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Big air to debut at 2018 Winter Games

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 10:08
Four events are added to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, including snowboard big air.

France women v England women

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 10:01
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Women's World Cup game between France and England.

Texas Pool Party Update: Teens And Residents Speak Out

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-08 10:01

A teenage girl who was forced to the ground and briefly detained is black; she was grabbed by McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt, a white officer who also briefly pulled out his gun.

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This Past May Was Wettest Month On Record, Says NOAA

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-08 09:44

On average, the contiguous United States received 4.36 inches of rain in May. That's 1.45 inches above average and the most since record-keeping began 121 years ago.

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Italy leaders feud over migrants

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 09:41
Italy's government criticises leaders in the north of the country for their refusal to host any more migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.

Kennedy funeral to be held on Friday

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 09:28
The funeral of former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy will take place on Friday, his family has said.

Lord Prescott banned for speeding

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 09:17
The former deputy prime minister is banned from driving for six months after accumulating 12 penalty points when he was caught speeding in his Jaguar.

Author Greer quits Bronte Society

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 09:01
Writer Bonnie Greer has resigned as president of the Bronte Society after an internal feud over how to preserve the legacy of the Bronte sisters.

Online trick 'led to boy's suicide'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:53
A Northern Ireland schoolboy is understood to have taken his own life after being tricked into posting images on a social networking site, police have said.

This is your brain on Wi-Fi

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:50

Finish this sentence: "If my brain could connect to my Wi-Fi network, I would feel ______."

In his new book, “Apex,” former Microsoft developer Ramez Naam takes readers 20 years into the future to tell the story of a dystopian world that is (disturbingly) similar to our own. The third book in his “Nexus” trilogy, Naam explores the potential pitfalls of a neurally networked society.

“Everything you can imagine can go wrong,” Naam says. “From software crashes in your brain, to hackers, to the equivalent of the NSA wanting to snoop in on your thoughts.”

Naam was inspired to write the series when, after years as a developer, he began to realize just how advanced brain-implanted technology was becoming. The field is still largely experimental, but many scientists are already exploring the possibility that people could one day control computers and even communicate with one another using only their minds.

A connected world like this raises many ethical questions. But while society may reject technology advances at first, Naam says that, with time, people will come to embrace it.

“When we had in vitro fertilization invented about 30 years ago, the cover of Time Magazine was ‘Test Tube Babies,’ and we thought it was deeply unethical … but 30 years on, no one even talks about test tube babies. Now they just say, ‘Oh, we had some trouble having a baby, and now we have twins.' ”

Naam says that, much like the story told in his trilogy, there will always be a temptation to use advancements improperly, but he contends that that shouldn’t stand in the way of progress.

“Mostly, people choose to do things for their betterment or their kids," he says. "If somebody's trying to do it to really hurt someone else, make that illegal, but let people make smart choices for themselves.”

VIDEO: Six of the best Danny Ings goals

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:42
Watch a selection of Danny Ings' 11 Premier League goals for Burnley this season as the striker signs for Liverpool.

Plane wings could 'heal themselves'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:42
Self-healing aeroplane wings could be introduced in the next five to ten years, say UK researchers at the University of Bristol.

British Cycling 'too involved' in bid

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:38
British Cycling was "too involved" in Sir Bradley Wiggins' hour record bid, says the coach of the man whose mark he beat.

HMS Bulwark takes migrants to Italy

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:37
Royal Navy warship HMS Bulwark docks in the Italian port of Catania, carrying 1,200 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.

US officer to face murder trial

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:10
A white police officer in South Carolina is to go on trial for the murder of an unarmed black man after shooting him in the back as he ran.

Boy admits setting fire to mother

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:02
A teenage boy who set fire to his mother after spraying her with lighter fuel is detained for 21 months.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law In Jerusalem Passport Dispute

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-08 07:56

The law, passed by Congress in 2002 but not enforced by the Bush or Obama administrations, allowed Americans who were born in Jerusalem to state Israel as their birthplace.

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West Ham to name boss 'in 48 hours'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 07:48
West Ham United are close to appointing a new manager after interviewing candidates over the weekend.

Nigeria moves army HQ for Boko Haram

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 07:44
Nigeria's military says it has begun moving its headquarters to the northern town of Maiduguri, near areas held by Islamist Boko Haram militants.

Russia & Qatar 'may have bought votes'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-08 07:40
Russia and Qatar may have had to pay bribes to secure their World Cups, Sepp Blatter's former special advisor has suggested.

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