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Orangutan Declared To Have Basic Legal Rights In Argentina

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:28

A Buenos Aires judge ruled in favor of advocates who are calling for more freedom for Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan who was born in a zoo.

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Quiz: How colleges break your heart

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:24

At least two private universities sent acceptance emails to rejected students in 2014.

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Police search for death crash man

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:18
Police search for a man who was in a car with Glasgow woman Faranza Kousar when it crashed on the A74 (M) killing her.

Footage released of sword robbery

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:03
CCTV footage of an armed robber brandishing a sword at two women working in a County Antrim filling station is released by police.

Sun's sizzling X-rays photographed

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:03
Nasa's "X-ray eye", designed to study distant galaxies and black holes, has turned its attention to our own star and snapped a remarkable portrait.

Arrest over Glasgow crash tweet

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 04:03
A man from Sunderland is arrested over an offensive tweet about the bin lorry crash in Glasgow in which six people were killed.

Key Greek vote goes to the wire

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:58
The Greek parliament fails for a second time to approve a new president, bringing the country closer to a snap election early next year.

AUDIO: Joe Cocker's brother 'loved his music'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:45
Victor Cocker speaks about his relationship with his brother, the late singer Joe Cocker.

Day in pictures: 23 December 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:40
Images from around the world: 23 December

Couple challenge civil partnerships

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:37
A heterosexual couple is challenging the ban on members of the opposite sex entering into civil partnerships, which they say is a "basic issue of discrimination and equality".

Ibrahimovic fumes as Borg gets top spot

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:34
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy at finishing second to tennis legend Bjorn Borg in list of top sporting Swedes.

Carlisle 'very poorly' says wife

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:31
Clarke Carlisle's wife says the ex-footballer is "very poorly" but "stable" after suffering injuries in a collision with a lorry.

VIDEO: 'Lost' seal recovering at sanctuary

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:29
A seal that was found 17 miles inland in Merseyside has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary.

UK lives too high on the hog (again)

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:28
How worried should we be by the UK's record current account deficit, our inability to pay our way in the world?

Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:03

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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GP surgeries in NI 'at 24-year low'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:01
The number of GP surgeries in Northern Ireland at its lowest since 1991, a group of doctors says.

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a strong GDP report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00
5 percent

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of gross domestic product to 5 percent, up from the 3.9 percent reported last month. As reported by the New York Times, this is the fastest growth rate for the U.S. economy since 2003.

$30 million

Sponsoring a bowl game for college football can be expensive – some estimate it costs companies as much as $30 million. It could be a big reason why there has been a recent shake-up in bowl game sponsorships.

10 hours

The Internet went down Monday for 10 hours (some reports say nine) in North Korea, leading some to speculate that the outage was the proportionate response to the Sony hacks promised by President Barack Obama.

$16,000

WSJ reports that last week, police in Chongqing, China, raided a training session for Uber drivers. Officials say they will crack down on such car-hailing services, fining drivers as much as 100,000 yuan, or $16,000.

$5,000

If you're looking for holiday gifts for that special Scientologist in your life, Quartz has a link to a Christmas catalogue featuring L. Ron-approved holiday merchandise. Maybe you're interested in a $5,000 e-meter as a stocking stuffer?

PODCAST: It's expensive to pay for college...football

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00

First up, we talk the biggest economic growth for the U.S. in 11 years. And college football’s new playoff system is shaking up the game off the field too. Some of the big companies sponsoring bowl games defected to another game or dropped their support altogether. We look at why there's been such a large shake up. Plus, many industries have gotten the Silicon Valley treatment (i.e. disruption), so why not Wall Street? More of our conversation with IEX CEO and President Brad Katsuyama on bringing innovation to financial services. 

It's beginning to look a lot like...a strong GDP report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00
5 percent

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of GDP to 5 percent, up from the 3.9 percent reported last month. As reported by the New York Times, this makes for the fastest growth rate for the U.S. economy since 2003.

$30 million

Sponsoring a bowl game for college football can be expensive—Some estimate it costs companies as much as $30 million. It could be a big reason why there has been a recent shake up of sponsorship of bowl games.

10 hours

The internet went down for 10 hours (some reports say 9) in North Korea on Monday, leading some to speculate that the outage was the proportionate response to the Sony hacks promised by President Barack Obama.

$16,000

WSJ reports that last week, police in Congqing, China raided a training session for Uber drivers. Officials say they will fine drivers using car-hailing services as much as 100,000 yuan, or $16,000.

$5,000

If you're looking for holiday gifts for that special Scientologist in your life, Quartz has a link to a Christmas catalogue featuring L. Ron-approved holiday merchandise. Maybe you're interested in a $5,000 e-meter as a stocking stuffer?

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:53
Al-Jazeera network suspends its Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, whose coverage angered Egypt's government and strained its relations with Qatar.

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