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Islamic State Bolsters Its Control Over Northwestern Iraq

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

The militant group known as the Islamic State has reportedly captured Iraq's largest dam, just another instance in its successful offensive in northwestern Iraq. Melissa Block talks with reporter Jane Arraf about the group's gains.

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Toledo Escapes The Looming Bloom, Turns Its Taps Back On

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

A weekend-long ban on drinking tap water in Toledo, Ohio, was lifted early Monday. Some 400,000 residents in the region had been told not to drink the water.

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Foreigners Flee As Violence Worsens In Libya

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

Conditions in Libya have gone from bad to worse in recent months, with its main airport now a battleground and foreigners pulling out of the country.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Abortion Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

A federal judge has ruled an Alabama abortion law unconstitutional. The measure required doctors to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. The ruling comes amid legal fights over just how far states can go to regulate abortion.

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What You Need To Know About Sierra Leone And Ebola

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

Sierra Leone is one of three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is there and has the latest.

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Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers And Consumers

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:14

Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world. American corporations are seeking ways to do business on a continent that is home to 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24.

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In pictures: India's e-waste village

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:13
Leading hub for dismantling electronic waste in India

VIDEO: Entrepreneur makes £150,000 toll road

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:11
A businessman from Bath built his own toll road through his fields to avoid the delays caused by work to repair a road near his home.

Where The Wild Things Play

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 12:10

What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line.

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Leaders 'had no time for tributes'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:57
Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were not given time to write messages on wreaths to commemorate WW1, their parties say.

Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:41

Since the hormone oxytocin makes people more social, it's easy to imagine it might cause the social deficits of autism. But a study found children with autism no more likely to be short of oxytocin.

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Luxury seats coming to an AMC theater near you

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:37

As movie ticket sales continue to decline, AMC has found a new way to attract moviegoers to its theaters.

The second largest movie chain plans to spend about $600 million to add luxury reclinable seats to 40 percent of theaters over the next five years. While this could mean up to 70 fewer seats per screen, AMC has seen an 80 percent increase in crowds at theaters that have undergone renovation. Wesley Morris, a staff writer for Grantland, says AMC hasn't raised the prices on these tickets yet.

"But they put a premium on that kind of movie going. You see it where the nicer theaters become this exclusive event. So they’ve all gone out to the suburbs… and so you got a whole class of movie goers that are stuck downtown with the crappy bedbug seats."

AMC plans to wait a year after revamping its theaters before increasing ticket prices. The average ticket price has been becoming more expensive every year, and with the added fee for luxury seats, it raises the question of who can actually afford these tickets.

“You can never get AMC to obviously sort of say, ‘Oh, well clearly we’ve got an upper class customer.’ But I think they would say that we are trying to appeal to an upper-echelon.” 

Tennessee Denies Public Assistance To Drug Users

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:19

The state last month began requiring welfare applicants to detail their drug history. It's the latest attempt to find a constitutional way to deny assistance to people who use illegal drugs.

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Israel 'presses on' after Gaza truce

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:15
Israel vows its military campaign in Gaza will continue "until security is restored", as its seven-hour "humanitarian window" ends.

World War One centenary events held

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:06
A series of events are held in Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of Britain's declaration of war against Germany.

VIDEO: Councils crackdown on 'laughing gas'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 11:00
Councils in east London take action on vendors selling the legal high nitrous oxide.

Man arrested over music venue deaths

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:27
A man is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after two men were killed when a door fell on them at a music venue.

James Brady, Gun Control Campaigner And Presidential Spokesman, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:09

Brady became a prominent gun control advocate after being struck by a bullet during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He was 73.

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Hacker Says He Can Break Into Airplane Systems Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:03

Two years ago, a group at Las Vegas' annual hacker convention said it could break into air traffic control systems. This year a session will show how a passenger can hack a plane while in the air.

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African leaders gather for US summit

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:36
Delegates are gathering in Washington DC for the largest-ever summit of African leaders in the US, although the Ebola virus forces some to cancel.
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