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How did Oscar Pistorius' defence fare?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:05
How did Oscar Pistorius' defence fare?

Australia Won't Return Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Without Notice

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:01

The government told a court hearing that it would give 72 hours' notice before transferring the 153 asylum seekers to their home country. Australia said Monday it had transferred 41 others at sea.

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Memories 'need space' in brain

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:00
Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, new research shows.

Son asked if mother 'hid Madeleine'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:59
Kate McCann tells a court in Portugal that her son asked her about claims she was involved in the disappearance of her daughter, Madeleine, after he heard them on the radio.

Kittel claims third Tour stage win

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:52
Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the Tour de France 2014 - the 163.5km from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Metropole.

Ebola deaths up by 25 in West Africa

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:46
Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518.

Why Israeli Gaza invasion would be risky

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:42
Why Israeli Gaza invasion would be risky

Japan's Okinawa lashed by typhoon

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:32
A powerful typhoon lashes Japan's Okinawa island chain, injuring several and forcing hundreds of thousands to seek shelter.

Defiant Abdullah claims Afghan win

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:31
Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah contests election results placing him second, as the US warns against a power grab.

Fifa partner defends arrested CEO

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:19
A Fifa partner firm defends its chief executive after his arrest by Brazilian police investigating the illegal sale of World Cup tickets.

Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:04

Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.

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Rowling writes new Potter story

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:02
JK Rowling publishes a new Harry Potter story on her Pottermore fan website.

VIDEO: Osborne eyes increase in exports

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:01
Britain must "earn its way in the world" and does not currently export enough, Chancellor George Osborne has warned during a visit to India to try and open up investment opportunities for UK firms.

Same genes 'drive maths and reading'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:00
Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.

Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:59
Yaya Toure unhappy with Man City, Luis Suarez move to Barcelona held up, Man Utd kit deal in doubt, plus more.

Man City sign Malaga keeper Caballero

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:47
Manchester City complete the £6m signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Spanish side Malaga on a three-year deal.

Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:34

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Why a guy with 15 mobile phones still has a landline

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:30

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 41% of American homes are mobile phone only. That number is on the rise, but not climbing nearly as fast as it once was. Landline cord cutting seems to be at a plateau.

“For most of the past decade, the rate has been increasing by 4 or 5 percentage points,” explains Stephen Blumberg, lead author of the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “In the past year, that rate of increase has slowed. The increase was only 2.8 percentage points.”

Nobody is predicting a landline renaissance. Weston Henderek, who tracks wireless use for market research firm Current Analysis, thinks cord-cutting will march on, but probably not as fast as it had been going.

“We’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit, if you will,” Henderek says. “A large percentage of the people that wanted to cut the cord already have.”

It’s not just nostalgia that keeps some people hanging on. Many homes need a landline because of poor cell phone reception in their area. Others have home phones bundled with their cable and Internet packages.

Even some mobile phone analysts still have landlines. Alongside some 15 mobile phones in his home, Henderek has a trusty old landline. His home security system requires it.

Rapist jailed for Aberdeen attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:28
A convicted sex attacker is jailed for 11 years after he admitted raping a woman in Aberdeen city centre.

M&S boss: Sales 'not good enough'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:16
Marks and Spencer's sales performance in clothing and homewares is "not good enough", chief executive Marc Bolland tells shareholders.
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