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Masked gang jailed for family attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 11:15
A masked gang beat and stabbed an innocent family after targeting the wrong home in a scene from a horror film, a court hears.

Senators in campus sex assault push

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:49
A cross-party group of US senators introduce a bill aimed at reducing sexual assault on university campuses.

Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:38

The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

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US economic growth surges by 4%

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:37
The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

Six dead in Nigeria college blast

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:08
At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, witnesses say.

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:01
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:57

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç was expounding on what an ideal chaste woman should be. Women around the world reacted by taking pictures of themselves laughing.

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Strike on Gaza market 'kills 17'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:54
At least 17 people are killed and 160 hurt as an Israeli strike hits a market crowded with shoppers near Gaza City, Palestinian officials say.

Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:54

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Back-to-school sticker shock

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:52

The annual back-to-school spendathon is almost here. And for public-school parents, it’s going to be pricey.

Huntington Bank is out with its annual "backpack index," which tracks the cost of school supplies. The bad news: elementary school kids will need $642 in extras this year, middle-school kids will spend an additional $918, and high school students will get hit up for an additional $1,284.

Those estimates translate to an 11 percent jump, 20 percent jump, and 5 percent jump, respectively.

The biggest bumps are expected to come from higher standardized-testing fees, and fees for things like school trips, music classes and sports, according to Huntington. Many middle-school kids will also need a graphing calculator, which can run nearly $130.

Huntington didn’t include laptops or tablets in its index. But many parents will be facing extra costs for those, as well.

Since Huntington started tracking the cost of school supplies in 2007, the bank estimates they have increased 83 percent for elementary school students, 73 percent for middle school students and 44 percent for high school students.

Here’s a guide, from the group, on what you can expect this year.

England close in on win over India

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:51
England move closer to levelling the series against India with another dominant display on day four of the third Test.

Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:46

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had treated more than 100 Ebola patients before catching the virus himself last week.

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'Dozens of bodies' at Libya base

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:42
At least 35 bodies are reportedly recovered from a military base that was overrun by Islamist-led militias in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:14
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

When politicians 'think aloud'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:14
Why do politicians keep on falling foul of secret recordings?

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:12

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

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Ex-policeman on Rodney murder charge

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:10
A former policeman is to be charged with murdering a man who was shot dead after a car was stopped by officers in north London nine years ago.

Premier League to use vanishing spray

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:03
Vanishing spray used by referees at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be used in Premier League games next season.

Production stalls on Big Bang Theory

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:57
Work on the eighth series of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory is delayed, as its cast members fight for higher salaries.

AUDIO: Why the Moon is shaped like a lemon

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:54
Professor of planetary sciences Ian Garrick-Bethell explains what gave the Moon its unusually distorted shape.
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