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Rallies plan over parades dispute

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:49
Orangemen and unionists are considering staging rallies over the north Belfast parades dispute, the BBC has learned.

Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:43

It has been a year since Obamacare launched with a difficult start. Now, supporters are confident about the program's future. But critics say it's too early to gauge its success.

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VIDEO: Body found is Alice Gross, say police

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:42
Police investigating the disappearance of missing 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross are now treating it as a murder inquiry after a body was found in a west London river

Florida music row killer guilty

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:41
Michael Dunn is found guilty in the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, a teenager shot during a row over loud music at a petrol station in Florida.

Movement Against Female Genital Mutilation Gains Spotlight In U.K.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:39

The U.K. tended to treat the issue as a practice from a foreign culture that did not demand attention. But it has become a central focus for police, doctors, and even the British prime minister.

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Universities hold world rankings

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:35
Four Scottish universities rise up the Times Higher Education world rankings despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.

Michael Dunn Found Guilty In Florida 'Loud Music' Shooting

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:33

The case, which ended in a mistrial earlier this year, drew national attention because of its racial overtones. Dunn, a white man, said he shot a black teen because he felt threatened.

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VIDEO: Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:31
More information has come to light about the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.

Basel 1-0 Liverpool

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:20
Liverpool stutter to defeat in the Champions League as Basel's Marco Streller scores the only goal of their Group B clash.

Players sue in World Cup pitches row

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:18
Leading players file a lawsuit claiming sexual discrimination over synthetic pitches at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:08
Danny Welbeck scores his first senior hat-trick as 10-man Arsenal beat Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League.

Long-Term Birth Control Works Best For Teens, Pediatricians Say

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:08

When given their choice of contraceptives for free, almost three-quarters of sexually active teenage girls chose long-acting options like the IUD or hormonal implants, a study finds.

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First Glastonbury tickets go in 14 minutes

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:07
Today 15,000 coach and ticket packages have been snapped up twice as fast as last year, but don't worry the rest go on sale this Sunday.

When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:07

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:56

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on 'silicon leadership'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:42

Intel has been around for a long time: 

 

Intel's chips are still inside PCs, the guts of tablets, wearables, and increasingly, smart cars and refrigerators. They're not the shiny Gorilla glass or sleek brushed aluminum on the outside, but rather, the stuff that makes our stuff run. 

 

When you talk to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, head of a tech company that's older than Larry Page, his tone is less flashy pitchman with a slide deck and more the engineer's precise graphs. Not least because Intel feels a kind of looming responsibility toward Moore's Law—the notion that chip capacity will double every 18 months—coined by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. Krzanich mentions Moore's Law at least three times during our interview. It's on his mind. A lot. 

 

He also uses the phrase "silicon leadership" to describe Intel's role in the industry. We asked him what it means, and he said: "When you're the first guy to put out the piece of silicon that's half as expensive, or twice as powerful, you bring a capability to the market that nobody else does, or can." 

 

In addition to measuring out the nanometers and nodes that allow chips to continue to shrink in size and cost, Intel has given itself the challenge of removing conflict minerals from its supply chain by 2016. Smart phones, chips, and other gadgets rely on metals like tungsten and gold, which are often mined in countries with persistent civil conflicts, like the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

Before becoming CEO last May, Krzanich ran the supply chain for Intel, when the company removed conflict minerals from its microprocessors.  

 

"Back then we'd didn't even know how to do it, what the process was, or whether it could be done. We've done that," he said. 

 

When it comes to removing conflict minerals from every other product, Krzanich insists it will get done by 2016. 

 

"We have now a fairly long list of everything that needs to become conflict-free. We're simply mapping its supply chain, knowing where each metal comes from, and yes, we'll get there. But it'll be close."

 

When asked to describe Intel in five words or fewer, Krzanich said, "We make everything connected and smart."

HK protest at London Chinese embassy

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:34
Demonstrators gather outside the Chinese embassy in London to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Caterham to race on despite bailiffs

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:33
Formula 1 team Caterham pledge to compete in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix despite bailiffs visiting their base.

Proton Center Closure Doesn't Slow New Construction

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:21

A proton beam therapy center in Indiana is closing, and insurers are reluctant to cover the treatment for common cancers. But plans for three new proton therapy centers for the D.C. area are still on.

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Hong Kong Protests Offer A Revelation To Mainland Chinese

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:21

Chinese mainlanders visiting Hong Kong have expressed amazement, even jealousy at the polite, civic-spirited and considerate crowds of protesters. But some on the mainland see activists as traitors.

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