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Winds reignite council offices fire

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:17
Gale force winds help reignite a fire at council offices hit by a suspected arson attack.

Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:12

Is the U.S. gaining or losing ground in its bombing campaign against ISIS? Audie Cornish puts the question to Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of War.

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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:08

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are under-represented.

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The economics of the sick day

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:06

President Obama is scheduled to deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday. He's been on something of a publicity tour, unveiling policies he plans to promote in that speech. Thursday's stop: Baltimore, where the president talked about paid sick leave, and the fact that some forty million workers in this country don't have it.

The president is calling on Congress, as well as states and cities, to make it possible for workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year. So how much would that cost businesses? One study of a law in Connecticut found that nearly two-thirds of business owners said they saw little or no increase in costs. Eleven percent said their payroll costs increased by 3 percent or more.

"Three percent is terrible in this environment," says Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Advocates of paid leave say it reduces turnover and makes for happier, healthier workers. 

"You end up with a more loyal employee base," says Amanda Rotschild, co-owner of Charmington's, a cafe in Baltimore that offers paid sick leave to its workers. "Your employees really want to work for you."



Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:04

Americans for Prosperity set out its own agenda for congressional Republicans, including a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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WHO Report Details Why Ebola Hit West Africa So Hard

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:02

On Thursday, the World Health Organization released a 14-chapter analysis of the Ebola epidemic.

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Paris Attacks Bring New Attention To Free Speech Laws In France

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:58

Melissa Block speaks with French lawyer Aurélien Hamelle about the limits on free speech in France.

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Lawro's predictions v Seann Walsh

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:57
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on comedian and QPR supporter Seann Walsh.

14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:56

Angry mobs that targeted health workers. A single funeral that infected 365 people. No isolation wards in Liberia. These are some of the striking points in WHO's new analysis.

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Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

Caesars — the giant gambling company — put its largest unit into bankruptcy on Thursday. The company was acquired by private equity firms Apollo and TPG in 2008 just as the financial crisis was pushing the economy into recession. It never recovered and has more than $20 billion in debt.

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Rapping The News In West Africa

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format. Journal Rappé is a short TV show distributed on YouTube with a huge following, especially in West Africa where a majority of the population is under 25.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.

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Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46 CEO Tony Hsieh pumped $350 million into downtrodden downtown Las Vegas to make it a home for startups and a place young people want to live again. Three years in, is it working?

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Hospital ban for whistleblower medic

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43
A paramedic-turned-whistleblower says he is banned from entering two Worcestershire hospitals after speaking out about A&E overcrowding.

Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43

Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished their historic first free climb on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Melissa Block talks with the duo about their 19-day effort.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Second Round Of Public Flogging

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

Badawi is being publicly flogged 50 times each week over 20 weeks for insulting Islam. He is set to receive 50 lashes Friday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

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Real Madrid 2-2 (agg 2-4) Atl Madrid

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:25
Fernando Torres scores his first goals since returning to Atletico Madrid as they beat Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:21

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave, under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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