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Celebrating Easter in Spring

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:06
Australia's Bishop Kay at Westminster Abbey for Easter

VIDEO: Alfa Romeo plots US comeback

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:05
Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.

Iran has 'cut uranium stock' - IAEA

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:04
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, in keeping with a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.

Sci-fi fans to descend on Glasgow

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:01
Hundreds of science fiction fans from around the world are expected to descend on Glasgow this weekend for a major sci-fi convention.

Bullied children still suffer at 50

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:01
Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.

'There's a secret language only us drivers know'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:00
In his regular BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about his thrilling Bahrain battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg

Obama: Healthcare law 'is working'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:54
President Barack Obama defends his signature healthcare law, saying the debate over its repeal is "over" as he touts high enrolment numbers.

VIDEO: French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:42
The leader of the French far right-wing Front National party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms".

Channel Tunnel train delay 'chaos'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:33
Hundreds of Channel Tunnel rail passengers heading off for the Easter weekend face train cancellations and major delays after technical problems led to a backlog in services.

Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:31

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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VIDEO: 'We want to be part of Russia'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:24
The BBC's Natalia Antelava visits a camp site of the self-declared people's Republic of Donetsk.

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:21

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:20
The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she is pregnant with her first child.

Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:02

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.

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Dowie gives Liverpool winning start

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:01
Natasha Dowie's goal gives Super League champions Liverpool a winning start to their title defence against Manchester City.

Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:48
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine at talks in Geneva.

Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:44
Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.

Digging into the 8 million ACA signups

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:44

Eight million Americans have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said at a White House briefing Thursday, a figure that surpassed the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's initial projection of 7 million.

Over the past six weeks some 3.7 million people signed up for insurance, according to the White House, and 28 percent of those who got insurance via the federal exchange were in the 18-34 age range, a figure of great interest to the insurance industry. Conventional wisdom is that younger people tend to be healthier (and cheaper to insurer) than older adults. The corollary is the healthier the risk pool in 2014, the less premium prices rise in 2015.

Obama said "we have a strong, good story to tell" and then went on the offensive , adding that 5.7 million Americans have been locked out of the run on insurance through Medicaid expansion because 24 states have declined to expand their Medicaid programs.

A more complete report on enrollment numbers is expected next week. It's important to note that not all of consumers who sign up for insurance will actually purchase insurance, so it's likely the 8 million number will drop. What was interesting – and perhaps surprising – was that millions of Americans flocked to the federal and state exchanges at the 11th hour. It suggests that there is a healthy interest in having health insurance. That interest is only expected to grow.

VIDEO: Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:42
Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87.

Kelpies lit up for launch event

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:41
The Kelpies, a massive new art installation overlooking the M9 near Falkirk, are lit up as part of a pyrotechnic launch event.
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