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The perfect metal for bullets and missiles

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 15:19
The perfect metal for eco-friendly bullets and missiles

Scotland 'must choose head of state'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 15:18
An independent Scotland must be allowed to choose its head of state, Scottish republicans argue.

The Karzai years: From hope to recrimination

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 15:09
How hope turned to recrimination for ‘darling of West’

US labs 'mishandled deadly germs'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 15:02
US government infectious disease labs mishandled dangerous pathogens five times in the last decade, according to a health agency report.

Sun shines on 'bye bye to Balado'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 14:39
The sun was out as T in the Park plays for the final time at Balado before moving to a new home next summer.

The Victorian women vigilantes

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 14:30
Author Jeremy Clay tells the tale of the Victorian women who dealt with an unpleasant man.

Anchovy sauce: Food clues to disease

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 14:28
Using food and drink to diagnose disease

VIDEO: Israeli strikes death toll 'hits 100'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 14:27
Israel's prime minister says his country is prepared to use all its military power to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire.

Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 14:06

The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?

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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:59

There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.

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Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:55

What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.

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AUDIO: Mother meets man with her son's heart

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:52
A mother meets the man who received his son's heart after the family decided to donate his organs.

Police defend nationwide force

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:51
Highland police chief Julian Innes defends Scotland's nationwide force as it is accused of a "one-size-fits-all" policy.

Meet the finalists: Germany and Argentina

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:37
BBC Sport profiles the 22 players expected to start the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

VIDEO: Same-sex dance ban plan sparks row

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:35
A proposal which could prevent same-sex dance partners from competing against mixed-sex couples has caused a row in the world of ballroom dancing.

House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:35

While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.

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Blake injured as Dasaolu is fourth

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:29
Sprinter James Dasaolu finishes fourth in men's 100m Diamond League in Glasgow as Yohan Blake pulls up injured.

Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:23

Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.

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Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:18

North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts. A judge will soon decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed.

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How Eileen Ford made modeling a real profession

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:13

You might not recognize the image of Eileen Ford, who died this week at the age of 92. But you surely know some of the faces she made famous: Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson, to name just a few.

She also made them rich. Ford and her husband Jerry created Ford Models, which was for decades the most influential modeling agency in the world.

When they launched the enterprise in the 1940s, modeling wasn't really a business. Some held it in low regard.

"First of all models were one step above showgirls and showgirls were one step above prostitutes," says Michael Gross, author of Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women.

Gross says Jerry and Eileen Ford made modeling a true profession and revolutionized how models were paid, by setting up a fee structure.

"A model would take a picture, but her pay depended on how that picture was used. So if it was used in an ad she would get one check. If it was used in a tag hanging off a dress she would get another. The Fords were amazing at doing that and at raising the daily rate and the hourly rate of models," he says.

Gross says by the 70s models were pulling in as much as $100,000 per fashion show. Today, supermodels like Naomi Campbell make millions.

Some of Ford's discoveries went on to big successes in other professions, including media mogul Martha Stewart, who was a Ford model in the 1960s.

Despite the fact that Eileen Ford built an empire, she regarded herself as a woman of limited talents, which she wryly noted in a documentary.

"Let me point out to you that I have absolutely no talent. I could only do one thing. I could find models," she said.  

Ford Models is no longer owned by the family, but it's still big in the business of multi-million dollar faces.

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