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Sex abuse victim criticises church

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:33
A woman who was sexually abused by a Jehovah's Witness elder as a child criticises the way the church handled her complaints.

Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:31

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.

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Black Pete is 'negative stereotype'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:26
Black Pete, the popular sidekick to the Dutch St Nicholas during winter festivities is a "negative stereotype", an Amsterdam court says.

Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:23

Xi Jinping's first visit to the Korean Peninsula finds him in Seoul, not Pyongyang, in a possible sign of strained Sino-North Korean ties.

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Man shot dead and two others injured

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:20
A man is shot and killed and two others are injured after hundreds of "lads" are reported to have gathered around a Birmingham street.

MP's paedophile dossier 'explosive'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:16
The MP who passed paedophile allegations to the Home Office in the 1980s believed they would "blow the lid" on famous child abusers, his son says.

VIDEO: Safarova hits dazzling winner

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:00
Lucie Safarova delights the Centre Court crowd with a dazzling cross-court winner against fellow Czech Petra Kvitova during their Wimbledon semi-final.

Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:50

The Highway Trust Fund has been short billions for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.

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Today at Wimbledon: Friday at a glance

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:49
Novak Djokovic takes on Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer faces Milos Raonic in the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Friday.

VIDEO: Stories from Isis-controlled Iraq

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:47
Iraqis from areas seized by forces led by the Islamist extremist group Isis, have been telling harrowing stories about people being targeted by the fighters and killed.

Before Facebook, there was Tuskegee and Milgram

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:40

It turns out the Facebook mood experiment was just the tip of an unsettling-sounding  iceberg. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company’s research division has been running all kinds of studies on us— hundreds of them—with very little oversight. Here's a quick recap of why universities don't do things that way:

For decades the U.S. government ran a study on African-American sharecroppers, to see what happened when you didn’t treat syphillis.  

"You could argue: 'Yes, but how interesting! We can see what the effects of untreated syphillis are," says Columbia University bio-ethicist Robert Klitzman

When the story came out in the early 1970s, people didn’t see things that way.  "As a society, we've decided that we can't turn people into human guinea pigs," says Klitzman.

By then, there were also second thoughts about a couple of social psychology’s greatest hits. Like the one where Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram got people to flip a switch they thought was going to kill someone.

In 1974, Congress passed the National Research Act, which led to the development of regulations for any research done by an institution receiving federal money.

The regulations boiled down to three things:  First, minimize risks to study participants.  Second, disclose those risks, so people know what they're getting into. And third, get an internal group at your institution has to sign off. That group is an Institutional Review Board, or IRB.

However, the existence of IRBs doesn't guarantee that social science experiments get the most careful review, says Jesse Goldner, a St. Louis University law professor and co-author of a book on human-subjects research rules and ethics.

"IRBs are kind of overwhelmed," he says. "There’s a little bit of a tendnecy to say, 'Gosh, you know, there’s so much of this biomedical research where there’s, quote, real risks of people dying, or becoming disabled.' You know, 'How much attention should we be giving to this little stuff?'"  

The "little stuff" being the kinds of emotional risks that got so much attention with Facebook's mood study.

Israeli And Palestinian Parents: 'We Need To Stop This Madness'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:39

The deaths of three Israeli teenagers have sparked anger in the region. Two parents who lost children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict explain why they are now calling for reconciliation.

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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:39

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.

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Ruling 'threatens NI institutions'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:34
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson says the Stormont institutions have been put under threat by a ruling on an Orange Order parade.

Google criticised for BBC takedown

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:29
Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", an EU spokesman says.

Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:29

Five police cars responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences: five women knitting at a gas company's headquarters.

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Dow closes over 17,000 for first time

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:28
The Dow Jones Industrial Average - a US stock index made up of some of the biggest global firms - closes above 17,000 for the first time.

Abandoned baby mother spared jail

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:14
A 27-year-old woman who abandoned her newborn baby in a Birmingham park while suffering post-natal depression avoids jail.

VIDEO: The 'right to be forgotten' on the web

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:11
Google has begun removing web pages and articles from its search results following a "right to be forgotten" ruling by the European Court of Justice in May.

QPR lining up Ferdinand and Caulker

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 09:09
QPR expect to sign Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer and have had an offer accepted for Cardiff City's Steven Caulker.
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