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VIDEO: Managing nation's energy supplies

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 02:05
The chief executive of National Grid says with the world consuming more energy, most of the pressure on prices is up.

Trust apologises over DNA failings

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 01:52
An NHS Trust apologises for "inexcusable failings" after complaints a sexual assault referral centre in London did not send samples for DNA testing.

Man dies in Tyrone tractor accident

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 01:40
An 81-year-old man dies after an accident on a tractor in Donemana, County Tyrone.

Mountain walkers in safety warning

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 01:10
Walkers in Snowdonia are urged to be properly prepared for winter conditions before setting out.

Government considered Sinn Féin ban

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 01:07
Previously confidential state files from the early 1980s show that the government considered banning Sinn Féin when electoral support for the party started to grow.

Ashes catch-up: England draw blood

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 01:02
Catch up on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne as England mount a stunning fightback with the ball

Body found in missing man search

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:27
A body is found on a beach in Fife during the search for a missing 85-year-old man.

Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:26

As a middle-school student in the '80s, Lee Buono stayed after school one day to remove the brain and spinal cord from a frog. He did such a good job that his science teacher told him he might become a neurosurgeon someday. That's exactly what Buono did.

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Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:26

The Afghans will elect a new president, and the U.S. combat mission will end. There are worries about a resurgent Taliban, the fragile economy and the future of women's rights. In short, Afghans are concerned about most everything.

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VIDEO: Norway's 'Slow TV' attracts viewers

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25
Pioneered in Norway, so-called Slow TV has featured an eight-hour knitting epic and a six-day ferry journey through the fjords.

The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25

Just six people managed to sign up for health insurance through the federal website the day it opened for business. The numbers are better now, but the botched rollout may have not only inconvenienced people, but also permanently changed people's perceptions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:24

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

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Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:23

Scientists hope to solve mysteries of the human brain by studying much simpler neural networks — like the brain circuits of fruit flies and mice. Already such research is turning up clues to why many people with autism are easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud sound.

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VIDEO: Snowboarding 'slopestyle' medal hope

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:16
Professional snowboarder Jenny Jones is one of Britain's main hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics in February.

Ukraine activist beating: Three held

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:13
Police in Ukraine arrest three suspects over the severe beating of an anti-government activist and journalist, Tetyana Chornovol.

VIDEO: Wildlife 'thrived' in hot summer

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:11
The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.

Japan agrees Okinawa US airbase move

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:10
The government of Japan's Okinawa prefecture approves the relocation of a US military airbase, ending years of deadlock, officials say.

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