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Police club fraud inquiry launched

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:45
Greater Manchester Police launches an investigation into an alleged fraud of up to £10,000 at its sports and social club.

AUDIO: Environment Agency 'bound by Treasury'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:40
Lord Smith discusses the stand-in floods minister Eric Pickles' recent criticism of the Environment Agency.

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:26

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn't change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:25

As more clients go on Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some birth control clinics are losing money and looking for creative ways to adapt.

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Hillsborough service tickets issued

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:23
Tickets for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster are released.

New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:22

About 10 percent of people with asthma aren't able to control it with medicine. The procedure delivers zaps of energy that burn off the outer layer of smooth muscle cells in the lungs' airways. That way there's less muscle to contract.

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Punjab gas hit as pipelines bombed

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:55
The gas supply to Pakistan's most populous province is mostly cut off after militants in the south-west blow up three pipelines, officials say.

Vigilantes parade in Mexican city

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:40
Mexican vigilante groups parade through Apatzingan after apparently seizing it from the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel at the weekend.

For China, a new year and a new U.S. ambassador

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:29

Back in the late 90s when ambassador Baucus was Senator Baucus, he traveled to China to promote the country’s inclusion in the World Trade Organization. More than a decade later, China’s a WTO member, Baucus is ambassador, and according to one former U.S. diplomat in China, he’ll have a lot on his plate - including a chill in relations between U.S. businesses and the Chinese government. "These will be trying times for ambassador Baucus," says William McCahill, who served as charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. "Prominent firms have pulled out of China, in some measures because the Chinese haven’t lived up to the commitments they made when they joined the WTO."

McCahill says Baucus was a great choice for ambassador because he'll engage the Chinese on sensitive issues and because of his experience in the U.S. senate, where many decisions on foreign affairs are debated. On the Chinese side, Fudan University’s Shen Dingli says the Chinese will watch Baucus closely, but he doesn’t think the ambassador will be able to influence relations in a meaningful way between the world’s top two economies. "He’s just a machine - a tool," says Shen. "I think we really should not expect anything from any ambassador from both countries."

Whatever people’s expectations for Ambassador Baucus, he IS expected to move to Beijing later this month.

Masuzoe wins Tokyo governor vote

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:49
Government-backed pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins the election for Tokyo governor, beating two anti-nuclear candidates.

6 Die In Wrong-Way Crash On Southern California Freeway

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:49

Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter in connection with the crash on State Route 60 in Diamond Bar, a suburb east of Los Angeles.

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£20m to improve Wales' worst schools

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:46
A £20m a year plan to boost up to 40 underperforming schools in Wales is being launched, after similar schemes in London and Manchester.

Jonathan Davies's Six Nations Team of the Week

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:30
Who makes BBC expert Jonathan Davies's Team of the Week after the second round of the Six Nations?

VIDEO: Billionaire saves Sochi Olympic dogs

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:26
Hundreds of stray dogs in Sochi have been saved after a Russian billionaire helped fund a shelter.

Les Dawson wrote romantic novel

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:26
Comedian Les Dawson wrote a romantic mystery novel under the name Maria Brett-Cooper, it has been revealed.

VIDEO: TV fraudster caught red-handed

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:24
Inside Out goes undercover to expose the criminals touting illegal pay-for-view TV packages at knock-down prices.

Growth for NI firms gathers pace

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:24
Northern Ireland firms experienced their fastest rate of growth in almost 10 years in January, a survey of businesses finds.

Stoney reveals sexuality for first time

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:01
England women's captain Casey Stoney reveals she is gay, saying she has been inspired to come out by Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Trafficker Corby released in Bali

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 21:48
Convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby is released on parole in Indonesia after nine years in a Bali prison.

Tears and tension: How Jenny Jones made history

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 21:32
How Jenny Jones spectacularly won Britain's first snow sport Winter Olympic medal amid almost unbearably tense drama

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