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Top 10 tips for being a best-selling author

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:57
How to be a best-selling author, by Sophie Kinsella

Briton Alan Henning 'killed by IS'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:55
A video purporting to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning is released by Islamic State militants.

What makes a suitable military code name?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:55
What makes a memorable military code name?

IS steps up attack on key Syria town

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:54
Intense clashes have erupted as Islamic State militants advanced on the Syrian town of Kobane, while Turkey vows to help stop it falling.

What's the end game for anti-IS air strikes?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:52
How much success will jet strikes on IS achieve?

What We Know About The American Being Held By The Islamic State

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:48

Peter Kassig was an Iraq War veteran who went to Syria to volunteer at hospitals. In a profile aired by CNN in 2012, Kassig said he's an idealist who believes in hopeless causes.

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Understated Justice Department Lawyer Emerges As Key Player

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:44

Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.

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Why so many marathon records are broken in Berlin

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:19
Why Berlin is the best place to run a record marathon

Coroner's criticism after baby died

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:18
A coroner criticises hospital staff's "lack of consideration" shown to a pregnant woman in labour, whose baby died shortly after being born.

The element that redefined time

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:16
The soft silvery metal that redefined time

England in a good place - Wilkinson

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:02
Jonny Wilkinson says England are in a "really good place" one year out from hosting the Rugby World Cup.

VIDEO: Floating artwork wows crowds

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:58
British artist Alex Chinneck has created a 'floating facade' at the Covent Garden market place. The work is called 'Take my lightning, but don't steal my thunder' and took several weeks to make.

Fire Breaks Out At Site Of Flight 93 National Memorial

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:52

The fire left three administrative buildings badly burned. The memorial marks the spot where United Flight 93 crashed during the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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From torture chamber to Hull City

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:40
Tortured in Egypt, self-made in England, hated by some Hull fans - Assem Allam on why he just wants to please the locals.

Prison officer 'stabbed' at jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:35
A prison officer is reported to have been stabbed as a disturbance breaks out at Swaleside jail on the Isle of Sheppey.

Can Wenger break the Mourinho curse?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:30
Amy Lawrence on how Jose Mourinho has dominated against Arsene Wenger, turning the tables from Arsenal's previous dominance over Chelsea.

After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:17

UNICEF estimates that thousands of children in West Africa have lost parents to Ebola. Convincing communities to accept and care for these children isn't always easy.

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Life under ISIS rule

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-03 14:12

As you may know, the U.S. and its partners are bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

One story you don't often hear is what all this means for people's lives in the war zone, their abilities to feed their kids, run their businesses, and get through the day.

With our partners at the BBC, we have the story of Saed Toma Sliwa, a Christian who was living in the Northern Iraqi town of Bartella, when he heard ISIS was approaching.

Saed and his faily now sleep on the floor of an abandoned building in suburb of Irbil, which is in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It's crowded with other people who've fled ISIS, And he has to fight for basic necessities like ice, which gets delivered on the back of truck.

Saed and his family abandoned their livelihoods, both he and his wife left businesses ... and thousands of dollars in savings.

One in seven U.S. homes is food insecure

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-03 13:52

That latest job report shows one of the most persistent disconnects in the economy.

The unemployment rate fell below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008, but people are still struggling. They're either dropping out of the labor force or can only get a part-time job.

Here's an interesting trend. That share of the population, what's known as the U6 rate, tracks pretty closely with the share of Americans who receive food assistance through the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

(via USDA)

More than 45 million Americans are a part of SNAP, but the gains in the jobs report don't seem to make that budge at the ground level.

And how people spend their SNAP money is just part of the debate in Washington over food stamp spending. In January, Congress voted to cut 8.6 billion dollars from SNAP over the next ten years, despite a new report from the agriculture department saying one in seven Americans is food insecure.

That means, in those households, at least one family member goes without the recommended number of meals.

We visited a food pantry in the Bronx in New York to put food insecurity in context. Click play above to hear more about food insecurity in the U.S.

'Banter' led to ex-marine's murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-03 13:45
A security guard was shot dead by a colleague in Iraq after "banter" about their former regiments got out of hand, an inquest hears.