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Woman jailed over pensioner attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:53
A woman is jailed for punching, kicking and spitting on an 80-year-old man, who died soon after the unprovoked and "sickening" attack.

Two in hospital after flat fire

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:52
Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a ground floor flat in Ynysybwl, near Pontypridd.

Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:51

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.

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'Father killed' family in burnt home

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:50
Police say a family found dead in burned Florida home were shot and killed by their father, who set the house on fire before killing himself.

VIDEO: Major ad merger collapses

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:49
Publicis and Omnicom, two of the world's biggest advertising firms, have scrapped their planned merger.

Berlusconi begins community service

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:39
Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi finishes the first day of a one-year community service term at a care home, after his conviction for tax fraud.

Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:31

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts.

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VIDEO: Anti-social media?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:30
How a film lamenting social media went viral

Want to buy a home? Better bring cash

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:28

If you're buying real estate these days, you should probably come with bags of cash. More and more people seem to be doing that at least.

Last quarter, a third of the existing homes sold in the U.S. were purchased entirely in cash.

Who's buying them this way? Retirees, foreign investors and Americans who can, i.e. those who don't want to bother with trying to get a mortgage.

Something that's still tough.

Nigeria 'ignored' school warning

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:23
Nigeria's military had advance warning of an attack on the town where some 270 girls were kidnapped but failed to act, a rights group says.

Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The NFL draft opened Thursday night, and as sportswriter Stefan Fatsis notes, it wasn't short on drama. The most talked-about draftee, quarterback Johnny Manziel, slid to the 22nd pick. Stretched across the whole weekend, the draft has become all but ubiquitous.

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On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

As Russians celebrated their World War II victory, President Vladimir Putin made his first visit to Crimea since its annexation to Russia. Meanwhile, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine are preparing for a referendum Sunday.

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After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The new Syrian rebel leader Ahmed Jarab is in D.C., trying to get more support. He is meeting with members of Congress and the State Department, as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rice. President Obama is also expected to drop by. While the U.S. is considering stepping up its secret weapons shipments, some military analysts and officials say this aid may already be too late.

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Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

NPR announced the selection of its new CEO: Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio DJ and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years.

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Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The federal fire scientists hope to hand off their findings to fire managers, who have to make the quick decisions on where to deploy resources that could protect lives and property.

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VIDEO: Ireland's Martin in horrible Giro crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:06
Ireland's Dan Martin's crashes on the opening team time trial stage in Belfast.

Opening stage of Giro d'Italia ends

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:05
The opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, the world's second-largest bike race, ends in Belfast.

Democrats divided on Benghazi panel

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:00
US House of Representatives Democrats are considering whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Spain Fines Team Of Racist, Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 11:59

Soccer, Spain's national pastime, has been tainted by racism. After two recent ugly incidents, debate is raging over how to punish racist fans, and if the teams they love should be held responsible.

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Martin crashes out of Giro in stage one

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 11:53
Ireland's Dan Martin will miss the rest of the Giro d'Italia after crashing in the opening team time trial stage in Belfast.
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