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What Policing Looks Like To A Former Investigator Of Misconduct

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:27

Monica Potts reflects on her time reviewing civilian complaints about encounters with the NYPD, in light of several high-profile, videotaped confrontations this summer between officers and civilians.

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Man guilty of stepdaughter murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:25
A man is found guilty of the "violent and vicious" murder of his stepdaughter, who was also his former lover.

Syrian sarin gas chemicals destroyed

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:25
The international chemical weapons watchdog says all the precursor chemicals for sarin gas removed from Syria have now been destroyed.

Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:23

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

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Historic fort cuts timing 'crazy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:18
Laying off some temporary staff at a military fort that has just marked the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 is "crazy", a volunteer has said.

Math's Highest Honor Is Given To A Woman For The First Time

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:16

Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, was among four winners of the Fields Medal. She said she hopes the win "encourages young female scientists and mathematicians."

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VIDEO: Lancasters in first tandem flight

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:10
Two World War Two Lancaster bombers fly together for the first time in 50 years.

Amazon looks for data... at flea markets?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:00

Amazon's newly released product for small businesses, Amazon Local Register, works just like Square — the little thing that the guy at the farmers market plugs into his iPhone to run credit cards. (Amazon’s is elongated. Call it...Rectangle.)

This is Amazon, so of course the product is a bit cheaper than the competition, with an introductory rate that’s about 35 percent less than what merchants pay Square. Even after that expires, Amazon’s rate will still be a little lower. 

The product may enjoy other advantages, says Will Hernandez, editor of the trade publication Mobile Payments Today.

"Amazon has a lot of name-brand recognition among consumers and even merchants," he says. "They’ve got some major clout." Amazon also has existing relationships with a lot of merchants — including a system that processes online payments.

Analysts aren’t sure how much money Amazon can make processing payments for artisanal soap or hand-roasted coffee, since it has to pay fees to intermediaries like Visa.  

"To process retail transactions, there's a cost to it as well," says Paula Rosenblum, managing partner at Retail Systems Research. "This just strikes me as a distraction." 

But Amazon can pull in something else it wants: data.

"It may sound almost absurd to think, ‘Well, what kind of information can you get, knowing that someone’s paying dog-walkers or flea-markets or whatever?’" says James Wester, research director for global payments at the tech-research company IDC. "But the fact of the matter is, that’s what data is about. You don’t know what the patterns are until you have all of that data."

At Niger's School For Husbands, The Lesson Is 'Space Your Children'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:56

Its birthrate is the world's highest: seven kids per woman. There's not enough fertile land to feed everyone. So Niger is telling its men that a big family is not the only way to be a Big Man.

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Libyan parliament seeks foreign help

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:52
Libya's parliament votes for foreign intervention to protect civilians caught up in deadly clashes between rival militia groups.

VIDEO: Screaming fans greet Lady Gaga

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:38
Screaming fans greeted pop star Lady Gaga as she arrived in Japan ahead of concerts on Wednesday and Thursday.

VIDEO: UK 'will play role' in Iraq help

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:36
Prime Minister David Cameron says "detailed plans" are being put in place to rescue thousands of people stranded in northern Iraq.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:31

The arachnid made quick work of the bug and retreated back off-camera — but not before it surprised viewers and entertained many on Twitter and elsewhere.

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Botswana's Montsho B sample positive

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:27
Former 400m world champion Amantle Montsho faces a two-year ban after her B sample drugs test came back positive.

Ex-charity boss 'took cash for debt'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:08
A former charity chief executive used money from the organisation's bank account to clear his own credit card debts, Swansea Crown Court hears.

Palestinians Consider Egyptian Proposal As Cease-Fire's End Looms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:06

Egypt's proposal calls for, among other things, a partial easing of the blockade of the Gaza Strip. But significant gaps remain between Hamas and Israel. Their three-day cease-fire ends at midnight.

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London Grammar lead indie awards

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 05:59
London Grammar head the nominations for the Association of Independent Music awards, with nods in four categories.

Ancient sites show up in dry weather

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 05:56
A number of prehistoric and Roman sites have been spotted by an aerial archaeologist during recent good weather.

In A Shift, China Allows Pope Francis To Use Its Airspace For Asia Trip

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 05:55

The Vatican hasn't had formal relations with China since 1949, when the communists took charge. Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today for a five-day visit.

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Non-residents may lose tax allowance

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 05:32
Hundreds of thousands of non-residents could lose their tax-free allowance on UK earnings, under Treasury proposals.
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