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Venezuela court sentences policeman

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 15:02
A court in Venezuela sentences a policeman to 18 years in jail for the death in February of a 14-year-old protester in the western state of Tachira.

China 'expanding island building'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:57
The Pentagon says that China has expanded its programme of land reclamation in the South China Sea, an area disputed by several countries.

Emma and Noah are top US baby names

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:35
Noah and Emma are the most popular baby names in the US, according the Social Security Administration.

Politics Rewind: Family Baggage And Fuzzy Math

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:12

This week in politics: Jeb Bush isn't doing a great job of separating himself from his brother, the GOP's diversity problem and were the polls really wrong again?

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Mistrial declared in Etan Patz case

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:09
A New York judge declares a mistrial in the murder case of six-year-old boy who went missing in 1979 after the jury could not reach a verdict.

David Cameron's 'sweetest victory'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:00
The Tories' poll-defying general election win attracts bumper coverage with many front pages highlighting the "awkward" meeting between the prime minister and his rivals at VE Day commemorations just hours after he walked back into Number 10.

Weighing the economics of airing a live car chase

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 13:48

Local TV news stations are apt to air live car chases — especially in California or Florida, where sprawling highway infrastructure makes for long and thrilling pursuits. 

For viewers, the possibility of seeing a dramatic ending live on screen is a huge draw — entire offices can come to a standstill when a big chase is on.

But newsrooms have to consider the high stakes of showing a potentially dangerous, or deadly, situation play out in real time. Just last month, for instance, a man involved in a car chase was shot by police on live TV in Texas.

Al Tompkins, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, has been working in newsrooms for more than forty years.

"Once you've decided to go there, it seems to me you have to ask a series of questions of yourself," he says. "Is this so important that you're willing to air the worst possible outcome?"

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Dazzled by Australia's precious opals

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-08 13:34
Already legally defined as Australia's "National Gemstone", the country's precious opals are punting for a new international designation - that of Global Heritage Stone Resource.

At 13 Billion Light Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 13:23

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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