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Lawro's predictions v Seann Walsh

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:57
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on comedian and QPR supporter Seann Walsh.

14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:56

Angry mobs that targeted health workers. A single funeral that infected 365 people. No isolation wards in Liberia. These are some of the striking points in WHO's new analysis.

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Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

Caesars — the giant gambling company — put its largest unit into bankruptcy on Thursday. The company was acquired by private equity firms Apollo and TPG in 2008 just as the financial crisis was pushing the economy into recession. It never recovered and has more than $20 billion in debt.

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Rapping The News In West Africa

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format. Journal Rappé is a short TV show distributed on YouTube with a huge following, especially in West Africa where a majority of the population is under 25.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.

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Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46 CEO Tony Hsieh pumped $350 million into downtrodden downtown Las Vegas to make it a home for startups and a place young people want to live again. Three years in, is it working?

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Hospital ban for whistleblower medic

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43
A paramedic-turned-whistleblower says he is banned from entering two Worcestershire hospitals after speaking out about A&E overcrowding.

Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43

Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished their historic first free climb on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Melissa Block talks with the duo about their 19-day effort.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Second Round Of Public Flogging

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

Badawi is being publicly flogged 50 times each week over 20 weeks for insulting Islam. He is set to receive 50 lashes Friday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

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Real Madrid 2-2 (agg 2-4) Atl Madrid

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:25
Fernando Torres scores his first goals since returning to Atletico Madrid as they beat Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:21

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave, under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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Palace bid for Swansea's Taylor

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:17
Crystal Palace have made a £3m bid for Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor, BBC Wales Sport understands.

VIDEO: Tesco urged to 'get out of town'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:08
A council urges Tesco to sell land it owns in a Kent town after it pulled out of building a supermarket with restaurants and more than 200 flats.

Ebola case suspected in Edinburgh

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 12:01
A person suspected of contracting Ebola is tested at a hospital in Edinburgh after returning from Africa and complaining of a fever.

Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:56

British Gas still has five employees who work as lamplighters, tending to the more than 1,000 centuries-old gas lamps that still line some of London's oldest neighborhoods.

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Uncertain future for wind power in Australia

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:52
South Australia leads the way on wind power

Hendry hopes O’Sullivan retires

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:51
Stephen Hendry jokes that he wants Ronnie O'Sullivan to retire so he doesn't beat his record of seven world titles.

Speed dating Neanderthals wanted

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:07
A "Neanderthal speed dating" event at a science centre in Bristol is seeking two actors to play "early hominids" in its blind date booth.