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Does social media impact on body image?

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 01:41
How social media affects the way we see ourselves

VIDEO: Kim Jong-un 'healthy' - ambassador

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 01:36
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is healthy, the country's ambassador says, despite the leader's non-appearance in public since September.

Three charts that show why your heating bill will fall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-13 01:30

The Department of Energy is predicting lower heating costs this winter. Some homes could see a nearly 40 percent drop in their heating bill. There are a couple forces behind this, and the federal Energy Information Administration has a wealth of data. Here's what you need to know, boiled down to three charts.

The Polar Vortex took our natural gas 

Natural gas is used to heat 57 percent of homes. Prices are on the rise after last winter's bitter temperatures depleted supply. Even if this winter is 10 percent warmer than expected, the EIA projects supply still won't have recovered to prior levels in 2015.

This winter will be much warmer

Last winter hiked up natural gas prices, and electricity followed, but the EIA is predicting demand will fall faster, especially when compared to last year's bitter polar vortex conditions. Heating days — a national measure of demand, waited by population — are expected to fall sharply for winter 2014-2015, following a decades-long trend.

That means lower bills for (almost) everyone

Even if this winter is 10 percent colder than predicted, the EIA says propane and heating oil users will see drops in their bills. As it's forecast now, demand will outpace higher prices and mean discounts across the board.

Of course, needs vary across the country, the energy department has an interactive tool that lets you explore spending state-by-state.

VIDEO: Viking treasure trove found in field

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 01:29
A Viking treasure trove thought to be worth a six-figure sum is unearthed in a field in Dumfriesshire by a man using a metal detector.

VIDEO: Why are these mussels a menace?

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 01:28
A new species of mussel has been found in the UK which could be hugely damaging to British wildlife.

In pictures: Life in Chechnya

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 00:33
Award winning photos by Davide Monteleone

VIDEO: Northern Soul's cultural revival

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 00:11
Northern Soul looks set for a cultural revival, thanks to a film which has gathered some unexpected momentum.

How much do by-elections cost?

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 00:01
By-elections cost more per constituency and per voter than general elections.

On Front Lines Against Ebola, Training A Matter Of Life Or Death

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 23:25

At least 7,000 health care workers are needed to staff new Ebola treatment centers in Liberia alone. Those doctors, nurses and hygienists must learn how to protect themselves — and how not to panic.

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Florida Governor's Race: Familiar Faces, Big Money, Brutal Ads

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 23:24

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott is facing off with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — who's now running as a Democrat. The race is close, expensive and nasty, with a deluge of attack ads.

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Friction Can Save Your Sandwich, And Other Tips For Better Bites

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 23:24

Many sandwiches lack structural integrity due to "the sliced cucumber conundrum," says Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better. He has fixes for it and other kitchen woes — like sad-looking leftovers.

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing to begin

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 21:58
The South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will return to court for sentencing after being convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 21:45
Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, senior US officials say.

Election setback for Brazil's Dilma

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 21:18
Influential Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva backs opposition candidate Aecio Neves against Dilma Rousseff in the presidential poll run-off.

Referendum pacts, and NHS failings

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:56
Monday's papers give plenty of space to UKIP's latest offer to the Conservatives, and there is reflection in various stories on the state of the health service.

Sri Lanka's Jaffna railway to reopen

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:52
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa will reopen the rail link between the capital, Colombo, and Jaffna in the country's north.

NHS staff in NI to walk out over pay

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:50
More than 4,000 health service support workers in Northern Ireland are to go on strike over pay later.

VIDEO: HK protesters 'would resist' police

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:13
The BBC's John Sudworth heard from one pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong that she would be prepared to resist the police if they started to use force.

North Korea: Where is Kim Jong-un?

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:09
Where is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un?

Hong Kong police remove barricades

BBC - Sun, 2014-10-12 20:05
Police in Hong Kong remove some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters, saying they want to clear roads in the business district.