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May defends terror suspect handling

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:11
Home Secretary Theresa May defends her decision to scrap control orders as Labour suggests it helped terror suspects join fighting overseas.

SF speaker accepts Commonwealth role

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:08
Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin says he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Fiji Launches Competition For New National Flag

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:07

The South Pacific nation wants to replace its flag that has a Union Jack and a shield that bears the country's coat of arms. The current flag was adopted in 1970 following independence from Britain.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:54

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987, and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Bondage prompts This Morning probe

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:50
Media watchdog Ofcom investigates ITV's daytime show This Morning over complaints about a bondage discussion.

VIDEO: Skydiver saved after mid-air seizure

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:47
A quick-thinking skydiving instructor in Western Australia came to the rescue when one of his students had an epileptic seizure during a jump.

Yarl's Wood suspension after C4 film

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:47
A member of staff is suspended at Yarl's Wood detention centre after a guard is secretly filmed calling inmates "caged animals".

Quiz: An econ lesson in open textbooks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:34

College students spend more than $1,000, on average, for textbooks and supplies each year, according to the Student Public Interest Research Groups.

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Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:34

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday.

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What next for Russia's opposition?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:33
It is time for the Kremlin's opponents to stop jostling for primacy and let the Russian people take the lead, writes Konstantin von Eggert.

VIDEO: How strong is Iraq's army?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:23
Iraq's army is battling an jihadist insurgency - but how strong is the force?

VIDEO: Video captures fatal police shooting

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:23
A video captures the moment three US police officers shoot dead a homeless man during a scuffle in the Skid Row area of central Los Angeles.

'No disrespect' in Netanyahu speech

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:18
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his upcoming speech to Congress is "not intended to disrespect" President Barack Obama.

Libya names Haftar as army chief

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:11
Libya's internationally recognised government in Tobruk names former controversial anti-Islamist Khalifa Haftar as the new head of the national army.

Police surround Myanmar students

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:09
Riot police in Myanmar surround a monastery in which some 300 students taking part in a protest march are camping en route to Yangon.

Yeates killer had child porn images

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:07
The man convicted of the murder of Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates in 2011 pleads guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Woman had sex with 15-year-old boy

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:03
A woman who had sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy is warned she could face jail.

Feds want fewer anti-psychotics prescribed to seniors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:33

Some patients with dementia can behave in ways that caregivers find difficult: They hit, they yell. Sometimes, they get prescribed anti-psychotics.

The Food and Drug Administration says that such off-label uses are risky — people taking them are more likely to die.  A new report from the Government Accountability Office recommends steps for reducing their use.

Marketing efforts for these non-approved uses have drawn fire from federal prosecutors. In 2013, Johnson & Johnson paid more than a billion dollars in federal fines for improperly marketing its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. In March of this year, a Chicago psychiatrist pleaded guilty to accepting $600,000 in kickbacks from another drug-maker.

Not all adoption is illicit, says Dan Mendolson, CEO of Avalere, a health-care consultancy.

"A lot of the demand is driven by the patients' families," he says. "These are effective drugs, and the reason why they’re so widely prescribed is because they work beautifully."

However, they may eclipse other, safer alternatives, says Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at Johns Hopkins University.

"There are certainly some settings where clinicians and patients and family members are between a rock and a hard place," Alexander says. "But I don’t think it’s fair to say that there aren’t other options. And I don’t think it’s fair to say that patients are breaking down the doors, trying to access these therapies."

The Department of Health and Human Services has been attempting to reduce the use of these drugs in nursing homes. Today’s report looks at their use with patients in other settings.

HTC hints at Half-life VR game

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:32
The chairwoman of HTC tells the BBC her company is "co-operating" with Half-life for its virtual reality helmet.

Man dies after two-vehicle crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:25
A 55-year-old man dies following a two-vehicle crash on the A1 near Dromore, County Down.

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