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Dzeko facing spell on sidelines

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 14:11
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is facing a spell on the sidelines with a "very serious calf injury".

A Smartphone Gadget Pumps Up Breast-Milk Banks

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:56

Access to breast-milk banks is a problem in the developing world. A smartphone accessory could save lives by allowing health workers to set up mini milk banks anywhere.

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For Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram, A Desperate Life On The Run

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:49

The Islamist extremists have seized a string of towns in the northeast, displacing hundreds of thousands and creating a humanitarian crisis. Monday's attack on a boys' school killed up to 50 students.

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Police Can Seize And Sell Assets Even When The Owner Broke No Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:46

Civil asset forfeiture rules say all that matters is that the car or house or cash was used by somebody in a crime. Challenging the seizure is often too costly to be worth it.

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Police Can Seize And Sell Assets Even When The Owner Broke No Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:46

Civil asset forfeiture rules say all that matters is if the car or house or cash was used by somebody in a crime. Challenging the seizure is often too costly to be worth it.

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How Much Sugar Is Too Much? A New Tool Sheds Some Light

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:44

SugarScience, a website created by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, distills the findings of 8,000 scientific studies on the health effects of sugar. The takeaway? Eat less.

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VIDEO: Geldof: 'Ebola is inhuman'

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:08
Bob Geldof has spoken to the BBC about the release of a fourth version of the Band Aid charity single, Do They Know It's Christmas.

For People Fired For Being Gay, Old Court Case Becomes A New Tool

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 13:06

Workplace discrimination against gay people is legal in 29 states. So some LGBT people have filed discrimination claims using a legal argument from a 1989 Supreme Court case about gender stereotypes.

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VIDEO: Sent-off player cannot face camera

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:30
Havant & Waterlooville's Brian Stock is clearly unhappy with the presence of a TV camera in the home dressing room following his sending off against Preston in Monday's FA Cup first-round tie.

'I'm no cricketing god' - Tendulkar

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:30
Indian great Sachin Tendulkar speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about his record-breaking cricket career and life after retirement.

HealthCare.gov's Tech Improvements Mean You Can Now Window Shop

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:30

After a launch that failed last fall, the administration is hoping this year's open enrollment period goes more smoothly, by letting customers browse first.

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These Xs Are The Same Shade, So What's That Say About Color?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:30

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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U.S. leaves other big world economies behind

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:27

One reason for recent volatility in U.S. equity markets — and for remaining uncertainties about the resilience of the U.S. recovery — is a myriad of signs that the rest of the world is sinking economically. 

America's biggest trading partners in every direction face troubles: China is attempting to manage a measured slowdown in growth (from the 10 percent to the 7 percent range); Brazil’s boom has turned sour with lower commodity prices and corruption scandals; Europe’s malaise has not lifted after the recession, with rickety banks and risky government debt levels still unresolved; and Russia faces a host of troubles — from sinking oil prices and economic sanctions, to Olympic debts and a lack of rule of law.

By contrast, the U.S. economy is clearly on a path back to relative health and strength, says economist Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics in Toronto.

“It may sound strange, but the U.S. is the stand-out performer of the G7,” Ashworth says. The G7 includes the U.S. Canada, Germany, Italy, France, the U.K., and Japan. “Everything in the U.S. seems to be going in the right direction — the unemployment rate, the federal budget deficit below 3 percent of GPD.”

And some of what ails the rest of the world, actually juices the American economy, at least in the short run. In an uncertain world, rich foreigners and overseas companies are investing their money in U.S. equities and government bonds, explains Dean Baker at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

“People buy up U.S. Treasuries because in the scheme of things the U.S. looks relatively safe,” Baker says. “That lowers interest rates, meaning people can refinance their homes, and pay lower rates if they buy a car or get a car loan.” 

But there is a flip-side — at least for many U.S.-based businesses — to the United States being the global standout among major developed and developing economies: a strengthening U.S. dollar. 

That makes it cheaper for Americans to buy Italian sunglasses, Japanese cars or foreign oil. But U.S. companies that export face more price competition from cheaper foreign-made goods.

And, says investment strategist Anthony Valeri at LPL Financial, U.S. companies may lose significant sales overseas, especially if the eurozone goes into recession again.

“If we do get a slowdown in Europe and in emerging markets, it will impact the profitability of domestic companies,” Valeri says. And that in turn could depress job-creation in the U.S. next year.

Djokovic dismantles Cilic in London

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:24
World number one Novak Djokovic sweeps past Marin Cilic 6-1 6-1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Bloody Sunday judicial review call

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:06
The decision to scale back the police investigation into Bloody Sunday deaths is to be challenged in court.

Cameron: No 'Cold War' with Russia

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 11:53
The UK is not seeking another Cold War with Russia, but Britain must stand up for its values, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

And then Ron said to Maggie

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-10 11:49
What the Reagan-Thatcher secret chat really reveals

Kidney Dialysis Company Expands Into The Hospital Business

NPR News - Mon, 2014-11-10 11:35

DaVita HealthCare partners, a provider of dialysis for kidney patients, says its expertise working with very sick patients can help hospitals expand into wellness and prevention.

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