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With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 12:07

Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected.

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Pursuing IRS Controversy, House GOP Pivots Toward Crossroads

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 12:07

House Republicans want former IRS official Lois Lerner prosecuted for allegedly revealing information about one of their most powerful outside groups, Crossroads GPS.

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Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 12:07

Police say that 20 people were injured — some of them critically — during a knife attack at a suburban high school outside Pittsburgh. A 16-year-old boy is in custody following the attack.

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Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 12:07

Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles due to defects. The recall comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of automakers, only weeks after Toyota agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. government for misleading consumers.

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Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:59

Physicians and health data specialists caution that the information can be easily misconstrued. Some cancer doctors receive payments that cover the cost of expensive drugs for patients.

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IRA gun-running case is reopened

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:56
Police are to reinvestigate claims that the Provisional IRA bought guns from America and smuggled them into Northern Ireland in the late 1990s, following a BBC Spotlight investigation.

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:52

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

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VIDEO: Afghan child casualties top priority

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:38
Karen Allen looks at one of the top priorities for the new Afghan leader - to reduce growing numbers of civilian casualties, among them young children.

Obama: Passing Of Fort Hood Victims 'Shakes Our Soul'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:33

For the second time in five years, President Obama delivered a message of resilience and service at a memorial service for slain soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas.

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VIDEO: MP 'sacked' over Miller tweet

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:30
Tory MP Michael Fabricant claims on Twitter that he has been sacked as Conservative Party vice-chairman for earlier comments about Maria Miller's resignation.

Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:28

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.

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RBS sheds government dividend block

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 11:27
RBS agrees with the Treasury to cancel a government-owned share that effectively stops it from paying dividends - a move towards privatisation.

House Votes To Refer IRS Official Lois Lerner To Justice Department

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:46

The House Ways and Means Committee voted to send the Justice Department a criminal referral over what they said was the former IRS official's "extreme bias."

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Bamboo back in business for Taiwan

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:37
How Taiwan successfully regrew its bamboo industry

Former Trinidad leader Robinson dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:36
The former leader of Trinidad and Tobago, Arthur Robinson, who helped to establish the International Criminal Court, dies at the age of 87.

Car bombings 'kill 25' in Homs

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:34
Two car bombs kill at least 25 people in Homs, Syrian state media say, hours after government forces reportedly capture a key town.

Welshman returns with action sequel

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:33
Meet the Welshman who makes hit thrillers in Indonesia

More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:30

Demonstrators have taken over some government buildings in eastern Ukraine, saying they want a vote on whether to join Russia. Ukrainian officials vow to resolve the situation within 48 hours.

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Ministers end ban on G4S contracts

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:25
G4S will be able to bid for government contracts again after it was barred in the wake of a dispute about overcharging.

Who will win the 2014 Masters?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:19
Experts including Paul Azinger, Ken Brown and Peter Allis reveal who they think will win the 2014 Masters, which starts on Thursday
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