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Wigan Athletic 0-2 Derby County

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 08:08
Second-half goals from Chris Martin and Darren Bent give promotion-chasing Derby their first win in eight matches.

VIDEO: Fire after China chemical plant blast

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:55
An explosion has ripped through a chemical plant in south-eastern China's Fujian province, sparking a major fire.

Ward closed amid Norovirus outbreak

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:44
A ward is closed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro because of an outbreak of Norovirus.

Why there's no rush to jump into the presidential race

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:32

Planning on running for president? Don’t say you’re testing the waters. Because once you form an exploratory committee, or outright announce you’re running, there are limits on how much money you can raise and how you can spend it. So presidential hopefuls act like candidates, but wait to make it official.

“The 2016 election is shaping up so far to be the biggest joke under the campaign-finance laws,” says Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission. “It’s an arms race. When some candidates do it, the other candidates think, unless I act the same way, I’m just going to get swamped.”

As long as you’re not an official candidate for president, you can raise millions of dollars for your super PAC — and coordinate with it closely.    

“You can say, 'Here are five people I want you to hire,'" says Bob Biersack, who worked at the FEC for 30 years. "You can say, 'You should be advertising in these states and these are the messages you should use.'”

Once a candidate makes it official, that game plan goes out the window. They also have to publicly report how much money they've raised. Biersack and Noble are now advocates of campaign-finance reform.

Dan Backer is on the other side of the spectrum. He’s a conservative lawyer who brought a Supreme Court challenge to campaign finance regulations. He says the law is clear, and says reformers are just complaining that the spirit of the law isn't being followed.

“The law doesn't have a spirit," he says. "It has ink and it has paper, and we need to do exactly what the law says it is to be compliant.”

Plus, even if the FEC worried that non-presidential candidates weren't being compliant, and decided to look into whether anyone was breaking the law, any investigation would take years and wouldn't be finished until after the 2016 presidential election.

VIDEO: LIVE: Cameron and Osborne on tax

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:09
Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are making speeches on tax.

Man charged over naked shop incident

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:02
A man is charged with assault and public indecency following an incident at a Dundee toy store, where a man was seen running around naked.

Fire at 16th Century thatched pub

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 07:01
A 16th Century thatched pub in a Dorset village is extensively damaged in a fire.

A Facebook First: Judge Allows N.Y. Woman To File For Divorce Using Site

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 06:58

Attempts by Ellanora Biadoo to reach her husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, were unsuccessful. But he has kept in touch exclusively via phone and Facebook.

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Blast rocks China chemical plant

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 06:37
An explosion and blaze rip through a plant manufacturing the controversial chemical PX in Fujian province in eastern China.

Turkey league suspended after attack

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 06:33
Turkey's SuperLig is suspended for one week following the attack on the Fenerbahce team bus on Saturday.

Evans faces Doherty in Worlds bid

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 06:27
Reanne Evans will meet former world champion Ken Doherty in the first round of World Championship qualifying.

Boston Marathon Bombing: Lawyers Make Closing Arguments

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 06:20

Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to be found guilty. But his lawyers have argued he should be spared the death penalty because his older brother masterminded the deadly 2013 attack.

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French Special Forces Free Dutch Hostage Held In Mali Since 2011

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:54

Sjaak Rijke had been seized in Timbuktu along with two other men in November 2011. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders calls it an "end to a terrible period of uncertainty and grief."

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Watford 2-0 Middlesbrough

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:42
Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo score as Watford move above Middlesbrough to the top of the Championship table.

Report: Jeb Bush Self-Identified As Hispanic On Voter Application In '09

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:41

A spokeswoman for the former Florida governor and presumptive GOP presidential candidate could not explain the characterization to the newspaper.

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Teachers back strike vote on funding

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:37
The NUT conference votes for a strike ballot over threats to school funding which they warn will mean the loss of teaching posts

Dutch hostage freed in Mali

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:16
Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, has been freed by French special forces.

Tory bosses remark 'was accurate'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 05:06
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander repeats his claim he heard an unnamed senior Tory tell a Lib Dem colleague: "You take care of the workers and we'll take care of the bosses."

Biker dies and three hurt in crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 04:58
A motorcyclist dies and three other people are hurt after a collision in north Wales.

NCAA Men's Final: Wisconsin And Duke Play For It All Monday Night

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 04:33

For Wisconsin, a win would bring its first title since 1941. Perennial power Duke last won it all in 2010. The game will tip off at 9:18 p.m. ET.

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