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Australia's great GST debate gathers steam

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:39
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will have to tread carefully before increasing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), says Sydney-based writer Julian Lorkin.

Australia's 'beautiful prison' in Papua New Guinea

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:31
The asylum seekers shunted from Australia to Papua New Guinea

England display embarrassing - Gooch

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:14
Ex-England star Graham Gooch says Eoin Morgan's side were "embarrassing" in their World Cup defeat by Australia on Saturday.

Now This Is An Example Of Truly Educational Radio

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:13

In Sierra Leone, schools have been closed since July to keep Ebola from spreading. So the government began a new way of teaching — on the radio.

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:03

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting figure out why.

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What Would Jeb Do On Iraq? He Won't Say

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:02

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he loves his father and older brother, but would be his "own man" in matters of foreign policy.

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After a Racial Attack, A South Philly School Tries to Heal

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:00

In 2009, several Asian students were beat up at their high school. Students and teachers said it was a racially motivated attack. Six years later, here's what the school has done change things.

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Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:51

When Terry Cawthorn severely injured her back on the job, Mission Hospital refused to pay workers' compensation and fired her — an attitude toward nurses that NPR found in hospitals across the U.S.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:47

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.

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Fed 'unlikely' to raise rates soon

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:39
Officials at the Federal Reserve are unlikely to raise interest rates soon, the latest minutes from the bank's January meeting have revealed.

Obama: More needed to end extremism

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:25
US President Barack Obama has said the fight against violent extremism cannot be won by military power alone.

The FCC wants to move the U.S. to 5G. Here's what that means.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:19

The Federal Communications Commission just wrapped up a public comment period on 5G – or what the FCC likes to refer to as, "bringing the U.S to the forefront of fifth-generation wireless technology."

So, what exactly is 5G?

"The Original 'Gs' were about voice service, we wanted voice on our cell phones," Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson. "But eventually we wanted more than that, we wanted data, we wanted texting. So we got texting on 2G. Then we wanted the actual Internet, so we got 3G."

These days, 4G or LTE is the fastest internet access available – what allows us to download movies in just seconds and have constant connection. That is, until 5G makes its debut.

"It’s better, that’s the basic thing. It promises really high speeds," says Johnson. "But the interesting thing is, it promises higher speeds, but for shorter distances – think meters not miles."

Derek Brockwell found in Belfast

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:14
A prisoner who escaped from custody in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday is arrested by police in Belfast city centre.

A Sophisticated Version Of Guess The Grape — But Is It A Sport?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:06

For a half-century, Oxford and Cambridge have competed against each other in blind wine tasting. The big match is this week.

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By The Numbers: White House Takes On Violent Extremism

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:04

Domestic and world leaders gather this week to discuss terror threats. Here's a look by the numbers.

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2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:46

The $3.77 billion appeared to come from a smaller cadre of donors than in the 2010 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Clubbable Clarke in good shape to lead

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:40
If Darren Clarke is more complicated than his image suggests, his selection as European Ryder Cup captain could not have been more straightforward.

Saved after being mistaken for seal

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:28
A man in Nova Scotia has been rescued from a snow storm after being mistaken for a seal.

Ex-F1 drivers mock helmet design ban

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:25
A new rule banning F1 drivers from changing their helmet design prompts a mocking response from some in motorsport.

Oregon's New Governor, Kate Brown, Is Sworn In

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:17

Brown took over after John Kitzhaber, Oregon's only four-term governor, stepped down amid scandal. Brown said all of that ends today.

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