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In Video: The Great Llama Drama Of 2015

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 12:12

The nation was riveted by a pair of llamas that broke free in Sun City, Ariz. The llamas ran through parking lots and boulevards, until the men with lassos were called.

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Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool (agg 1-1, pens 5-4)

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 12:09
Liverpool are knocked out of the Europa League in the round of 32 as Turkish side Besiktas win a penalty shootout.

South Korea Decriminalizes Cheating, Shares Of Contraceptive Companies Rise

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:56

The country's Constitutional Court voted 7-2 to abolish a 1953 law that made adultery a crime punishable by up to two years in prison.

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Don't panic after Worlds - Trott

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:46
Laura Trott believes there is no need to panic after Great Britain failed to win a gold medal at the World Championships.

Boehner silent on shut down vote

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:32
House Speaker John Boehner has refused to say if the House will vote on a Senate bill funding homeland security before a Friday deadline.

Canadian court keeps oath to Queen

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:01
Canada's Supreme Court rejects an appeal to remove the country's citizenship oath, which requires applicants to swear allegiance to the British monarchy.

Saudi Man Convicted Of Conspiracy In 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:55

Khalid al-Fawwaz was convicted on all four conspiracy charges tied to the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. has said al-Fawwaz was Osama bin Laden's lieutenant in Britain.

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Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:55

The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images of art created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory.

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Inter Milan 1-0 Celtic (agg 4-3)

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:53
Ten-man Celtic are knocked out of the Europa League by Inter Milan for whom Fredy Guarin scored a fabulous late goal.

Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (agg 3-1)

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:51
Fiorentina knock Tottenham out of the Europa League after second-leg goals from Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah.

Fawwaz guilty of US embassy attacks

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:45
A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty of plotting the al-Qaeda bombing of US embassies in east Africa in 1998, killing 224 people.

Net loss: Anatomy of a pledge

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:29
Where David Cameron's pledge to cut net migration to below 100,000 came from - and how it fell apart.

VIDEO: Banksy artwork on streets of Gaza

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:19
Street artist Banksy has secretly travelled to Gaza where he produced a range of murals as part of a new documentary.

World number 1,555 leads Joburg Open

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:06
Nic Henning, the joint lowest-ranked golfer on the professional tour, shoots a course record 62 to lead in South Africa.

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:47

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.

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Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch Nomination As Attorney General

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:41

President Obama's nominee cleared a major hurdle to succeed Eric Holder. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber where it is expected to pass.

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This Kickstarter has the most supporters

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:26

The Kickstarter with the most supporters, at 219,382 people, is a card game called Exploding Kittens.

Here's the key paragraph from its Kickstarter page: "Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. "

No, I don't know what's the matter with people either, but the thing raised almost $9 million.

Facebook expands suicide prevention efforts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:26

Over the next few months, Facebook users will have access to some new tools to help prevent suicide among their friends. Friends can already report suicidal content when they see it online. Now both the person who posts that content — and the friend who reports it — will be directed to mental health resources.

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“What this does is it allows people to connect in a large way and provide support through a free platform,” says Stephen Miller, operations manager at Forefront, a nonprofit suicide prevention group in Seattle that helped develop the new tools.

Five years ago Miller lost a friend to suicide, after that friend posted troubling comments on Facebook.

“I didn’t know what to do,” says Miller.

Some privacy advocates are worried about the potential unintended consequences of allowing people to flag their friends.  

“What happens to that record of that tag of someone who’s suicidal?” says Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog. “Can they ever erase it from their Facebook history, which is the property of Facebook?”

The reporting process is “entirely confidential,” says Rob Boyle, a product manager at Facebook. Posters won't know who flagged their content, and what they choose to do remains private.

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“We take privacy and confidentiality very seriously,” he says, “especially around this product and these experiences.”

Why oil prices move up and down so much

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:26

On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that oil inventories are at historic highs — we’re running out of places to put the stuff. So, why, did oil prices… rise? And then, why did they fall again the next day?

A lot of factors can move the price of oil day to day, and they may or may not have anything to do with where the market is heading long term. 

For instance, traders were not surprised when U.S. crude inventories hit a new high. And that is why prices went up, says Walter Zimmerman, chief technical analyst for United-ICAP.

"There’s an old proverb," Zimmerman says. "What everybody knows, is already in the price."

In other words, Wednesday's opening price of oil already included a discount for the over-supply that everybody expected to see. So, when the news became official, prices didn’t crash. 

And that says Zimmerman, spooked some traders, who thought, "Hey wait, bad news came, why aren’t prices crashing?" They worried they’d bet too low — and bid up prices a bit.

"This happens quite frequently," he says. "It’s a feature of the landscape of oil trading."

He thinks Thursday's dip was a correction — but there’s always another theory.

"And sometimes it’s counter-intuitive," says Phil Flynn, senior market analyst with Price Futures Group. "Today, oil is down because the U.S. economy’s good!"

Here's what Flynn means:

1. Good news about the U.S. economy makes for a stronger U.S. dollar.

2. Oil priced in dollars is more expensive for countries buying in, say, Euros.

3. Globally, that would mean weaker demand…  and lower prices.

There are facts that shape oil markets over time, but trying to figure out which ones are the most important is really, really hard.  

"At the end of the day, it’s supply and demand, but what goes into supply and demand just boggles the mind," says Flynn. "It’s the story of the global economy. How’s the global economy going to do?"

As someone once said: "It’s hard to make predictions. Especially about the future."

GAA fund has brought 60 bodies home

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:22
A fund set up by members of the GAA in Newry, County Down, 19 months ago says it has helped to repatriate the bodies of 60 people who died abroad back to the island of Ireland.

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