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VIDEO: Will celebrity kill page three?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:44
Will Gompertz asks if it will it be our fascination with celebrity that finally brings an end to the page 3 pin-up?

Rat-eradication mission sets sail

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:41
Eradicating rats from South Georgia to reclaim it for seabirds

Two men, one robot, many questions

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:38
Two men, one robot, many questions in new film Ex Machina

VIDEO: Body clocks and blindness

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:35
Our eyes are key to resetting our body clocks. So what happens to people who can't see anything at all?

Are Staffies a question of class?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:35
Why are Staffies seen by some as a 'chav dog'?

The sheikh who listened to Nazi radio

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:25
The Gulf ruler who played Nazi broadcasts at full volume

Viewpoint: The hazards of too much stuff

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:19
The hazards of drowning in too much stuff

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:17

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

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VIDEO: Winstone giving soldiers a voice

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:15
Former solders take to the stage

Post-traumatic stress 'in 1300BC'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:09
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.

'Modern Farmer' Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:04

Several people associated with Modern Farmer tweeted their farewells to the magazine that became known for printing arch photos of handsome animals and writing audacious headlines.

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New video aims to boost GP numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:03
A national recruitment video to encourage medical students to choose general practice as a career is launched by the Royal College of GPs.

Last photo of Churchill goes on show

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:57
The last photograph taken of Sir Winston Churchill is among items belonging to his family that have gone on display at his former home, Chartwell.

Everything against us - Van Gaal

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:57
Louis van Gaal says "everything" was against Manchester United after their 0-0 draw with Cambridge United in the FA Cup.

Flag row and Litvinenko murder 'evidence'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:56
On a mixed day for headlines, two publications lead on a row over the flying of flags at half-mast to mark the death of Saudi Arabia's king. New claims over the Litvinenko case also feature in the news.

Lebanon soldiers die in border clash

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:54
Five Lebanese government soldiers are killed in clashes with militants near the Syrian border, the Lebanese army says.

Man charged over email threat

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:51
Police charge a 33-year-old man in connection with threats made to a primary school in east Belfast.

Tax lobbyists: A growth industry in nation's capital

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:35

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged yesterday the differences in viewpoints of Democrats and Republicans on the issue of individual taxes. This came in response to President Obama’s State of the Union in which he proposed raising taxes on the rich and giving the middle class a break. However, when it comes to business, Lew believes we should be able to find a broad set of tax reforms to agree on.

Whatever winds up happening, you can bet there will be a lobbyist pushing for it … or against it. Kelsey Snell has a piece in Politico called “Tax reform dead? Don’t tell the lobbyists.”

Tax lobbying is stronger than ever and has surpassed healthcare lobbying in the past few years.

“It’s been pent-up demand and the conversation has really heated up over the past couple of years,” Snell says. 

A wide range of people want to make sure they get heard on Capitol Hill, and they are spending anywhere from $500 to $100,000 per quarter.

Companies are spending big money on lobbying now, banking on returns far into the future.

“It’s kind of a game of chess here. You’re deciding if you want to invest up front. It’s like buying insurance almost. Say you come out in a bad way in this tax reform. Say you wind up having to pay a couple percent more this year. It’s not just this year. It’s until they decide to write the tax code again and there’s really no certainty as to when that might be,” Snell says.  

VIDEO: Celebrating Churchill 50 years on

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:19
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, one of Britain's greatest leaders.

Dimitrov expects 'different' Murray

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:10
Grigor Dimitrov expects a tougher test from Andy Murray at the Australian Open than when he ended his Wimbledon reign.

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