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California death penalty 'illegal'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 16:26
A federal judge in California rules the death penalty is "dysfunctional" and violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

India's growing breast milk banking network

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 16:18
India's growing breast-milk banking network

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 16:14
Pushing back the frontiers of undersea exploration

VIDEO: Lamb changes view on assisted dying

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 16:06
Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb changes his position on assisted dying, saying there would be "very clear safeguards".

Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 16:02

President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.

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Cycling legend, 83, knocked off bike

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:42
83-year-old cycling legend Brian Robinson - the first Briton to finish the Tour de France - is taken to hospital after being knocked off his bike near his home in West Yorkshire.

VIDEO: Overcoming fear and grief in Mexico City

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:33
After his wife's death, writer Francisco Goldman spent five years in mourning before embracing Mexico City life again.

The godfather of internet jihad?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:29
Did this man's 1996 website launch a new era of jihad?

Chasing the silver dollar

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:09
The entrepreneurs targeting senior citizens

Cities 'should generate energy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:01
Cities should invest in green energy production to compete with the main UK energy suppliers, the IPPR think tank suggests.

F1 can be very cruel, says Vettel

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 15:00
World champion Sebastian Vettel says he has had a “rough” start to 2014 but is confident he can turn things around.

Newcastle sign Riviere from Monaco

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:58
Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere joins Newcastle on a long-term contract for a fee believed to be about £5m.

Help to Buy scheme runs out of money

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:54
The Scottish government's Help to Buy scheme runs out of money three months into the current financial year.

VIDEO: Church 'stole my baby's life'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:53
Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair an inquiry into church-run mother and baby homes in the Republic of Ireland, the government has announced.

Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:52

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.

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Russia 'to reopen Cuba spy base'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:30
Russia plans to reopen an electronic listening post in Cuba used by the USSR to spy on the US during the Cold War, Russian security officials say.

British cyber-jihadist jailed in US

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:23
UK computer expert Babar Ahmad, who admitted providing material to support the Taliban, is sentenced in a US court to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 14:07

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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MP invested in 'tax avoidance scheme'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:48
MP Andrew Mitchell has invested in a film-financing company that tax collectors say was a tax avoidance scheme, BBC Newsnight learns.

Chinese foot binding

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:44
Women whose feet were bound in China
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