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Obama, Apple and the tax issue

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:33
The astonishing success of technology giant Apple raises again the issue of where it pays its taxes.

Alibaba wants to give credit where credit is due

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:30
74.5 million

That's how many iPhone shipments Apple reported in its first quarter. As Quartz reports, that number beats last year's record by almost 50 percent, proving that bigger really is better.

4

The number of homes currently owned by Mitt Romney. According to the Boston Globe, Romney went on "something of a real estate spree" after losing the 2012 presidential election, buying a house in Utah and starting construction of two more while selling his condo in Massachusetts. Now Romney is taking steps to sell his lavish but yet-unfinished house in La Jolla, California, possibly in anticipation of another run at the White House in 2016. Romney's wealth was used to paint him as out of touch in the last election.

$2.00

That's how much JPMorgan Chase charges inmates using prison-issued debit cards when they withdraw from out-of-network ATMs. That may not seem like a lot, but it's devastating when considering someone like Greg Cavaluzzi, who only made $10 a month while in a federal prison. Plus, when newly released prisoners like Cavaluzzi have to deal with finances in the outside world, they tend to have less money, less banking experience and many other barriers to reintegrating into society.

$111,000

The average base salary of a physician's assistant, which Glassdoor just named the "best job of 2015," based on its troves of user-submitted data. This is the first time the website has released such a list, Forbes reported, and it was compiled by weighing current openings, average salary and other factors. PA is an especially desirable job because of its fairly high pay and low barrier to entry, compared to physicians.

$80

That's the maximum price for driveway-clearing service from Plowz and Mowz, a service Bloomberg calls "Uber for snowplows." The recent blizzard in the Northeast has put a spotlight on Plowz and other similar private plowing businesses.

300 million users

Ant Financial, an Alibaba owned company, will look into the spending and saving habits of their 300 million registered users to establish a new system of determining creditworthiness. As reported by the New York Times, the venture is called Sesame Credit Management, and will use primarily online data to assign a credit score from 350 points to 950 points. The system aims to address the difficulties many Chinese citizens face in building credit and receiving loans.

Real's Bale rules out Man Utd move

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:20
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale rules out a move to Manchester United, saying he is "happy" at the Bernabeu.

Ambulance times 'worst on record'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:18
New figures show the proportion of ambulances in Wales meeting the target response time for the most urgent calls are the worst on record.

Bubka to rival Coe for IAAF top job

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:13
Former pole vaulter Sergey Bubka will challenge fellow Olympic champion Sebastian Coe for the IAAF presidency.

Paralysed man's family demand answers

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:10
The family of a man left paralysed after being arrested receive an apology from the police watchdog for the length of its investigation.

Property sales reach seven-year high

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:06
Property sales across the UK rose by 14% last year to 1.22 million, the highest number since 2007, official statistics show.

Concern over NI courts budget cuts

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:03
The Lord Chief Justice says he has "significant concerns" about budget cuts to the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS).

What does your fridge reveal about you?

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 01:00
What the contents of your fridge say about you

First step towards saving rhino

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:54
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Ghostbusters: Female stars confirmed

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:45
Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig confirms.

'I'm dying - this is the end'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:37
As Kell Brook describes being stabbed on holiday, Ben Dirs asks why so many boxers encounter trouble outside the ring.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:29
New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tells his first cabinet meeting his country will not default on its bailout debts, but will negotiate with creditors.

Astrologer 'preyed on the vulnerable'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:29
An astrologer and faith healer was a "vulture" who preyed on people when they were at their most vulnerable, a court hears.

VIDEO: Icy blizzard brings Boston to halt

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:29
The blizzard which narrowly missed New York on Tuesday has instead dumped up to a metre of snow on New England in the US.

NHS 'crisis guidelines' questioned

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:24
New NHS guidelines to some hospitals in England about "major incidents" prompt claims ministers are seeking to deter hospitals from declaring a crisis.

Flat profits at flat-pack group Ikea

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 00:12
IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, reported flat profits last year despite rising sales worldwide.

VIDEO: Tanks found in Brazil warehouse

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:58
Two tanks are found in a warehouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, puzzling the authorities.

Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:34

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:27

Millions of Americans who served in Korea, World War II and Vietnam are reaching their 70s and beyond. So the VA is putting focus on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months.

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