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Royal Archive documents revealed

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 01:08
Windsor Castle offers first glimpse of archive

Blake eyes Yorkshire cricket career

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 01:06
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake is interested in playing cricket for Yorkshire when he retires from athletics in five years.

Archaeology and business in London's 'Big Dig'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 01:00

Europe's biggest construction project is currently underway in London: a new 73-mile long rail link passing underneath the British capital.

Crossrail – as it's called – will bring the city's transport system into the 21st century, increasing its rail capacity by 10 percent and carrying over 200 million passengers every year. But tunneling deep under a historic city like London means burrowing into the past.

"Crossrail is actually the largest archaeological dig that this country has seen in many,many years," observes the project's director Andy Mitchell.

Working alongside Crossrail's tunnel engineers, the company's small, in-house team of archaeologists has – so far – carried out dozens of excavations. Ten thousand items have been discovered from the Stone Age to the Roman period and through to the Victorian Era. The latest find – skeletons of victims of the plague or Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century – is causing real excitement in academic circles:

"It's fascinating stuff for us, giving us an insight into what the population was like in those years," says Don Walker of the Museum of London. "The find could shed further light on the biggest catastrophe to hit this city, causing huge social change. The Black Death wiped out perhaps half the population. Everything changed. Labor became scarce. And that's why there are theories that the plague was responsible for ending feudalism."

Crossrail is in the business of building a rail link but like all companies carrying out major construction projects on historically important sites in Britain it is legally obliged to employ the services of professional archaeologists.

"Virtually all of the archaeology in Britain these days is actually done as a response to a commercial development , funded by the developers themselves," says the Museum's Nick Elsdon.

Crossrail is spending $9 million on sifting and preserving the artifacts and human remains that it has come across; that's out of a total construction budget of $25 billion. A small price to pay – it says –for delving into the city's extraordinary past.

"You know this is a historic project," says Crossrail's Andy Mitchell. "We're building the future's history. So I think we engineers have a natural empathy with archaeology , certainly in a town like London."

Most archaeology in Britain is funded by commercial developers. Photo credit: Crossrail

A billion shirts, nothing to wear! It's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 01:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

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Marketplace heads to London

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 01:00

From exploring the chasm between the top  1 percent of Americans and those struggling to get by, to the housing bubble (or lack thereof) in Phoenix, Arizona, Marketplace works to find the intersection between the facts on the page and the choices people make as a result. And it’s not news that these issues aren’t inherently "American." Someone on the other side of the globe understands just as well as anyone else the difficulty of trying to feed a family on not enough pay.

Here in the U.S., that manifests itself in the struggle to survive on minimum wage and getting by on food stamps. And certainly we’re not the only ones with CEOs of companies getting paid disproportionately more than the people who work for them.

The question isn’t if our foreign compatriots worry about the same things we do, but how these issues manifest for them and to what degree.

So, we’re headed overseas -- to London, specifically.

All next week, Marketplace Morning Report will be broadcasting from the BBC, taking a closer look at some of these issues in our series Mind the Gap.

We’ll be looking at the increasing disparity between the haves and the have-nots in the U.K. In fact, the numbers are pretty staggering -- the five wealthiest families in the U.K. have more money than the poorest 20 percent. And new data show a 163 percent increase in the number of people who were given emergency food supplies. And with significant numbers of poorer Londoners being priced out of the city and having to relocate to cheaper parts of the country, we’ll examine how folks are feeling about being squeezed out by wealthy foreigners.

From an American perspective, this all sounds awfully familiar.

Plus, we’ll be joined by guests like former board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Jamison Firestone, to talk about cooling business ties between London and Russia. We’ll also talk to BBC reporter Rob Broomby about the Scotland Independence Referendum, and what London and Scotland have to gain and lose depending on the outcome.

It’s all part of Marketplace applying what we do best to the perspective of our friends across the Atlantic. So steep a pot of tea, brush up on the lyrics to “God Save the Queen,” and don your favorite football team’s jersey (no, not that football): Marketplace Morning Report is headed to London.

Malaysia Airlines losses worsen

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:53
Malaysia Airlines losses widen after the disappearance of Flight 370, raising questions about the future of the 76-year-old carrier.

Steve Bruce - the man & the manager

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:37
Banter, batterings, family and fallouts: Robbie Savage on what makes the Hull boss an inspiration.

Do people spend a month's salary on an engagement ring?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:32
How an ad campaign changed engagement rings forever

VIDEO: Tech review: This week's headlines

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:26
A UK store which insists that customers pay for transactions in bitcoins, plus other news

'Brother and sister' killed on M11

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:17
Two people who died in a five-vehicle accident on the M11 in Essex are believed to be brother and sister, police said.

MPs demand Police Federation reform

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:14
A culture of bullying is endemic at the top of the organisation representing rank-and-file police officers in England and Wales, MPs say.

VIDEO: Jamie Oliver backs free school meals

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:03
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is behind the government's plans to give all pupils under seven in England free school meals.

Glasgow my main aim - Brownlee

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:49
Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee is prioritising a Commonwealth gold ahead of regaining his world title.

Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:43

Because of corruption involving medical officials, the government and middlemen, only half the people with HIV get medicine. One man lost his wife while they were both on a waiting list for treatment.

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Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:41

The film industry is using drones for movies and commercials, even though federal regulators are still working on rules that would permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to make money.

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Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:39

Latino families sued four Orange County school districts over school segregation. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, ended school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board.

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Star Wars: 'Day one' shooting begins

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:35
The latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise has begun shooting, production company Bad Robot announces on Twitter.

Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:35

Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas says he routinely gets complaints of Border Patrol agents' unprofessionalism or abuse. O'Rourke and his colleague say training hasn't kept up with the growth of the agency.

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VIDEO: Who is India's leader Narendra Modi?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:27
India's governing Congress party has admitted defeat as early election results give a strong lead to the main opposition BJP

Placenta firm ban over 'health risk'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:26
A company must stop processing raw placentas for new mothers to eat, a court rules.
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