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Four 'chase and hold armed robber'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:49
Four people chase and hold an armed man who was attempting to rob a bank in south-east London, the Met Police say.

Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:45

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.

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AirAsia victims remembered at vigil

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:41
Hundreds attend a vigil in Surabaya, Indonesia, for the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash, praying for the 162 people on board.

VIDEO: Experimental drug for UK Ebola nurse

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:38
A British nurse infected with Ebola is receiving an unnamed experimental drug as part of her treatment, a doctor confirms.

Using Both Quit Lines And Websites Helps Smokers Stop

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:23

Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.

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Car ploughs into front of shop

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:22
A couple are "extremely fortunate" to escape serious injury when their car ploughs into the front of a shop in Coventry, the ambulance service says.

Palestinians seek ICC membership

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:04
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signs Rome Statute in a bid to join the International Criminal Court, prompting objections from Israel.

Body found in hunt for missing man

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:56
Police searching for a man who went missing in Shrewsbury find a body.

Small investors still skipping stocks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:41

Every year, Bankrate.com takes the pulse of average Americans with a survey, called the financial security index. And every year since the financial crisis, people have said they’re staying away from stocks, even as the markets rose.

“Risk aversion among individual investors still remains very, very high,” says Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. 

Seventy-three percent of the people interviewed for the 2014 survey said they were not more inclined to invest in stocks. McBride says usually at this point in a financial recovery, small investors do flock back to the markets, but not this time.

“They bought in right before the market peak in 2000, they sold out at the bottom, got back in and then got burned again," McBride says. "And a lot of those individual investors simply have never come back to the equity markets.”

There can be consequences for investors who stay out of stocks, because, historically, the markets have been your best investment for retirement. 

“You’ve got two choices" if you skip stocks, says Stuart Ritter, a senior financial planner with T Rowe Price. "One, you need to save more to make up for the earnings you’re not getting, or two, you need to recognize you’re going to have a smaller balance, and a lower lifestyle in retirement.”

Ritter says over every 15-year-period since 1926, the S&P 500 has gone up.

He says your best strategy is to ride out the short-term ups and downs, and invest for the long term.

A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:37

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is hailed as a hero in Nigeria. She and her team refused to release an Ebola patient who was demanding to leave the hospital. But her dedication came at a cost.

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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute to The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:31

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."

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'Neo-Nazi' meeting snares Republican leader

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:29
Controversy over Republican House leader Steve Scalise's 2002 speech to a white supremacist group reveals southern conservative racial tightrope and fault lines in Republican political structure.

Philippines flooding 'kills 53'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:28
At least 53 people die in flooding and landslides in the Philippines this week with officials saying people may have underestimated the situation.

Obama's Iran Remarks Labeled Conciliatory, Naive

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

In an interview with NPR, the president left open the door to reopen the embassy in Tehran, called Iran's defense concerns "legitimate" and said it could become a "successful regional power."

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Md. Governor To Commute Sentences Of State's Remaining Death Row Inmates

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

Martin O'Malley said it didn't make sense to allow this play out in the judiciary when the legislature had already decided to outlaw the death penalty.

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79 City Link jobs in Wales to go

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:10
Seventy nine jobs will go at Welsh depots of collapsed delivery firm City Link after a bid to buy the company failed.

City Link announces 2,356 job losses

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 08:03
The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link announce 2,356 job losses after a bid to buy the company fails.

US state spares four on death row

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 07:57
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has commuted the sentence of the state's four remaining death row inmates to life in prison.

Liverpool owners happy with results

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 07:45
Liverpool's American owners tell supporters they are encouraged by recent performances after a slow start to the season.

10 Final Thoughts Of The Protojournalist

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 07:13

As the sun sets on The Protojournalist storytelling project, I reflect on the question: What have I done?

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