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Colombia Three man wins guns appeal

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:36
A conviction of one of the so-called Colombia Three for a weapons offence has been quashed.

Putin seeks gas deal on China visit

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:34
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has begun a two-day state visit to China in which he hopes to deepen ties and sign a major gas deal.

E-Cigarette Users May End Up Paying More For Insurance

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:33

Tobacco users often have to pay higher premiums for health insurance, and it's not clear if switching to e-cigarettes will help them escape that fate. A lot depends on what federal agencies decide.

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Third Of French Are On Psychoactive Drugs, Agency Says

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:29

Too many French citizens are regular or occasional users of prescription drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills, a government health agency says.

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Boardroom quotas a 'necessary evil'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:22
Quotas should be implemented to increase the level of diversity in sport boardrooms, says Fifa member Moya Dodd.

Waiting At VA Hospitals: A Matter Of Life And Death

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:19

The Department of Veterans Affairs is under scrutiny after reports say it makes patients wait too long to see doctors. NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence discusses what happened and the possible fallout.

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Thai PM plea as martial law imposed

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:18
Thailand's acting PM urges the army to act peacefully and within the constitution as it imposes martial law following months of unrest.

Fashion soared as the economy faltered in the 1930s

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:15

Despite dismal economic circumstances, fashion made great technological and aesthetic advances in the 1930s, says Patricia Mears, co-editor of the book "Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s". Mears is the deputy director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Madeleine Vionnet orange cotton cutwork dress, circa 1932, Paris, gift of Genia Graves.

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Even amongst the poorest people, she says, there was a strong effort to dress well.

"America was probably the best-dressed country in the world because we were so innovative in ready-to-wear," says Mears. "That sense of occasion that really drove the need to wear a suit...and the fact that you didn't have a lot of resources, so you really wanted to put your best self out there, I think was very important."

It wasn't just the economic downturn in the '30s that sparked a wave of fashion innovation, however.

"It sat very closely after World War I, which was a very revolutionary period that really upended culture and society," Mears explains. "Also, there was a lot of technical innovation going on in things related to clothing, namely with textiles -- the innovation of very lightweight, much more flexible, and larger and longer lengths of woven fabric were available to dressmakers and couturiers." 

Madeleine Vionnet black chiffon dress with pintucks, circa 1930, Paris, lent by Beverley Birks.

© Eileen Costa

Hollywood, naturally, influenced the style of the era in its own way--particularly thanks to one Fred Astaire, who would dance up and down the hallways to make sure his clothes fit properly.

"The fact that he was a dancer and that movement was so important--and that he was on the big screen, he understood the importance of properly-proportioned garments--I think was one of the reasons his style has such resonance today," Mears says. "He was one of those men who could wear a white tie and tails the way that other men wore pajamas. There was that sense of ease about the way he dressed."

Deadly missile strike in north Syria

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:08
At least 13 people, including eight children, have been killed in a missile strike on a town in north-eastern Syria, activists say.

PODCAST: London's stock ambitions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:05

There's news that the London Stock Exchange may be the leading contender to buy Russell Investments of Seattle with a purchase price something near $3 billion, according to the Financial Times. We check in with Julie Niemann, the analyst at Smith Moore and Company, to discuss.

And we check in with Brixton Market, in South London. It's a fragrant place, specializing in African and Caribbean produce.

Meanwhile, that leading light of management theory, Peter Drucker, figured companies would be wise to pay their CEOs about 20 times the typical salaries at the company. In recent years in the U.S., that ratio has run 350 to 1. This has been noted in the US, but here in Britain, complaints about executive compensation have risen to a clamor. As part of our coverage of London as a global financial center this week, we bring in Deborah Hargreaves, founding director of what's called the High Pay Center here in Britain.

M&S cancels bonuses as profit falls

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:05
Bosses and staff at Marks and Spencer will receive no bonus after profits fell for a third consecutive year.

Mine flood water 'out of control'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:00
Water which flooded a mine killing four workers was "way out of control" and engulfed everyone in its path, a court is told.

Russian crew deaths' 'misadventure'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:47
A jury returns a verdict of misadventure on six Russian sailors who died when the cargo ship they worked on sank off the Gwynedd coast.

Toure backs agent in 'birthday row'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:46
Yaya Toure throws his Manchester City future into doubt by backing up his agent's claims about a lack of respect from the owners.

Hero Or Villian? Historical Ukrainian Figure Symbolizes Today's Feud

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:45

More than a half-century after his death, Stepan Bandera is a deeply divisive figure in the current battle. Ukrainian nationalists put up posters of him while pro-Russian separatists burn his effigy.

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Ukrainian tycoon confronts rebellion

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:45
Rallies are held in the eastern city of Donetsk in protest at pro-Russian separatism, at the instigation of Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov.

Hero Or Villain? Historical Ukrainian Figure Symbolizes Today's Feud

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:45

More than a half-century after his death, Stepan Bandera is a deeply divisive figure in the current battle. Ukrainian nationalists put up posters of him while pro-Russian separatists burn his effigy.

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Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins On Its Drug Program

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:39

Medicare gives itself the power to ban doctors if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a ProPublica series that found inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud.

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Thailand army declares martial law

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:34
The army in Thailand imposes martial law amid a political crisis "to preserve law and order" but says the surprise move is not a coup.

Man guilty of Syria terror plan

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 06:33
A 31-year-old man becomes the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences related to the conflict in Syria.
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