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In U.K., A Cabinet Official Quits Government Over Conflict In Gaza

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:49

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was the first Muslim member of the prime minister's cabinet. She resigned over what she said was the U.K.'s "morally indefensible" position on the conflict in Gaza.

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Northern cities unveil transport bid

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:48
Representatives from five cities in the North of England call for a £15bn 15-year plan to be adopted to improve transport.

VIDEO: The men learning to chat-up women

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:47
The men paying to learn daytime chat-up tricks

Gaza-Israel games cause controversy

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:47
Several video games linked to the Gaza-Israel conflict are removed from Google Play and Facebook, but others remain available.

Ukrainian refugee numbers soar

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:31
The number of people fleeing the war in eastern Ukraine to other parts of the country has jumped from 2,600 to 102,600 in two months, the UN says.

Family shock at parole judge remark

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:24
The parents of a murder victim speak of their "heartache" after hearing a judge say impact statements made by bereaved families make "no difference" to parole judgements.

Royals 'plant' ceramic poppies

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:16
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry "plant" a ceramic poppy at the Tower of London marking the centenary of World War One.

Xavi announces Spain retirement

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:13
Barcelona central midfielder Xavi Hernandez, Spain's most capped outfield player, retires from international football.

New school qualifications given out

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:09
The first candidates to study for the qualifications that have replaced Standard Grades are receiving their results.

India disappointed by Anderson ruling

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:04
India's cricket board says it is unhappy England's James Anderson was found not guilty of a breach of the code of conduct.

States raise transportation taxes after federal cuts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:00

On Tuesday, Missouri voters are headed to the ballot booth to decide on whether to increase the state’s sales tax. The additional revenue would be used to fund the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges.

The state of disrepair of the nation’s transportation infrastructure has been a known problem for quite a while now. What isn't known is who's going to pay to fix it.

Phil Oliff, who researches infrastructure issues for the Pew Charitable Trust, says traditionally, “states get a lot of money that they spend on highway and transit infrastructure from the federal government.” Most of that money comes from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, but the fund is running out of money, and Congress has been doling out funding in short-term increments. That's bad news for states, who need more certainty about their financial situation when they commit to long term projects. Many states are taking it upon themseves to raise the money independently.

That could mean tolls on roads and bridges. It could mean borrowing from the bond market. In Missouri, lawmakers are proposing a three-quarter-of-a-cent increase in the sales tax.

Tom Shrout, of the advocacy group Missourians for Better Transportation, says says the tax is unfair to locals.

“Big trucks passing through Missouri, they would be asked to pay nothing while a senior citizen who doesn’t use the roads much will be asked to pay more,” he points out.

As Missourians head to the polls, the Associated Press says nearly a quarter of the states have already instituted similar taxes, fees or fines to pay for infrastructure projects.  

PODCAST: Food stamp transparency

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 03:00

Last week was a pretty crummy stretch for stocks, and today doesn't look much better. So how is the stock market really doing? Plus, does the public have the right to know how much a retailer takes in through the federal food stamp program, or is it a trade secret? More on that debate. Also, Missouri voters are headed to the polls today to decide whether to increase sales tax. Money raised would be used to fund roads and bridges. We tell you why your state might be next.

As Truce Takes Effect, Israel Withdraws Troops From Gaza

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:46

The move may not mean the end of the current conflict. The Israel Defense Forces said its troops would maintain a defensive position and respond to any attacks.

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Safes stolen in Eisteddfod burglary

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:45
Two safes containing around £6,000 are stolen from the visitor centre at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.

Ex-boxer Jamie Moore shot twice

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:44
Former European light-middleweight boxing champion, Jamie Moore, is shot twice but is recovering in hospital, a fighter tweets.

Balls fined over parked car crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:42
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is fined £900 and given five penalty points for failing to stop after a car crash in West Yorkshire.

Credit Agricole hit by BES troubles

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:38
French bank Credit Agricole says second quarter profits almost halved after it wrote down its stake in the troubled Portuguese Banco Espirito Santo to zero.

African migrants clash in Calais

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:34
Clashes between African migrants camping near Calais in northern France while attempting to cross into the UK leave dozens of people injured.

VIDEO: Stallone and his 'Expendable' men

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:31
Action star Sylvester Stallone joined his cast mates at the UK premiere of The Expendables 3 in London on Monday evening.

HP accuses Autonomy founder of fraud

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:30
Hewlett Packard says Autonomy's founder and former boss "should be held accountable for fraud" in the latest twist following its disastrous takeover of the UK company in 2011.
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