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NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:34

Jarl Mohn currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and Southern California Public Radio. He will be NPR's fourth leader since the start of 2009.

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VIDEO: Three Queens gather for anniversary

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:22
Three luxury ships have met in their home port of Southampton to mark the 10th anniversary of liner, Queen Mary 2.

Teacher who smuggled drugs banned

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:20
An art teacher who was jailed for smuggling "highly damaging" class A and B drugs is banned from the classroom.

Mackay apologises to Vincent Tan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:59
Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay apologises "without reservation" to the man who sacked him, club owner Vincent Tan.

What common food buzzwords actually mean

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:56

If you're seeking ways to make your diet just a bit healthier, you've probably heard the classic argument that organic food is better for you, and that you shouldn't touch GMOs with a ten-foot-pole.  

But as New York Times columnist Mark Bittman argues, you're probably focusing on the wrong ideas.

"With 'organic,' I think the word is ill-defined," he says. "There's nothing wrong with the desire to eat organic food, but focusing on the word 'organic' as if it were a panacea is a problem. With GMOs, it's the opposite--there's nothing particularly good about them, but on the other hand, to be afraid of them is a way stronger reaction than necessary."

Bittman argues in his latest column that it's not about how the label describes the food we put in our diets.

"Eating organic food is maybe preferable--whether it's nutritionally superior is questionable--but it's a secondary consideration," he said. "The primary consideration is what's in your diet. It's not about whether you can afford to eat organic, it's about whether you can afford to eat better. And for 80 or 90 percent of the people in the United States, the answer to that is yes."

But Bittman, who supports going fully vegan before 6 p.m. in his new book, cautions against lumping "veganism" into the same "healthy" category.

"Veganism implies healthy, but you can eat Oreos and Coke and still be vegan," he said.

Tests seek evidence of Syria torture

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:45
Experts on the use of chemicals for torture are to conduct tests on the body of a British surgeon who died in custody in Syria.

Hamilton supreme in second practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:41
Lewis Hamilton sets a searing pace to head Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Spanish GP.

What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:36

What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today? And how has it changed since 1970?

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As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:32

Think you know what craft beer is? Since the last time you checked, the meaning has probably changed. Increasingly, the industry is making exceptions to the definition to accommodate big breweries.

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Queen replaced by Charles at service

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:23
The Queen stands down from part of her planned duties at the Order of the Bath service at Westminster Abbey, and is replaced by the Prince of Wales.

Cameron moots 'all-party TV debates'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:12
TV debates ahead of the 2015 general election could include the leaders of "all the parties", David Cameron suggests.

Cameron confirms strike reform plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:06
A future Conservative government would introduce a threshold on union ballots for strike action, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

VIDEO: Medical gold beneath the waves?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:01
Scientists are scouring the ocean floor looking for plants and marine creatures that could unlock a new generation of life-saving drugs.

Miliband offers Scotland 'contract'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:59
Ed Miliband promises to deliver new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Labour wins the 2015 UK general election.

Four jailed for baseball bat murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:53
Three men and a boy are jailed for life after beating a man to death with baseball bats and leaving his body on a Kent beach.

VIDEO: Russian prince who became an anarchist

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:53
Tom Hodgkinson of the Idler magazine champions the cause of Peter Kropotkin, a Russian prince who became an anarchist.

Site set for Madeleine McCann search

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:53
Portuguese authorities grant permission for one site in Praia da Luz to be examined as part of the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, the BBC understands.

NFL Draft's First Round: Manziel Slides, No Running Backs Taken

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:39

The Houston Texans used the NFL draft's No. 1 pick to take Jadeveon Clowney. The story of the night was how the Cleveland Browns wound up with a new quarterback, Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

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Hoarding Can Start Early, But Signs Are Hard To See In Teens

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:32

Most people with hoarding disorder are older, but researchers say teenagers can have many of the symptoms. The fact that they haven't had enough time to accumulate stuff may mask the problem.

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VIDEO: Coma woman roused by wedding song

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:29
A mother-of-four has woken from a coma after hearing her wedding song.
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