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Everest avalanche kills 12 guides

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:08
At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, officials in Nepal say.

Trott to take break from cricket

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:01
England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.

In which we DO NOT spoil GoT: Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week we're joined by corporate reporter for Quartz, John McDuling.

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Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:56
A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.

Junior officer 'had Korea ship helm'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:55
The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.

VIDEO: Travel tips for the Easter weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:32
The BBC's Ben Bland gives some tips for travelling during the long weekend.

VIDEO: Marquez tributes in Latin America

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:25
The BBC's Will Grant reports from Mexico where readers celebrate the work of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who lived in the country for 40 years.

Changes 'against Paralympic values'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:22
British Paralympic champion Danielle Brown fears athletes with 'invisible' disabilities will suffer after rule changes.

Home Depot turns to the Internet for growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:16

Home Depot as an online retailer? The Wall Street Journal reports that the big box retailer wants to grow by getting you to purchase building and home improvement supplies online

Part of the shift is due to overbuilding. For example, when I lived in Los Angeles, there were three Home Depots within a few miles of my house. And for a while, it seemed like it was building a store on every corner.

"That’s probably accurate," says Seth Basham, an analyst at WedBush, adding that the excess of stores isn't just a problem for Home Depot. "Between them and Lowe's and Menard's, the number of households per store continued to decline throughout the decade of the 1990s and 2000s," Basham said. 

And so Home Depot is now turning to the Internet for growth. 

"The biggest unique challenge to Home Depot is figuring out what the customer actually wants to buy online," says Maggie Taylor, an analyst at Moody’s. "So I think, carpeting for example, you’re always going probably into the store and take a look at."

And heavy items like Jacuzzi tubs might not be worth buying online because of shipping costs. Getting purchases to people - on time and on budget - will be another challenge. But Taylor says with tech giants like Amazon nipping at Home Depot's business, the big box retailer has no choice but to forge ahead.

VIDEO: A day in the life of the BBC in Ukraine

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:11
The BBC's James Reynolds recorded his day as he and a BBC team covered events in the eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: PMQs 'not different for women'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:57
Former politician Ann Widdecombe has defended women MPs participating during Prime Minister's Questions.

Hamilton top in second practice

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:39
Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.

Born With HIV, Building A Future

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:34

In high school, Cristina Peña was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, that she was HIV-positive. She needn't have worried. More than a decade later, they're still together.

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Sunni Discontent Fuels Growing Violence In Iraq's Anbar Province

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:33

Fed up with what they say is years of discrimination by the Shiite-led government, ordinary Sunnis have joined Islamist fighters. There are echoes of past conflicts, with a few important distinctions.

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Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:31

Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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Suspect Arrested In Kansas City Highway Shootings

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:23

Police in Grandview, Mo., arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks. Three motorists have been wounded.

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Easter visitors urged to take care

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:21
Holidaymakers are urged to take care over the holiday weekend, as good weather is expected to attract crowds to resorts and attractions in Wales.

6 Killed, 9 Missing In Avalanche On Everest

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:17

An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak. As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and fellow climbers rushed to help.

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VIDEO: Easter story in a shipping container

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 22:54
The North East town of South Shields is commemorating the Passion of Christ on Good Friday in a different way.

Obama cautious over Ukraine deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 22:51
President Obama says Russia must show signs of honouring a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, as separatists remain defiant.
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