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Life for football coach murderer

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 10:20
A teenager who murdered a football coach by stabbing him to death with a kitchen knife on a Leicester street is jailed for life.

Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 10:12

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the state's ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy "invalid and unconstitutional."

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Iran execution stopped at last minute

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 10:07
The public hanging stopped at the last minute

What happens when there are 9 billion mouths to feed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-16 10:00

As it stands right now, the world has a little over 7 billion people. 

Come 2050, however, that "7" will look more like a "9," and those 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster for the planet's already-strained resources.

Jonathan Foley wrote the cover story for the May issue of National Geographic magazine, kicking off an eight-month series on food and sustainability. In his words: "We've got to get more value out of agriculture.We need to figure out how to feed a growing and more prosperous world, but we also have to figure out how to make it more sustainable."

Foley teamed up with National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz on this "big-picture approach" to landscapes of industrial food:

On the Vulgamore farm near Scott City, Kansas, each combine can harvest up to 25 acres of wheat an hour—as well as real-time data on crop yields. Most of the food Americans eat is now produced on such large-scale, mechanized farms, which grow row after row of a single crop, allowing farmers to cover more ground with less labor.

George Steinmetz/National Geographic

At Granja Mantiqueira in Brazil eight million hens lay 5.4 million eggs a day. Conveyor belts whisk the eggs to a packaging facility. Demand for meat has tripled in the developing world in four decades, while egg consumption has increased sevenfold, driving a huge expansion of large-scale animal operations.

George Steinmetz/National Geographic

Only the Brazil nut trees—protected by national law—were left standing after farmers cleared this parcel of Amazon rain forest to grow corn. Despite progress in slowing deforestation, this northern state of Pará saw a worrying 37 percent spike over the past year.

George Steinmetz/National Geographic

At the Nutribras pig farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil, sows are confined to sectioned crates that allow a mother to suckle her piglets without acci­dentally crushing them. Hog farms can be big polluters—the average 200-­pound pig produces 13 pounds of manure a day—but Nutribras recycles waste as fertilizer and methane power.

George Steinmetz/National Geographic

At Monsanto’s North Carolina lab, corn plants emerge from an automated photo booth that documents their growth. The company is trying to develop strains of corn and soybeans that need less water and fertilizer—a goal that’s eluded biotech thus far. Reducing the use of such resources is key to feeding the world in the coming decades. 

George Steinmetz/National Geographic

Check out the entire series on National Geographic's website.

In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:43
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes

Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:38

Prosecutors said it would disturb the families of those who died to know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could view those images. The judge ruled Tsarnaev has the right to see such evidence.

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Boy airlifted after being hit by van

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:35
A ten-year-old boy is airlifted to hospital after being knocked off his bike by a van on a country road in Aberdeenshire.

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:28
The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.

Ukraine military column 'disarmed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:24
Ukraine's defence ministry says six of its armoured vehicles have been seized by pro-Russian militants, amid mounting tension in eastern Ukraine.

Villa boss Lambert praised by owner

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:20
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner praises club boss Paul Lambert after he has had to confront some "unexpected issues".

Mid-East peace talks meeting delayed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:11
A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.

Marathon runner's family 'shocked'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:59
The family of a runner who died after completing the London Marathon thank the public for their support.

Third of arrested migrants removed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:55
A third of immigration arrests following public tip-offs resulted in deportation in 2013, says the Home Office.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:44
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

Head of oldest African park shot

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:39
The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.

Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:31
Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.

Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:31

The number of missing is still unclear, but at last count, authorities said seven people remained unaccounted for from the March 22 mudslide near the community of Oso.

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Carberry still hopes for England place

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:28
Michael Carberry says he has not given up hope of keeping his Test place, despite criticising the England management.

Man wins 'first open N Korean race'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:27
A runner from Stafford believes he has won the first North Korean half-marathon to be open to international amateur athletes.

Calgary stabbing victims mourned

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:22
A Calgary university mourns the victims killed on Tuesday in a stabbing attack a police chief has called the Canadian city's worst mass murder.
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