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'The Donald' announces ... his net worth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:45
$8.7 billion

The size of Donald Trump's net worth, according to the man himself in a speech announcing his 2016 presidential run Tuesday. As New York Magazine notes, it's the latest in a long history of figures offered by Trump, Forbes and other news organizations trying to figure out how much exactly "the Donald" is worth.

$4 billion

That's the expected value of fitness tracker Fitbit for its IPO on Thursday. But with the market getting crowded with high-end competitors (namely: Apple Watch), some investors worry how other pieces of wearable technology will perform over time. The key to Fitbit's survival may be that it's not trying to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist. It just wants to be your cheerleader.

$22.7 billion

Speaking of the super rich: that's the net worth of Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as calculated by Forbes, who sued the magazine for allegedly underreporting his wealth. Turns out tabulating fortunes is a tricky business, and one that's extra difficult when salary is almost a "rounding error."


That's how many jobs are supported by the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast. Rafael Alvarez, who drives a truck for the National Container Freight in New Jersey, has one of those jobs. He got into trucking because he enjoys driving, but now he spends hours a day waiting to pick up containers from the port. The notorious congestion for truckers has sparked debates over what how to make the port more efficient.

17 million

That's how many notebooks Moleskine sold last year, according to the New Yorker. Turns out the premium journals have a lot of fans in Silicon Valley, where tech entrepreneurs rely on old fashioned pen-and-paper note-taking, even as they're working on note-taking apps themselves.

VIDEO: Kangaroo shot by arrow in head survives

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:40
A kangaroo that survived for four days with an arrow lodged in her head is successfully treated in Queensland, Australia.

Greece headed for 'painful' euro exit

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:32
Greece's central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a "painful course" towards default and exiting the eurozone.

Road deaths up by 16% in Scotland

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:21
Twenty-eight more people were killed on Scotland's roads last year than in the previous 12 months, according to figures just published.

AUDIO: 'They asked me by text' - Evans

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:15
Chris Evans, speaking on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, has been explaining how he came by the Top Gear job offer.

Facial-recognition talks collapse

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:08
Privacy campaigners walk out of talks aimed at creating a code of conduct for companies keen to use facial-recognition technology.

Documents Reveal Secret Legal Battle Over Medicare Overbilling

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:03

The federal government overpaid for nearly half of the patients of a Medicare Advantage plan, a Medicare audit found. At issue is whether insurers "upcode" diagnoses to reap bigger payments.

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Growing Concern Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-17 01:02

Regulators in the 23 states where medical or recreational marijuana is allowed are having a tough time making sure pot buyers don't ingest harmful pesticides.

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Will ECB keep Greece afloat for another week?

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:56
The European Central Bank will again today exercise the power of life and death over Greece's banks and the Greek economy. Is its murky way of doing this appropriate?

Scammers Turn To Caller ID 'Spoofing' To Pose As Police

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:48

There's a new kind of phone scam on the rise: fraudsters using fake numbers to pretend they're calling from the local police department. And there's little the real police can do about it.

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A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:48

Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, is launching a $30 million project that he says will shake teacher education to its core.

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VIDEO: Clarkson gives Evans Top Gear tips

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:44
Jeremy Clarkson gives Chris Evans some tips on Top Gear presenting style while they drive around London in a Ferrari.

Man City make £35.5m Sterling offer

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:40
Manchester City make an increased offer of £35.5m for Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling.

Controllers wait on Philae link

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:37
No new signals have been picked up from the Philae comet lander since a brief radio contact on Sunday, but controllers say this is not surprising.

'Goodwill' rugby final ends in brawl

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:36
The inaugural final of rugby union's Crescent Cup ends in a brawl between players and fans from Algeria and Malaysia.

UK unemployment falls again

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:35
UK unemployment fell 43,000 in the three months to April to 1.81m, official figures show

Payments to RBS customers 'missing'

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:30
Some payments expected by customers of the RBS group of banks have failed to enter accounts overnight, the bank admits.

Evans 'wished well' by Top Gear trio

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:30
Chris Evans reveals his decision to accept the job as lead presenter on Top Gear has received the blessing of the show's former hosting trio.

Swiss banks 'reported Fifa accounts'

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:29
Swiss banks reported suspicious activity around Fifa accounts, says the Swiss attorney general investigating corruption.

New Welsh councils map is revealed

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-17 00:15
A new map detailing plans for fewer councils in Wales is revealed by ministers.