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Obama to unveil immigration overhaul

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:04
Major changes to the US immigration system that would help up to five million undocumented people are to be unveiled this week by President Barack Obama.

VIDEO: Injured rhino zookeeper is 'stable'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:59
Whipsnade Zoo has confirmed the senior zookeeper who was injured in an incident involving a rhino is now in a stable condition and is being cared for in hospital

Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:43

The Singapore activist created World Toilet Day in 2001, got U.N. sponsorship last year and posed for us on a toilet outdoors on a freezing day. That's how committed he is to bringing toilets to all.

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VIDEO: 'Better Scotland for all' pledge

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:39
First minister elect Nicola Sturgeon promises to build a Scotland that all "who live and work here can be proud of".

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:39
The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:36

The Home Office said Julien Blanc's presence wasn't conducive to the public good. Blanc, a dating coach, makes racist and derogatory references to women, and appears to condone violence toward them.

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VIDEO: Couple's video guide to 'hovel' hotel

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:30
A hotel that "fined" a couple £100 who described it as a "rotten, stinking hovel" in a review is to stop making the charge, trading standards say.

MI5 tapes 'show dissident tensions'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:21
Secret MI5 recordings reveal disputes between rival factions of the Continuity IRA, a court is told.

F1 driver Bianchi 'out of coma'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:18
Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma, his family confirm.

Light aircraft hits farm bungalow

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:18
A light aircraft crashes after hitting a bungalow on a farm in Lincolnshire.

You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:18

A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child's heartbeat and other vital signs. But they're not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.

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I'm not a racist - Wigan boss Mackay

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:15
New Wigan boss Malky Mackay insists he is not racist and says he has been on a "diversity education programme".

Ford starts as England make changes

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:15
Bath fly-half George Ford will make his first international start as England make five changes for the visit of Samoa.

Q&A: Calling time on the beer tie

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:06
Will pub rule change affect price of a pint?

How a $150 million investment turned into $3.3 billion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:00

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has sold its royalty rights to a powerful game-changing drug that it helped fund and develop.

The national charity has flipped a $150 million dollar investment into a more than $3 billion dollar deal, a figure that’s more than 20 times the organization’s budget last year.

While the windfall means more money for research, the drug itself costs more than $300,000 and has been out of reach for some with this fatal disease.

Let’s face it, it’s a little unusual for national charities like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to team up with drug makers and start selling royalties.

But Dr. Ahmet Uluer of Boston Children’s Hospital says it’s good they did.

“Without this relationship this drug is not being developed. And we are maybe not where we are right now, looking at this ethical dilemma of pricing and availability to patients,” he says.

The question for some is whether the foundation has put its own health in front of people with this disease.

In Arkansas, Medicaid officials have denied the use of this treatment to three patients in part because the drug – Kalydeco – is so expensive.

University of Massachusetts’ Dr. Brian O’Sullivan says “this is a really thorny issue and certainly some of this money needs to go back to patient care and access to drugs.”

While Kalydeco helps a sliver of patients, O’Sullivan says the next generation of drugs could treat up to 50 percent, and they may be as expensive, so they may not be as effective.

That would mean lots of potential battles between the sick and insurers who are expected to pay the bill.

Vertex says it offers a patient assistance program to help cover costs. The company says virtually every patient who has been prescribed kalydeco in the U.S. has access to it.


WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:59

A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.

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Car park death girl 'did not jump'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:58
A teenage girl who died after falling from a car park 10 years ago told paramedics she had not jumped, an inquest hears.

Irish government caps water charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:57
The Irish government revises its plans for the introduction of domestic water charges, a key austerity measure.

Cuban doctor diagnosed with Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:50
A Cuban doctor working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola, officials say, in what is thought to be the country's first case of the disease.

Liberian workforce hard-hit by Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:40
Nearly half of all Liberians who were employed when the Ebola outbreak began are no longer working, a survey by the World Bank has found.