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'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 15:12

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

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Van Gerwen wins PDC world title

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:58
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins the PDC World Championship by defeating Scotland's Peter Wright 7-4 in the final.

Moyes furious over referee's decisions

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:10
David Moyes says it is "scandalous" that Manchester United were not awarded a penalty during their 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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Greece takes over as EU president

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:16

Today, Greece takes over the presidency of the European Union, at a time when 27 percent of Greeks are out of work. The country's not winning the award for the most popular member of the EU anytime soon.

For the next six months, Greece will organize meetings, conferences and set policy priorities. Greek politicians say they want the EU to focus on the economy and jobs.

Mark Lowen, the BBC's Athens correspondent, tells us what to expect.

Fresh Prince actor James Avery dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:14
American actor James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith's uncle in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died aged 68, his publicist confirms.

UN calls for truce in South Sudan

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:04
The UN demands an immediate ceasefire after more than two weeks of fighting in South Sudan, as the warring factions prepare for peace talks.

Foiled by foil: The latest weapon in credit card theft

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:02

This final note comes by way of Businessweek:

The FBI says criminals have found a new way to use stolen credit cards. They scale the roof of a store and wrap aluminum foil around antennas. Stores use antennas to communicate with credit card companies. That foil blocks the transmission, which means stores can't verify whether a card is legit or stolen. 

Businesses figure the connection's down temporarily, which happens every once in a while, and approve the transaction.

By the time a business finds out what the card was stolen, the criminals are long gone with the merchandise they bought and the stores ... are on the hook.

In pictures: New Year's Day deluge

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:42
2014 begins with a deluge and fresh flood warnings

New York's new mayor sworn in

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:31
Bill de Blasio pledges a liberal agenda as he is formally inaugurated as mayor of New York City, the first Democrat to hold the post in more than 20 years.

Three arrested over boxer's murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:27
Three people are arrested over the death of an amateur boxer who suffered serious injuries at a New Year's Eve party.

Angry fan rips linesman's flag apart

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:14
An angry Millwall fan ripped a linesman's flag from its pole following a goal-kick decision during a defeat by Leicester.

Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:07
New Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood earns a memorable win at Manchester United as his side move up to sixth in the table.

Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:01

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.

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From Hendrix to Handel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:50

How's this for an unlikely pairing: Jimi Hendrix and George Frederick Handel. In the late 1960's, Hendrix rented a small attic apartment in Central London, which happened to be right next door to where Handel lived more than 200 years earlier.

The London odd couple of Handel and Hendrix will finally live together -- in the same museum.

How do I make sure I stick to my resolution?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:48

For years, David Weliver, editor of Money Under 30, made financial New Year's resolutions, but they never stuck. “I made the wrong resolution, to be honest,” says Weliver. “I resolved to budget.”

At the time, Weliver was more than $80,000 in debt. The problem with resolving to budget was the same problem people run in to when they resolve to lose weight, he says. “If you just say, ‘I’m going to exercise more, I want to lose weight,’ you’re bound to not succeed, because those are very vague ideas.” Weliver was able to get rid of his debt by picking resolutions that were very specific and very achievable, such as putting aside $50 a week.

If you want to get your finances in order, specifically, what’s the first thing you should do?

“Aim for zero consumer debt. That includes credit card and auto loans,” says Jill Schlesinger, an analyst at CBS News who has more than a decade of financial planning experience.

After that, says Schlesinger, take care of the basics: Make an emergency fund to last at least 6 months and bump up your retirement contribution as much as you can. “Live beneath your means.”

That’s the major piece of advice David Jones, President of the Association of Independent Consumer Counseling Agencies, has for the resolutionarily inclined. He says that can often be achieved by making small changes to your daily routine. “We see people every day that are having trouble making ends meet,” says Jones. “Yet, they are going to Starbucks twice a day, they are buying lunches out when they could be brown bagging it.”

A lot of us are suffering because the country went through a financial rough patch, so it seems only fair that Uncle Sam should have to make a financial resolution.

“Have a regulatory regime that will prevent us from going through another financial crisis,” is what Schlesinger recommends. She says the most important thing the U.S. can do in 2014 is make sure 2007 never happens again.

“It’s very important when you have a year like we’ve just had to not gloat, but to look ahead and say, well, what could go wrong and let’s address that.”

If 2013 was a good financial year for you, says Schlesinger, max out your retirement contributions, make an emergency fund that could last you a year ... and then go out to a really nice dinner.

You can always start your diet in February.

Lampard & Ivanovic out for a month

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:41
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will be out of action until late January.

2013: A year of heists and capers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:34

Capers and heists are alive and well in the Internet age.

Just last year, a hacker stole more than 4,000 Bitcoins from the cloud. You may remember thieves stole $50 million worth of diamonds in Belgium, by driving onto the tarmac at the airport in Brussels and intercepting a shipment.

Tim Fernholz, reporter for Quartz, dutifully chronicled the biggest capers and heists of 2013

Tim’s favorite heist of 2013? $26,000 worth of Pappy Van Winkle artisinal whiskey. “[That theft] hits near and dear to my heart, as a lover of bourbon,” Fernholz says. “This was Pappy Van Winkle’s 20-year-old aged bourbon, which of late in the United States, as had this very big resurgence in popularity. $900 dollars a bottle on the secondary market.” Fernholz added he doesn't think it'll be recovered anytime soon.

Check out the rest of his list over at Quartz

Palestinian ambassador dies in blast

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:17
The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic is killed by an explosion at his home in Prague, reportedly while opening an old safe.

Murray beaten by Mayer in Qatar

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 11:03
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray lets a lead slip as he loses in three sets to Germany's Florian Mayer at the Qatar Open.

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