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Accused 'discussed chance of kill'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:46
Three alleged dissident republicans were covertly recorded in talks about seeking out security force targets with a high chance of "getting a kill", the High Court hears.

Israel may widen Gaza offensive - PM

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:42
Israel is prepared to "significantly widen" its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.

South Africa 'cleans up for Mandela'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:38
South Africans mark the first Mandela Day since the anti-apartheid icon's death with a government call to clean up their country.

VIDEO: Assisted dying: 'Help to avoid suffering'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26
The BBC spoke to a lady with terminal cancer about her support for the assisted dying bill.

Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26

The ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver mirrors the same court's decision regarding a gay-marriage ban in Utah.

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From Twitter: The News Unfolds Of The AIDS Figures On Flight MH17

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26

A number of AIDS researchers, activists and officials were on Flight MH17, headed to the International AIDS Conference when the plane was shot out of the sky. Here's how Twitter spread the news.

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Friday's gossip column

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:25
Man City line up Barkley bid, QPR agree fee with Cardiff for Caulker, West Ham want Jenkinson, plus more.

Nibali wins stage to extend Tour lead

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:25
Vincenzo Nibali races away from his rivals on the summit finish at Chamrousse as Team Sky's Richie Porte drops to 16th.

Week in pictures: 12-18 July 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:14
Powerful news photos from the past week

New Deepcut inquest to be held

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:10
A new inquest is ordered into the death of 18-year-old soldier Pte Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995.

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:01

Many clinics closed because of a new requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics. Many doctors couldn't comply.

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Who should police FedEx packages?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:00

The Justice Department is accusing FedEx of shipping packages from illegal online pharmacies in spite of repeated warnings from U.S. drug enforcement officials. 

A Justice Department indictment says FedEx knew it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts, and continued the deliveries in spite of warnings from the government. 

In a statement, FedEx says it can't police the more than 10 million packages it delivers per day. So, what are FedEx's responsiblities here?

“What you ideally would go for in this case is whoever is buying or selling these illegal drugs, not who’s carrying them,” says David Ross, a global logistics analyst at Stifel Nicolaus who follows FedEx.

Ross says FedEx would lose money if it spent time going through its packages.  

Kent Smith of Ursa Major Associates agrees that FedEx can’t police shipments. Still, he says, FedEx should have a reasonable idea of what it’s transporting. 

“If they’re aware that these companies were in trouble with the law, I think they had an obligation to do something about it,” he says.

The indictment says that instead, after some online drug sites were shut down by the government, FedEx started requiring online pharmacy shippers to be approved by its credit department, but continued delivering packages for them.

VIDEO: 'Lightning hit me during storm'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:56
One woman describes her lucky escape as lightning struck her house as she leant out a window filming the storm.

Higher earthquake risk for eastern US

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:41
A new US geological survey indicates one-third of the nation is at a higher risk of earthquakes, with 16 states in increased peril.

Banks to face full competition probe

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:39
Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recommended a full competition inquiry into banks.

In pictures: Lightning storms hit UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:37
Lightning strikes the UK

Ofsted 'biased on teaching methods'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:33
A think tank says teachers are being marked down by Ofsted for using traditional "chalk and talk" teaching methods.

Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:32

Rammasun, which killed 54 people as it passed across the Philippines Wednesday, had picked up strength as it approached the Chinese island of Hainan. One man was killed by falling debris in Hainan.

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O'Brien daughter to make Oaks history

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:09
Ana O'Brien, the daughter of trainer Aidan, will become the first female jockey to ride in the Irish Oaks on Saturday.

Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:08

Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.

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