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F1 can be very cruel, says Vettel

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:00
World champion Sebastian Vettel says he has had a “rough” start to 2014 but is confident he can turn things around.

Newcastle sign Riviere from Monaco

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:58
Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere joins Newcastle on a long-term contract for a fee believed to be about £5m.

Help to Buy scheme runs out of money

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:54
The Scottish government's Help to Buy scheme runs out of money three months into the current financial year.

VIDEO: Church 'stole my baby's life'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:53
Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair an inquiry into church-run mother and baby homes in the Republic of Ireland, the government has announced.

Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:52

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.

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Russia 'to reopen Cuba spy base'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:30
Russia plans to reopen an electronic listening post in Cuba used by the USSR to spy on the US during the Cold War, Russian security officials say.

British cyber-jihadist jailed in US

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:23
UK computer expert Babar Ahmad, who admitted providing material to support the Taliban, is sentenced in a US court to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:07

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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MP invested in 'tax avoidance scheme'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:48
MP Andrew Mitchell has invested in a film-financing company that tax collectors say was a tax avoidance scheme, BBC Newsnight learns.

Chinese foot binding

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:44
Women whose feet were bound in China

Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:39

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:33

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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California farms pumping water to make up for drought

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:27

This is the third-driest year in California in at least 106 years. The drought has led state officials to clamp down on water waste, like open hoses. Fines can hit $500. 

The drought is having its biggest effect on California’s mammoth agriculture industry. A report from UC Davis’s Center for Watershed Sciences pegs losses at $2.2 billion this year. 

“There will be some pockets of deprivation, poverty,” says Josué Medellín-Azuara, a UC Davis researcher who worked on the report.

Four hundred square miles of farmland has been fallowed—mostly lower-value crops like alfalfa. More than 17,000 seasonal farm workers are affected.

“It takes people to provide nutrients for those crops. It takes people to even insure those crops. It takes people to truck those crops to market,” says Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau.  

The drought’s impact could be far worse, though. 

Farmers in the Central Valley have managed to find another source for 75 percent of the water they normally get from state and federal reservoirs. They’re drilling deep into underground aquifers, pumping out enough water to cover 7,800 square miles a foot deep.  

“I’m fortunate enough to have a well for groundwater, but it’s caused our electric rates to probably triple,” says Thomas Ulm, a farmer in Modesto. 

Ulm’s farm is getting only half the reservoir water it’s usually allocated, so he’s relying on his own well to keep his almonds, walnuts and grapes growing. 

His neighbor just drilled a well, too. All this drilling and pumping is unregulated and, “Eventually, of course, you run out of water,” says Robert Glennon, a professor at the University of Arizona, and the author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It.” 

If the state’s groundwater is like a giant milkshake glass, “what California is allowing is a limitless number of straws in the glass,” he says. “That’s a recipe for disaster. It’s utterly unsustainable.”

Especially when this drought could last another year, or another 50.

 

Pardon my (economic) language

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:27

Apparently, and this kind of stands to reason, the use of profanity by CEOs varies with economic conditions.

Bloomberg actually went through and did a word search of earnings call transcripts for the past 10 years. Profanity peaked in 2010, dipped a bit, shot up again in 2012 and has been declining ever since.

I know you want to know what the words are, but I really need my job.

There's a chart that'll give you the details, though:

A screenshot of Bloomberg's graphic on CEO cursing. For more detail, see the full graphic. (Courtesy of Bloomberg)

Royal Navy carrier to be retired

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:06
The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious is to be retired next month after 32 years of service.

The young 'barefooters' making bowls cool

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:03
How young people have made an ancient ball game cool

Peers criticise emergency data laws

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:02
The government comes under fire in the Lords over emergency legislation giving the security services access to people's phone and internet records.

Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:54

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.

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South Wales to get new £1bn motorway

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:52
A route for a £1bn motorway for south Wales to ease congestion around Cardiff and Newport is announced to mixed reaction.

59 arrested in paedophile inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:46
A scout leader, foster carer and an ex-police officer are among 59 people arrested in Wales in an operation against suspected paedophiles.
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