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VIDEO: Video shows Canada parliament shootings

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:05
Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail shows a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building.

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:05

Lots of groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts.

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Cuba leads way on Ebola effort

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:01
Cuba sends a second group of medical staff to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, becoming the biggest single provider of healthcare workers.

Freed N Korea detainee back in US

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:53
A US citizen freed from detention in North Korea receives an emotional homecoming in Ohio as Washington works to release two other Americans.

Rapist Evans issues video statement

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:46
Footballer Ched Evans releases a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

Federal employees on extended paid leave

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:44

The official rulebook that allows federal employees paid time off has a very long list of legitimate reasons to miss work and still get paid. Perhaps you're donating blood? Maybe an organ? Or you have to go to a Boy or Girl Scout jamboree? 

But what if you're accused of a crime or of misbehavior in the workplace, and are in the process of an investigation? In that case, stay home...and still get paid. The total number of workers on paid administrative leave? Well that's a number that the government does not track.

"The real tension point here, I think is that they end up being at home for months, and in many cases years, while their cases are investigated," says Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein.

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

US airbag recall expands to 7.8m cars

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:44
US car safety regulators expand a recall of vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbags to 7.8 million, warning that owners should take 'immediate action'.

VIDEO: MP duped by Swansea conman

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:29
An MP has admitted being duped by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic and claimed police were abusing him.

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Shootings In Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:18

One guard was found guilty of first-degree murder and three others of voluntary manslaughter in a 2007 incident in Baghdad in which 14 civilians were killed.

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DNA yields secrets of human pioneer

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:06
DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.

VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:02
The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.

Head teacher cancels term-time leave

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:59
A head teacher who had planned to go on a Caribbean holiday during term-time cancels her leave after a call for the chair of governors to resign.

'Fake' Premier League star jailed

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:58
A former footballer who posed as a Chelsea player to live a lavish lifestyle is jailed for fraud.

Smith: First talks 'constructive'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:58
The Smith Commission on more powers for the Scottish Parliament has held a "constructive" first meeting, its chairman says.

VIDEO: Disabled Students: Fran goes to university

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:52
As part of BBC Ouch's series on disabled students we meet Fran Smith to find out how she is getting on at university having just had major surgery.

VIDEO: In numbers: Treating Ebola patients

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:51
BBC News looks at what it takes to treat Ebola patients, in numbers and graphics.

Wilko Johnson is 'cancer free'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:45
Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.

Gladiators were 'mostly vegetarian'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:39
Roman gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a graveyard where the fighters were buried.

PM: Buck stops with me on criminals

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:35
Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs the "buck stops with me" when it comes to deporting foreign criminals from the UK.

MP duped by 'quadriplegic' conman

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:29
An MP admits being taken in by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic claiming police were abusing him.
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