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Call to cut young prisoner suicides

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 01:25
Prisons must do more to stop young inmates taking their own lives, a government investigator says in a report on deaths of inmates aged 18 to 24.

VIDEO: High jumper suffers 'terrible' slip

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 01:22
Russia's Aleksey Dmitrik suffers a "terrible" slip on his third attempt at 2.15m in the high jump qualification round at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich.

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 01:10
The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

Gawker Media faced with anonymous trolls

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 01:00

On Monday, the staff at the Gawker Media site Jezebel wrote a group post criticizing their parent company for refusing to address issues with Kinja, the comment system for the company’s blog network.

In the post, the editors detailed the efforts of an anonymous commenter who was posting graphic .gifs depicting sexual violence in the comments section of many posts.

Click the media player above to hear Erin Ryan, News Editor at Jezebel, in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson

The burner accounts -- a feature added when Gawker’s sites revamped their comment system -- in theory allow people to write about things happening in their companies without going on the record. But that’s not always what’s happening.

The fundamental problem with these images being posted, argues Ryan, is that once a reader has seen the image, they have seen the offending content in its entirety. This, she argues, is emblematic of a broader issue with the internet.

“People who want to make women feel bad for one reason or another have an anonymous forum with no consequences,” says Ryan.

As it stands, Gawker Media has banned image uploading in comments, and the company says it’s working on a longer term solution.

US sends more advisers to Iraq

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:56
The US has sent 130 more military advisers to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

Norovirus outbreak closes Devon park

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:49
A country park in Devon is temporarily closed after dozens of people fall ill with suspected norovirus.

VIDEO: 'Giant' spider photobombs newscast

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:45
A spider has photobombed BBC Scotland's news to capture an insect trapped on a camera showing live shots of the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Saturdays singer set for Strictly

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:33
The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge is the first celebrity to be confirmed for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

VIDEO: Shimon Peres 'seeks peace' over Gaza

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:21
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres says he seeks peace over the Gaza conflict, as talks continue on a third day of a fresh ceasefire.

Security firm G4S back in profit

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:16
Security firm G4S reports a pre-tax profit of £85m for the six months to the end of June, compared with a loss of £94m a year earlier.

Obituary: Lauren Bacall

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:56
The life of screen legend Lauren Bacall

Delhi University admits transgenders

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:54
Delhi University acknowledges transgender students for the first time after introducing a column for a third gender in its application forms.

Best beer in Britain announced

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:53
A West Yorkshire beer is named the best in Britain at a festival held in London to celebrate real ale.

Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:25

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:24

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.

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Disability benefit cuts claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:18
More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes, according to the Scottish government.

VIDEO: Archives highlight WW1 conscription

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:13
A rare collection of World War One documents has been discovered in Staffordshire, which show details of the tribunals held in the county after conscription was introduced in 1916.

VIDEO: Warning over computer viruses

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:09
Almost 11,000 people had their computer hacked by a virus last year, giving cyber criminals access to personal data.

VIDEO: Anorexia: research into DNA link

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 23:01
Scientists in the UK are examining the DNA of people who have had anorexia to try to find out more about the condition.

VIDEO: Robin Williams: Police confirm suicide

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-12 22:45
US actor and comedian Robin Williams had been treated for depression and took his own life at his California home, police confirm.
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