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Dujardin is Sportswoman of the Year

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:11
Olympic, European and world dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin is named Sportswoman of the Year.

Church school fails on Islamic group

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:08
A Church of England school in east London is expected to be put into special measures, following concerns about a sixth-form Islamic Society.

Oh, The Places You'll Go: Toilet Signs Try To Help (And Often Fail)

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:57

Do I squat or sit? What can I flush? Is there even a way to flush? Signs from around the world aim to answer your vital toilet questions. Sometimes they're helpful. Sometimes they're just ... weird..

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Senate 'Torture Report' Findings Expected This Year

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:56

An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's two-year-old report will be made public before Democrats relinquish control of the Senate in January.

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Bush Pilot Helps Rural Alaskan Police Explore Isolated Villages

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:52

The troopers who police rural Alaska can't do their jobs without a good bush pilot to fly them into remote areas. In Bristol Bay, that pilot is John Bouker.

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VIDEO: Molesley scrambles in Aldershot winner

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:45
Midfielder Mark Molesley forces the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble to give Aldershot a 1-0 lead over Portsmouth in their FA Cup 1st round replay.

For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:27

Noelle Johnson has about $20,000 in student loans and is still working on her degree. Without the higher earnings a B.A. can bring, even a modest student debt load can pose a big challenge.

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'The Hunger Games' Meets Capitol Hill At The Freshman Office Lottery

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:24

New members tried out any number of rituals — from lucky dances to backflips — hoping the office odds were ever in their favor.

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America's 'Best Restroom 2014' Is Verdant And Curvy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:21

The top bathroom in America is currently at Philadelphia's Longwood Gardens, where 17 commodious chambers are built into what the facility says is the largest "green wall" on the continent.

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Police accused fans of 'break-in'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:10
The match commander at Hillsborough told football chiefs Liverpool fans forced open a gate to "break in" to the ground, a court hears.

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:09

The Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher comes from a Canadian company that got it by developing a drug for leishmaniasis, a disease long neglected by pharmaceutical companies.

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Serial rapist jailed for seven years

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:52
A serial rapist who attacked three vulnerable women in the north east of Scotland is jailed for seven years.

Fed in easy decision to end stimulus

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:42
Despite turmoil in emerging markets, the US Federal Reserve reached an easy consensus to end its stimulus programme, latest minutes reveal.

NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:07

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special.

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Why the New York Fed is in the hot seat

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:00

Out of the twelve banks in the Federal Reserve system, only New York has a permanent spot on the interest-rate-setting Federal Open Markets Committee.

Only New York oversees the critical Wall Street institutions like Goldman Sachs, and only New York is under congressional  scrutiny this week for its cozy relationship with the institutions it is supposed to regulate. 

After This American Life and ProPublica published stories using secret tapes that seemed to demonstrate regulators deferring to the institutions they regulate, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio called for hearings, which will take place this Friday. Brown plans to hold NY Fed President William Dudley accountable, and push him to prioritize regulation as highly as interest rates.

Meanwhile, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island has put forward legislation that would change how the next William Dudley would be selected. Reed would take the decision out of the hands of boardmembers - mainly business people - and put it in the hands of the President. MIT economist Simon Johnson says that's exactly the right approach. 

You know what's not selling like hotcakes? Hotcakes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:00

In the past five years, pancake mix sales dropped 1.5 percent, according to Bloomberg.

The report said we spend on average $1.16 a year on pancake mix. If you do the math, that's about the same as buying one box of Bisquick every three years.

It turns out hotcakes aren't selling like hotcakes after all. Maybe it's time to update the idiom for modern times. 

Sadly "selling like kale" just doesn't have the same ring to it. 

How McDonald's conquered India

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:51
How McDonald's changed its menu to succeed in India

With Hand-Sewn Ships, Oman Revives A Glorious Maritime Past

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:37

The rich maritime history dates back more than a millennium. There's a group dedicated to reviving it by making boats the old-fashioned way: with coconut palm fiber, shark liver oil and no nails.

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Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:33

Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.

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VIDEO: Near miss in lorry and car crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:26
A pedestrian had a lucky escape when he was crossing the road in Zhejiang Province, according to China's state television.

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