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VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 13:01
Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

VIDEO: The debate over competition in the NHS

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:40
Recent large contracts are fuelling the debate over competition for services within the NHS.

More Men Put Ambitions On Back Burner For Their Partners' Careers

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:37

Women have been moving for their husbands' jobs for decades. But today, more men are following in their partners' footsteps — and grappling with the implications for their own careers.

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Newry no confidence vote defeated

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:35
A motion of no confidence in the Sinn Féin mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council is defeated.

UKIP MEP uses 'outrageous' term

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:22
Comments made by a UKIP MEP about a Thai constituent are described as offensive, rude and outrageous by the woman's husband.

Ship death Afghans in asylum plea

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:18
A group of people from Afghanistan rescued from a shipping container in Essex are seeking asylum in the UK, the Home Office confirms.

Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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The Designs Behind Airstrikes — And The Damage They've Dealt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

As U.S. deputy commander in Iraq until January 2011, Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero oversaw targeting for airstrikes during 17 months of the troop surge there. He tells Robert Siegel that for such strikes to be effective, they must be one part of a larger, overarching strategy.

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Hit Hard By Ebola, Liberia Now Has A Third Treatment Center

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

Men, women and children began lining up hours before the new facility opened — only the third Ebola treatment center in a country where the virus is spreading with alarming speed.

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Ebola Hotspot Opens A New Treatment Center

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

The Ebola outbreak has been spreading through Liberia with alarming speed, yet for weeks there have been only two places in the whole country where people infected with the virus could get medical care. Doctors Without Borders just opened a third facility.

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What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the White House to brief President Obama on the latest federal response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo. FBI agents are set to finish canvassing for witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown, and more federal peacemakers will arrive to try to ease tensions.

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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 12:16

The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.

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Won't you please take a vacation?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:52

Chances are you know someone in your workplace who refuses to take a vacation. Or maybe it’s you. Research shows that one out of seven workers entitled to paid vacation time didn’t use it this past year.

Some managers prefer when their employees don’t take a vacation.

"Somewhere around 13 percent of U.S. managers are more likely to promote people who don’t take all of their vacation days," says Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School.

Other companies want to fix this problem - so, they’re paying for their employees’ vacation expenses. In 2012, the company FullContact began offering their employees about $7,000 a year for a vacation.

"The perception of managers and workers is that somehow people who never take any vacation, or are always doing their job, are somehow better team members and are more productive," says Koehn. "But the evidence on all of that is unambiguous. People who take time off are actually less stressed, more focused and more productive."

VIDEO: Birthday girl an 'unintended target'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:37
Sabrina Moss became the unintended victim of a battle between drug gangs when she was shot dead on her birthday.

Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:32

James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.

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Iceland raises volcano alert level

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:06
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

'No medical student goes to...become a businessperson'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:05

When Dr. Sandeep Jauhar was growing up, his mother held doctors in high esteem. 

"She always told us she wanted us to become doctors because she wanted people to stand when we walked into a room," says Jauhar, who went on to become a cardiologist.

Upon donning that hallowed white coat, however, Jauhar says he started to get uncomfortable. He felt like he was compromising some of the ideals of his youth to fit the business model of the American healthcare system. His new book, "Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician", voices his frustrations with today's changing medical landscape.

"What the system has done is forced physicians to behave in ways that they don't want to behave," he says. "No medical student goes to become a doctor to become a businessperson, but the system is so dysfunctional today that it has created this business mentality among doctors."

Jauhar says the system needs to be fixed to accommodate the needs of more ordinary patients.

"The system is wonderful if you have a rare disease or if you require very high-tech care, but if you're a run-of-the-mill patient who has a chronic disease that needs to be managed by multiple doctors, the level of coordination and communication in the American system is so weak, so lacking," he says. "Today, if a politician says, 'we have the best medical system in the world,' he doesn't sound patriotic, he just sounds clueless."

Sandwich Monday: The Roman-Style Burger

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:04

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger, Roman-Style. At M Burger, that means two grilled cheese sandwiches replace the bun.

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Elephant deaths reach tipping point

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 11:01
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

Break-in at Canada party leader home

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:54
Canadian police investigate a break-in at the home of Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, as he considers requesting a security detail.
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