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Tories to pledge 'seven-day NHS'

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:49
Hospital services will be available seven days a week by 2020 under a future Conservative government, David Cameron is to pledge.

What is the point of the Large Hadron Collider?

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:49
David Shukman explores the justifications for the £4bn 'atom smasher' buried under Geneva.

Nappy-wearing goat back with mum

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:30
A nappy-wearing sickly kid goat nursed back to health is now behaving "like a proper goat, not a dog" her owner says.

Wedding set for supermarket aisle

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:29
A couple will tie the knot in a very public way later when they hold their wedding in their favourite supermarket's Easter egg aisle.

Road deaths 'puzzle' case closed

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:26
A police inquiry into the deaths of a Lithuanian couple found on the A47 in Norfolk is closed.

VIDEO: Boko Haram Nigeria HQ 'retaken'

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:24
Nigeria's army says it has recaptured Islamist group Boko Haram's headquarters in the town of Gwoza.

'Friendship message' from SNP to UK

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:05
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to send a message of "friendship and solidarity" to the rest of the UK during her speech to the SNP conference.

Where will 'winding up' Westminster lead?

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 17:04
Where will 'winding up' Westminster lead?

VIDEO: Can we design for better living?

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:43
Some of the latest cutting edge designs shortlisted for the Designs of the Year award.

#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:34

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

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VIDEO: Knox's lawyer: Amanda 'is very happy'

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:31
One of Amanda Knox's defence lawyers, Carlo Dalla Vedova has told the press she is very happy and has been crying with happiness.

VIDEO: Who is behind the 'perfect boyfriend'?

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:14
Why do people exchange texts with imaginary partners?

What drives people to murder-suicide?

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:13
What drives people to murder-suicide?

Why Singapore banned chewing gum

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:12
Why did Singapore ban chewing gum?

From Liverpool to Bollywood

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:11
The British teenager who became an unlikely star of Indian cinema

Saints' North OK after head injury

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:09
Northampton Saints play down concerns for wing George North after he leaves the field on a stretcher with a head injury.

Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:06

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

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Another day in Kane's 'dream' season

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:05
Tougher tasks await, but Harry Kane's dream England debut increases calls for him to be named footballer of the year.

Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:04

The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.

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People aren't walking into banks anymore

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-27 15:40

If you see a vacant building for lease in the neighborhood, chances are there was a bank there at one point. We’re seeing it at financial institutions big and small — from Citigroup, now operating in fewer cities, to FirstMerit, which is closing 16 branches in four states. 

Between direct deposits and ATM’s, walking into a bank isn’t something a lot of people do anymore. Loans are now more by-the-numbers.

Charles Kahn, who teaches finance at the University of Illinois, says it makes sense that banks are closing branches to cut costs — specifically real estate and personnel. Also, Kahn says banks have a lot more competition, from credit card companies and brokerage firms, for instance.

What’s lost with a branch closing? A lot of hand-holding for people who find banking confusing, says Paul Noring, managing director in the Financial Risk Management practice at Navigant, a consulting firm. Noring says, a branch is like an ad. 

"Branches are the best way that banks can still reflect their brand with their customers," Noring says. 

Still, for most customers, says Ross Levine professor of banking and finance at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, it’ll just be an inconvenience. 

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