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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:33

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:26

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, is giving hybrids a run for their money.

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Quiz: Where student spending hasn’t bounced back

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:17

Per-student funding is still below pre-recession levels in 30 states, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Which state cut per-student funding by the greatest percentage between fiscal 2008 and 2015?

See the report here for information on all the states.

Mysterious US spaceplane returns

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:15
The X-37B, a US plane on a secretive, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California.

Brazil leader 'dizzy' after debate

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:05
The Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff says she is in good health after a bout of dizziness at the end of a TV debate with her opponent Aecio Neves.

Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:43

The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

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VIDEO: Dozens of slaves rescued from jungle

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:41
Dozens of Bangladeshi men are rescued after being kidnapped to be sold into slavery in Thailand.

Nigeria and Boko Haram 'agree truce'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:40
Nigeria's military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militants Boko Haram, and the schoolgirls the group has abducted will be released.

How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:37

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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Syria hostage families urge 'unity'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:33
Relatives of two Britons killed by Islamic State release a joint letter calling for "acts of unity" to help defeat the "hateful" militants.

Ascot ready for Champions Day

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:32
Ascot prepares for Britain's richest raceday on Saturday, with Cirrus Des Aigles set to take his career earnings past £6m.

My Money Story: Eustace Conway, off the grid

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:14

Eustace Conway is a Naturalist who lives in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. He's been living in the forest there for nearly 40 years.

When Conway was 17 years old, he left the suburbs to live outdoors. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and has crossed the United States on horseback from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

When it comes to money, Conway says he has little use for it. He is the subject of the book, The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

VIDEO: IS hostage's brother in tribute video

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:00
Hostage David Haines's brother Michael has paid tribute to the aid worker who was killed last month.

Keep interest rates low, says Bank

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:58
Interest rates should remain low to avoid long-term economic stagnation, says the chief economist at the Bank of England.

The costs of getting behind the wheel

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:54
How the cost of learning to drive can mount up

Robinson outlines welfare fund plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:54
First Minister Peter Robinson sets out ways that he believes would make the government's welfare changes more acceptable in Northern Ireland.

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:44

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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Will 'truce' with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:32
Will deal with Boko Haram bring back the girls?

Harlequins 25-9 Castres

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:31
Harlequins kick off the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup with a solid win against French side Castres in Pool Two.

Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:19

The park, built on piers left over from an obsolete, demolished bridge, would connect two disparate parts of the city in hopes of sparking new life and knitting two communities.

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