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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:42
Drinking strong black coffee cleans your teeth, plus more nuggets from the week's news.

In One Map, The Dramatic Rise Of ISIS In Iraq And Syria

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:41

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, was created just last year, but it has seized many towns and cities in both countries. Here's an animated map showing its gains since the start of 2013.

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Liberals win majority in Ontario

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:40
The Ontario Liberal Party has won a majority in the provincial legislature in a surprising result.

Ukrainian forces win back port city

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:35
Government troops break the rebel hold on the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in a dawn raid, as separatists boost their arsenal with tanks.

Don't have cable and want to watch the World Cup?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:34

While only about 3 percent of Americans claim men’s soccer as their favorite sport, the 2014 World Cup seems to have compelled some non-fans to pay attention.

For the next month, as 32 soccer teams face off in Brazil, people from around the globe will be glued to their TV screens. Most of them will be able to watch the games for free. But if you're part of an ever growing contingency of Americans known as "cord cutters," those who have boldly cancelled their cable subscriptions in favor of streaming content on the internet, you’re going to have to get a little more creative.

Four years ago, over 24 million Americans tuned in to watch the World Cup. (No small potatoes, but still a paltry figure when compared to the 111.5 million people who tuned in to watch this year's Super Bowl.) Since then, cord-cutting has increased by 44 percent, from 5.1 million to 7.6 million households.

If you live in one of those homes, the bad news is ABC is only broadcasting a handful of the matches for free on broadcast TV, and won't be putting any of them online. Most of the games will be shown on ESPN, meaning you'll need a cable subscription if you want to watch. (If you do have cable, you can use the WatchESPN digital video service to stream games.)

That is -- if you want to watch in English.

Spanish language broadcast network Univision may be your saving grace. Univision is streaming the first 56 matches at its website (Google's Chrome browser can translate the site if you can't read Spanish) and Univision will broadcast games after the quarterfinals on TV. Univision pulled in two times the number of viewers as ESPN during the 2010 Cup.

For the more savvy internet users among you, the thing all the cool kids are doing to watch this World Cup is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. VPNs essentially fool a streaming service that is restricted to a certain country into thinking you live there. Tunnelbear, VyprVPN, and Unotelly are all popular and easy to use VPNs.

And, of course, there’s always the old fashioned way: Knock off work early, head to your local bar, plop down on a stool, order a drink, look up at the TV and enjoy. This might not be the most healthy or economical way, but it could be the most fun. But as they say in the commercials, please drink responsibly.

Still not satisfied? Deadspin has put together an exhaustive list, game-by-game, or where you can watch each match online.

Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:28

Debate is raging online about whether profane chants directed at President Dilma Rousseff during Brazil's World Cup match against Croatia were sexist.

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Few new dads take extra paid leave

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:24
Fewer than one in 50 new fathers are using their right to extra paid time off if their partner goes back to work after having a baby, latest figures suggest.

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:19

The court is expected to render a decision that will determine the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's guarantee that no-cost prescription contraception be part of most health insurance plans.

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Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:18

The president said any action in Iraq will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis. The comments come as extremists seized control of parts of Iraq.

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Weekendish: The origins of chunder and Slender Man

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:15
The origins of chunder and other reads from the site this week

France rail strike halts many trains

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:07
A strike by train staff in France - already three days old - halts many rail services and is set to run into the weekend.

Things your dad likes: Tools, electronics, crackers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:06

Father's Day is coming up, and while your dad probably said that all he wants is a pair of socks or a new tie for a gift, he's really got his eye on that awesome chainsaw or that shiny new smartphone, that is, if you go off of the findings from research organization YouGov, which has a survey of the best perceived brands by fathers. Power-tool maker Craftsman took the top spot, among other home improvement and technology brands.

According to YouGov's BrandIndex survey, household brand Clorox made the biggest leap in positive perception, taking the sixth place on the list, which is possibly indicative of the more active role fathers are taking in household responsibilites. Also moving up into the top 10 was cracker brand Ritz, reminding us of or dads' continued snacking needs as it joins on the list tech companies like Samsung, Sony and Amazon, and the media brands YouTube and the History Channel.

Moving out of the list compared to last year were Cheerios, Johnson & Johnson and M & Ms.

YouGov on their survey methods:

YouGov BrandIndex filtered their entire 1,100+ brand universe for respondents who identified themselves as men age 18 and over with children under 18 years old. The firm then ranked them using their flagship Index score, which measures brand health by averaging sub-scores on quality, satisfaction, impression, value, reputation and willingness to recommend. The scores reflect surveying over the past 30 days.

See the full list in the graphic below.

 

'No NI21 action' over sex claims

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03
The NI21 political party decides no action will be taken over allegations of inappropriate sexual activity by its leader, it is understood.

Mother and newborn girl in M40 crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03
A woman in her late twenties is killed and her newborn baby girl in the same car is airlifted to hospital after a collision on the M40, police say.

Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:03

Women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, but they were hardly represented on stage and in games previewed at a big game industry trade event in Los Angeles.

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African elephants' 'survival threat'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:02
The survival of Africa's elephants is under threat, with estimated poaching levels well above their birth rate, an environmental report says.

Police 'misled' on school abuse

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:00
Police investigating alleged paedophiles linked to a residential school were not shown a crucial report which should have led to arrests, an ex-detective says.

Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:58

Sometimes NPR's foreign correspondents take a break from war and other serious business to enjoy daily life in their adopted cities. Here our Pakistan correspondent tries a 'miracle' drink.

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Open prison 'loses 89 inmates'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:49
Eighty-nine prisoners are unaccounted for after walking out of Ford Open Prison in West Sussex, the BBC learns.

Miliband 'sorry' over Sun picture

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 07:45
Ed Miliband apologises for any offence caused after he posed with a copy of the Sun newspaper, amid criticism from Labour MPs.
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