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South Africa aware of Irish strength

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:44
Former Ireland coach Adrian Birrell will ensure South Africa know everything about Tuesday's World Cup opponents.

Queen's new coin portrait unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:39
A new coinage portrait of the Queen is unveiled, but the image will only appear on coins later this year.

Ukraine MPs in vote to avert meltdown

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:34
Ukraine's MPs are due to vote on reforms that need to be passed before the IMF will unlock desperately-needed assistance, reports the BBC's David Stern.

Live Long and Draw my Image on $5 Bills

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:30
$11.8 billion

That's how much NXP Semiconductors will pay for Freescale semiconductor in what will result in a huge chip maker for all sorts of devices and industries. As reported by the NY Times, the merger will also benefit companies looking to simplify their list of suppliers for products like smart cars and mobile phones.

2.5 million

That's how many homeless children live in America today—the highest number on record—according to the National Center for Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research or AIR. Some say this demographic and their families have received less attention than homeless veterans and the chronically homeless. 

$5

In honor of the late Leonard Nimoy, The Canadian Design Resource called for a revival of "Spocking fives," the practice of drawing Spock's iconic hair, eyebrows, and pointy ears over the image of Canada's seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier on $5 bills. As Quartz reports, defacing currency may be illegal, but it doesn't stop the $5 from being legal tender.

399 yuan

That's the price of Xiaomi's recently released Go Pro-like camera, as reported by the BBC. The device costs half as much as a Go Pro, and comes with certain features that its competitor lacks. It cannot, however, withstand some of the rough and tumble action related to filming oneself out in the wild.

$3 billion

For all you House of Cards fans, this is your official Spoiler Alert. Over at Vox, they've broken down a key element of the most recent season's 5th episode: the Stafford Act, which allows the President to allocate funding to what is deemed a national emergency. In the show, what President Frank Underwood attempts to pull off under the Stafford Act is met with intense skepticism. Turns out, real life isn't that different from television, with Congress worried that Presidents have started to abuse that power over time. There's even a theory that Presidents declare more states of emergency during election years. Though, with only a couple election years to compare since the act was passed, available data isn't conclusive, as you can see from Vox's chart:

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King says return to roads was scary

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:27
Olympic champion Dani King admits it was "scary" to cycle on the road three months after a training accident.

Bangladesh arrest over writer murder

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:26
Police in Bangladesh arrest a radical Islamist for alleged involvement in the murder of atheist writer Avijit Roy.

Brown: 'State could own oil fields'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:16
Former prime minister and Scottish MP Gordon Brown believes under threat North Sea oil fields could be part owned by the UK government.

Namibia president wins $5m award

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:14
Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

Images of bus sex attacks suspect

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:09
Police release CCTV images of a man they want to trace in relation to a series of sex attacks on Glasgow buses.

Nurse Treated For Ebola To Sue Texas Hospital

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:09

Nina Pham, 26, who contracted Ebola after caring for a patient, tells the Dallas Morning News that she will file a lawsuit Monday charging the hospital in Dallas lacked proper training and equipment.

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Will Smith film topples Fifty Shades

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:58
Will Smith's crime caper Focus debuts at number one on the North American box office chart, knocking Fifty Shades of Grey off the top spot.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:47
Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

Emwazi 'not huge concern' at school

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:42
Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi was never suspected of being radicalised during his school days, his former head teacher says.

Samsung tries to get an edge on its rivals

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:37
Samsung's good looking new smartphone should restore some of its lost confidence.

Crimewatch appeal over gold medal

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:33
The theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal belonging to athlete Kelly Sotherton is set to feature on BBC's Crimewatch.

Nursery child 'left in woodland'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:30
A young child was left behind in woodland by nursery school staff at the end of a walk, the BBC understands.

Snow warning for parts of Wales

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:28
A yellow 'be aware' weather warning is issued for parts of Wales with the risk of snow over higher ground across Wales.

NIE: 2,000 homes without power

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:18
Two thousand homes in Cullybackey, County Antrim, are without power, according to Northern Ireland Electricity.

People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 00:05

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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