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Child cruelty law in Queen's speech

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 04:17
Ceredigion MP Mark Williams's bid to tighten the law on child cruelty has been backed in the Queen's Speech at the state opening of parliament.

A genome for the blind mole rat

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 04:17
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the blind mole rat, a mammal that digs with its teeth, lives for 20 years and has never naturally developed cancer

What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 04:03

You've heard the complaints — now take a close look at a top-notch lesson plan.

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Billy Bragg blasts YouTube rates

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 04:00
A body representing independent music labels is asking the EU to intervene in a row over a proposed YouTube music subscription service.

VIDEO: New £2.5bn Heathrow Terminal 2 opens

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:43
The first paying passengers begin using Heathrow's new £2.5bn Terminal 2, with bosses pledging lessons have been learned from the troubled opening of T5.

Fifa set to probe Qatar officials

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:42
Fifa are set to question Qatar officials after claims about the legality of the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup.

Taliban Release Video Of Handoff That Freed Bergdahl

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:33

The Pentagon says there's no reason to question the authenticity of a video the Taliban released Wednesday. The exchange went smoothly, including a handshake between U.S. and Taliban representatives.

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Assemble your own Stanley Cup gift basket

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:29

The NHL's Stanley Cup championship series begins tonight and it's something of a broadcaster's dream. The New York Rangers take on the Los Angeles Kings, and the clash of teams from the top two TV markets should be good for ratings.

Plus, it's a pretty rare match up. There hasn't been a New York vs. L.A. championship in any major sport in more than 30 years. Last time, the Dodgers beat the Yankees in baseball's World Series in 1981.

So it seems appropriate that the Governors of both states would place a friendly bet on the outcome of the game. Though, what California Gov. Jerry Brown and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have at stake is, well, pretty lame.

Nevertheless, if you want to join in on the fun, here's what you'll need (and what it will cost you) to make your very own gift basket should you lose to your rival coast:

California Shopping List

- California: A History by Kevin Starr, Cost: $11.70

- Lundberg Organic Lightly Salted Brown Rice Cakes, Cost: $3.99

Total: $15.69

New York Shopping List

-Original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce, Cost: $3.99

-Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Cost: $49.95

-Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Cost: $43.00

-Lupo's Original Endicott Style Spiedie Marinade, Cost: $3.49

-Gianelli Hot Italian Sausage, Cost: $4.50

 -Sammy and Annie Foods' Riggie Pasta Sauce Starter, Cost: $10.00

 -Parker Family Maple Farm's Pure New York Maple Syrup, Cost: $7.50 for a pint

 -Saratoga Chips, Cost: $18.53

-Fishkill Farms' Apples: $10.00

-Make My Cake's Red Velvet Cupcakes: $36 for a dozen

-Braun Seafood Company's Long Island Oysters: $8.95 for a dozen

Total: $195.91

Lithuania 'set to join euro' in 2015

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:24
Lithuania is set to adopt the euro in January 2015, after the European Commission said it had met the criteria for joining the single currency.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:23
The Queen sets out the government's plans for the new session of Parliament.

Richest and poorest in the UK

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:23
Where in the UK is getting richer and poorer?

Can women have it all?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:21
Is Kirstie Allsopp right about having babies before university?

ECB dismisses female IPL-style league

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:11
The England and Wales Cricket Board refuses to back an IPL-style tournament for women, saying it has "no support".

VIDEO: Pomp and ceremony as Queen arrives

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:08
The ceremony surrounding the State Opening of Parliament follows traditions that date back many years.

Tiananmen: More than just students and democracy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:03
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 04:54 Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Chinese Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989 Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed scores were killed and injured.

Twenty-five years ago today, Chinese troops and tanks cleared protesters from Tiananmen square, shooting and killing hundreds – some say thousands – of unarmed civilians. The violence capped weeks of student protests demanding a better government.

But Tiananmen was more than just students and democracy. There were also hundreds of thousands of blue collar urban workers who were involved in the Tiananmen demonstrations. Some of these workers may have been interested in democracy and the other demands students were making on China’s leaders, but most of them were more concerned with their own economic status and future economic opportunity for their children in an economy that was moving away from socialism.

In 1989, most Chinese urbanites made the same wage, a fact that helped unite the Chinese during the protests that year. If you lived in a city back then, you made a wage set by the state, it was very low, and you belonged to a Danwei - a work unit - which took care of your housing, your kids’ education and pension. Back then, the price of food was set by the state, but in 1988, that changed.

China’s government begin to lift price controls, in favor of the open market, and suddenly prices climbed. Inflation in 1988 and 1989 surpassed 18%. Suddenly, it was hard to afford anything. The pressure workers felt spurred them to join the students to protest. After the government's brutal crackdown of demonstrators on June 4th, 1989, China passed a slate of economic reforms.

“It allowed people who were going to be successful to be successful," says University of Michigan Political Science Professor Mary Gallagher. "It allowed migrants who were desperate and would’ve worked for pennies to squeeze out people in the middle. When you look at people who protested in 1989, the urbanites who protected the students, those people eventually lost out.”

Urban workers in China are still protesting today. Case in point: there are dozens of worker strikes each week in China, and according to labor groups, even as China's economy cools down, the number of strikes this year is up by more than a third.

 

 

 

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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 03:03

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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VIDEO: 'We stand together for freedom'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 02:58
US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his county's "unwavering commitment" to defend the freedom of democratic states in eastern Europe, following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Complying with the EPA, state by state

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 02:54

The EPA’s plan to curb carbon-dioxide emissions lets each state figure out how its going to reach its goal. 

There are already big differences among states in one area: the cost of electricity for their residents.

In March, folks in Wyoming were paying ten cents per kilowatt hour, but people in Massachusetts paid nearly double.

“The biggest factor here is that there’s just a lot of different generation mixes across the states," said Harrison Fell, a professor with the Colorado School of Mines.

Wyoming gets almost all of its energy from coal, while in Massachusetts it’s mostly natural gas, according to the Georgetown Climate Center.

 “The more coal intensive you are, the bigger impact the rules will be,” said Andrew Kleit is a professor of energy and environmental economics at Penn State.

VIDEO: MP recalls being 'Queen's hostage'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 02:51
One politician will not view or hear the Queen's speech at the opening of parliament as they will be held hostage by her majesty

Nigeria villagers 'killed at church'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 02:48
Suspected Boko Haram militants. some disguised as soldiers, kill dozens of Nigerian villagers in fresh raids including one on a church, the BBC learns.
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