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Kenyans get condom delivery service

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 08:14
A Kenyan businesswoman launches a condom delivery service to help tackle Aids, saying many people are too embarrassed to buy them.

In pictures: Sochi Olympics Day 7

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 08:01
Action from the 2014 Winter Olympics

Arsenal slides into pre-tax loss

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
Premier League football club Arsenal made a loss of £2.2m for the six months to the end of November, latest financial results show.

UK backs huge US neutrino plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
US researchers argue the case for a giant experiment that would fire ghostly neutrinos through 1,300km of rock under the American Midwest.

Woman's photos posted on sex website

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:57
A Northern Ireland woman whose private photos appeared on a website for prostitutes is to receive £28,000 in damages, the High Court rules.

Sochi Games 'Better Than Expected'; Swiss Wins Super Combined

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:52

The IOC says it's pleased with how the games have turned out so far. Meanwhile, Sandro Viletta of Switzerland took gold Friday in men's super-combined slalom, a sport American Ted Ligety had been expected to dominate.

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Tuna hearts 'affected by oil spill'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:51
Scientists say that tuna swimming in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have experienced heart damage.

Childminder banned over baby injury

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:48
A childminder is banned from looking after children after a 14-month-old boy was found in her Edinburgh home with a head injury.

Flood agency job cuts 'on hold'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:31
A consultation over 1,550 job cuts at the Environment Agency is postponed while it deals with the floods crisis in England.

Friday's gossip column

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:30
Kroos warned against Old Trafford move, Robinson tipped for England recall, Roberto Carlos at Birmigham plus more.

Wenger a 'specialist in failure'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:19
Arsene Wenger is a "specialist in failure", says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in response to comments by the Arsenal boss.

Dozens Hurt In Massive Pileup On Pennsylvania Turnpike

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:19

Officials say about 100 vehicles were involved in a number of accidents along a stretch of the tollway near Bensalem. At least 30 people were treated for injuries.

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Storm's second wave hits US east

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:18
A storm unleashes a second wave of snowfall on the US north-east, after it cut power to half a million people and left 7,500 flights cancelled.

Piers Morgan questioned over hacking

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:14
Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been questioned by police over phone hacking, his spokeswoman confirms.

Eddie Bauer suits Jos. A. Bank just fine

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:12

Menswear seller Jos. A. Bank is buying Eddie Bauer. If you're keeping score at home, last year, Jos. A. Bank tried to buy Men's Wearhouse. Then Men's Wearhouse said no, we wanna buy you. Now Jos. A. Bank is buying Eddie Bauer, in part to make it harder for Men's Wearhouse to buy Joseph A Bank.

Harvard Law and Business professor Guhan Subramanian joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to explain.

Working With A Therapist Can Help When Sleeping Pills Don't

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 07:11

There's a treatment for insomnia that's safe, effective and pill-free. The Veterans Administration is embracing it to help returning soldiers with PTSD. There's even an app. But many people don't know that cognitive behavioral therapy is an option for insomnia. Proponents are trying to change that.

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Singles get all the Valentine's love this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:57

Valentine's Day is usually seen as a day for the couples, the romantics, and the folks who are in love. But it seems more like Valentine's Day 2014 is for the lovelorn and the currently single. Popular dating app Tinder even took home the "Best New Startup" award at this week’s Crunchies, an awards show honoring the best in the tech industry. Once thought to be an app just for the young, Tinder has seen their user base expand from being 90 percent in the 18-24 year-old demographic when they started, to only half of Tinderers being of the young-twenty-something persuasion now.

From quizzes, to twitter trends, Google’s doodle, and corporate promotions, Valentine's Day this year seems to be as much a day about being in love as it is the timeless question... What is Love?

Buzzfeed, the online chronicler of human desires, isn't just celebrating singleness, it's downright advocating the down-with-love sentiment:

Brands were all over it – the branding, that is. Yet, they don't seem to be encouraging much outside of playing with food…

Psssstttt, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. We know what we’re planning.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) February 14, 2014

Pancake love means never having to say you're hungry.

— IHOP (@IHOP) February 13, 2014

... Literally:

Your kids will love this #Valentines #HERSHEYSHUGS & KISSES Chocolate Checkers game!

— HERSHEY'S KISSES (@HersheysKisses) February 12, 2014

Harvard Business Review took a dire look at how finding love is like a marketplace (as if singles needed to be reminded?).

"Creative" e-cards that don’t seem to inspire affection are popping up everywhere.

Vanity Fair even put together this list of valentines from TV villains.

And take a look at these uninspiring, but hilarious, valentines for singles:

Dating apps tell you to just get yourself out there…

Don't let Valentines Day's proximity discourage you, put yourself out there and make it your goal to find that special someone in time!

— OkCupid (@okcupid) February 10, 2014

…even though just 5 percent of Americans in a committed relationship say they met their significant other online (Pew Research).

The trending Valentine’s Day related hashtags on Twitter are quite unromantic:


I just met you and this is crazy. Here's a restraining order, sign it maybe? #HarsherLoveSongs

— James M-Theory (@JamesMinock) February 14, 2014


Violets are blue,
Chocolates are pleasing,
The best we could do
Was quantitative easing.
#FedValentines @MarketplaceAPM

— Harlan Kadish (@MathMusicMole) February 14, 2014



— Nintendo Glass (@amanicdroid) February 12, 2014

And then Pope Francis urged young people to get married:

Dear young people, don’t be afraid to marry. A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.

— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 14, 2014

Policy wonks are writing pieces on “how to save marriage,” which should encourage concern in any person looking to get married for the first time (or again).

Finally, no one really knows if St. Valentine himself was married. There is little written about him in his lifetime, outside of reports of his acts to marry others.

So whether you're looking for love, or doing just fine all by yourself, Valentine’s Day 2014 seems to be for the unattached. Here's to you, single people: reclaiming Valentine’s Day one hashtag at a time.

Coastal village bog blaze burns out

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:43
A fire on bogland is out following dramatic scenes earlier of flames and smoke billowing over a nearby coastal village.

VIDEO: Bog blaze 'scary' for residents

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:39
A fire which raged on peat bogland behind a Ceredigion coastal village causing smoke to billow over homes concerns residents.

Doctors Court Controversy In Ad For Surgical Robot

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:37

The former head of a prestigious Boston hospital found it unsettling when the surgical staff of an Illinois academic medical center endorsed a medical device in a national newspaper advertisement. After he started asking questions, the hospital asked that the ad, paid for by the device maker, be suspended.

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