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How fasting changed my body for the better

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:23
How fasting changed my body for the better

VIDEO: Syrian band sings on Damascus streets

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:22
A group of Syrian musicians is becoming hugely popular by giving impromptu performances in the busiest streets of Damascus, singing traditional Arabic songs.

House price predictions for 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:15
Experts' predictions for house prices in 2014

Developing world obesity quadruples

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:04
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has quadrupled to almost one billion since 1980, a UK think tank says.

'Exceptional weather' to hit UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:00
A period of "exceptional weather" is set to hit the UK, the environment secretary says, as severe flood warnings are issued for south-west England, Gloucestershire and Wales.

VIDEO: Bibles seized over 'Allah' row

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:55
More than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society have been seized by Islamic authorities in Malaysia because they use the word Allah to refer to God.

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:51

If you haven't heard of the Quadrantids, don't worry. Even NASA calls them "a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation." But in the Northern Hemisphere, they can be well worth watching.

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VIDEO: Could pigs produce human organs?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:50
A few years from now, will it be possible to grow spare human organs inside pigs?

Arrest Made In Murder Of California Priest

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:37

The say the body of the Rev. Eric Freed, found in the rectory of St. Bernard Church in Eureka on New Year's Day, showed signs of a struggle.

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For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:13

More than 1 million people lost their unemployment benefits as 2014 began. Whether or not those benefits get extended, economists say there are ways to change the program that will make it work better. One suggestion is work sharing, which has helped reduce Germany's unemployment.

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Iraq forces fight militants in Anbar

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:02
Heavy clashes are reported between security forces and Sunni militants in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:01

For the past three decades, the state averaged about 50 quakes a year. Last year, there were almost 3,000. Some geologists say the state's oil and gas industry might be to blame for the increase.

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Partisan Evolution Gap? Politically Insignificant, GOP Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:55

A new Pew survey showing that belief in evolution has dropped among Republicans is fueling critics who argue the GOP is anti-science. But Republican strategists say it's not an issue that will matter at the polls.

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Solskjaer: 'Mild, gentle, tough and ambitious'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:48
New Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is as "mild" and "gentle" as he looks, say those who know him - but tough, adaptable and ambitious too

VIDEO: South Sudan: Refugee conditions worsen

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:47
Fighting is continuing in South Sudan as the two sides prepare to begin peace talks, but aid agencies are warning that supplies are urgently needed for those who have been forced to flee their homes.

Village suffers further flooding

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:42
Further rainfall brings more flooding to an area of Kent which was severely affected by floods over Christmas.

VIDEO: Severe weather warnings for UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:35
People in coastal areas in the south and west are being warned to expect further surges and flooding as another storm moves in.

Tidal storm surge warning for Wales

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:30
Forecasters warn that storm force winds and some of the highest tides in decades could bring further flooding misery.

2014 Resolutions: Eric Sawchak

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:28

Happy New Year! In 2014, Marketplace Money will follow a few listeners from around the country who’ve resolved to make over their personal finance lives. We’ll be checking up on their financial New Year’s resolutions periodically throughout the year and see if they're achieving their goals!

Name: Eric Sawchak, 21
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Resolution: “I'm going to get a job this year after I graduate, hopefully. And I would like to start saving for all the long-term goals that I have, most specifically: retirement and planning ahead for the family that I'm probably going to have. My parents set me up with a Roth IRA a few years ago, so I kind of got the bug early."

"I'm not going to graduate with any debt because my parents set me up with a 529 [college savings plan], for which I owe my parents a whole load of thanks. I have a part-time internship, that provides me about $10 an hour for the 10 hours a week I work there, so I have a little bit of extra income. But when I graduate that's all pretty much going to stop, if I can't find a real job, full-time job, then ... geez, I don't even know what I'm going to do. But for the present, I'm in a pretty good situation."

Carmen says: “We can plan all we want, but it's gotta be: Start with now! So what are those immediate needs? What's going to happen is that your income ... that is going to fuel the expenses for your family in the future, your retirement. So without thinking about how that job is going to happen, you can't get at that money. Think about the practical about getting that job, which means living on your own. And what would those costs be? And you can estimate, 'How much would my budget be for rent? I would have to save up for first and last month's payment."

Island of Reunion brushed by cyclone

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 14:27
The French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is brushed by cyclone Bejisa, leaving 15 people injured, power lines cut and some homes damaged.

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