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5 Convicted In 2006 Killing Of Famed Russian Journalist

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:38

Anna Politkovskaya was known for her coverage of corruption and the war in Chechnya. An earlier trial had resulted in acquittal but a Moscow jury on Tuesday found five men guilty in the murder case.

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May tells Police Federation to reform

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:28
The Police Federation must make sweeping changes and public funding will cease from August, the home secretary says.

Playing will be 'difficult' for McIlroy

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:23
Rory McIlroy says playing at the PGA Championship will be "very difficult" after his split from Caroline Wozniacki.

Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:23

EBay says that it hasn't seen any sign of fraudulent activity since the breach was detected "about two weeks ago." It says it stores financial data and customer records in different places.

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'Pet replacement' app criticised

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:17
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home says the PetMatch app risks turning animals into "disposable items".

How much would it cost us to eliminate the penny?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:14

I'll go on the record as saying I personally am in favor of getting rid of the penny. I've got a jarful in my office just collecting dust.

And really over the course of a year how much difference would rounding up or down to the nearest nickel really make, anyway?

As it happens, we have an answer to that question: 

Canada began phasing out its penny at the beginning of last year and a Quebec man kept track of how much he was gaining or losing over a year. Grand total? He was 89 cents ahead after 365 cash transactions.

So there you go: I say get rid of it.

Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:04

Despite heavy spending by agribusiness and potential legal hurdles, voters in two rural Oregon counties approved bans on genetically modified crops on Tuesday.

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Cuba blocks dissident newspaper

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:02
Access to an online newspaper launched by Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez is blocked on the communist-run island shortly after it went live.

Public memorial for Stephen Sutton

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:55
A public vigil to remember teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is to be held at Lichfield Cathedral, ahead of a private family funeral, church officials say.

Hamilton wants challenge from rivals

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:54
Lewis Hamilton hopes his Mercedes team face a challenge from Red Bull and Ferrari at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

Minister no confidence vote rejected

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:51
Scotland's health secretary survives a vote of no confidence in parliament, sparked by a row over NHS cuts in his constituency.

Farage: We may hold balance of power

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:51
Nigel Farage sets out UKIP's aims as campaigning for Thursday's local and European election enters its final stage.

Obama vows action on veterans agency

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:45
President Barack Obama vows to punish those responsible for "dishonourable" alleged misconduct at hospitals for US military veterans.

Charles 'compared Russia to Nazis'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:28
A former Polish war refugee who met Prince Charles in Canada says he likened some Nazi actions in Europe to those of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

'No hitches' with Games ticket sales

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:27
No problems are reported with the re-launched sale of Commonwealth Games tickets after last week's attempt was suspended amid technical issues.

VIDEO: Election result timing announcements

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:26
Voters can take part in local and European elections on Thursday, but results will be announced over four days.

City Nixes Move To Outlaw Bullying Up To Age 25

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:21

The city council of Carson City had given unanimous initial approval of a bill making it a misdemeanor crime to bully anyone from kindergarten age up to 25 years old.

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Dutch try to avert Saudi sanctions

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:19
The Netherlands sends a diplomat to Saudi Arabia to try to ease anger over anti-Islamic messages distributed by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders.

Duke has 'minor procedure' on hand

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:18
The Duke of Edinburgh has had a "minor procedure" on his right hand, Buckingham Palace says.

In Primary Races, Republicans Fight Back Tea Party

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 08:10

Six states held primaries on Tuesday, and the results were good for the GOP establishment. Host Michel Martin learns more about the results from NPR Politics Editor Charles Mahtesian.

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