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Flood funds gap 'puts homes at risk'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:56
Some 250,000 more homes are expected to face significant flooding by 2035 because of a shortfall in funding, an independent committee says.

Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:50

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.

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Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:50

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.

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Anelka defends 'quenelle' gesture

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:43
Nicolas Anelka defends his "quenelle" action with a video of a Jewish leader saying the sign is not always anti-Semitic.

Blue Diamond found in South Africa

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:36
A 29.6-carat blue diamond is discovered in Cullinan mine in South Africa, which is famed for its production of the rare stones.

The elements: Carbon's all around

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:33

In the latest of their ongoing talks about the elements, Kai and the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt discuss carbon – what it is, what it bonds with, and how it’s commoditized.  Justin mulls on the limited success of carbon dioxide emission pricing in Europe.

He and Kai also discuss carbon dioxide, which some say is to blame for global warming. They say its ability to absorb infrared radiation adversely affects the earth’s ozone layer, even though it's present in relatively small quantities. 

Justin ponders the effect of the discovery of carbon’s energy-storing properties on global growth which, since the Industrial Revolution have been dramatic. 

VIDEO: 'I'm 27 and living with my mother'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:14
More than 3.3 million adults between the ages of 20 and 34 were living with parents in 2013, according to The Office for National Statistics.

VIDEO: Syrian refugees with 'nowhere to go'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:06
The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached one million .The BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports from Lebanon's northern border with Syria.

Speakers clash on Faslane future

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:05
Workers at the UK's main nuclear submarine base could help keep Scotland an "engineering powerhouse" under independence, it is claimed.

Critics Seize On Blurry Details In Wendy Davis Story

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:48

Inconsistencies in the Texas Democrat's teenage mother-to-Harvard Law School graduate narrative have put Davis and her high-profile campaign for governor on the defensive.

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Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:35

The Olympic sport is like gymnastics in the air, but in the final few rounds, aerialists can't use the same trick twice. Come go time, they have to figure out which trick to do, based on what their competitors have just done.

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Russia expands border zone for Games

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:33
Georgia protests as Russia temporarily expands its security zone into the breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia for the Sochi games.

Economy 'priority for most Scots'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:29
The authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes say economic factors matter most to voters ahead of the independence referendum.

Nazi stag MP 'caused deep offence'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:27
Conservative MP Aiden Burley "caused deep offence" by organising an Alpine stag party with a Nazi theme in 2011, an internal investigation finds.

Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:27

The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

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One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:10

The shooting suspect and his alleged victim were reportedly teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, under the same professor. The shooting sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.

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Why I'm saying goodbye to the NFL

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:58

I fell in love on a Monday night.

Now, many might say that a teenage girl can't know about such things. But that night, as I watched the Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett roll downfield 99 yards for a touchdown, I fell head-over-heels in love with the NFL.

It was January 3, 1983. Dallas vs. Minnesota. Tony Dorsett was so free, so graceful, and so powerful to me. And watching him break free of his competitors, those who wanted to bring him down and stop him from reaching his goal, I was in awe. And I knew then that his run capsulized all that I wanted to accomplish in my life.

That football game is one of my most cherished childhood memories. I have been a passionate NFL fan since that moment -- though I switch my loyalties to the Philadelphia Eagles, my hometown team. I ended up spending much of my career in sports journalism, a dream job if ever there was one.

But after 30 years, my love and respect for the game is fading. And I'm seriously considering giving up football completely.

I've come to this pass because of the NFL's concussion crisis.

The NFL has consistently has denied any connection. But many of the men who play the game feel differently.

When I watch the games today, the awe is gone. And I thank God that my son never wanted to play football, that it was basketball that stole his heart.

Today, instead of telling kids how football inspired me to go after what I want in life, I advise them and their parents to avoid the game at all costs. It's not safe at any level.

I've worked with former NFLers who suffer blackouts in midsentence, after being diagnosed with numerous concussions over their careers. And many of us knew Junior Seau and other football players who have taken their own lives. And too many of us in the sports industry stood by and watched yesterday's heroes implode, or fall into depression in retirement.

If my beloved NFL continues to lie and deny while men and boys are suffering and dying, well, then it's time for this fan to say good-bye.

Two more held over St Lucia murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:54
Two more men are arrested in connection with the murder of a British man on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, police say.

West Ham United 0-3 Manchester City

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:44
Manchester City ease into their first League Cup final in 38 years with a record 9-0 aggregate win against West Ham.

Teenager dies 'after taking ecstasy'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:27
A London teenager, who died after it is believed he took ecstasy, is remembered as a "bright and talented" pupil by his head teacher.

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