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Australia’s Barrier Reef set for heritage downgrade: UNESCO

Australia insisted it was committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday after the UN warned that the natural wonder’s world heritage status could be in downgraded in 2014. UNESCO said little had been done to address concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality raised a year ago…

Priest admits violating ban on ministry to children, says actions are ‘my fault alone’

Asserting his actions were “my fault alone,” the Roman Catholic priest who violated a court-sanctioned agreement to stay away from children wrote in his resignation letter that he attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors without the knowledge of his superiors in the…  …

New CDC report finds stunning suicide increases among middle-aged Americans

JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s been a stunning increase in the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans. The finding is part of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that spells out how much suicide is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Ray Suarez has more. RAY…

Brutal job search reality for older Americans out of work for six months or more

JEFFREY BROWN: And now back to the jobs picture. Despite the good news in today’s employment report, nearly two million Americans 55 and older are still out of work. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the continuing struggles of the long-term jobless in their 50s. It’s the latest in an…

Firefighters still battling raging California wildfire

Firefighters deployed ground and air crews Saturday for another day battling a raging southern California wildfire that threatened 4,000 homes. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping efforts against the Springs Fire, and firefighters said they had contained 30 percent of the blaze, which erupted Thursday near Malibu, 40 miles…

Author Michael Pollan: ‘If you’re letting a corporation cook it, the odds are you’re not getting healthy food’

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, what are you having for dinner? Where did it come from? And, most relevant to our topic today, did you prepare it, cook it, yourself? Michael Pollan has been exploring all things food in a series of books. His latest is “Cooked: A Natural History…

Harper Lee sues agent over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ copyright

Author of best-selling book alleges Samuel Pinkus took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight to transfer rights Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent for allegedly duping her into assigning him the copyright on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In the lawsuit filed…

Author Murakami sends message of hope to Boston

Japanese author and keen runner Haruki Murakami sent a “personal message” to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and said he also felt wounded by the attack on his favourite race. “So, even from far away, I can imagine how devastated and discouraged the people of Boston feel about…

Five U.S. troops killed in Afghan roadside blast: officials

A roadside bomb killed five US troops in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Saturday, provincial officials said. “Five American soldiers were killed at about noon when their armoured vehicle hit a powerful roadside mine in Maiwand district,” Kandahar police chief General Abdul Razeq told AFP. Steal this story…

Formula One begins ‘football-style’ crackdown on reckless drivers

Reckless Formula One drivers have been warned that the introduction of a ‘football-style’ penalty points system may lead to them facing race bans in future. Discussions into the viability of a revised punishment system for dangerous or other irregular driving are expected to take place at next weekend’s Spanish Grand…

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