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Gunman Kills American General In Shooting At Afghan Facility

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

A U.S. Army major general was killed and another 15 other soldiers — including a German brigadier general — were injured when a man dressed in an Afghan military uniform opened fire on them. The attack took place in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

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Player In Baseball's Steroid Scandal Surrenders To DEA

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

Federal prosecutors have formally charged the owner of an anti-aging clinic with distributing illegal steroids. Anthony Bosch surrendered to federal agents, and he has been cooperating with investigations. Last year, Major League Baseball suspended a dozen players, including Alex Rodriguez, with ties to Bosch and his clinic.

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Border Bloodshed: Murder Rate Rises Along Texas Oil Routes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

Another kind of border security issue is afoot in Texas, where the region's network of pipelines has seen a steady rise in the number of murder victims in the past decade. Joe Carroll of Bloomberg News explains the situation.

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Shadow Events Hope To Skim Some Attention From U.S.-Africa Summit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

While the U.S.-African Leaders Summit has aimed to facilitate meetings between American companies and African leaders, it's also provided an opportunity for smaller investors to make contacts and for human rights workers to try to get their voices heard.

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As Moscow Beefs Up Its Border Presence, What's Driving Putin?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

NATO estimates that some 20,000 Russian troops have massed along the border with Ukraine, just days after the U.S. and EU ratcheted up sanctions on Russia. Melissa Block asks David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, about the possibility that Russia will invade Ukraine.

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As Gaza Settles Into Cease-Fire, U.N. Takes Stock Of Damage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

Audie Cornish talks to Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, about what the organization is calling a "health and humanitarian disaster" in Gaza.

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AUDIO: Futurist: Moon mining 'is possible'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:08
A futurist says it is "possible" the Chinese could start mining for fuel on the Moon.

Flight MH17 crash victim identified

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:00
The family of a man who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 say they are "happy and relieved" after his body is formally identified.

AUDIO: Pupils dig up 'priceless' hair tress

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:46
A group of Cumbrian schoolboys have discovered a rare golden hair tress thought to be 4,000 years old.

VIDEO: Royals 'plant' Tower poppies

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:40
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have "planted" ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of World War One.

PC denies 'helping uninsured flirt'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:22
A police officer denies turning a blind eye to an uninsured Porsche driver because he had flirted with her.

Wasn't the US going to start using the metric system?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:37

There was a point not all that long ago when schools taught the metric system because it was "just a matter of time" until the United States ditched pounds, miles and inches.

Well, this adaptation has yet to happen, and who knows if it ever will?

"One thing that shocked me was that the first measure that was completely decimalized was the U.S dollar," says John Bemelmans Marciano, author of "Whatever Happened to the Metric System?". "And we largely have Thomas Jefferson to thank for that."

President Jefferson suggested the use of a decimal currency in 1782.

"It took about 100 years for decimals to catch on for everyday transactions," says Bemelmans Marciano. 

Hear the full conversation in the audio player above.

VIDEO: Rosetta probe set to catch comet

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:12
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is set to rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday - a landmark moment in space history, reports David Shukman.

Those little Intel microchips were famous, somehow

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:10

In the early 2000s, Intel was named the most valuable manufacturing company in the world. 

Michael Malone, author of the book, "The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company", told us "at one point, Intel was one of the best known brand names in the world, which is insane if you think about it... this is a company wasn’t selling to consumers, it was selling chips to go onto motherboards, to go into somebody else’s personal computer, to be sold at Costco."

Intel has since been overshadowed by newer tech companies. Malone says techology has become so pervasive, the  microprocessors fueling daily lives are taken for granted.

"For most of the 21st Century, it’s been all about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and apps. And we forget, because we are so used to them now, that all that stuff rests upon hardware," says Malone. "Without the hardware, devices, chips, and especially the microprocessors it all grinds to a halt."

Three US migrant shelters to close

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:57
Three emergency shelters housing an influx of children from Central America who entered the US illegally will be closed because numbers are falling.

Ireland stun champions New Zealand

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:56
Ireland beat champions New Zealand 17-14 in the Women's World Cup and are on course to qualify for the semi-finals.

Warsi quitting won't change policy

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:15
Baroness Warsi's resignation won't change UK policy on Gaza

VIDEO: End of the road for The Inbetweeners

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:12
The cast of The Inbetweeners talk to BBC Breakfast

McIlroy plays down talk of 'Rory era'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:11
Open champion Rory McIlroy says his recent form is not 'the start of an era' as he prepares for the US PGA Championship.

Rosetta probe set to catch comet

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:04
Europe's long travelling satellite is set to rendezvous with one of the strangest objects in the solar system.