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New Nato chief urges Russian rethink

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:19
The new Nato chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says the alliance wants constructive ties with Russia - but Russian policy in Ukraine must change.

Family appeal over Syria case teen

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:18
The family of a missing 15-year-old girl who is feared to have travelled to Syria make an appeal for her return.

UK legalises music and film ripping

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:11
The UK makes it legal to make duplicates of media files for personal use, but will still allow companies to add copy-protection code.

Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:04
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group.

Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud Of It

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:52

She's an aquamarine puppet with a mission: Stop the practice of open defecation. That's a tall order for a 6-year-old Muppet. But she's up for the job: "Let's face it. We all got to go."

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'Racist' Banksy mural destroyed

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:50
A Banksy mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners is destroyed after a complaint the work was "racist".

Kissinger 'considered Cuba strikes'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:49
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.

Fresh strikes around key Syrian town

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:31
US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane.

The Message On Ebola: Don't Panic

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:31

Following the first confirmed case of an Ebola patient diagnosed with the disease after reaching U.S. soil, the Centers for Disease Control and the news media caution against an overreaction.

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Ambulance staff vote for strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:28
Ambulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

VIDEO: Chaotic scenes at exit point for Syrians

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:28
Paul Adams reports from the Syrian-Turkish border where thousands of refugees are attempting to reach safety.

Policy change over armed police

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:25
Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.

The numbers for October 1, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:22

The private sector added 213,000 jobs in September, according to an ADP payroll report out Wednesday morning. That's just ahead of expectations and a jump from the August report, which was revised down to 202,000 additions. Small businesses lead the way, with 88,000 jobs added to companies with less than 50 employees in September.

The government will release its monthly jobs report at the end of the week. As we wait for those numbers, here's what we're watching Wednesday:

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Wednesday is Chinese National Day, and one human rights group estimates "nearly two dozen" people have been detained in mainland China for their support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The government has been moving quickly to scrub images of the protest from the Internet and tamp down small bursts of solidarity from the mainland, the New York Times reported, and Amnesty International said at least 60 people have been brought in for questioning about their support.

$1.5 billion

California's drought enters its fourth year Wednesday. An August study from the University of California at Davis estimated $1.5 billion in farm revenue has been lost, along with 17,100 jobs. A new report released this week linked climate change to many heat waves around the world in 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported, but could not draw a clear connection between human activity and the drought.

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That's how high fees can get for families sending money to incarcerated loved ones through JPay, a private vendor that handles money transfers for 70 percent of inmates in the U.S. JPay is at the center of an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity exploring the heavy, hidden costs put on inmates and their families. The second half of the series, focusing on no-bid agreements between big banks and corrections departments, will run Thursday.

VIDEO: How is China reporting HK protests?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:03
The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on how the Chinese media are reporting on the protests in Hong Kong

5 Things We Learned From New Database Of Payments To Doctors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:03

Royalty and licensing payments accounted for almost a third of the amount paid to doctors by drug and device companies. The total exceeded the amount spent on speeches, consulting and meals.

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Public health officials: We're prepared for Ebola

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:00

Federal health authorities are working hard to reassure the public they’re ready to contain the Ebola virus after announcing the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. — a man who traveled from Liberia to Texas. 

Health workers are now trying to find people the infected man may have come into contact with. Those contacts will be monitored for 21 days.

“You’ve having to monitor all of those folks this person has been in contact with. And then that may expand to, you know, if one of those people is sick then you expand to trace all of their contacts,” says Jeanne Ringel, director of the population health program at RAND Corporation.

All that monitoring takes a lot of people and resources. Federal health officials tried to get a head start.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent checklists to hospitals with advice on containing the disease and protecting staff. The U.S. started beefing up bioterrorism preparedness years ago, after the anthrax attacks in 2001. 

Now, health officials say, all of that prep work is paying off.

“Our health system today is in much better shape than it was five or ten years ago to be able to identify and contain outbreaks like Ebola, even though that’s not exactly what we’re planning for,” says Dr. Paul Biddinger, chief of the division of emergency preparedness at Mass General Hospital. 

Dr. Biddinger says he’s not surprised that an Ebola case showed up in the U.S. He’s been preparing for it for months.  

 

 

 

VIDEO: Meet boy with a tax disc obsession

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:28
Jude Currie is a 12-year-old boy from Cobham in Surrey with a rather unusual hobby

VIDEO: RAF releases video of Iraq attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:26
RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck.

Deadly attack on Donetsk school

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:20
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

VIDEO: Gove challenged on Tory-UKIP defectors

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:19
Michael Gove says Mark Reckless "assured me and others repeatedly that he was not going to defect" to UKIP.
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