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Benghazi report clears US response

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:22
A US inquiry finds no wrongdoing by the Obama administration in responding to the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:22

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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12 injured in hotel gas explosion

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:06
At least 12 people have been injured in a suspected gas explosion which has led to the evacuation of a central London hotel, ambulance officials say.

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:30

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

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Weekly Wrap: Immigration and the New York Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:21

Joining Kai to talk about the week's business and economic news is Business Insider's Linette Lopez and Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal. The big topics this week: Obama's immigration plan, the Fed's relationship with Wall Street and more stimulus in the eurozone and China.

NHS staff to fly out to fight Ebola

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:21
The first NHS staff are due to fly from London to Sierra Leone to help the fight against the Ebola virus.

We can end Ebola in 2015, says Ban

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:16
The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended "by mid-2015" if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

British IS fighters 'killed in Syria'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:25
Two British men are reported to have been killed while fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria.

Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:12
At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way?

Is winning 100 caps still a big deal?

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:11
Wayne Rooney's got 100 - but is it still a big deal?

Rape case police stop passers-by

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:00
Police will be stopping passers-by in the Meadows area of Edinburgh exactly a week after a 19-year-old woman was raped there.

Rochester fallout and Claudia's 'relief' - the papers

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:00
Papers examine what UKIP's win in the Rochester by-election means for Labour and the Conservatives, and preview Claudia Winkleman's return to Strictly Come Dancing.

Radical Independence holds conference

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:59
More than 3,000 people are expected to gather in Glasgow for the Radical Independence Campaign's annual conference.

Lib Dems to back welfare devolution

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:59
The Liberal Democrats are set to back the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament, BBC Scotland has learned.

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:52

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Macy's new target: Millennials

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:42

As Black Friday nears, we're looking at the strategies big brands are making.

“It’s always a fight to the finish as we get through this season. My sensibility is that shoppers are going to go out there and spend like they always do: Load up their credit cards with things that they don’t need," says Teri Agins, author of "Hijacking the Runway"  (2014).

"Of course, retailers will come up with all kinds of gimmicks to get people shopping," Agins says.

In the Black Friday sale game, Macy's stands as a juggernaut, according to Agins. “They are the big Goliath and they really have a big footprint.”

The reason for this success? Millennials, a demographic not typically associated with department stores.

Macy's is targeting 13- to 30-year-olds by teaming up with celebrities to draw shoppers into stores. Celebrity fragrances by Katy Perry, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and even Justin Bieber are offered in Macy's stores around the country.

These celebrity collaborations are meant to create a buzz similar to that which surrounds fast-fashion, and that’s just to get people into the store. Even if the targeted millennials don’t buy the fragrance they walked in for, it’s likely they’ll buy something else.

This upcoming Black Friday will probably be like the ones in the past – long lines, doorbusters and big savings – but the crowd might turn out to be a little younger.

Obama defends immigration reform

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:22
US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.

Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:06

Diplomats are meeting in Vienna ahead of Monday's deadline to reach an accord on Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Peter Kenyon notes that there is speculation over who is offering a last-minute proposal.

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Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:05

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

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VIDEO: "They've taken us for granted"

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 13:53
With turnout just over 50 per cent at the Rochester and Strood by-election, Carole Walker reports on the growing disaffection among voters.

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