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In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 12:19

A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students.

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Why The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 12:00

Medical researchers have made only modest progress treating the most common cancers since the war on cancer was declared in 1971. The disease has proved far more complicated than doctors had hoped.

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Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:57

The $70 million dollar deal will join the makers of Major League Baseball's official bat with the company that produces MLB's official glove.

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Stats Split On Progress Against Cancer

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:53

When you dig into the number on cancer, the results are mixed. Overall, deaths are up. But survival five years after diagnosis has improved for many forms of the disease, including breast cancer.

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Supreme Court Declines Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:51

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID laws are making their way through the courts, including to strict laws in Texas and North Carolina.

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'No evidence' UVa gang rape occurred

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:28
Charlottesville, Virginia, police have said an investigation has produced no evidence a gang rape portrayed in a Rolling Stone article occurred.

Greece: Time and money is running out

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:23

The Greek government is running out of money. The country has only enough cash to last another couple of weeks.

So when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today, it's not surprising he wanted her support for financial concessions.

Germany is the largest contributor to Greece's various bailouts, so it has a powerful voice in European negotiations. However, the relationship between the two countries isn't going so well.

Just as the saying goes: "history repeats itself" — the two countries’ disagreement goes back to World War II.

"The Greeks have dusted down an old claim for reparations for Nazi atrocities against Greece during World War II," says Marketplace’s Stephen Beard. "That has played very badly in Germany."

EC funds switch 'good for science'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:21
Taking money out of Europe's research budget for a special economic stimulus plan will end up boosting science, claims Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

VIDEO: BBC exclusive: At home with Cameron

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:20
The prime minister gives an exclusive and wide-ranging interview to James Landale.

Meet the guardian of Fenway Park

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:00

Boston's Fenway Park is the hallowed home of the Red Sox, famous for the so-called "green monster" wall that lives out in high left field and the lone red seat in the bleachers that marks the park's farthest home run.

David Mellor, director of grounds at Fenway Park, keeps the park and all its famous landmarks in good shape and ready for ball games.

Mellor knows all there is to know about the park itself, including temperaments of the green monster.

"The green monster, being 37 feet high and green, absorbs a lot of heat," says Mellor. He says during the spring, fall and winter, the massive heat-absorbing wall helps melt the snow and warm up the grass. "But in the summer, that radiant heat is something we have to monitor and make sure the grass doesn't get too hot or dry out," Mellor explains.

Before it was his job to take care of the park, Mellor dreamt of pitching for Major League Baseball. But a tragic accident ruined Mellor's plans to become a player for the MLB.

"A month after I got out of high school, before I could play baseball in college, I was hit by a car," says Mellor.

In the end, Mellor was destined for Fenway.

"My job is the next best thing to playing, I'm very honored to be here," Mellor says.

Nadal decides on Queen's return

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:59
World number three Rafael Nadal will play at the Aegon Championships at Queen's for the first time since 2011.

Sandwich Monday: Burger King's YUMBO

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:55

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the YUMBO. It's a Burger King sandwich with ham and cheese recently pulled out of retirement.

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On-duty paramedic 'shopped in M&S'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:51
A paramedic shopped in Marks and Spencer while an elderly patient with blood poisoning waited in an ambulance, a panel hears.

Police defend underspend of £14m

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:37
A 'lack of clarity around future budgets' is hampering the PSNI's ability to improve policing, the deputy chief constable says

Netanyahu apologises to Arab voters

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:26
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says sorry for warning "the Arabs are voting in droves" during election campaign.

Nigeria tycoon funds entrepreneurs

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:21
Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu says he will fund 1,000 budding African entrepreneurs as part of a $100m (£670,000) initiative to boost the continent's private sector.

Israel's Netanyahu Apologizes For Remarks On Arab Voters

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:19

The Israeli leader, in an attempt to get his supporters to vote last week, warned that Arab citizens were voting "in droves" to unseat his government. The comments were widely criticized.

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FA plans to restrict non-EU players

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:08
The FA announces proposals to restrict the number of non-EU players in English football and toughen rules on home-grown talent.

Gold in faeces 'worth millions'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:07
US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.

Migrants found in unsafe premises

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:05
Around 100 migrant workers have been rehoused after being found to be living in "grossly unsuitable and unsafe premises" in Flintshire.

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