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First motorway pub draws criticism

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 01:16
The first pub at a motorway services opens in Buckinghamshire, but charities claim it is "deeply concerning" and "unnecessary".

DUP denies ordering Paisley to quit

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 00:32
Following Ian Paisley's allegations in a BBC programme, the Democratic Unionist Party repeats its denial that senior party figures ordered him to stand down as leader in 2008.

A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 00:19

An Illinois case examines whether states may recognize a union for workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of state institutions, and whether non-union members must pay for a contract they benefit from.

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After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 00:19

The Winter Olympics bobsled, luge and skeleton track was designed with safety in mind, not just speed. It was constructed after an athlete died in a violent crash, and others complained of out-of-control speed, at the Olympics four years ago.

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Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 00:18

"Hands-free" is taking on a new meaning. Games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. It's the stuff of sci-fi movies, but potentially with an added health benefit.

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Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 00:17

These cousins of the shark send thousands of waders and surfers yelping for medical help each year. A powerful toxin in the barb of the ray's tail triggers a "knifelike pain" that can last for hours. Best prevention? Do the "stingray shuffle."

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VIDEO: Webcams link care homes in US and UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 23:58
Jenny Hill visits one care home where a group of residents have used a webcam to form friendships with women on the other side of the world.

Tax alone 'cannot tackle inequality'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 23:26
Academics warn major change would be needed to reduce inequality in Scotland using taxation and government spending.

Police called in Swans defenders row

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 23:18
Police are called to Swansea City's training complex following a row between defenders Chico Flores and Garry Monk.

2 Nabbed At Texas Border In Credit Card Fraud Case

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 23:03

A South Texas police chief said the 2 Mexican citizens used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. A federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer's credit card data theft.

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Wendy Davis' Story May Have Misstated Details

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:55

In Texas, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' rise from a teenage single mother living in a trailer park to Harvard Law School is a centerpiece of her campaign for governor. Some of the details of her personal story, however, may be fuzzier than first thought.

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Clegg 'crisis' and 'killing machine' - the papers

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:52
Lib Dem turmoil leads many papers, while photos of a triple killer and the tale of two public school students who fled to the Caribbean make headlines.

Council mergers 'could cost £200m'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:49
Merging councils in Wales could cost £200m, twice the estimate of the report demanding change, says the body which represents local authorities.

A5 consultant advice to be reviewed

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:23
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy orders an independent review of the advice his department received from a consultant on the A5 road project.

Mother and sick baby in air ordeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:19
A mother who was taking her sick baby son by air ambulance to England describes the terrifying moments when the plane got into difficulties.

An unholy pension hole

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 22:05
Concern over whether clergy pension deficit understated

Minister's wife 'overdosed on drugs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 21:12
The death of the wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor may have been caused by an overdose of drugs, doctors who carried out the autopsy say.

Murray ready for rejuvenated Federer

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 21:09
Andy Murray expects Roger Federer to be at his attacking best in their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And Art Form

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 21:00

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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Australia state in 'one-punch' laws

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 20:54
Australia's New South Wales announces new laws toughening sentences against drunken violence including one-punch assaults.

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