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BBC News - Home Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:58:09 GMT

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  • Oldest living things on Earth threatened Artist Rachel Sussman spent the past decade documenting the world's oldest living things. Working with biologists, she has traveled to deserts and islands, from the Australian Outback to Antarctica, to photograph organisms that are 2,000 years old or older. She has given a TED talk about her project. Her new book of photographs and essays, "The Oldest Living Things in the World," came out on Earth Day, April 22. Follow her on Twitter: @OLTW
  • Why Common Core tests fail kids In a few weeks, the New York State Education Department will begin the second round of Common Core tests. Earlier this spring, thousands of students refused to take the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) exams. In New York, as in states across the country, parents are telling administrators that their children will not sit for exams that pressure teachers to teach to the test and drain school budgets.
  • N. Korea nuke threat aimed at U.S.? News reports indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, potentially scheduled to coincide with President Obama's visit to South Korea this week.
  • Maine couple attacked by moose Bob and Janis Powell faced off with an aggressive moose while on a snowmobile ride. CNN affiliate WMUR has the story.
  • About that 'Game of Thrones' scene "Game of Thrones" has never strictly followed the book series it's based on, but that fan frustration turned disturbing on Sunday's episode.
  • The week in 33 photos 
  • Photos: Coming out in Hollywood 
  • See postal worker fling packages A postal worker was caught on camera throwing packages out of his car onto the driveway of a customer. WLEX reports.
  • Shipping company under scrutiny The home of Yoo Byung-eun, whose family appears to control the company that owns the sunken ferry, is among more than 20 locations searched. The death toll stands at 159.
  • Passenger made 1st distress call Kyung Lah has the latest on the ferry search and new questions about why a passenger phoned a distress call before the crew.
  • What to do if a ship is sinking CNN's Rosa Flores takes us inside a simulation of a sinking ship.
  • Photos: Scenes from a disaster 
  • Forgery case rattles modern art world Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz helped persuade wealthy buyers to shell out millions of dollars for works he claimed famous masters of modern art had painted.
  • Teen stowaway recovering at hospital The teen stowaway who survived a five-hour flight hidden in the plane's wheel well is recovering in a Hawaii hospital, a state health official said.
  • How to hide in a wheel well CNN's Gary Tuchman shows how the 15-year-old stowaway could have hid in the wheel well of an airplane.
  • The guy behind those Internet lists David Wallechinsky didn't invent what's on the Internet. It just seems that way.
  • High jumpers ... in a grocery store? A grocery store in Waukee, Iowa, held a high jump competition in the middle of its store. Affiliate KCCI reports.
  • Gold bars found in guy's stomach An India man's apparent attempt to evade taxes by swallowing gold did not have a glittering end. Amir Daftari reports.
  • De Niro goofs while making Vine Robert De Niro shot his first six second movie when he commandeered the Vine account of a Tribeca Film Festival judge.
  • Boy's generosity has ripple effect In today's edition of the "Good Stuff, " a Texas boy uses his own savings to buy smoke detectors for his community.
  • This cub's cuteness is unbearable! You'll fall for this baby bear that keeps falling. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the mystery cub that makes a funny noise.
  • Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies The brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles died in New York on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in a fall, the prince's official residence announced.
  • U.S. troops to Poland; Ukraine simmers A contingent of U.S. Army paratroopers arrived in Poland on Wednesday, the first of what will be a "persistent presence" of U.S. troops as the crisis in nearby Ukraine continues to unfold.
  • 10 things you're wasting money on Financial guru Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze reveal their list of 10 things Americans waste money on.
  • 'Object of interest' in plane search Australian officials say the object was found about 200 miles south of Perth and will be analyzed further.
  • People's most beautiful person is ... Lupita Nyong'o is having quite the ride.
  • Reports say Amazon phone is close After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.
  • Why you should fear these loans Subprime lending is back. CNNMoney's Christine Romans explains what it is.
  • American climber: Sherpa saved my life To set foot on Mount Everest is to risk death. Mountaineering tourists and their native Nepali guides both have this on their minds, as they straddle cavernous ravines in the ice.
  • Sailor dad surprises his little girl A sailor from Louisiana planned a surprise return from Afghanistan, to the delight of his family. WAFB reports.
  • Tarantino loses first round of lawsuit A lawsuit filed by Academy Award winning screenwriter and celebrated director Quentin Tarantino against the Gawker website for linking to a script for a future movie project was dismissed Tuesday by a federal judge.
  • Chris Brown faces another 'Con Air' trip Chris Brown's assault trial in Washington has been delayed until the appeal of his bodyguard's conviction is completed.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • Reusable rocket takes off ... LANDS! SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket launched in McGregor, Texas. It reached about 820 feet high.
  • Watch man catch 805-pound shark Joey Polk of Milton, Florida, reeled in a giant Mako shark with his two cousins. Affiliate WKRG reports.
  • Fighting America's nastiest prison riots Get inside prison riot training at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Va.
  • Can you name this 'old' pop star? One of the world's top pop singers dressed up in costumes to promote her latest music video.
  • What a shot! Amazing sports photos A hornet-fleeing golfer jumps in a lake, a squirrel looks to steal home, a jockey tumbles -- these are among 25 amazing photographs from the sports world.
  • 50-foot sinkhole reopens after fix HLN's Robin Meade reports on a 50-foot deep sinkhole that reopened in a Florida neighborhood called The Villages.
  • Surprise! Gore walks daughter down aisle An iReporter catches Al Gore on camera at his daughter Sarah's wedding outside a California coffee shop.
  • Why middle class can't afford rent A decent, safe and affordable home is something all Americans need to thrive. While the lowest-income households continue to lack access to affordable rental homes, increasingly, middle-income households are also shut out.
  • New celeb sex tape burning up internet Mimi Faust and boyfriend Nikko Smith from VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" say their private sex tape leaked to the public.
  • Wrigley Field: A classic at 100 At a time when cities like Atlanta are tearing down not-so-old baseball stadiums for fancy new ones, Chicago's Wrigley Field has stood the test of time.
  • Who can resist the 'Kate Effect'? CNN's Royal Correspondent Max Foster explores the fashion influence of the Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Nature -- now you're just showing off Fireworks are fantastic and human endeavor has its place, but sometimes Mother Nature outshines any performance we can produce.
  • The world's most spectacular theaters April 23 is, according to some reports, William Shakespeare's birthday.
  • Most insane new roller coasters You'll flip head over heels for this summer's bumper crop of new roller coasters.
  • New 'Top' couple? 
  • Meet Michaela Michaela Pereira on her background, her parents, and helping L.A.'s kids.
  • Hero guide spent day tending to dead friends A Sherpa guide shoved Joe Reiter behind an ice block when an avalanche thundered down Mount Everest last week, saving his life. Thirteen guides died.
  • Divers find no air pockets on key decks Divers have found no air pockets on the third and fourth floors of the sunken ferry Sewol, South Korean authorities said. The news all but eliminates any hope of finding any survivors on the ferry.
  • Ferry crew: We couldn't reach lifeboats One of the four crew members arrested Monday for their role in the disaster said they tried to reach the lifeboats, but "we slipped so we could not do that."
  • 'Guns everywhere' now the law in Georgia It has critics howling and proponents applauding. The wide-ranging law allows concealed guns in some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.
  • Governor: We have the right to bear arms Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law a gun bill that specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons.
  • Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association.
  • Flight 370 An "object of interest" in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane has been recovered on the coast of Western Australia, several hours drive south of Perth, an official told CNN.
  • South Korean ferry Amid a huge bank of white flowers, their young faces stare out from the photos. Plaques underneath each picture give their names.
  • Art forgery Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz helped persuade wealthy buyers to shell out millions of dollars for works he claimed famous masters of modern art had painted.
  • Stowaway The teen stowaway who survived a five-hour flight hidden in the plane's wheel well is recovering in a Hawaii hospital, a state health official said.
  • South Sudan South Sudanese rebels seized a strategic oil town last week, separating terrified residents by ethnicity before killing hundreds, the United Nations said.
  • Ebola A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.
  • Brazil Protesters burned barricades and police blocked streets as clashes flared in Rio de Janeiro's beachside neighborhood of Copacabana on Tuesday night.
  • NYPD The New York City Police Department on Tuesday asked folks on Twitter to post photos with its officers, using the hashtag #myNYPD. The campaign backfired.
  • 'Most Beautiful Person' Lupita Nyong'o is having quite the ride.
  • What a shot! 25 sports photos 
  • The week in 33 photos 

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