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Poyet charged with improper conduct

BBC - 9 hours 37 min ago
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is charged by the FA with improper conduct following the match against Hull City on Tuesday.

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$1.93 billion

Etsy's gross merchandise sales last year, as reported by Venture Beat. The online marketplace for crafty, artisan goods has yet to make a profit, but it filed paperwork to go public Wednesday.

14,000 restaurants

That's approximately how many McDonald's restaurants will phase out purchasing chickens injected with human antibiotics, as reported by Reuters. That number represents all of the franchise's U.S. locations, but not its international stores. Some are concerned that using antibiotics to treat chickens decreases their effectiveness in humans by eliminating weaker strains of bacteria while allowing the strong to survive.

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That's how many people work at Berkshire Hathaway HQ in Omaha, Nebraska, largely leaving the companies in the empire to govern themselves. That decentralization and lean management, the Upshot notes, are part of the reason Warren Buffet's conglomerate has flown in the face of conventional wisdom and become the fourth most-valuable company in the U.S.

1 rule

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mark Zuckerberg said he has just one rule for hiring employees to work for him: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person." The Telegraph has more on the Facebook founder's remarks, including his praise of Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer.

100 percent

The portion of 2013 film executives who were male, and 94 percent of them were white that year, according to new data published by the Hollywood Reporter, which has a great breakdown of how deep the industry's representation problem is.

150,000 jobs

The House of Lords EU Committee has issued a report recommending a registry for drones used by businesses and professionals, as reported by the BBC. They also said, however, that placing too many rules on drone expansion would hinder the estimated 150,000 jobs the industry would create across Europe by the year 2050.

Man in court on Becky murder charge

BBC - 9 hours 49 min ago
Nathan Matthews, stepbrother of Bristol teenager Becky Watts, appears in court charged with her murder.

Liberia 'Ebola-free' for one week

BBC - 9 hours 58 min ago
Liberia goes a week without any new cases of Ebola - the first time such a milestone has been reached since May 2014, the WHO says.

TV debates in 'utter mess' says DUP

BBC - 10 hours 9 min ago
UK broadcasters have made a "complete and utter mess" of plans to hold TV debates ahead of the general election, the Democratic Unionist Party says.

Clever girls lack science confidence

BBC - 10 hours 15 min ago
Girls still lack confidence in pursuing high-paid careers in science and technology, even when their school results are as good or better than boys, says an international study.

BBC F1 coverage for the 2015 season

BBC - 10 hours 15 min ago
BBC Sport offers 10 F1 races broadcast live on television and extensive coverage across its digital and radio coverage.

Fuel rebate for 17 areas approved

BBC - 10 hours 31 min ago
The European Union approves the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England.

Rodriguez returns in training game

BBC - 10 hours 43 min ago
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez begins his comeback from a 162-game doping ban in a spring training contest.

Councils face more budget pressures

BBC - 10 hours 47 min ago
Scotland's councils will face financial pressures "of a scale not previously experienced" in the coming years, the public spending watchdog says.

UK house prices dip 0.3% in February

BBC - 10 hours 52 min ago
UK house prices fell 0.3% in February leaving the average house price at £192,372, according to the Halifax.

Cameron scared of TV debates - rivals

BBC - 11 hours 12 min ago
David Cameron comes under fire from rival parties after saying he will only take part in one TV debate featuring seven party leaders, held before the election campaign.

Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:57

In parts of the city, racial segregation in schools is often a reality. But small parent-led initiatives — one immigrant-led, one native-led — have been working to change perceptions and enrollment.

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June Whitfield to star in EastEnders

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:48
Veteran actresses June Whitfield and Jan Harvey will star in key one-off roles in the BBC soap later this year.

Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:45

The 2.8 million-year-old bone may mark the first human branch in the primate family tree. It wasn't just a bigger brain that marked the shift, scientists say. It was also big changes in the mouth.

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Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:44

Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, who followed Boris Nemtsov's career for 27 years, says he was one of the few Russian political figures willing to directly criticize President Vladimir Putin.

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Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:43

The technique claims to "recharge the batteries" in a woman's eggs using mitochondria from other cells extracted from her ovaries. The clinic's first births are due soon, though other doctors worry.

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Brazil raises rates to six-year high

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:17
Brazil's central bank lifts interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% in an attempt to restrain inflation.

Clegg calls for 'Cornish Assembly'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 22:49
The Liberal Democrats say they would offer the people of Cornwall a new assembly which would get new powers to run local services.

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