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Trump Inherits The Afghanistan Albatross — And Commits For The Long Term

NPR News - Tue, 2017-08-22 01:00

The president went against what he called his own instincts by agreeing to deploy about 4,000 more troops in an open-ended extension of America's longest war.

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Combating His Instinct, Trump Commits U.S. To Another Tour Of Duty In Afghanistan

NPR News - Tue, 2017-08-22 01:00

After 16 years in Afghanistan, the U.S. can neither declare victory nor disengage. So the president calls for more troops, more time, more sacrifice — with no way of knowing how much might be enough.

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Barcelona attack: Surviving suspects face judge

BBC - Tue, 2017-08-22 00:54
The surviving suspects will hear the charges against them and could be questioned if they testify.

Trump administration halts study on mining, thanks to proposed budget cuts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2017-08-22 00:15
The Trump administration has halted a $1 million federal study of the health hazards associated with living near mountaintop coal mines. The study began last year, when officials in West Virginia asked the Obama administration to quantify the health risks of mountaintop mining, a form of coal mining common in states like West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio. It entails (you guessed it) mining on the surface of a mountain — and then dumping the debris into ponds and underground mines. The problem is, that debris can contain toxic metals like arsenic and lead, which can then end up in drinking water.   Some studies have shown increased rates of health problems, like lung cancer, kidney disease, and birth defects, in the people who live near these sites. But overall, (and this is something the mining industry points out) the data has been inconclusive, in part because it’s hard to control for other factors, like poverty. This federal study was supposed to fill in the gaps.  The Trump administration said it halted the study as part of a review of the merits of federal grants at the Department of the Interior that cost more than $100,000. The president has proposed cutting $1.6 billion from the agency’s budget.  Related Flint isn't the only city with lead poisoning problems Counting up American coal jobs: What's the real total? What happened when an industry-friendly EPA leader in the '80s went too far

Bear bites man in China 'tiger death' wildlife park

BBC - Tue, 2017-08-22 00:14
The man rolled down his car window at the drive-through park to feed bears despite warnings.

Provident Financial shares dive on new profit warning

BBC - Tue, 2017-08-22 00:07
The firm's shares plummet 58% after it says it will lose £80m to £120m over a faltering shake-up.

Mayweather v McGregor: Breaking down the fight styles

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 23:57
MMA coach Joe 'Silk' Cummins and boxing coach Richie Woodhall stake their claims for their respective styles in the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Wayne Rooney: Everton striker's focus is on club rather than country

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 23:39
Striker Wayne Rooney says he is "focusing on Everton" rather than an international recall after scoring his 200th Premier League goal.

Baby rescued from Italian earthquake

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 23:01
The earthquake on the Italian island of Ischia has left many people injured.

Caring about a company's values has grown into a multi-trillion dollar industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-08-21 22:36
People generally like to measure a business's worthiness based on its bottom line — not its values. But over the past couple of decades, socially responsible investing (SRI) has grown into an industry worth trillions. Cliff Feigenbaum, who founded GreenMoney Journal 25 years ago, joined us to talk about the increase in people who are matching their values with their portfolios, and what happens when a company has the right track record on certain issues, but not others.  Below is an edited transcript.  David Brancaccio: I remember back in the early days you'd see articles where we would do coverage about impact investing — socially responsible investing it was called at the time — and you'd get the Wall Street hot shot saying, "Oh, that just leaves money on the table. Oh, you can't succeed if you start worrying about what the companies are actually doing." You showed that that view is really quite wrong. Cliff Feigenbaum: Over the 25 years I think this industry, the SRI industry, has matured. There's now $9 trillion involved in SRI and $23 trillion globally. And, in fact, Bloomberg reported that $6 billion moved towards SRI last year and $4 billion already this year. Brancaccio: Now GreenMoney, your journal, doesn't decide what your values should be. It's not just progressive values. If a person were more conservative, for instance, you can come up with a portfolio that is a little bit more palatable to your personal values. Feigenbaum: Absolutely. You know, we started GreenMoney because it's about aligning your money with your values. Whatever your values are — from the way you shop to the way you invest, even local banking. Brancaccio: Now what do you think, Cliff. You've thought a lot about this. I mean, you try to make your portfolio align with what you believe — it's not always easy. You might reward a company that has a better environmental record, but oh, it doesn't do quite as well as some other peer companies when it comes to promoting women and minorities. How do you balance that? Feigenbaum: We see the shareholder activism part is where you improve companies. In fact, this year, there were over 70 shareholder proposals on climate change issues. And in fact, Exxon's own shareholders, 60 percent of them, asked for the company to start reporting on climate change risks. A company doesn't start out perfectly. There are many times that it can be improved. And that's what SRI helps companies move towards more — innovation and sustainability. 

Indian court rules against instant divorce

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 22:18
India's top court has ruled the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional.

In a rush? Here's today's morning briefing

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 21:26
Your morning briefing for 22 August 2017.

Sneak peek at the new Bake Off

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 21:24
Our entertainment correspondent had a sneak peek at the first episode since GBBO moved to Channel 4.

Manchester attack: 12 weeks on

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 20:53
Twelve weeks after the Manchester attack, a bereaved mother explains how she is trying to cope with what happened.

Lib Dems under Vince Cable still want to legalise cannabis

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 20:37
Vince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis.

The science of high-potency cannabis

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 20:36
Newsbeat hears from two scientists who study cannabis.

George Osborne urges 'HS3' rail for northern England

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 19:35
Ex-Chancellor George Osborne leads the campaign for high-speed rail lines to link Liverpool and Hull.

How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

NPR News - Mon, 2017-08-21 18:02

If you heeded all the warnings, you're likely fine. But spots or blurred vision that shows up 12 hours later or the next day might be a sign the sun's direct rays permanently hurt the retina.

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UK toys celebrated on Royal Mail stamps

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 17:49
The set of 10 stamps will feature UK-made toys from the past 100 years, including Sindy and Meccano.

Trump pledges support for Afghanistan

BBC - Mon, 2017-08-21 17:27
A hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists, the president said.