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More landslides as heavy rains hit

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:13
Landslides close several roads across Scotland as further heavy rains batter the country.

What does it mean to be de-arrested?

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:10
What exactly does it mean to be de-arrested?

Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:09

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says Australia's steps to keep Ebola from crossing its borders include "temporarily suspending our immigration program, including our humanitarian program."

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The 21-year-old who owns a factory in China

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:02

Alex Shlaferman was 11 years old when he made $10,000 by selling DVDs that taught viewers how to levitate. At the age of 16, he founded his company, Vante Toys. His venture has been so successful that he now owns his own manufacturing company in China.

Vante Toys is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

"I create products for the mass market," says Shlaferman. "My specialty is products that are under like 20 bucks, that’s what I’m good at. I don’t understand luxury goods or high-end fashion; I understand products that sell for like ten, twenty bucks."

Ryanair to pay 8.1m euros in damages

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:55
A French court rules that Irish low-cost airline Ryanair must pay €8.1m in damages and €200,000 in fines for breaches of French labour laws.

Friend Of Accused Boston Bomber Found Guilty Of Lying To Police

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:46

Prosecutors said Robel Phillipos lied to the FBI agents investigating the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

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Huge march against Burkinabe leader

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:21
Tens of thousands of people protest in Burkina Faso's capital against moves to extend the president's 27-year rule, amid clashes with the security forces.

Libyan troops accused of sex attacks

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:20
Three Libyan soldiers based at a barracks in Cambridgeshire are charged with sexually assaulting women in Cambridge.

A holiday rush at ports piles up cargo

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:18

There’s a traffic jam in Los Angeles, but this one’s not on the freeways. The port complex  of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s busiest, is so backed up right now that some importers are avoiding the port altogether. Problems there are delaying some shipments for two weeks or more. The bottleneck is giving southern California’s ports “a black eye,” says Jock O’Connell, international trade adviser at Beacon Economics.

There’s congestion at many ports right now, but the Los Angeles-Long Beach complex handles 40 percent of U.S. imports, so the ripple effects are long and wide.  If retailers are "planning on having it stocked for the Christmas holiday, it needs to be in the port now, it needs to be moving through,” says Frank Layo, a partner with Kurt Salmon Associates. “So any delays now are kind of critical. We’re running out of runway.”

Port officials say the delays at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are rooted in a shortage of trailer chassis, to load the containers onto. But that problem has been exacerbated by an unexpected surge in imports this year, along with the sudden rise of “mega-ships.” They can carry three times as many containers as older ships and they’re straining port capacity. Others say unresolved labor negotiations at the port are crimping efforts to ease the port’s traffic jam as well.

Some retailers are diverting shipments to other ports and a few are even flying merchandise into the U.S.  But Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer at the Port of Long Beach, says they’re working hard to ease congestion. “At the end of the day our reputation is at stake,” says Hacegaba. “Beneficial cargo owners have choices. And we are doing everything that we can to make sure that we continue to be the gateway of choice.”

England's Burrell likely to miss NZ

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:12
England centre Luther Burrell is unlikely to play against New Zealand on 8 November, says coach Stuart Lancaster.

China May Drop 9 Crimes From List Of Death Penalty Offenses

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:01

The move appears to be part of a trend to reduce the use of the death penalty in a country that still executes more people than any other.

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With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:55

Once young adults started getting coverage through their parents, they started getting checkups more often, a study finds. But they still may need help filling a prescription.

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Police name beach tragedy victims

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:46
A man and a woman who died after getting into difficulty in the sea off a beach in Cornwall are named by police.

Surgery halted by 'incomplete' data

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:43
The decision to suspend children's heart surgery in Leeds was based on "invalidated and incomplete data" a report finds.

VIDEO: 'British Schindler' honoured in Prague

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:43
The British businessman whose wartime actions saved hundreds of children form the Nazis has been honoured at age 105 by the Czech Republic's highest award

VIDEO: Cantlie appears in 'Kobane video'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:40
British hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State (IS) video in which he says he is speaking from the key Syrian town of Kobane.

'Shazam for birds' set for launch

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:32
The app can recognise bird calls and identify the species - but not always with the greatest accuracy, as the BBC found out

Russia supports Ukraine rebel vote

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:02
Russia says it will recognise the results of controversial rebel elections in eastern Ukraine, planned for 2 November.

VIDEO: Video shows massive Kobane blast

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-28 04:53
The BBC's Jiyar Gol has witnessed a massive blast hit the Syrian city of Kobane - despite militants' claims that the battle is "nearly over".

Nurse Amber Vinson Discharged After Testing 'Ebola-Free'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-28 04:49

The 29-year-old nurse, one of two who became infected while treating Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, is being released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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