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Loyalist response 'will be peaceful'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:03
Loyalist paramilitaries will take a "peaceful approach" over the restriction of a contentious parade, says DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson.

Hurricane Arthur Makes History With Its Landfall

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

Hurricane Arthur is dampening the July Fourth weekend along the eastern seaboard. It's the earliest hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since records began in the mid-19th century.

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Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

For five years running, 100 percent of the graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies have won admission to four-year colleges. The schools work to promote positive examples of black masculinity.

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Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

Regulators and railroads have implemented new practices since a runaway oil train destroyed the center of a small Canadian town a year ago. One key improvement, however, will take some time.

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Jerusalem Is Roiled By Violence In A Third Day Of Clashes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

Journalist Daniel Estrin reports that dozens of Palestinians and Israeli police were injured in clashes in Jerusalem after the funeral for a Palestinian teenager.

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On July 4, A Celebration Of Walt Whitman's Irreverent Hymnal

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.

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From Axes To Razors, The Stuff That Makes You Feel Manly

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

For All Things Considered's series on men in America, we asked you to tell us about the objects that make you feel manly. Answers ranged from handkerchiefs and boxing gloves to typewriters and tools.

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Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 12:00

Swearing-in ceremonies for new citizens are traditional on Independence Day in America. What does U.S. citizenship mean to those who choose to naturalize?

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Teacher tenure under fire

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:38

There's a new challenge to teacher tenure laws in New York. Almost a dozen students -- and their parents -- have filed suit against the city of New York and New York state, along with state and local departments of education.

They argue it's gotten too hard to fire poorly performing teachers and that New York tenure laws violate the state constitution.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of another challenge to tenure laws, in California. In that case, an LA judge said tenure laws, "have deprived students of the quality education they're entitled to."

Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:36
A 31-year-old man working for Germany's domestic intelligence agency is detained on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say.

Barcelona to meet Suarez clause

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:34
Barcelona tell Liverpool they are prepared to meet the £70m-plus release clause in striker Luis Suarez's contract.

Three rescued from Honduras mine

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:33
Three miners trapped in an informal gold mine in Honduras are rescued, but the authorities are still searching for another eight.

VIDEO: UK imams speak out against jihad

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:32
More than 100 imams in the UK have appealed to British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq.

We Have A Weiner: Joey Chestnut Defends Hot-Dog-Eating Crown

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:23

Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., devoured 61 hot dogs and buns in the allotted 10 minutes. Miki Sudo, who ate 34 franks and buns in the allotted time, won the women's competition.

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VIDEO: Cameron calls for dossier 'answers'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:20
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he has asked the most senior civil servant at the Home Office to try to "find answers" to questions about a missing dossier of alleged paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s.

Fast food just got even faster

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:14

The days of waiting in line at your local McDonald's could be over soon.

The fast food chain started a pilot program for an order-ahead app in a limited number of stores around the Columbus, Georgia area -- not to be confused with the "McD App," which offers coupons and loyalty offers in test markets elsewhere in the nation.

"You download it, you place your order, and when you get to the restaurant, you scan in your phone, and at that point the kitchen starts to fire up your meal," says Bloomberg Business reporter Venessa Wong, who adds that the new app is part of an initiative to make things more convenient for customers.

The new app targets the young, tech-savvy customer whose life is, inevitably, tied to his or her smartphone.

"Being able to reach your customers and push out promotions to them on their phone is actually quite valuable," said Wong.

What may be convenient for the customer, however, may be less convenient for the restaurant itself as it may struggle to keep up with the increased speed at which orders are coming in.

"The point is to improve speed and improve service," she said, "but when you have orders coming in from a new and separate stream, the kitchen has to adapt to that."

'Father of terrorism' facing jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:12
A Cardiff student who called himself the "father of terrorism" is facing years behind bars for posting more than 800 links to extremist material online.

Kvitova and Bouchard set for final

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:59
Petra Kvitova will attempt to win Wimbledon for the second time when she meets Eugenie Bouchard in Saturday's final.

VIDEO: Dimitrov hits winner in the splits

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:58
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov pulls off an unlikely winner against Novak Djokovic during their semi-final on Centre Court on Friday.

VIDEO: Timelapse of storm in New York

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:57
ABC News' timelapse video of a thunderstorm passing through New York City on Thursday night.
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