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Mother 'gets deportation reprieve'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:58
A woman who fears her daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation will not be deported for at least another day, family friends say.

'Bright girls' among physics dropouts

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:52
Some of the brightest girls doing AS-level physics decide to drop the subject without taking the full A-level, say teachers.

Japan inflation rate at 23-year high

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:44
Consumer prices in Japan rise at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, surging 3.2% from a year earlier, as the sales tax rise comes into effect.

After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:39

ISEE-3, launched in 1978 to study solar wind, was "borrowed" for a comet mission a few years later and virtually lost. A group of space enthusiasts say they've managed to reestablish contact.

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Blood pressure advances save lives

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:13
Improved treatment of blood pressure has prevented hundreds of thousands of heart attacks, strokes and deaths in England, say doctors.

What is the referendum period?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 16:07
What you need to know as the official campaign period begins

Light bedrooms 'link to obesity'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:58
Sleeping in a room with too much light may increase the odds of piling on the pounds, claim researchers.

Surge in child emotional abuse cases

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:56
Children's charity NSPCC Scotland reports a dramatic rise in helpline callers reporting serious cases of emotional abuse.

Scots 'to come together' after vote

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:54
Scotland will "come together" after the referendum regardless of the result, the Scottish Parliament presiding officer says, as the formal campaign period begins.

VIDEO: 167 on the Royal Opera House stage

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:36
The latest production at the Royal Opera House features the largest number of people on stage - 14 principals, 48 chorus, 12 extra chorus, 26 actors, and 67 community ensemble.

VIDEO: Orangutan dental checks aid conservation

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:36
How dental checks are vital to orangutan conservation efforts

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:32
Rat, ferret, chinchilla - which pet is now legal in NYC?

Clippers sold to former Microsoft CEO for $2 billion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:31

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has reportedly won the bidding for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise, with a $2 billion offer. As Marketplace has reported, less successful teams in smaller markets have sold for just a fraction of that figure.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this sale would be the biggest in NBA history:

Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Geffen group bid $1.6 billion and Ressler at $1.2 billion.

Any sale would still need to be approved by league owners, who shot down Ballmer's earlier bid for the Sacramento Kings.

Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling has chosen to sell the team five days ahead of an NBA hearing to take the team out of her family's hands. Her husband and former co-owner, billionaire Donald Sterling, bought the team for $12 million 30 years ago.

Thus, the man banned, chastised and fined for racist comments -- could be looking at a pay day of billions of dollars.

Read Marketplace's past coverage of the Clippers' regime change:

Clippers reportedly sold to former Microsoft CEO

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:31

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has reportedly won the bidding for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise, with a $2 billion offer. As Marketplace has reported, less successful teams in smaller markets have sold for just a fraction of that figure.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this sale would be the biggest in NBA history:

Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Geffen group bid $1.6 billion and Ressler at $1.2 billion.

Any sale would still need to be approved by league owners, who shot down Ballmer's earlier bid for the Sacramento Kings.

Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling has chosen to sell the team five days ahead of an NBA hearing to take the team out of her family's hands. Her husband and former co-owner, billionaire Donald Sterling, bought the team for $12 million 30 years ago.

Thus, the man banned, chastised and fined for racist comments -- could be looking at a pay day of billions of dollars.

Read Marketplace's past coverage of the Clippers' regime change

UK taught Brazil interrogation techniques

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:27
How the UK taught interrogation to Brazil's dictators

No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:20

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.

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Team rebuilds 'most famous spine'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:18
Richard III's bent spine would have left him inches shorter, but able to live a normal life, researchers find.

Rise in child emotional abuse calls

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:16
The number of child emotional abuse cases referred to police and children's services from the NSPCC's UK helpline has risen by 47%, the charity says.

VIDEO: Suit ages wearer 60 years in 20 mins

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:12
The AgeLab at MIT has developed a suit that they say simulates the ageing process to give younger people a better idea of the physical challenges that older people face. Rajini Vaidyanathan tried it on.

'No Evidence' Snowden Raised Concerns While At NSA

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:04

The National Security Agency says it has only one email exchange between the former contractor and the NSA's legal branch — concerning a technical issue.

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