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US Navy jets crash in Pacific ocean

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:04
The US Navy is continuing to search for a missing pilot, after two of its jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean, a spokesman says.

Treasury briefed RBS move before board decision

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:59
Treasury briefed RBS move before board decision

Tech IRL: Visiting TechCrunch Disrupt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:59

Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about the future of start-ups. Ben was in San Francisco this week at an annual event called TechCrunch Disrupt. It's part-Silicon Valley mogul party, part-start-up popularity contest, but it's also an event where venture capitalists and others get a sense of the future of start-ups ... and maybe invest.

Ben and the rest of the Marketplace Tech team will be highlighting what stood out from TechCrunch Disrupt over on their website throughout this week

Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:43

Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.

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Shot seven-year-old girl dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:42
A seven-year-old girl, thought to have been shot in the head by her father in East Sussex, dies in hospital.

Appetite for vocation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:36

What motivates you to be successful? How far are you willing to go?

James Ellis dropped out of high school then … moved to New York City. He was determined to succeed. By any means necessary. After emails, letters, and phone calls failed to get him in the door, he decided a more direct approach was his only option. All he had to do was barge into a secure building, rush past the guard, and make it to the third floor undetected.

James Ellis and Steve Fritz on taking risks, not playing by the rules, and Guns N' Roses.

Riding The 'Silver Dragon,' Surfers Tame China's 10-Foot River Waves

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:31

The Qiantang Tidal Bore, a big river wave that forms during China's Mid-Autumn Festival, barrels upstream for miles through the crowded city of Hangzhou.

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Kennels blaze donations reach £1m

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:29
More than £1m is raised in less than 24 hours for a dogs' home in Manchester where a fire killed 60 dogs

VIDEO: Death toll rises in dogs' home blaze

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:24
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at one of Britain's biggest dogs' homes killed more than 60 animals.

10 Arrested In Pakistan Over 2012 Attack On Malala Yousafzai

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:22

The army says the men were ordered by the Pakistani Taliban to kill the teenager who has stood against extremist attempts to prevent girls from attending school.

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Police investigating baby feed deaths

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:05
Police are investigating the production of intravenous feeds after the deaths of two babies in hospital in London.

VIDEO: Clegg backs English devolution

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:49
Nick Clegg has called for more power to be given to the English regions so they can "stand on their own feet".

We're paying more for butter and milk. Way more.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:30

Prices for dairy products like butter and milk have risen to record highs in the past few months in the U.S. due to a number of global factors, reports the BBC.

Prices for milk futures on the commodities markets have risen 26 percent over the last year, while the average price for a gallon of milk has risen about 5.7 percent to $3.64 in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The price of butter has also risen sharply, with U.S. customers seeing a 62 percent increase compared to last year, with an average price of $2.75 per pound for the second week of September.

The report from the BBC cites a number of possible reasons for the price increases, including a decrease in government regulation that depleted surpluses, greater demand from China, a drought affecting New Zealand's dairy farms and greater demand for pizza in the Middle East.

There may be some relief on the horizon, however, in the form of Russian sanctions. From the BBC:

In August, Russia implemented a one-year import ban on dairy and other food products from the European Union, US and other Western nations in retaliation for economic sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

That removed an estimated $6.6bn (£4bn) in annual dairy trade from the global market. In 2013, the EU alone exported $3bn of dairy to Russia, of which cheese accounted for more than one-third.

In response, the European Commission has announced it will provide financial support to the dairy industry, subsidising private storage of cheese, skimmed milk powder and butter until they can be sold at a later date.

The glut of dairy products has weakened the international market and caused prices in Europe to drop.

U.S. dairy consumers could see similar relief in 2015, when suppliers start to build up surpluses once again.

Leaders react to Ian Paisley's death

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:27
Political and religious leaders react to the death of former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister Ian Paisley, as his family tell of their heartbreak.

VIDEO: When Paisley heckled the Pope

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:24
Ian Paisley's forceful political style was often displayed at the European Parliament where, after being elected an MEP in 1979, he made sure his message heard loud and clear.

Twitch malware spends users' money

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:18
Malicious links posted on the chat forums of video games streaming site Twitch can spend money without users' authorisation, it has emerged.

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:12

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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Chile MP charged over 1981 killings

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:06
Chilean MP Rosauro Martinez is charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Two jailed over dissident gun camp

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:50
Two more people are set to jail over a dissident republican training camp in County Tyrone.

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