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Cows to keep Kenyan girls in school

BBC - 12 hours 42 min ago
Nine cows will be offered to fathers in areas of northern Kenya to ensure their daughters finish their education, a county governor says.

Children's social work faces change

BBC - 12 hours 45 min ago
The government has announced changes to children's social work, aiming to restore confidence in the service.

Airport boss aims to 'add airlines'

BBC - 12 hours 47 min ago
The new managing director of Cardiff Airport says she is determined to reverse the decline in passenger numbers by attracting more airlines.

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

NPR News - 12 hours 56 min ago

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

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So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids

NPR News - 12 hours 58 min ago

In part two of our look at the ancient Greek philosopher, we ask students at a California school about the Socratic teaching method and the questions it inspires.

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Meeting over council chief's pay-off

BBC - 12 hours 59 min ago
Pembrokeshire council's chief executive is due to leave the job on Friday but a question mark is still hanging over his £330,000 pay-off deal.

Match-fix threat significant - FAW

BBC - 13 hours 22 min ago
The FA of Wales launches an anti-match-fixing campaign, as it reveals that over £75m a season is bet on the Welsh Premier League.

4 People Dead After Plane Crashes Into Building At Kansas Airport

NPR News - 13 hours 24 min ago

About 100 people were reported to have been in the building at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport at the time of the crash. Authorities said five others were injured.

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Murphy vows to end 'losing Labour'

BBC - 13 hours 28 min ago
Jim Murphy has said he wants to end Labour's "losing streak" in Scotland as a new poll suggests the party is on track to lose almost all of its seats in to the SNP.

Health cuts will mean fewer beds

BBC - 13 hours 33 min ago
Health service cuts in Northern Ireland may mean more than 100 fewer hospital beds and some wards closing at the weekend.

US nurse defies Ebola quarantine

BBC - 13 hours 38 min ago
A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone defies a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride.

Michael Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

NPR News - 13 hours 43 min ago

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.

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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

NPR News - 13 hours 44 min ago

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.

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Four in custody over £1.8m drug find

BBC - 13 hours 45 min ago
Four Polish nationals are remanded in custody after cannabis plants with a street value of up to £1.8m were found in a rundown Borders pub.

Sarah Payne's father found dead

BBC - 13 hours 45 min ago
The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is found dead at his home in Kent.

Why scratching 'intensifies itching'

BBC - 13 hours 46 min ago
Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

New strike by NHS staff announced

BBC - 13 hours 55 min ago
NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Tights DNA 'matched with accused'

BBC - 14 hours 2 min ago
The World's End murder trial has heard DNA from a torn pair of tights used as a ligature matched components of the accused, Angus Sinclair's profile.

The numbers for October 30, 2014

The U.S. gross domestic product grew 3.5 percent in the third quarter, the Commerce Department announced Thursday, beating expectations and showing healthy growth after a wildly uneven first half of the year. Stocks rallied Thursday afternoon following the news, and the faster-than-expected growth stoked speculation about an interest rate hike.

Here are other stories we're reading, and numbers we're watching, Thursday:

2009

That's when Blackberry's popular Bold line of smartphones first debuted. In the tech world, five years old qualifies as "Classic," and that's how Blackberry has branded a new line of phones with the tactile keyboards and trackpads that have defined the brand, the Wall Street Journal reported. Blackberry has struggled to adapt to the "black touchscreen slab" smartphone market, and the company hopes a return to its roots will draw customers back. 

83 percent

The portion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who hide aspects of their identity at work, according to a report cited by the New York Times' Upshot. Apple CEO Tim Cook joined an extremely small group of openly gay executives by penning an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek. "We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick," Cook wrote. "This is my brick."

$20,000

That's how much a Pfizer political action committee donated to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, the New York Times reported in an investigation published Wednesday, donations that may have prompted the state to settle with the company in a fraud case for much less than other states. The PAC also reportedly invited Koster to speak at a breakfast days before the settlement. The attorney general is now facing an investigation by state lawmakers over the Pfizer case, and Koster's treatment of other campaign contributors.

Pirate Bay founder faces jail term

BBC - 14 hours 8 min ago
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg could face a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers.
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