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Mum charged with son car fire murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:36
The mother of a five-year-old boy who died in a car fire is charged with his murder.

VIDEO: Snowboarding's biggest ever trick

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:31
British snowboarder Billy Morgan becomes the first person to land a backside 1800 quadruple cork, in Livigno, Italy.

Eugene to host 2021 World Athletics

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:30
US city Eugene will host the 2021 World Athletics Championships after the IAAF bypasses the normal bidding process.

In Record Drought, Calif. Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:06

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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Hacked Touchscreen Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:03

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As more voting goes automated, more concerns are being raised.

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Binge watching for 10 billion hours

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-16 01:00
10 billion

That's how many hours of content Netflix users streamed in the first quarter of this year, according to the company's most recent earnings report released Wednesday. Quartz points out that's about 55 hours per month, per person.

3 years

That's how long Toyota's self-imposed expansion freeze. The world's largest carmaker by volume has just ended the freeze by announcing plans to invest $1.4 billion to build new factories in Mexico and China. 

$16

This is how much Etsy, the online retailer platform, has been priced in its IPO. The deal raised about $267 million by selling 16.7 million shares and gives Etsy a valuation of $1.8 billion.

$6.6 billion

That's 10 percent of Google's annual sales, and the fine the tech giant could pay in an antitrust suit brought by the European Union Wednesday. The EU is accusing Google of privileging its own services in search results. New tech correspondent for Marketplace Molly Wood tells us how Google's mission makes this case somewhat inevitable, and how the company can adjust its model to get out of this.

$1.224 trillion

This is Japan’s total holding of US government debt. Now the third largest economy in the world has surpassed the second in U.S. bond holdings. According to the Financial Times, China pegs its currency to the dollar, which has recovered strongly this year. Meanwhile, growth in the Asian giant is slowing, leading it to reinvest more of its foreign earnings domestically. However, U.S. investors still remain the number one buyer of U.S. bond. 

$15 per hour

The starting wage for employees at the East Village restaurant Dirt Candy, three times New York's minimum wage for tipped employees. Dirt Candy has gotten rid of tipping entirely, instead adding a 20 percent "administrative fee" to every meal. It's something of a reaction to the way tipping habits have changed, the Washington Post reported, though it's not always easy to ditch the tradition without raising prices or sacrificing service.

SA march in solidarity with foreigners

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:55
South Africa is set to hold a huge protest march against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban following a wave of attacks on foreigners.

VIDEO: Stage set for opposition leaders' debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:52
Ross Hawkins looks ahead as the leaders of five of Westminster's opposition parties prepare for a live election debate later on Thursday.

Murder of young girl shocks France

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:50
Flags in Calais are flown at half-mast after a girl aged nine is found dead in woods, hours after being kidnapped.

Lebanese journalist in dock at Hague

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:46
Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat goes on trial for contempt at the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.

Russians to quiz Putin live on TV

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:41
Russia's President Putin is due to hold a live televised phone-in, with social welfare and housing high on the list of Russians' concerns.

James May slams 'threats' to Perkins

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:30
Presenter James May condemns those who sent death threats to Sue Perkins over reports she was replacing Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

Timing is right for fight - Pacquiao

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-16 00:21
Manny Pacquiao insists the timing is right for him to fight Floyd Mayweather after five years of build-up.

Hope Builds For Islanders Displaced In Shameful Chapter Of U.K. History

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:59

Britain forced thousands off Diego Garcia, a remote Indian Ocean island, in the '70s to make way for a U.S. military base. For 40 years residents have fought to return. Now they have a growing chance.

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:51

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:51

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:49

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:46

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

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MH370 search area could be extended

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:45
The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the current search zone, officials say.

Sewol ferry disaster: Demands for answers go on

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 23:38
The South Korean families still demanding answers

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