing in Iraq as an opportunity.

"The country needs to be rebuilt," says Speer. "Everything has been destroyed over the years of neglect. I think there are a lot of opportunities for American businesses especially."

Doing business in Iraq is definitely not easy. Just shipping the float metal balls can be a tricky process. Speer says they work with a local business man that assists with the logistics of getting their product into the country, but sometimes their products sit for weeks at a time, just waiting for the paperwork to be handled and to be cleared.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Amazon Unleashes Fire Phone To Compete With Apple, Samsung

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:34

The new entry into the smartphone arena offers unlimited cloud storage for photos and a 3-D camera with image stabilization.

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Is The World Cup Commentary Racist?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:27

While most of the World Cup attention is on the field, Felix Sanchez of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, says broadcasters' racist commentary should be getting more attention.

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What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:26

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.

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Violence And Chaos Continue In Kenya And Nigeria

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:25

Recent attacks in Kenya have left as many as 57 people dead. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the search for hundreds of missing schoolgirls continues amid more violence in the north.

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When Unaccompanied Children Cross The Border, Judges Can't Always Help

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:25

With thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration judges are faced with deciding who stays and who goes. Host Michel Martin examines the court process.

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A time to be leisurly en route to your next engagement

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:22

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, June 19:

In Washington, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a closed hearing on Iraq.

The Conference Board is scheduled to release its monthly index of leading economic indicators.

Let's all slow down and maybe wear something fetching for World Sauntering Day.

And "The Rocky Horror Show" stage production opened on June 19, 1973 at a small 63 seat theatre in London. Wider audiences were exposed to the film version. A toast!

VIDEO: Iraq's special forces 'ready for ISIS'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:09
Jonathan Beale reports from Baghdad, where security forces say they are ready to ''take on'' ISIS militants.

Pennetta win is Watson's 'best ever'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
British number one Heather Watson reaches the Eastbourne quarter-finals with her "biggest ever" win but Johanna Konta loses.

VIDEO: Highlights: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:52
The Netherlands fight back from 2-1 down to claim a hard-fought 3-2 win over Australia in their Group B match in Porto Alegre.

Spain's Juan Carlos signs abdication

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:41
The reign of King Juan Carlos of Spain enters its final hours as he signs the bill on his abdication and the succession of his son, Prince Felipe.

Some Paramedics Doing Less Transport, More Treatment At Scene

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:38

Cities and towns call it community paramedicine, and say the goal is to lower hospital costs by training emergency crews to do more treatment at the scene. But who actually pays for these house calls?

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Banners at home 'blatantly racist'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:34
Banners put outside a house in east Belfast where a man originally from Nigeria was due to move in were "blatantly racist", says Alliance MP Naomi Long.

China’s banking leader rejects fears over British exit from EU

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:10
Chairman of China Construction Bank says London will be leading financial centre whatever the decision in a referendum

Men skip bail 'to fight in Syria'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 09:00
Two men who were under criminal investigation have absconded from the UK intending to join jihadists in Syria, the BBC has learned.
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