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Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:00

Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region.

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Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:00

One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.

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Dave Lee Travis charged with assault

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:51
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is charged with one count of indecent assault under Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard says.

We're paying more to pay taxes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:37

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

Inflation is riding at just about 1.5 percent, at an annualized rate, as Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reported.

Buried just slightly deeper in the data, though was this: Inflation in the tax preparation and accounting fees category is up 5.1 percent.

So not only are we paying taxes this April 15, we're paying more to pay them.  

'Branding' surgeon returns to work

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:37
A surgeon who allegedly branded his initials into a patient's liver is allowed to return to work.

Dott misses out on World Championship

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:35
Ex-world champion Graeme Dott will miss this year's event after losing 10-7 to Kyren Wilson in the last qualifying round.

Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:35

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:28

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.

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Post-op bleeding 'spotted too late'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:26
A businessman had little chance of surviving complications following a cancer operation, an inquest is told.

Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:14

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.

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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:12

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

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Ukraine's economy, as felt on the street

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:08

Ukraine launched a "special operation" on Tuesday to push pro-Russian militants out of an airbase they had occuppied in the eastern part of that country. In Kiev, the interim government declared a victory over rebels by saying the air base had been "liberated". But there was no sign of militants.

"You drive along normal roads, the traffic police keep an eye on everybody's speed, you get to town squares [and] you see people playing in playgrounds, buses running on time, so that's all on one side," said the BBC's James Reynolds in Donetsk. "But then when you see some of the occupations, you see men walking around with sticks, balaclavas, ski masks. You see protesters inside Ukrainian government buildings, taken over by Russian protesters, stocking up on food, on macaroni."

In Washington, the administration said it was not considering sending arms to Ukraine but that it was "seriously considering" additional sanctions. 

"Ukraine needs help from abroad, that's what the interim government knows, and indeed, where Ukraine should get that economic help from abroad is what precipitated this crisis back in November," Reynolds says. "Essentially the problem from Ukraine is that its got to choose help and it has to either choose, 'do you get the bulk of that help from Russia ... or do you go to the EU and the United States?'"

Russian stock market shares fell about three percent.

VIDEO: Defence minister confronted in Glasgow

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:52
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond warns that a 'yes' vote in the Scottish referendum could leave both Scotland and the UK "weaker".

Born to fly

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:51

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up April 16, 2014:

  • In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on construction of new homes for March.
  • The Federal Reserve releases its latest Beige Book summary of commentary on current economic conditions.
  • "Protecting Your Personal Data: How Law Enforcement Works With the Private Sector to Prevent Cybercrime": The name of a House field hearing being held in Philadelphia.
  • Actor Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889.
  • And aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867. He and his younger brother, Orville, took flight 36 years later. 

VIDEO: Ex-terror chief heads 'Trojan horse' probe

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:43
An inquiry into allegations of a hard-line Islamist plot to take over 25 Birmingham schools is to be lead by the Met's former national head of counter terrorism, it has been announced.

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:26

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

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Hair salon visited over N Korea ad

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:21
North Korean officials visit a west London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's image in a poster.

Hillsborough memorial in pictures

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:15
Thousands mourn Hillsborough's victims on 25th anniversary

New coach must remodel arrogant England - Agnew

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:11
Arrogant and complacent in Australia, England must restore the pride in the shirt, says BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

VIDEO: Russian Lada 'chases Ukraine tank'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:07
Footage posted online purports to show pro-Russian activists in a Lada confronting a Ukrainian tank.
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