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Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 10:06

The president said that God never justifies the killing of innocent people. He also referred to the Dalai Lama, who attended the breakfast for the first time, as his "good friend."

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The value of hacked data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:47

The biggest U.S. health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, revealed Thursday that hackers obtained data on up to 80 million current and former customers. The compromised information includes Social Security numbers, email addresses and birthdates as well as such employee data as income.

Given the steady stream of data hacks – whether it's Target, Home Depot or Anthem – how much is all this data worth?

Unlike previous high-profile hacks, the Anthem hackers did not take credit card numbers. But personal data, like Social Security numbers, can be even more valuable on the so-called “Dark Web," the invisible part of the Internet you can’t find on Google.


Visas granted to family for funeral

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:41
Visas have been granted to the family of a five-year-old girl whose relatives had been barred from the UK for her funeral.

Ceres gets bigger in the viewfinder

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:34
The American space agency's (Nasa) Dawn satellite returns its latest images of Ceres as it approaches orbit insertion on 6 March.

Harvard Bans Sexual Relationships Between Professors And Students

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:29

Last year, Harvard was among dozens of schools the Department of Education said it's investigating for how they handle sexual abuse allegations.

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A Brief, Weird History Of Squashed Asian-American TV Shows

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:17

With Fresh Off The Boat making waves, we look back at a colorful crop of shows with Asian-American leads that most of us have forgotten.

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Drunk student died of hypothermia

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:14
A student died from hypothermia and alcohol intoxication after walking home from a night out in Cheltenham in winter in shirtsleeves, an inquest hears.

Europe resists Greece's charm offensive

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:12

This may not rank as one of the world’s most successful charm offensives.

Earlier this week Yannis Varoufakis, Greek's finance minister, embarked on a tour of European capitals in an attempt to win support for his government’s anti-austerity policies. He also wants Greece to be allowed to renegotiate the terms of its multibillion-dollar bailout and cut its crippling debt.

The trip has not gone as smoothly as Varoufakis might have hoped. His meeting in Berlin with the German finance minister ended without agreement; they even disagreed over whether they had agreed to disagree. And after Varoufakis met the head of the European Central Bank, the bank announced that it was cutting off cheap funding to Greece’s commercial banks.

Sony boss quits after email hack

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:10
Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal steps down as co-chair of Sony's movie studio following a debilitating cyber attack last year revealed her private emails.

Harris 'quizzed over sex offences'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 09:04
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is interviewed under caution by police investigating historical sex offences, the BBC understands.

VIDEO: How do rental stores still survive?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:42
The VHS and DVD rental store still going strong

Amy Pascal Out As Sony Pictures Chairman

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:40

The studio said she will launch a new production venture within Sony. Her departure comes shortly after the studio was hit by a cyberattack — one that exposed employee data and Pascal's emails.

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Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:29

House Speaker John Boehner says Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24 during his first papal visit to the United States.

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We need to win trophies - Rodgers

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:09
Brendan Rodgers says the club has moved forward during his tenure, as he prepares for his 100th game in charge.

Relocated chimps learn local grunts

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:08
Chimpanzees can change their grunts to communicate with new companions, according to a study of captive animals moved from the Netherlands to Scotland.

Rocker Gary Glitter Convicted Of Sex Abuse

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:08

The jury of seven women and five men convicted the 70-year-old of six offences, including attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.

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Phelan is appointed Hull assistant

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:05
Mike Phelan is appointed assistant to Hull City manager and ex-Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce.

VIDEO: On the ground in embattled Debaltseve

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:05
James Reynolds reports from the town of Debaltseve, as the battle for the town continues and residents wait to be escorted to safety by the Ukrainian military.

Flu vaccine is 'barely effective'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:01
This year's seasonal flu vaccine is barely able to prevent the main strain of flu being spread in the UK, health officials says.

University cutting 53 of its courses

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:00
The Ulster University has cut more than 50 of its undergraduate courses, the BBC learns.