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Baby rape plot gang members guilty

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 04:08
Members of a paedophile network which preyed on very young children, including a baby, are found guilty of plotting the abuse at Bristol Crown Court.

Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:56

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.

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Flash crash trader appears in court

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:54
A UK financial trader accused of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" appears in court and opposes his extradition to the US.

Angolan police deny sect massacre

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:52
At least 20 people have died after Angolan police raided the camp of a religious sect, police confirm - they deny reports of 200 deaths.

Hatton Garden heist damage revealed

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:49
Images of the hole drilled by thieves into the vault at a Hatton Garden safe deposit company in central London are released by the Met Police.

India farmer suicide at Delhi rally

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:41
An Indian farmer dies after he hangs himself from a tree at a farmers' rally addressed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

'Sliver Of Hope' In Freddie Gray Case, Former Baltimore Police Chief Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:22

"This is possibly the spark that's going to ignite change, real change, in this city, and with the Baltimore Police Department," says former commissioner Leonard Hamm.

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India punishes al-Jazeera over map

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:19
India takes Al Jazeera off-air for five days, claiming that it had shown wrong maps of Kashmir.

The mother who abducted her own child

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:00
The mother who abducted her own child

Man jailed for murdering joiner

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:00
A man is jailed for at least 19 years for stabbing to death joiner Jordan MacKay in South Queensferry.

PODCAST: The spark behind the "Flash Crash"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-22 03:00

First up, we talk about the challenge of proving that a trader is out to manipulate a financial market. We talk to Joel Hasbrouck, a financial industry consultant and Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business, for more. Plus, search giant Google could launch its new wireless service as early as today. The Wall Street Journal reports a key feature is customers paying only for the data they use instead of buying data in bulk, whether they use it or not. And a California appeals court has ruled that one city's special system of charging for water—the more you use, the higher the price—is invalid. Pricing water is tough, even in places not beset by drought.

I'll be fit for World Cup - Houghton

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:58
England captain Steph Houghton says she is "100% sure" she will be fit in time for this summer's World Cup in Canada.

EU charges Gazprom with market abuse

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:42
The European Commission charges Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets.

105mph paramedic is struck off

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:39
A paramedic who claimed he was going to help an injured cyclist when he was caught riding his motorbike at 105mph is struck off.

Avengers scripts 'burnt' to avoid leaks

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:35
The cast of the Avengers say pages of scripts had to be shredded daily on set to stop details of the new film leaking.

O'Sullivan through to second round

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:35
Ronnie O'Sullivan beats qualifier Craig Steadman 10-3 to secure a place in round two of the World Championship.

A look at how you're doing based on where you vote

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:30

One useful way to answer the question of how America is doing is to consult a new statistical analysis out Wednesday called "Geographies of Opportunity."

It looks at statistics on health, education, and what we earn and produce what's called a Human Development Index. As the campaign gears up, the report offers a breakdown by congressional district in the U.S., compiled by an outfit called Measure of America.

The report also allows for comparison between congressional districts on everything from median earnings, to level of education, to life expectancy.

Measure of America

Especially interesting among the findings: The higher the proportion of foreign-born residents in a congressional district, the longer people live. For example, data shows foreign-born Latinos live much longer than native-born Latinos.

Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis says one possible theory points to social cohesion and family support buffering the effects of poverty to create better outcomes.

Click the media player above to hear Kristen Lewis in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Japan PM offers 'remorse' for WW2

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:15
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe expresses "deep remorse" over his country's actions in World War Two, stopping short of the fresh apology demanded by China.

Study queries non-hazardous plastic

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:12
Researchers question the non-hazardous ranking of plastic, saying its environmental impacts are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as other pollutants.

SA army raids to curb violence

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-22 02:07
South African soldiers and police conduct a series of raids in an effort to curb attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of shops.

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