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Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:23

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.

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Everton 1-1 West Ham United

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:20
Romelu Lukaku fires in a late equaliser as Everton grab a dramatic FA Cup third-round draw against West Ham.

'Alien Earth' among eight new planets

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:12
Among eight new planets they have spied in distant solar systems, astronomers say one in particular has usurped the title of "most Earth-like alien world".

Cuba 'frees US-listed prisoners'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:11
The Cuban government has released some of the 53 political prisoners on a US list, the state department says, amid a thaw in US-Cuban relations.

Hackett criticises top referees

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:06
Ex-referees chief Keith Hackett criticises recent decisions and calls for five officials and Mike Riley to stand down.

Germany 'must do more' to aid growth

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 13:02
Germany has an "urgent responsibility" to invest more in the eurozone, France's economy minister has said.

VIDEO: Squatters set up soup kitchen

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:56
Squatters in central London have set up a 24-hour soup kitchen in Trafalgar Square.

An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:54

When David Peters went to Iraq as an Army chaplain, his relationship with God faltered. But after years of feeling adrift, he eventually found that the trauma of war had actually deepened his faith.

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DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:53

DishTV is offering a new digital service for cord cutters — ESPN and a dozen other channels for just $20 a month. Does it lead to a cable-less future?

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Record lows on bond market: A cause for concern

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:50

It was a day of record low yields in the global bond market on Tuesday. In the U.S., the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell below 2 percent, while in Europe record lows were set in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France and the Netherlands. Germany and Japan both have 10-year bond yields under 0.5 percent.

But what do these record lows tell us about the real economy? 

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says that the low yields are surprising, especially during a recovery. Steven Major, head of fixed-income research at HSBC and one of few analysts to predict that 10-year U.S. Treasury bills would remain at 2.1 percent at the end of last year, says it may seem like a contradiction to those watching short-term indicators like quarterly gross domestic product growth, because bonds pay off over many years.  Steven Englander, global head of G-10 foreign exchange strategy at Citigroup, agrees that the bond market is hinting at something deeper and more long-term.

Summers identifies the deeper trend as one of "secular stagnation": High savings and low investment. It's not a cause for panic, but he says it is a cause for concern.

NYPD Union Leader: Apology From De Blasio Would Go A Long Way

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:48

Patrick Lynch, the head of the big New York City Police Department union, the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, has been a outspoken critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Baseball Hall Of Fame Elects Three Pitchers, Second Baseman

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Pitchers Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez, and second baseman Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Goldman about the selections and some of the notable ballplayers who did not get in, like Don Mattingly.

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Bess Meyerson Was An Author, TV Personality, Civil Servant

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945 and was the only Jewish-American woman to ever hold the title. She went on to have a long career in public affairs though it was sometimes marked by scandal. She died Dec. 14 at the age of 90.

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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.

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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.

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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.

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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.

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Anti-Muslim Rallies Grow In Germany

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A movement tinged with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment has been growing in the German city of Dresden since the fall. The city's weekly rally grew to some 18,000 people on Monday. Robert Siegel speaks with Melanie Amann, who covers German national politics for the newspaper Der Spiegel, about the so-called "PEGIDA" movement.

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SNP suspends report-burning members

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:24
Four SNP councillors filmed setting fire to a copy of the Smith Commission report are suspended from their party for two months.

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