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Justice Dept. Seeks To Expand Clemency For Some Drug Offenders

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:36

Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked lawyers to make their clients aware of new clemency opportunities. By commuting sentences, the Obama administration is trying to correct the different treatment given to crack-cocaine and powder-cocaine offenses.

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:34

After four decades on Capitol Hill, the California Democrat plans to step down at the end of the year. He leaves a deep legacy in health and environmental law, including clean-air rules and tobacco restrictions.

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Oil giant Shell 'changing emphasis'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:25
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell halts exploration in Alaska as part of a strategy that will see the company cut spending and step up asset disposals.

Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:25

Since 1990, nearly 2 billion people have gained clean toilets, or at least decent outhouses. And many more children in the developing world now eat better, go to school and get medical treatment. The advances mean that fewer children are dying of preventable diseases.

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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:24

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.

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Schumacher doctors work to end coma

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:20
Racing legend Michael Schumacher's sedation is being reduced to allow him to wake from his coma, which could take a long time, his manager says.

Hanged soldier prompts review call

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:14
A coroner calls for a review of army mental health procedures after a former soldier who served in Afghanistan was found hanged at his home.

Rep. Henry Waxman stepping down after 20 terms

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:08

Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman just announced this morning that he is retiring after 20 terms. Waxman was a powerful player when it came to regulation of the Telecom industry. He also was on the record for supporting what he called a "free and open internet." Tony Rahm, a technology reporter at Politico in Washington DC, discusses Waxman's career. Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

VIDEO: Cameron: Communications data vital

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:05
David Cameron says it is crucial to modernise legislation regarding communications data, or face "a real problem... keeping people safe."

Thursday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:50
Schalke won't sell Draxler to Arsenal, Swansea pull out of Ince deal, Norwich keen on Yobo, plus more.

Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:48

The scope of the scandal has grown sharply. Now, nearly 20 percent of the 500 officers in the nuclear weapons corps are implicated. The secretary of the Air Force says there are "systemic problems" in a command that has control over nuclear missiles.

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U.S.: Syria Behind Schedule On Dismantling Chemical Stockpile

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:47

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.

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Red Bull endure nightmare Jerez test

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:41
Red Bull's pre-season struggles continue as the world champions endure a difficult third day of testing in Jerez.

VIDEO: Good Samaritan dies in M1 tragedy

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:41
A "serious incident" in which two people are said to have died has seen the M1 motorway in Hertfordshire closed for some time.

Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:33

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:33

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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Soldiers to help with Games security

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:32
Members of the armed forces are to be drafted in to help with security at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, it is revealed.

At GOP Retreat, House Members Regroup On Immigration

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:30

Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is expected to present fellow Republicans with a one-sheet document that lays out principles for rewriting immigration laws. His caucus is split on the issue, so it's unclear whether he has the support to move forward with legislation.

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Neighbour reverses car into kitchen

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:11
A couple return from holiday to find a neighbour's car embedded in their bungalow's newly-refitted kitchen.

Men 'enjoyed helping triple killer'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:10
Two men accused of helping multiple murderer Joanna Dennehy were "enjoying the moment", a jury hears.

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