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US killer winter storm marches north

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:50
The latest snow storm to hit the US Atlantic coast crawls north after being blamed for 25 deaths, including that of a pregnant woman.

Polish your pick up lines, it's International Flirting Week

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:45

Here’s an extended look at what’s coming up next week:

  • On Monday, we start the week off right with a holiday. Light some birthday candles for the nation’s first president, George Washington. Did you know he built and operated a whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon? Inspiring. Well, you do have a three-day weekend ahead of you… What else are you going to do? U.S. markets are closed.
  • On Tuesday, we celebrate Pluto. It was discovered on February 18, 1930. Once thought to be the farthest planet from the sun, it’s been reclassified as a dwarf planet.
  • On Wednesday, we get data on newly-constructed homes from the Commerce Department. Also, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index. Both look at January.
  • President Washington signed legislation on February 20, 1792 creating the U.S. Post Office. And people started mailing love letters to each other all over the country.
  • On Friday the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes last month.
  • And finally, pile on the mascara. It’s International Flirting Week. A whole week to bat your eyes. 

What We Learned From Our Month-Long Exploration Of #XCultureLove

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:39

We dive into four themes we saw during our month-long exploration of how race plays out in the dating world.

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NFL report: Players bullied teammate

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:37
The US National Football League has determined a Miami Dolphins player was racially and sexually harassed by three teammates.

Weekly Wrap: Settling beer bets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:35

Congress passed a budget and reached a debt ceiling agreement, surprising host Kai Ryssdal. Who had at least one beer riding on the question.

In today's end-of-the-week conversation with Nela Richardson of Bloomberg Government and Cardiff Garcia of Financial Times, the three reflected on:

The debt-ceiling deal:

"Amazingly enough, the politically smart thing to do also happened to be the right thing to do...I always breathe a sigh of relief when this happens." -- Cardiff Garcia

Janet Yellen's first days:

"I thought stylisitcally, she was great. More confident than Bernanke was when he started his term." -- Cardiff Garcia

What's ahead for Yellen + more bets:

"I think she has a few surprises in store for us" -- Nela Richardson

"Wanna bet?" -- Kai Ryssdal

Seasonal adjustments:

"We've had winters for as long as I can remember." -- Nela Richardson

Council chief steps down for inquiry

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:30
A council chief executive steps down while police investigate payments to him described as unlawful by a spending watchdog.

Emergency talks over Tory sackings

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:24
Emergency talks have been held by the Welsh Conservative board on the sacking of four shadow cabinet members, BBC Wales understands.

Asbo for 'religious extremism' man

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:13
A man from east London is given a "landmark" Asbo for spreading extremist Islamist views, the Met Police says.

Pandora uses data on your musical taste to lure political advertisers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:06

In the past, Pandora used two factors to infer how a listener would vote: the listener's zip code, and the voting habits of people in that zip code.

Now, according to Pandora spokesperson Heidi Browning, they will add data on listener music tastes. It may sound like shaky science, but researchers have seen a correlation between the types of artists a person listens to and how he or she votes. 

In 2012, Brian Whitman, the founder and CTO of The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform, tracked what people listened to. Here are his findings.

Artists whose fans are most likely Republicans: 

  1. Kenny Chesney
  2. George Strait
  3. Reba McEntire
  4. Tim McGraw
  5. Jason Aldean
  6. Blake Shelton
  7. Shania Twain
  8. Kelly Clarkson 
  9. Pink Floyd 
  10. Elvis Presley

Artists whose fans are most likely Democrats:

  1. Rihanna
  2. Jay-Z
  3. Madonna
  4. Lady Gaga 
  5. Katy Perry 
  6. Snoop Dogg
  7. Chris Brown
  8. Usher
  9. Eminem
  10. Bob Marley

And then, there are artists that aren't really predictors. They attract both Republicans and Democrats. Six of the ten, says Whitman, are metal bands:

  1. The Beatles
  2. Marilyn Manson
  3. The Rolling Stones
  4. Johnny Cash
  5. Pantera
  6. Alice in Chains
  7. Paradise Lost
  8. Moonspell
  9. Fleetwood Mac
  10. Tiamat 

Research from The Echo Nest

France to boost CAR military force

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 11:01
France is to send an extra 400 troops to the Central African Republic to help quell months of sectarian violence.

Match Game: Which Couples Go Together?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:59

Go ahead and guess which individuals are paired up. Surprised? Intrigued? Have your own story? We asked members of the #xculturelove group to submit photos of themselves and share reactions they've heard about their interracial relationship.

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VIDEO: Neutrino beam 'major physics project'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:56
The UK is joining what is being described as one of the biggest physics experiments ever built, in order to learn more about the Universe's creation.

VIDEO: Revenge 'full-time business' in CAR

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:37
CAR: A group of Muslims has found sanctuary in a church as sectarian violence continues in the Central African Republic. Andrew Harding reports.

At Iranian Colleges, Some See Brighter Future In Another Country

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:37

President Hassan Rouhani is promising more opportunities for young Iranians. NPR's Peter Kenyon found that many college students like his rhetoric, but don't want to wait and see if it becomes reality.

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Even From Space, Near-Record Ice On Great Lakes Is Chilling

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:30

This winter's extra-cold temperatures mean that nearly 90 percent of the five lakes' total surface area is covered with ice. That's approaching the record high of nearly 95 percent, set in February 1979. Satellite images help tell the story.

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VIDEO: 'I can't believe I'm Olympic champion'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:27
Lizzy Yarnold says she is "so chuffed" after winning Great Britain's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the women's skeleton.

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:26

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:26

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

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Online video of UK 'suicide bomber'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:24
A video has been posted online showing British man Abdul Waheed Majid, who is thought to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria, the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner says.

Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:11

A giant tusk from a Columbian mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

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