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Guards posted at 84th birthday party

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:19
Security guards are drafted in to stop "too many" people attending an 84-year-old man's birthday party at a care home.

Boko Haram fighters 'surrender'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:18
Hundreds of fighters in Nigeria-based Islamic militant group Boko Haram have surrendered after heavy losses against the army, the country's military spokesman says.

More to Europe than McIlroy in ultimate team game

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:13
Rory McIlroy is eager to promote the strength of Europe's team, a strength that could show in the Ryder Cup singles on Sunday.

More unmarried Americans, thanks to economic woes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:12

The number of American's who've always been single and plan never to marry is at an all time high, according to the Pew Research Center.

On the theory that having a job is an important feature in a future spouse, here's the slice of the data that makes it a Marketplace thing: Fifty years ago there were 139 single young men with jobs for every 100 single young women.

Now, there are 91 single men with jobs for every 100 single women.

Wal-Mart: From 'low prices' to fast banking

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:11

Is there anything Wal-Mart doesn’t want to sell you? The country’s biggest retailer has announced it will offer low-cost checking accounts to anybody 18 and older.

Wal-Mart is partnering with Green Dot, best known for prepaid debit cards.  Wal-Mart says many of its customers are looking for an alternative to high fees at traditional banks.  

“GoBank” is a mobile checking account with no overdraft fees, no bounced check fees and no minimum balance requirement. Wal-Mart has tried to obtain a banking license but bank regulators have rejected the idea. 

Mike Moebs, CEO of the economic research firm Moebs Services, says by partnering with a bank like Green Dot, Wal-Mart can still get a slice of that business.  “Wal-Mart has already done this with check cashing and with money orders and with money transfers and they’ve done it very, very successfully,” says Moebs.

 Moebs expects Wal-Mart to get a cut of the so-called “swipe fee” every time a customer uses GoBank’s debit card. Wal-Mart declined to comment on its financial arrangement with Green Dot.

It does say it’ll be quick to sign up for an account. Daniel Eckert, Wal-Mart vice president of financial services, says customers can literally sign up with a smartphone app “in the parking lot.”  Apparently that “always low prices” thing is now also “always fast banking.” 

Manchester City 7-0 Sheffield Wednesday

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:10
Manchester City score seven second-half goals to start their League Cup defence with an easy win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:01

As free-market conservatives, Republicans are philosophically opposed to raising the minimum wage. But a handful in tight races are having second thoughts.

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Nottingham Forest

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:40
Tottenham come from behind to knock Championship leaders Nottingham Forest out of the Capital One Cup.

Air France offers to scrap expansion

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:35
Air France offers to scrap plans to expand its Transavia low-cost airline in Europe, in return for striking pilots returning to work immediately.

Last Mitford sister dies at 94

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:32
Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, and the last surviving Mitford sister, has died at the age of 94.

Dems Probably Won't Take The House, So Why Are They Raising So Much?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:26

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is millions of dollars ahead of the Republicans in fundraising, especially among the small-donor faithful.

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#Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:26

A debate has flared surrounding ethics in video game journalism and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry. Attacks online have turned heated, vicious and ugly.

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Obama condemns IS 'network of death'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:07
President Obama urges a global drive against the Islamic State's (IS) "network of death", as US air strikes intensify in Iraq and Syria.

Remembering Christopher Hogwood, An Evangelist For Early Music

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:07

The English conductor, keyboard player and musicologist died Wednesday at age 73. He used modern scholarship and keen musicianship to bring new life to works by Handel and Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

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Man charged over Iraq roadside bombs

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:59
A 37-year-old man from north-west London is charged with conspiring to murder coalition forces in Iraq.

U.N. Security Council Unanimously Passes Anti-Terrorism Resolution

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:45

The measure targets travel of militants abroad as well as recruiting and funding for extremist groups. It was adopted at a meeting chaired by President Obama.

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Grieving But Grateful, Ebola Survivors In Liberia Give Back

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:44

After living through their own nightmares, Ebola survivors are still mourning the loss of their loved ones. But they're giving back by working at the treatment centers and caring for children.

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Clarke hits back over black managers

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:42
Football League chairman Greg Clarke says he will not be forced to step down over the under-representation of black managers.

Obama sets out US leadership vision

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:27
US President Barack Obama has laid out a broad vision of American leadership in a changing world, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Water seen on Neptune-sized planet

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:21
A cloud-free atmosphere reveals signs of water vapour on HAT-P-11b, the smallest planet beyond our Solar System ever to yield such an insight.
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