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Boy Scouts' gay ban 'unsustainable'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:47
The head of the Boy Scouts of America says defiant chapters and possible legal challenges should give organisation pause.

'Children died' in US air strike

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:43
A US air strike on Syria probably killed two children, the Pentagon says, acknowledging civilian casualties for first time.

#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:40

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask: What's driving Detroit's future now?

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Top 10 Steven Gerrard moments

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:32
Before Steven Gerrard's final Liverpool match, BBC Sport remembers some of his stand-out moments for the club.

China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:28

China is rolling out an ambitious soccer program. President Xi Jinping is reported to be a super fan who wants China to win a World Cup. Critics say there's too much emphasis on quick results.

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Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:25

Popular myth has long credited New York's soft water for the city's irresistibly crusty, chewy bagels. But the chemistry behind a superior bagel is more complicated.

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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:13

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

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Axe killer 'possessed by demons'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:52
A man who hacked to death his mother and sister with an axe had said beforehand he was "possessed by the demons", an inquest hears.

Brave England fight to slay ghosts

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:35
The day-one recovery against New Zealand gives hope that the ghosts haunting England may soon be just a memory, writes Tom Fordyce.

Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group's Ban On Gay Adults 'Unsustainable'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:29

Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

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The biker shootout in Waco, by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:16

Authorities are still trying to piece together what exactly happened at a Waco, Texas bar on Sunday, when a melee involving rival biker gangs and police left nine people dead and 18 injured. Let's do the numbers on what we know so far:

177

That's how many people were arrested in connection with shootout, all of them facing felony organized crime charges with bonds set for $1 million. That has potential to overwhelm McLennan County, one expert told USA Today, because the criminal docket was already full and costs for a single death penalty case can reach into the "high six figures." Experts predicted many plea bargains and charges dropped.

120

The number of people who were detained after a similar biker brawl in Nevada in 2002, the New York Times reported. That gang fight, between the Hell's Angels the Mongols, could offer a peek at how things will shake out in Waco: seven Hell's Angels were convicted in federal court, and six Mongols pleaded guilty in state court.

$59 per day

The approximate cost of a jail bed in Texas, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

68

That's how many locations Twin Peaks sports bar has around the country, though the chain announced its Waco franchise would not reopen after Sunday's violence, which was mostly confined to the parking lot. Police and the restaurant itself both blamed the franchise owner for ignoring warnings from law enforcement about the potential for violence.

318 (and counting)

The number of weapons police have collected from the scene so far, including 118 handguns, 157 knives, chains, brass knuckles, clubs and one AK-47. Police said they expect the number to rise because weapons were hidden all over: in trash cans, stoves and bags of chips, stuffed between seat cushions, even partially flushed down the toilet.

The biker shootout in Waco, by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:16

Authorities are still trying to piece together what exactly happened at a Waco, Texas bar on Sunday, when a melee involving rival biker gangs and police left nine people dead and 18 injured. Let's do the numbers on what we know so far:

177

That's how many people were arrested in connection with shootout, all of them facing felony organized crime charges with bonds set for $1 million. That has potential to overwhelm McLennan County, one expert told USA Today, because the criminal docket was already full and costs for a single death penalty case can reach into the "high six figures." Experts predicted many plea bargains and charges dropped.

120

The number of people who were detained after a similar biker brawl in Nevada in 2002, the New York Times reported. That gang fight, between the Hell's Angels the Mongols, could offer a peek at how things will shake out in Waco: seven Hell's Angels were convicted in federal court, and six Mongols pleaded guilty in state court.

$59 per day

The approximate cost of a jail bed in Texas, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

68

That's how many locations Twin Peaks sports bar has around the country, though the chain announced its Waco franchise would not reopen after Sunday's violence, which was mostly confined to the parking lot. Police and the restaurant itself both blamed the franchise owner for ignoring warnings from law enforcement about the potential for violence.

318 (and counting)

The number of weapons police have collected from the scene so far, including 118 handguns, 157 knives, chains, brass knuckles, clubs and one AK-47. Police said they expect the number to rise because weapons were hidden all over: in trash cans, stoves and bags of chips, stuffed between seat cushions, even partially flushed down the toilet.

 

Benitez lined up by Real Madrid

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14
Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez could replace Carlo Ancelotti as manager of Real Madrid.

A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14

The practice of defecating in the open is all too common in Zambia because many families don't have other options. But now the country has achieved a milestone: its first zone free of open defecation.

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Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14

In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.

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SNP secures Trident safety debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:53
The safety of the Trident nuclear weapons system is to be debated in the House of Commons next week.

Kendall in 2% defence spending call

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:44
Labour should commit to the Nato target of spending at least 2% of national income on defence, Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall says.

More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:43

Prosecutors say clerics accused the couple of burning a page of the Quran and helped incite a mob to incinerate them in a brick kiln.

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Fla. Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawns To Appear In Court

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:23

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

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Black youths 'refused entry to club'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:12
A group of black students in Leicester claim they were refused entry to a nightclub "because they were black".

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