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AUDIO: Quitting smoking 'relieves stress'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:25
Quitting smoking can relieve stress, according to a new study.

Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:25

The storm that has caused havoc from Texas to New England is due to move out to sea Friday. But it's still winter: At least a little more snow is expected in many parts of the Northeast over the weekend.

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Double Take 'Toons: Heartfelt Remembrance

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:00

Shirley Temple Black lifted America's heart during the darkest days of the Great Depression and went on to render exemplary service as U.S. ambassador to two countries. Bob Englehart offers a Valentine's Day tribute to the former child star, while Nate Beeler notes how outstanding her accomplishments were.

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Solution urged over NHS shake-up

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:45
Health boards in south Wales are urged to come up with a solution as plans to centralise key services at five hospitals face uncertainty.

Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:45

"Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means all of us," a judge writes. She postponed enforcement of her ruling, however, pending the expected appeal of her decision.

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VIDEO: What makes a film British?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:43
An Outstanding British Film Bafta will be handed out at this year's ceremony on Sunday, but what makes a film British?

PODCAST: How to make it rain (cash) in California

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:41

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, Calif., in order to help find answers to the statewide drought that has intensified the battle over who should get access to much-needed water in one of the country's largest states. Farmers need water for their crops; fish need it because, well, they're fish; and the public needs it for various important things, too (like drinking and washing). While droughts have ooccured many times in California's history, a solution to prevent droughts has yet to be found and implemented. But there are still ways the government can provide relief, both in the short and long term. 

Plus, the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced this week has a lot of people wondering about customers' cable bills. But what about the two companies' thousands of employees? In typical corporate speak, Comcast says the deal will create about $1.5 billion in "operating efficiencies." Translation: layoffs are coming.

Bacon portrait of lover fetches £42m

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:39
A portrait of Francis Bacon's former lover George Dyer has sold for £42.2 million, smashing previous estimates.

Housing boost for construction sector

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:31
The UK's construction sector returned to growth in December, helped by a strong recovery in housebuilding.

Pension system 'is not working'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:31
The UK pensions system is not working, the City watchdog has concluded after a review into the "disorderly" annuities market.

UN humanitarian chief in Syria plea

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:30
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos urges the Security Council to act on Syria to stop "flagrant" violation of international humanitarian law.

Fabregas 'flattered' by Man Utd bids

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:30
Cesc Fabregas is enjoying an "amazing moment" at Barcelona but says he was flattered by Manchester United's summer interest.

Labour wins Wythenshawe by-election

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 03:04
Labour holds on to its seat in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election with a comfortable majority while UKIP beat the Tories to second place.

VIDEO: Valentine's Day = teenage pregnancy?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:58
Indian hashtag says celebrate love for parents not romance

AUDIO: UK fashion 'worth £26bn each year'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:56
Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, discusses the business aspect to London Fashion Week.

Murder miscarriage report questions

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:55
An MP asks why it is taking police so long to publish a report into a murder inquiry which led to a miscarriage of justice.

US denies plot to oust Kenya leaders

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:55
The US denies Kenyan claims it funded Thursday's protests in order to "topple" the government, as relations take another turn for the worse.

Speaker presents Clutha condolences

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:54
A book of condolence signed by MPs following the Glasgow helicopter crash is to be presented to the city's Lord Provost by the Commons Speaker.

Viber messaging app in Japanese deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:53
Rakuten, the Japanese owner of online retailer Play.com, has bought the messaging app Viber for $900m

NSA workers disciplined over leaks

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:46
An employee who let Edward Snowden use his password to access classified information is among three NSA workers disciplined, an agency memo says.

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