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Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:20

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:18

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true "values and aspirations." In a new rule, the organization says that help is no longer allowed.

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Why was Dickens' dying wish ignored?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:04
Why was Dickens' dying wish ignored?

Pension age rise 'could be delayed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:00
Analysis by economic experts suggests an independent Scotland could delay the rise in the state pension age by 12 years.

Killer driver jailed for four years

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:48
A man who caused the death of an elderly motorist by dangerous driving five months after passing his test is jailed for four years.

VIDEO: Bieber hands over trainers on jail CCTV

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45
Police have released footage of pop star Justin Bieber in Miami Beach jail following his arrest on 23 January.

Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.

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Hogg gives Scotland X-factor - but England will win

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:44
Expect England to win Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield, says Jeremy Guscott, but they don't always live up to their favourites' tag

ECB debt plan referred to EU court

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:43
Germany's constitutional court refers the European Central Bank's bond-buying plan to the European Court of Justice.

How much personal debt is too much?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:34

The Federal Reserve will release a monthly consumer credit report today. Some wealth advisors compare the report's level of detail to that of a doctor's exam. 

"It is a blood workup, if you will, on the state of the nation's collective credit health," said Manisha Thakor, founder and CEO of Money Zen Wealth Management. "A whole array of different data points on well-being are being assessed." 

During and after the recession, Americans rushed to pay down their debts, but data shows debt levels have begun to tick back up. Thakor warns that a debt load that exceeds a third of take home pay can land people in hot water.  "Debt is a four letter word," she said. 

Nicolas Abrams, a certified financial planner with AJW Financial Partners, agrees. 

"When you start getting over 30 percent, you're getting to where the majority of your income is going toward paying debt, which means you don't have money for discretionary items, food, [or] clothing," Abrams said. 

January jobs report: Unemployment dips, but jobs growth disappoints

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:30

Today, the government reported that American payrolls grew by 113,000 people. That's 41 percent lower than the average pace of monthly job creation last year. The professional forecasters, who were well aware of the bad weather in January, had still be predicting growth of about 180,000. That's from the official survey of payrolls. The parallel survey of households finds the unemployment rate in January seeming to improve from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, even with the labor force participation rate expanding slightly. Julia Coronado, chief economist North America for BNP Paribas in New York has been reading into the Labor Department report and joined us to help explain.

January is always notorious because of the seasonal issues, but we didn't see a huge weather effect here because construction was actually very strong with manufacturing.

We also spoke with Jason Furman, who is chair of the President's council of economic advisors, who pointed out there was good news in the report.

The unemployment rate is coming down steadily and more quickly than a lot had expected. If you look just a couple months ago, forecasters thought it would take us maybe to the end of 2014, maybe even longer, to get that unemployment rate down to 6.6 percent.

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January jobs report: Unemployment dips, but jobs added disappoints

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:30

Today, the government reported that American payrolls grew by 113,000 people. That's 41 percent lower than the average pace of monthly job creation last year. The professional forecasters, who were well aware of the bad weather in January, had still be predicting growth of about 180,000. That's from the official survey of payrolls. The parallel survey of households finds the unemployment rate in January seeming to improve from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, even with the labor force participation rate expanding slightly. Julia Coronado, chief economist North America for BNP Paribas in New York has been reading into the Labor Department report and joined us to help explain.

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'Cricket chiefs don’t owe fans Pietersen explanation'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:30
TMS commentator Ed Smith puts forward an alternative view on the Kevin Pietersen sacking and says England success will silence the doubters

VIDEO: The world's smallest quadcopter

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:21
BBC Click's LJ Rich takes a toy quadcopter - based on smartphone technology - for a spin.

VIDEO: Wes Anderson film opens Berlinale

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:21
American director Wes Anderson was joined on the red carpet by Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Willem Defoe as his movie The Grand Budapest Hotel opened the Berlin Film Festival

Plant hunters' paradise at Kew

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:16
Bright exotic blooms at its orchid festival

'Bag a slag' poster ban criticised

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:08
A pub poster inviting speed daters to "bag a slag" on Valentine's Day should not have been banned, according to freedom of speech campaigners.

US TV legend Jay Leno bows out

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 03:51
Veteran television host Jay Leno tapes his final episode of The Tonight Show after 22 years, with help from a few celebrity guests.

EA faces row over Dungeon Keeper

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 03:45
Electronic Arts is facing strong criticism over the in-app payment system in its Dungeon Keeper game.

Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 03:45

While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was anticipated.

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