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VIDEO: 'Four horse race' for European Elections

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:26
Political editor Nick Robinson has been touring the UK to test the mood ahead of the European Elections.

A Cookbook Map Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:19

Amazon Books has curated an interactive map that shows who's invigorating regional cooking. And there are some surprises: Texas is moving beyond barbecue, while charcuterie is cool in California.

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Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Faces Demolition

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:12

All that stands between the plant that made B-24 bombers and the wrecking ball is two days and $1 million. The group that's trying to save the facility says it's an uphill task.

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VIDEO: Former Tory Mercer resigns as MP

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:04
Former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has resigned after he was suspended from the Commons for six months for allegedly asking questions in Parliament in return for money.

Why some rural patients wait all night to get a tooth pulled

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 11:02

The Affordable Care Act is intended to provide insurance for America’s poorest. It was supposed to control healthcare costs by getting people to doctors for routine visits. But for many low-income -- and especially rural -- Americans, healthcare needs are still not being met.

At a fairground just outside downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, hundreds of people wait in line. They come from nearby cities and small towns with names like "Coalfield" and "Deer Lodge". Inside a giant auditorium converted to a mobile clinic for the day, dozens of dentists clean teeth. The two-day clinic, called Remote Area Medical, offers free medical services -- from dental to vision to yearly checkups.

James Barlow is 47-years-old. He received his first pair of glasses two years ago at the clinic. Today he is waiting in line for a new pair of reading glasses from a volunteer student studying optometry. 

“I was struggling and running out of reading glasses. It was just getting too weak,” he says.

Barlow says he needs health insurance. In 2008, he was hospitalized for a heart attack. He says as soon as he walked into the emergency room, they knew he couldn't afford care, but they made him stay in the hospital anyway. Now, he's grateful -- he says would have "probably died."

Barlow had another heart attack this past year. His medical bills have cost tens of thousands of dollars. But like a lot of people at the clinic, he still can’t afford to buy his own insurance, even with subsidies. And Barlow lives in Tennessee, a state that opted out of Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act.

A number of people came the night before -- sleeping in their cars for the services offered today.

“I don’t know a whole lot of people who would stand in a line for 24 hours if they had a better plan, if they had an easier way to get what they needed,” says Amy Smith, a nurse and volunteer here.

That’s the case with Britanny and Dustin Scalf, both in their mid-20s.

“When I was in high school, I was going to the dentist all the time. After that, it just stopped. It literally stopped right in its tracks.  Lost insurance,” says Dustin Scalf. His wife Brittany Scalf finished his thought: “When I turned 18, I got pregnant. And I don’t know, I just quit going.”

Brittany hasn’t gone to the dentist in six or seven years. A lot of people here are used to not having health insurance in their family.

“His mom’s on disability; my dad’s on disability,” says Brittany. “She never really tried to get it until she got sick and had to go the doctor...and then it was too late.  She already owed thousands and thousands of dollars.”  

A few hours later, Brittany’s finally in the dental chair.  The dentist removes four teeth from the back of her mouth. The couple hopes procedures like this one are a thing of the past, because Dustin has a new job that comes with health insurance.

Finally, the two head to their camper to make the two-hour trip back to Hawkins County, Tennessee. As for so many people here, this trip is a painful reminder of the past few years without health insurance.

“I’m just ready to get home,” says Brittany.

“I know...It’s been a long day,” says Dustin.

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:33

Animals bark, sing, growl and chat. Plants, one would think, just sit there. But it turns out that plants bark, growl and chat as well. Here's how they do it.

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VIDEO: Students pay tribute to stabbed teacher

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:32
Students past and present pay tribute to teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death in front of her pupils at a Leeds school.

Rutherford jump legal despite protests

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:23
Greg Rutherford's new British long jump record is legal, insists USA Track and Field, after claims he overstepped.

Tube strike hits city commuters

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:20
Commuters suffer "severe disruption" as Tube workers strike over plans to close ticket offices on the London Underground.

Three-week black bin collection plan

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:16
The first three-weekly collections for black bag household rubbish in Wales are approved by Gwynedd council.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai 'expels' rival

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:14
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says his rival Tendai Biti has been expelled from their MDC party, along with eight other members.

Weather clear and cool at the first inaugural ceremony

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:11

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, April 30, 2014:

Officer admits driving dangerously

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:08
A police officer admits to driving dangerously in a 4x4 while responding to an emergency involving children and a firearm.

VIDEO: Woman falls 30ft at Wells Cathedral

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 10:03
A women has been airlifted from the roof of Wells Cathedral, after falling and becoming stuck for three hours.

Woman rescued after cathedral fall

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:58
A woman who fell and became trapped during a tour of Wells Cathedral's towers is rescued by an RAF helicopter.

'Robin Hood' tax battles in EU

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:55
UK fights EU plan to tax bank trades

ENO branches out into musicals

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:50
English National Opera is to stage modern musicals in an attempt to secure its financial future.

Thirteen jailed for prison van break

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:48
Two men who escaped from a prison van after an armed ambush are jailed along with the gang that helped free them.

Cast announced for new Star Wars

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:42
Original Star Wars actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will feature in Star Wars: Episode VII, it is confirmed.

I may not have got No 10 job - Coulson

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 09:28
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson says he may not have become No 10's communications director if he had revealed he knew about phone-hacking.
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