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Freddie Starr angered by TV interview

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:11
Comedian Freddie Starr stops an interview with ITV's Susanna Reid after the Good Morning Britain host asked him about allegations of sex offences.

Aston Villa put up for sale by owner

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:06
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner announces that the Premier League club is being put up for sale.

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:03

The California-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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The other iPhone contract

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:00

You may have heard of author Janell Burley Hofmann and her iPhone contract. Last year, on Christmas morning, she gave her then 13-year-old son a smartphone, which he quickly used to snap photos, text his friends and generally disappear into the internet.

Taken aback by his response, Hofmann sat down that night and wrote out a contract outlining rules for her son. He was restricted to using the phone during certain hours, was not allowed to bring it to school, and was required to use proper phone etiquette (among other things).

What followed was a media storm, sparking a conversation on technology and how teenagers and adults use it.

With her experience in writing about technology and how it relates to the modern family, Hofmann has published a book, entitled "iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up." In it, she shares anecdotes about her families' experiences, as well as how restricing her son caused her to reflect on her own use of smart phones and devices.

Hofmann says that now her entire family enjoys limiting their use of technology.

"We have device free day. We’ll go to the beach, and all devices have to stay at home. And that includes the adults."

Though, opening up about her kids' relationship to the internet can be dangerous territory.

Hofmann says that the general agreement in selecting material for the book was that if her kids were old enough to feel the story reflected only on their younger selves, then it was alright to include. Still, it can be difficult to share personal stories, especially those that are embarrassing.

Hofmann points out, though, that her knowledge comes from being honest about her experiences.

"In no way do I think that I have all the answers for everybody else or my own family. I had to make myself look human, which I was happy to do, but you have to share some of those struggles."

 

 

 

Charger likely cause of fatal fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:54
A fire which killed five people was most likely caused by an "electrical fault involving a faulty charging device", investigators say.

Better supply teacher support call

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:50
More needs to be done to ensure children's education does not suffer when teachers are absent, it is claimed.

Man held over Belfast reg car bomb

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:45
A man in his 50s is arrested after a bomb is found in a Belfast registered car at a hotel in County Dublin at the weekend.

Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:31

The wave of expectations that marked Hassan Rouhani's rise to power has given way to impatience from his supporters and attacks from his critics.

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Sterling admits 'terrible mistake'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:22
The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team apologises for making widely-reported racist remarks, but says he was "baited" into the comments.

For Two Ozarks Communities, A Stark Contrast In Culture

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:21

The hilly, rural Ozarks have a history of attracting white supremacists, but the area's strong live-and-let-live ethic has taken a modern turn in an Arkansas town where a large gay community thrives.

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Fire crews to drive ambulances

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:20
Fire crews in Lincolnshire are to take patients to hospital as part of a new pilot to work more closely with the region's ambulance service.

England open 2015 Ashes in Cardiff

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:12
England will begin the 2015 Ashes in Cardiff, with Lord's, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and Kia Oval also hosting Tests.

'Do right thing' death driver urged

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:06
Police renew their appeal to the driver of a car who killed a 14-year-old girl in Sheffield, to "do the right thing and come forward".

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:06

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and nontaxable. And that leaves policymakers with a strange conundrum: what to do about pizza.

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Greek far right gets poll go-ahead

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:05
The Greek Supreme Court gives the go-ahead for the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party to run in the European elections.

Mexican troops 'kill Zetas founder'

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-11 23:56
One of the original founders of Mexico's most violent drugs cartel, the Zetas, has been shot dead in a gun battle in the city of Reynosa, officials say.

Tens of thousands lost in fraud

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-11 23:55
Up to 30 people in Limavady, County Londonderry, have lost tens of thousands of pounds in "serious and sophisticated" banking fraud in the past two months.

Sriracha Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 23:46

After months of tussling with the city council over the smells emitted by his factory, Sriracha maker David Tran says he might expand his business, but the main operation will not relocate.

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China tightens security in Beijing

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-11 23:34
China deploys armed police patrol vehicles in Beijing after a series of high-profile attacks at transport hubs around the country.

Medicare Won't Always Pay For Boomers' Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 23:25

As many as 5 million Americans have hepatitis C, and new drugs can cure almost all of them. But patients worry they won't get these expensive treatments in time.

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