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Greece jails two over fatal stabbing

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:19
Two men suspected of links with far-right Golden Dawn are jailed for life in Greece for the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant.

Bells mark Hillsborough anniversary

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:50
Church and civic bells ring 96 times across Merseyside to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster as memorial services take place in Liverpool and Sheffield.

Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:47

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

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Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:43

Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It's a different story.

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Polish MP finds job as UK handyman

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:31
Polish MP's verdict on life as a migrant in Britain

Boy dies after 'rope swing' accident

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:30
A 10-year-old boy found dead in his garden in Glasgow is believed to have become entangled in a swing.

WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:24

The safety message is described as a "sort of cross between a Ricky Martin video, mixed with Devo's 'Whip It' and a heaping spoonful of Robert Palmer's 'Simply Irresistible.' "

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Early air points to cold, dry Mars

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:23
Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Retrial possible in World's End case

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20
A man cleared of the 1977 World's End murders could stand trial again, following a ruling by judges.

TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a grass-roots campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:06

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Pistorius trial sees Valentine card

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:05
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial sees a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was going to give the athlete before he shot her dead.

VIDEO: Valentine's card at Pistorius trial

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:00
Oscar Pistorius reads out the message in his Valentine's card from his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Fertiliser removed as van alert ends

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:57
A security alert in County Tyrone, that started after a van was stopped and two men arrested, is now over.

Mothersill to miss Glasgow 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:56
Cydonie Mothersill will not defend her Commonwealth Games 200m title after the birth of her daughter last year.

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:50

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

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'Terror' of patient's op wake-up

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:43
A patient who awoke from an anaesthetic minutes before major surgery speaks of the "terrifying" experience.

Schools corporate greed warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:39
England's education system is being "destroyed through corporate greed", teachers claim.

The next time you 'Google' it may be via drone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:34

Millions of people in developing countries still don’t have access to the Internet. Google would like to change that, which is why it’s acquired Titan Aerospace, manufacturer of solar-powered drones. 

The world's most famous search engine plans to send the drones up to hover high in the atmosphere, beaming the internet down to earth. More people could 'google', but will these people like having drones peering down at them? 

We asked Patrick Egan, editor of the drone-focused sUAS News website, about privacy concerns: 

“I don’t think in this case it’s going to be a privacy issue. They’re going to fly at really high altitudes.  They probably won’t even have cameras on them.”

Google’s already experimented with aerial hot spots, using balloons, but drones are expected to be more reliable. 

“The winds at altitude can be pretty strong. So, the more controllability you have the better,” says Kurt Barnhart, director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University.

Plus, Titan says its drones can stay aloft for years, without refueling.

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:18
Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.
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