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Stolen rabbit discovered in postbox

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:01
A postman in Maltby discovers a rabbit inside a postbox in a "silly prank" after it was stolen from its owner.

A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

Video teasing North Korean leader goes viral

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:58
Millions watch video poking fun at Kim Jong-un

VIDEO: World's media prepare for Glasgow 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:35
Media organisations from across the world are converged on Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

Call to end FGM 'in this generation'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:19
David Cameron has said female genital mutilation (FGM) and childhood forced marriage should be stopped worldwide "within this generation".

Mass eviction of Venezuela squatters

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:09
Venezuelan soldiers remove hundreds of families from a notorious 45-storey Caracas skyscraper that dominates the city skyline.

How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:05

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

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VIDEO: 'Miracle' survivor of Gaza blast

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:57
UN officials say more than 100,000 people have been forced to take shelter in UN buildings in Gaza because of the violence - double the number of the Gaza conflict five years ago.

Nigerian leader vows to free girls

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:55
Nigeria's president tells parents of the girls abducted by militant Islamists that the government is doing everything to secure their release.

What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:55

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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VIDEO: 'Disturbing' Trojan inquiry findings

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:53
An "aggressive Islamist agenda" was being pursued in some of the so-called Trojan horse schools in Birmingham, says a report commissioned by the Department for Education.

Road death pair 'made 999 request'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:44
A man and a woman killed on a Norfolk dual carriageway asked for police to be called shortly before their deaths, detectives reveal.

National parks review 'within weeks'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:27
Wales' three national parks could be merged into one organisation as part of a review which is to start within weeks, Environment Minister John Griffiths announces.

UN chief: 'Start talking' over Gaza

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:22
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushes for an end to the Gaza conflict with a call in Israel for both sides to "start talking".

Ministers to review benefit letters

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:13
Ministers are to reconsider how they communicate with people on back-to-work schemes who have their benefits taken away.

Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:13

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges.

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VIDEO: Council 'made mistakes' says chief

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:10
Mistakes were made by Birmingham City Council when dealing with allegations of an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to gain control of schools, its chief executive has said.

How would the UK fare without Scotland?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:07
How might things change for the rest of the UK?

EU to widen Russia sanctions

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:00
The EU will widen sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says.
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