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New Deepcut inquest to be held

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:10
A new inquest is ordered into the death of 18-year-old soldier Pte Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995.

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:01

Many clinics closed because of a new requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics. Many doctors couldn't comply.

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Who should police FedEx packages?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:00

The Justice Department is accusing FedEx of shipping packages from illegal online pharmacies in spite of repeated warnings from U.S. drug enforcement officials. 

A Justice Department indictment says FedEx knew it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts, and continued the deliveries in spite of warnings from the government. 

In a statement, FedEx says it can't police the more than 10 million packages it delivers per day. So, what are FedEx's responsiblities here?

“What you ideally would go for in this case is whoever is buying or selling these illegal drugs, not who’s carrying them,” says David Ross, a global logistics analyst at Stifel Nicolaus who follows FedEx.

Ross says FedEx would lose money if it spent time going through its packages.  

Kent Smith of Ursa Major Associates agrees that FedEx can’t police shipments. Still, he says, FedEx should have a reasonable idea of what it’s transporting. 

“If they’re aware that these companies were in trouble with the law, I think they had an obligation to do something about it,” he says.

The indictment says that instead, after some online drug sites were shut down by the government, FedEx started requiring online pharmacy shippers to be approved by its credit department, but continued delivering packages for them.

VIDEO: 'Lightning hit me during storm'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:56
One woman describes her lucky escape as lightning struck her house as she leant out a window filming the storm.

Higher earthquake risk for eastern US

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:41
A new US geological survey indicates one-third of the nation is at a higher risk of earthquakes, with 16 states in increased peril.

Banks to face full competition probe

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:39
Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recommended a full competition inquiry into banks.

In pictures: Lightning storms hit UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:37
Lightning strikes the UK

Ofsted 'biased on teaching methods'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:33
A think tank says teachers are being marked down by Ofsted for using traditional "chalk and talk" teaching methods.

Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:32

Rammasun, which killed 54 people as it passed across the Philippines Wednesday, had picked up strength as it approached the Chinese island of Hainan. One man was killed by falling debris in Hainan.

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O'Brien daughter to make Oaks history

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:09
Ana O'Brien, the daughter of trainer Aidan, will become the first female jockey to ride in the Irish Oaks on Saturday.

Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:08

Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.

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VIDEO: Patrick Stewart backs assisted dying

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:02
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart has joined campaigners on a march in support of assisted dying, as the House of Lords debate a new attempt to change the law.

Caption Challenge: Creature cosmetics

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:58
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

What drove Hamas to take on Israel?

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:42
Why Hamas decided to take on Israel with rockets

Hamilton top in sweltering practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:39
Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in second practice at the German Grand Prix, but Red Bull edge closer to Mercedes.

'Islamist ethos agenda in schools'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:21
A leaked report into the alleged "Trojan Horse" schools plot in Birmingham finds an agenda to introduce an "aggressive Islamist ethos" into some schools.

Mistress filmed cocaine detective

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:17
A police detective is fined after being filmed by his mistress using the class-A drug cocaine.

What makes a spin bowler great?

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:13
Cricket expert Simon Hughes examines the secrets of spin bowling in the first of a series of analytical pieces for BBC Sport.

Malaysia Airlines' future in doubt

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:05
Shares in Malaysia Airlines closed down 11% following the crash of flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, raising questions about the airline's future.

VIDEO: The evolution of Bjork's instruments

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 05:03
Bjork's musical director Matt Robertson explains how they developed the instruments for her Biophilia tour.
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