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Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:14

States and cities have been investing billions of pension money dollars in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

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As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:10

Leaders of the three African nations hit hardest by the Ebola virus met to discuss ways to fight the outbreak. With the situation deteriorating, it's likely more of the region will be quarantined.

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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:03

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

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Fla. Judge Orders Lawmakers Back To Work On A New Congressional Map

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:01

A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.

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In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:01

According to new numbers, the U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace in July. Employers added 209,000 jobs to their payrolls, and while the report showed the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 6.2 percent, even that was a somewhat positive sign.

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In Gaza, A Glimmer Of Hope For Cease-Fire Is Snuffed Out Early

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:01

Fighting in Gaza took an ominous turn Friday, as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire fell apart within 90 minutes and the Israeli military announced its belief that one of its soldiers was captured by Hamas militants.

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August Comes To The Hill, But House GOP Hasn't Started Recess Quite Yet

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:01

House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.

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Northern Ireland boxers reach finals

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:54
Michaela Walsh, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Joe Fitzpatrick qualify for their finals at the Commonwealth Games.

Company fined over walkway collapse

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:45
A housing company is fined for "breathtaking" health and safety breaches after a flats walkway collapsed.

As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:33

The nation's political campaigns are in full swing, and evangelical Christians play an increasingly large role. Some Brazilians worry that U.S.-style battles over social issues may be on the way.

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Fragapane wins historic fourth gold

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:25
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane becomes the first Englishwoman to win four golds at a single Commonwealth Games since 1930.

How U.S. Hospitals Keep Deadly Germs Like Ebola Virus Contained

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:20

If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?

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Ebola-fear athletes seek longer stay

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 10:54
Up to 30 Commonwealth Games athletes from Sierra Leone are considering extending their stay in Glasgow amid fears over the Ebola virus.

Uganda court annuls anti-gay law

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 10:52
Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists.

'Nine militants killed' in Xinjiang

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 10:39
Nine militants are shot dead by police and one captured in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, the Xinhua news agency reports.

VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new films

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 10:06
Film critic Jason Solomons reviews the week's film releases, including Joe, Hercules and Earth to Echo.

VIDEO: French police's 'vanishing' cocaine

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:40
French police seize 50kg of cocaine which was then securely stored at the headquarters of their judicial police, but it has disappeared.

VIDEO: Quads born on eve of Gaza ceasefire

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:38
Jon Donnison reports from Gaza, where a woman gave birth to quadruplets on the eve of an ill-fated truce, which broke down with reports of attacks on both sides.

Somali MP shot dead outside mosque

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:27
A Somali MP is assassinated outside a mosque in Somalia's capital by Islamist militants - the fifth parliamentarian to be killed this year.

Father cleared of shaken baby death

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:27
A man is cleared of killing his son who died as a result of severe brain injuries caused 12 years ago when he was shaken as a baby.
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