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VIDEO: 'Gay cake' row could end up in court

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:28
A Christian-run bakery that refused a customer's request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.

Somali militants attack palace

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:27
Islamist al-Shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and enter the heavily fortified compound.

'Forgotten' US smallpox found in box

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:20
Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say.

Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:09

The city has become a shopping destination for Cubans who come looking for goods unavailable or too expensive to buy at home, now that Cuba has lifted travel restrictions.

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Airport PCSO 'stole from travellers'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:51
A woman denies stealing £15,000 from seven travellers while working as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) at Gatwick Airport.

What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:42

Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.

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VIDEO: What might aircraft of the future do?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:29
The BBC's Mark Edwardson talks to BAE Systems about technology of the future which could be used in aircraft within a generation.

Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:27

The assistant U.S. attorney says the government has begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. It's a bid to stop the clock on Ahmed Abu Khattala's request for a speedy trial.

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Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:24

The world is tantalizingly close to wiping out Guinea worm, a 3-foot-long parasite that emerges from a blister in the skin. Only 17 cases have occurred so far this year. Next year there could be zero.

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Harman: I was 'sidelined' by Brown

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:23
Harriet Harman suggests Gordon Brown did not make her deputy prime minister by Gordon Brown because she is a woman.

Iraqi MPs to meet after criticism

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:13
Iraq's new parliament says it will hold its next session on 13 July, nearly a month earlier than previously agreed, in bid to elect new leadership.

Minister in 'sack Cameron' photo op

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:12
Tory minister Matthew Hancock falls foul of "sack Cameron" graffiti - proving once again that politicians should always look behind them when posing for pictures.

Nike ends Manchester United kit deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:11
Nike is ending a 13-year deal to manufacture Manchester United's football kit, saying the terms "did not represent good value".

Economy is booming... for now

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:11

There's something stirring in the global market.

Around the world, assets are trading at prices that are unusually high by historical standards. When prices are high, return rates for investments are low.

That's left investors with two choices: Settle with lower returns or seek out obscure, and even risky, investments that might yield more, says Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent at The New York Times' Upshot.

In his recent article, Irwin writes investors are treading both paths worldwide. In Spain, investors bought government bonds at the lowest interest rates since 1789. In France, a cable-television company was given $11 billion in the largest junk bond deal on record.

"It's an everything boom for now," Irwin tells Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.

The "boom" is the flurry of investments despite economic crises and those low return rates. And, it's happening for two reasons, Irwin says. Businesses put more money in savings than in investments while world banks are printing money like nobody's business.

But, "it wouldn't take much to get into bubble territory," he says. "So, we want to keep an eye on things and make sure things don't really get out of control like they did in the past."

Why should you care?

"This affects all assets on Earth -- increasingly real estate, farm land, office buildings. The question is: Does it matter if you're not one of these Wall Street deal makers? The answer is absolutely."

Think savings, putting space on the market for rent or "if you're a person saving for retirement it means that you can't count on getting outsized returns, the huge returns you might have gotten in generations passed," Irwin says.

Farah out of Glasgow Diamond League

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:04
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah pulls out of this weekend's Diamond League event in Glasgow with abdominal pains.

Obama asks for border crisis cash

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:02
President Barack Obama is expected to ask for $3.7bn (£2.2bn) in extra funding to tackle an immigration crisis at the southern border, where thousands of children have arrived alone.

VIDEO: Clean-up after Guatemala quake

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:50
Work has begun to clean up after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Mexico and Guatemala on Monday.

Thousands flee north Yemen fighting

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:49
Ten thousand families have fled the north Yemeni city of Amran to escape a battle between Zaidi Shia rebels and the military, the Red Crescent says.

Ukraine leaders: No more ceasefires

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:30
Ukraine's Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey issues a statement saying Kiev will not negotiate with rebels in the east until they lay down their arms.

Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:29

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

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