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England pick Burns at 10 over Cipriani

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:08
England pick Freddie Burns at fly-half in one of seven changes for Saturday's third and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Fault in Our Stars is a 'real story'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:07
Why the vampire-free romance The Fault in Our Stars is a hit

Grappling With Gangs, Salt Lake City Turns To Racketeering Laws

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:04

Law enforcement in Utah's capital is using federal organized-crime charges to try to rein in groups like the Tongan Crips. One officer says it's sometimes the only way to send a message to criminals.

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Can Amazon make us love 3D again?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:03
Can Amazon succeed where so many have failed?

The world's most precious genes?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:03
Why scientists are dying to get their hands on Icelanders' DNA

Today at the World Cup: Day eight

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:01
Who is playing? How can you watch the games? Who does our expert think will win? All the information you need on World Cup day eight.

VIDEO: Remember when flying was glamorous

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 15:00
Taking to the skies when transatlantic travel was glamorous

Hodgson keeps his cool before biggest test as boss

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:56
Nothing in England boss Roy Hodgson's long, nomadic career rivals Thursday's World Cup clash with Uruguay, says Phil McNulty.

Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:44

Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.

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Felipe takes over as Spanish king

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:41
Felipe VI of Spain accedes to the throne, following the abdication of his father Juan Carlos after a 39-year reign.

VIDEO: Final stretch for German cave rescue

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:39
A marathon attempt to rescue an injured man from Germany's deepest cave is about to enter its final stretch, officials have said.

VIDEO: Paxman signs off with weather forecast

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:36
Jeremy Paxman ended his last edition of Newsnight after 25 years at the helm, with a weather forecast.

Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:34

After the Food and Drug Administration said that antidepressants could spur suicidal thinking in teens, doctors prescribed the drugs less often. The change may have led to more suicides.

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HIA victims 'cannot wait years'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:25
The founder of a campaign group says victims "cannot wait" for compensation after a request was made to extend the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry by a year.

Albania battles cannabis growers

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:09
Albanian police seize more than 10 tonnes of marijuana in a major operation against cannabis growers controlling the southern village of Lazarat.

Why a lot of recalled cars and trucks never get fixed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:59

If history is any guide, a significant number of the cars GM has recalled this year may never get repaired, because the owners won’t end up bringing them to the shop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that only about 75 percent of recalled cars and trucks get fixed.

The used-car company Carfax keeps a database with the VIN number of every car or truck that’s under recall.  “Our data suggests that right now there are at least 36 million cars across the U.S. that have a recall that has not been fixed,” says *Chris Basso from Carfax.  

Older cars are less likely to get brought in, according to research from economist George Hoffer, who has studied the auto industry for decades. He says that’s partly because many are on a second or third owner— who may not be in touch with a dealer. “And, the older the car, probably you’re more fiscally challenged,” he says, “and the last thing you want is for the dealer to start mining for other things and to say, ‘You know, while you’re here, we found this.’”

Also, a lot of recall notices may have gotten tossed out as junk mail. Bill Powers, a roofing contractor from the Chicago suburbs, owns three cars. Asked if any of them had ever been recalled, he paused. “Ooh. I don’t know,” he said, and laughed, shaking his head. “I guess I should probably know if they’ve had recalls, right?”

Does he ever get mail from his car dealer he doesn’t open?  “Yeah, quite a bit.”  More rueful laughter.

In February, hoping to improve on that 75 percent rate for repairs, NHTSA required carmakers to add a big label to recall notices. It looks like this:

But that rate doesn’t sound so bad compared to recalled child car seats. According to NHTSA, just 30 percent of those get repaired.

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the company that provides repair histories on used cars. The company is Carfax. The article has been corrected.

Yes, the Redskins can still sell Redskins gear

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:59

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled that the Washington Redskins trademark cannot be registered because it disparages Native Americans.

But the decision is expected to have a limited financial impact: The team can still sell Redskins merchandise.

The ruling makes it harder to defend against counterfeit imports from abroad -- but it’s not like the team is suddenly very vulnerable.

“Generally speaking, if someone is selling counterfeit Redskins gear, Redskins would still be able to go to court to shut them down,” says UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

Team owner Daniel Snyder has resisted pressure to change the Redskin’s name. Even though a name-change would mess with traditions, it could also inspire die-hard fans to go out and spend money on new T-shirts, caps or coffee mugs.

“It would be a financial windfall for the team from a marketing standpoint,” says Dan Bruton, a sports marketing professor at San Diego State University.

But the Redskins don't appear any closer to changing the name.

In a written statement, the team’s lawyer says the Redskins plan to appeal the trademark decision.

National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:59

A controversial practice to tie, hold down or seclude agitated students mostly impacts kids with disabilities. Schools say it's for safety, but opponents say it's dangerous and a civil rights issue.

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England will attack Uruguay - Hodgson

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:57
Roy Hodgson says England will attack Uruguay in Thursday's crucial group game even though defeat could send them out.

What does the Majority Leader do? Brings in the cash

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 13:57

House Republicans are electing a new majority leader Thursday. What exactly does the majority leader do? Job number one: Keep the majority. To do that you need money. Lots of it. 

“The majority leader has the dirty work,” says Paul Light, professor of public policy at NYU. 

He estimates that House majority leaders spend about 30 percent of their time raising money, but it’s not just fundraising. They also have to man the firehose of campaign cash that’s gushing in.

“There is so much money," Light explains. "The majority leader has to work to see whether it can get deployed to places where it’s needed.”

Republican Kevin McCarthy of California is expected to win the House majority leader vote. He’s already raised a lot of money for other Republican House members, whose votes he'll be counting on.

“Just like the godfather did, you call on your beneficiaries to give you a service, and in this case the service is supporting him for majority leader, ” says Jack Pitney, who teaches government at Claremont McKenna College.

Of course, Democrats do this too. But it wasn’t always this intense; the money race got tougher after Republicans took control of the House after the 1994 elections, ending decades of Democratic control. Dan Glickman of Kansas was one of the Democrats voted out that year. He says now that the House is in play, you need more money to stay in control.

“I think the competitive nature of the House certainly ups the ante,” he says.

Glickman says it ups the ante for the minority leader as well, who’s also out raising money to try to reclaim control of the House. 

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