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Texas Set For First Execution Since Oklahoma's Botched Attempt

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 07:07

Defense attorneys for Robert Campbell want his execution delayed, but Texas says its single-drug execution method has been proven effective and efficient.

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Government pulls plug on solar farms

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 07:04
The government proposes to limit the subsidies paid to large scale solar farms and boost community schemes from next April.

Hall a 'calculating, predatory' man

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 07:01
Broadcaster Stuart Hall was a "calculating and predatory man" who raped and sexually assaulted two girls, a jury is told.

Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 07:00
Liverpool pursue Carvalho, Lukaku offered to Atletico Madrid, Man Utd want Hummels and Martins Indi, plus more.

VIDEO: Is the path to Nessie lined with gold?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:59
Businesses in the Highlands are being encouraged to capitalise on the tourists drawn by legend of the Loch Ness monster.

PODCAST: The shoppers who never showed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:50

Forecasters were expecting a spike in retail sales during April. The government said there was nothing of the kind. Retail sales last month rose just a tenth of a percent, with consumers proceeding cautiously, despite warmer weather. Taking out volatile spending on cars, gasoline and food, so-called "core" retail sales fell slightly. Not exactly a boom in the making.

Meanwhile, economic data from China covering April suggested across the board weakness in economic activity there -- from output to investment to consumption -- all missing the expectations of experts. These are leading to renewed calls for Beijing to ease up on its efforts to rein in its bubbly credit markets.  Marketplace regular Christopher Low, the chief economist at FTN Financial in New York is traveling in Hong Kong and joins us to discuss.

Representatives from Vallejo, California are visiting the White House Tuesday to talk about "participatory budgeting," a unique democratic process where residents propose and choose city-funded projects. Residents in this small San Francisco Bay Area city voted-in participatory budgeting after the city went through a bankruptcy in 2008. A small portion of the city's overall budget is allocated to the process, made available through a sales tax. This year, residents have $2.4 million to work with.


Israel's ex-PM jailed for six years

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:44
Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert is sentenced to six years in prison for bribery in one of the biggest corruption scandals in the country's history.

Christopher Columbus Ship The Santa Maria May Have Been Found

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:43

The ship sank in 1492 after hitting reefs off the Haitian coast. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he's working with Haiti's government to carry out an archaeological excavation of the wreck.

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Emotions stirred in 'divided Russia'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:26
Powerful feelings of pride and patriotism are stirring in Russia

Legal complaint filed against GCHQ

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:18
Privacy campaigners are seeking to stop UK intelligence service GCHQ using "unlawful hacking" to help its surveillance efforts.

VIDEO: EPP 'top priority to create new Europe'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:13
The top priority for the 4 Freedoms Party in European elections is to "create a new Europe", says leader Dirk Hazell.

Police savings 'need clarification'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:07
More information on the money saved by merging Scotland's eight police forces is needed, a Holyrood inquiry says.

Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 06:06

Red wine and chocolate may be good for you, but it's likely not from the resveratrol. A study finds that the antioxidant had no influence on longevity, cancer, heart disease or inflammation levels.

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Abducted Nigerian girls 'recognised'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:56
Relatives and friends of the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls identify some of them from a video released by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Five facts about #BringBackOurGirls

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:50
Three million tweets - and four other stats on the trend

Jordan envoy free after Libya kidnap

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:44
Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz al-Itan, is freed after being abducted by masked gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, last month.

Boston College to be sued over tapes

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:26
Boston College is to be sued by former paramilitaries who contributed to an oral history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Group Says There's 'Strong Evidence' Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:16

Meanwhile, a defector has handed the U.S. government 11,000 pictures the opposition says shows systematic torture. France is pushing for President Bashar Assad to be tried for war crimes.

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Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 05:03

A "Drinkable Book" can be used to treat drinking water. Also: a new book claims to know the identity of the Zodiac Killer; why all books about Africa use the same cover image.

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Flintoff in talks over T20 comeback

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 04:58
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is in discussions with Lancashire over a comeback in this season's Twenty20 Blast.
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