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BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:58
The race for the White House starts here

RBS boss to forgo shares allowance

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:50
The chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is largely owned by the UK government, is to forgo a shares allowance thought to be worth £1m in 2015.

VIDEO: Moment Madonna falls during Brits

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:46
Madonna has fallen over during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards.

Madonna falls at Brit Awards

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:44
Pop star Madonna falls backwards down a set of stairs during her performance at the Brit Awards.

High Court Leans Toward Religious Protection In Headscarf Case

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:44

Did Abercrombie & Fitch violate a prohibition against religious discrimination by not hiring a woman who wears a hijab? The company contends it just has a neutral policy against wearing caps.

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Global Rules Of Greeting Vary, But Biden And Travolta Get No Support

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:38

The vice president and the actor are getting panned for the way they greeted women in the past week. That made us wonder: What's the greeting etiquette in parts of the world we cover in our blog?

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What Net Neutrality Rules Could Mean For Your Wireless Carrier

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:28

The FCC votes Thursday on rules that would make Internet providers treat all traffic equally. Big wireless companies say that will make it harder to keep their networks from getting too congested.

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What rising interest rates mean for the rest of us

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:12

One takeaway from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s recent testimony before Congress is that she and her colleagues are feeling pretty good about the direction of the economy – good enough to “at some point” consider increasing interest rates.

What will those increases mean for the average American?

The Fed doesn’t set all interest rates, but Michelle Girard, chief U.S. economist at RBS, says the rates it does control impact many others, either directly or indirectly.

Ann Owen, economist at Hamilton College, says that could mean higher rates on auto loans, credit cards, and adjustable-rate mortgages, though increases will likely be gradual.

But if this all sounds like bad news, Ken Kuttner, who teaches economics at Williams College, says the silver lining is that interest rates on savings accounts will increase, too. 

Yemen ex-leader 'amassed billions'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:11
The former president of Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is suspected of amassing $30bn-$62bn in assets, UN investigators say.

The girl who gets gifts from birds

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:09
The girl who gets gifts from crows in return for nuts and affection

Lancaster faith justified - Hartley

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:01
England's Dylan Hartley says he has justified coach Stuart Lancaster's decision not to drop him for disciplinary problems.

Hospital staff 'told of Savile abuse'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:00
A report into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is to say staff were told of 10 complaints at the time, the BBC understands.

Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:00

Clostridium difficile sickens nearly half a million Americans annually, killing about 29,000, say federal health officials. They warn hospitals and nursing homes to tighten hygiene protocols.

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An Owl Is Attacking and Injuring Residents Of A Netherlands Town

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:59

Drones aren't only the airborne worry in Europe this week. An aggressive owl is terrorizing residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend. Maybe its behavior is due to hormones. Or maybe it's just hungry.

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An Owl Is Attacking And Injuring Residents Of A Netherlands Town

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:59

Drones aren't the only airborne worry in Europe this week. An aggressive owl is terrorizing residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend. Maybe its behavior is due to hormones. Or maybe it's just hungry.

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Terrorism Fears Complicate Money Transfers For Somali-Americans

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:58

Regulations intended to block money from getting to terrorist groups has led the last bank that handles most money transfers from the United States to Somalia to pull out of the business.

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VIDEO: Brits 2015: Red carpet highlights

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:53
The Brit Awards are taking place in London, with stars including Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Lionel Richie, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris on the red carpet.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:39
Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov nets as Monaco beat Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:33

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a lead among other hospital systems in the country to keep nurses and other staff from getting injured when they move and lift patients.

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Jordan's Fuzzy Definition Of Free Speech

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:25

The government says free expression can combat radicalization. Yet a military court recently sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for a Facebook post deemed insulting to the United Arab Emirates.

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