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VIDEO: The 'first 3D video game' redeveloped

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 04:01
The 1984 video game Elite - thought to be the first to produce genuinely 3D graphics - has been redeveloped for a modern audience.

VIDEO: Floods spark retail park chaos

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:59
Firefighters have rescued 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

Skrtel posts picture of head injury

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:58
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says he needed seven staples for a head injury suffered in Sunday's draw with Arsenal.

Day in pictures: 22 December 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:57
Images from around the world: 22 December

Where will the oil price settle?

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:56
The oil price may have hit bottom. But oil will continue for some months yet to be the big influence on prosperity and power.

Calling U.S. A 'Cesspool,' North Korea Warns Against Escalation

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:55

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America "in all war spaces including cyber warfare space."

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Rate riggers face seven years jail

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:54
Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence.

Jail over Silk Road bitcoin deals

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:53
Bitcoin trader Charlie Shrem has been sentenced to two years in jail for indirectly helping people swap cash for bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace.

Ex-finance boss warns of Russia crisis

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:41
Russia's former finance minister has warned the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.

VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:39
Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?

Islamic State: Yazidi women tell of sex-slavery trauma

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:39
Sex-slavery trauma of Yazidis seized by Islamic State

VIDEO: Could beacons transform shopping?

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:38
Spencer Kelly puts beacon technology to the test

An Update On LA's iPad Program

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:23

A high-profile school tech program; a federal corruption investigation and the resignation of the superintendent.

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Reds starting to recover - Lawrenson

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:02
Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who had described the Reds as "rudderless", says there are now signs of recovery.

A new drug becomes the only option for some patients

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:00

A newly-approved drug for Hepatitis C will be the only treatment covered for many patients whose employers use a company called Express Scripts for their pharmacy benefits.

Last year, Gilead Sciences Inc. introduced a highly-effective hepatitis C drug, with an $84,000 price tag. Those kinds of prices have been more common for drugs treating conditions so rare they are sometimes called “orphan diseases." Hepatitis C, on the other hand, affects more than three million people.

"These were orphan-drug prices for common diseases," says Steve Miller, chief medical officer for Express Scripts. "That’s just not sustainable."

The sticker price on the new drug, from AbbVie Inc., is just a tiny bit cheaper— $83,319— but Express Scripts has negotiated a discount.

The company says patients will benefit through expanded access to the drug, which has generally only been covered for people with advanced stages of the disease. 

On the other hand, the new arrangement limits treatment options for patients. It's too soon to tell whether that downside will be significant, says Jack Hoadley, a research professor with Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. AbbVie's drug was approved on December 19, just days before the Express Scripts deal was announced.  

"This drug is so recently approved we’re only going to be learning over time whether there are some patients this drug doesn’t work as well for," says Hoadley.

Express Scripts covers about 25 million people directly. It also administers drug benefits for another 65 million through health insurance plans.  

PODCAST: Prescription neutrality

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-22 03:00

People argue for network neutrality on the internet, but what about prescription neutrality? More on the news that Express Scripts introduced an exclusivity deal with AbbVie's new Hepatitis C medication. And Freddie Mac reports there’s a shortage of rental housing, giving a boost to big investors who bought thousands of foreclosed houses on a bet they’d be able to jack up rents. Now they can. Plus, with the coming of the new year, Sony plans to roll out an Internet-based live-TV service on its video game consoles. It's called Playstation Vue, and it will initially have about 75 channels - ones we traditionally associate with cable, like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. The idea is to marry traditional cable with a cloud-based, Netflix-like user interface.

Seal found in the middle of a field

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 02:57
A seal is found in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside by a dog walker.

North Korea threatens US over Sony

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 02:39
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 02:37
Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.

Parents jailed over toddler's death

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 02:36
A mother and father convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son are each sentenced to nine years.