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Blast hits Nigeria election rally

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:59
A bomb kills three people outside a stadium in the north-east Nigerian city of Gombe, minutes after a rally by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Gas power plant plans put on hold

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:57
Plans to build a power station at a Milford Haven gas storage plant are being mothballed by owners.

VIDEO: Miliband quizzed about 'life experience'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:48
Opposition leader Ed Miliband was asked about his "life experience" outside politics in a Facebook and Sky News question and answer session with young voters

Vettel fastest on second day of test

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:36
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel sets the pace for the second day in a row at the first test as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle.

Freed Al-Jazeera Journalist Looks Forward To 'The Little Things'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:35

Australian Peter Greste, who spent more than a year in an Egyptian prison, was freed on Sunday. He says he remains concerned about his still-jailed Al-Jazeera colleagues.

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Wrongly accused man case reopened

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:33
Police are to reopen a case into a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three women after the man initially convicted of the crimes cleared his name.

Quiz: Big year for university endowments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:18

Harvard University raised more money in 2014 than any U.S. school ever.

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Hundreds of thousands face tax fine

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:01
As many as 890,000 people face a £100 fine for failing to file their online tax returns on time, HM Revenue and Customs says.

FCC regulator: Don't dish out discounts to Dish

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 07:00

A regulator with the Federal Communications Commission is crying foul over Dish Network Corp.’s pursuit of small business discounts in a wireless spectrum auction last week.

Dish pulled in more than $13 billion worth of wireless licenses in the auction. But it might not end up paying that much. Dish is seeking to tap discounts the FCC sets aside for small businesses. It secured bids through a couple small companies it's invested in. Those partner firms qualify for the discounts. 

“It is an outrage that a Fortune 500 corporation, using some shell corporations that are very creatively structured, can try to claim over $3 billion worth bidding credits that are meant for small businesses,” says FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.

Pai is calling for an FCC investigation into the matter. Dish couldn’t be reached immediately for comment. It has generally stayed mum about the auction. 

The company is not a wireless service provider—it’s in the business of satellite TV and internet. And yet, over the past few years, Dish has amassed a surprising amount of wireless spectrum. 

Blair Levin, a former FCC chief of staff, says it’s unclear if Dish will partner with another wireless company or start an independent wireless service—or something else altogether.

But Levin says the final result might be worth the $3 billion in discounts Dish is seeking.

“If they provide ways so that Americans can have faster, better, cheaper mobile services, I think we’ll look back and say it was a bargain,” Levin says.

Still, the FCC’s Commissioner Pai says the rules of the bidding process must be followed, and he want to make sure Dish hasn't flouted the rules.

"The mandate we got was to give small businesses a chance to break into the wireless marketplace," he says. "It wasn't to give large corporations with sophisticated lawyers an opportunity to game the system in order to get the taxpayer-funded discount on bidding at spectrum auctions."

Gold bars discovered at India school

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:46
Staff find gold bars and stacks of cash in unused staff room lockers.

Osborne warns of Greece 'risk'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:44
George Osborne warns the standoff between Greece and the eurozone "is fast becoming the biggest risk to the global economy".

Greste 'angst' for jailed colleagues

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:41
Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste says he is relieved to be free, but feels "incredible angst" at leaving behind two of his jailed colleagues in Egypt.

VIDEO: Greste: 'They said it's time to pack'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:33
Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has described the moment he heard he was being freed from an Egyptian jail after 400 days behind bars.

After The Game, Looking Back At 'The Worst Call In Super Bowl History'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:31

Many are blaming the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the New England Patriots on the decision to pass the ball instead of handing it to Marshawn Lynch.

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Greek bailout 'troika' may go - EU

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:28
The European Commission says the controversial EU-IMF troika supervising Greek finances could be replaced.

Phoenix Nights comic 'heart op' plan

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:23
Phoenix Nights comedian Ted Robbins, who collapsed on stage on Saturday, had been due to have routine heart surgery, according to his sister.

New bid to revive 'snoopers' charter'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 06:18
A cross-party group of peers is to launch a fresh attempt to revive a "snoopers' charter" in the draft counter-terrorism bill currently in Parliament.

A slight hijacking of a logo

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 05:56
Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears wore a Parental Advisory sweatshirt during the Australian Open final.

Bad Hampden pitch was 'regrettable'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 05:54
The company responsible for Scotland's national stadium explain why the pitch "did not meet expectations".

Shooting incident was murder bid

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 05:50
Police are trying to trace three people who were involved in a shooting incident in Greenock.