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Iraqi Kurds target IS hold on Kirkuk

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:55
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, launch an offensive against Islamic State (IS) militants in oil-rich Kirkuk province.

HBO launches US streaming service

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:53
The network behind hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones is launching an online streaming service that will weaken its longstanding tie-ins with cable TV packages.

Faugheen tipped for Champion glory

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:49
Faugheen is favourite for the Champion Hurdle on the first day of AP McCoy's final Cheltenham Festival before retirement.

The Lone Buffalo Cleared Unexploded Bombs And Boosted Needy Kids

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:48

That's the nickname for a Laotian man named Manophet. He died from a brain clot five years ago, but his spirit lives on. As one kid puts it, "I should learn, I should try. I love Lone Buffalo."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Right-To-Work Bill

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:42

His state is the 25th to adopt the measure, which critics say restricts collective bargaining and drives down wages. Walker said the law "sends a powerful message across the country."

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New arrests over Paris attacks

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:30
French police detain four people over the Islamist attacks in Paris on a satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket in which 17 people died.

Tributes to fatal crash grandmother

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:30
Tributes have been paid to a grandmother who died in a crash in Powys, which also killed three teenagers.

Murder trial hears from image expert

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:21
A forensic imagery analyst tells a murder trial there is "moderate support" to contend that the alleged gunman filmed on CCTV is the same man on trial for the killing.

Congress 'interfering on Iran talks'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:17
The White House accuses the US Congress of interfering on Iran after Republican senators send a letter to the Iranian government.

Free schools: Successful experiment?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:16
When people argue about free schools, they're often not really arguing about free schools, but what they think they will become.

Solar-Powered Airplane Embarks On Attempt To Circle Planet

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:09

The trip began Monday morning in Abu Dhabi, with a 13-hour trip to Muscat, Oman. Tomorrow, the plane flies to India.

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German mayor quits over NPD protest

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:50
A village mayor in eastern Germany resigns after threats to march on his house by far-right protesters angry about plans to house asylum seekers.

VIDEO: Applause at solar plane's landing

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:46
A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has completed its first leg.

England 'need foreign ODI coach'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:46
England need to bring in a new one-day coach from abroad to change attitudes, says BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Anti-Boko Haram force 'retakes town'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:43
A regional force recaptures the Nigerian town of Damasak a day after launching an air and ground offensive against militant group Boko Haram, sources say.

Fresh US sanctions on Venezuela

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:39
The US has sanctioned at least seven Venezuelan officials for the government's treatment of political opponents and public corruption.

To Head Off Trauma's Legacy, Start Young

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:38

Two Philadelphia medical clinics support parents to help break generational cycles of trauma and abuse. Attending to adversity, doctors say, gives kids a better chance to grow up healthy.

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Quiz: Gender gaps around the globe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:35

Girls score higher than boys in reading, but girls are less confident in science, according to international test results from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

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Big changes coming for credit reports

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:22

Experian, Equifax and Trans-Union are the three main agencies that track consumer credit. According to a settlement announced Monday by the New York Attorney General, these credit agencies have agreed to follow new guidelines to handle disputes on consumer credit reports.

Credit-reporting firms will now be required to use trained employees to respond when a consumer flags a mistake on their file and resolve the dispute.

"If you had a dispute before, basically, the only time a human would get involved is when they put like a 3-digit number or code on your dispute, and send it off to the lenders," says Liz Weston, personal finance columnist and author of, "Your Credit Score."

In addition, medical debts will not be put on consumers’ credit reports until after insurance payments have been taken into account. All medical debts will be removed from a consumer’s credit report after the debt is paid by insurance. 

#AppleWatchEvent: Follow NPR's Laura Sydell As Apple Unveils Its Smart Watch

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:22

NPR's Laura Sydell (@Sydell) is live-tweeting the Apple event where the company is expected to unveil its much-anticipated smart watch.

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