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Who lives in a money-making pineapple under the sea?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:30
54 percent

The portion of New York City real estate purchases over $5 million that were conducted by shell companies, the New York Times reported. That adds up to more than $4 billion, much of it paid anonymously by LLCs or other corporations with fluid, obscured ownership. A Times investigation, rolling out this week, found that number is on the rise and transparency in the city's high-end real estate is disappearing, which becomes disconcerting when many of the shell companies trace back to foreign billionaires with checkered pasts.

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The number of states in which truck driving was the most common job in 2014, according to an analysis by NPR. They used census data, and excluded two very broad categories "manager" and "salesperson," to find truckers have become more and more common as other jobs move overseas or become obsolete.

$590 million

That's the size of the stake Alibaba is taking in a smartphone maker based in China, as reported by the New York Times. Meizu Technology Co. will get access to Alibaba's sales channels in exchange for using Alibaba's operating system in its devices.

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The number of drunk driving accidents Uber claims to have "likely prevented" in California since launching there two and a half years ago. But ProPublica notes the relationship between the ride-sharing service and drunk driving may not be so clear-cut. Indeed, communities with UberX saw a larger drop in drunk driving accidents among under-30 set than those cities that didn't have the low-cost ride service. But it's a leap to credit Uber - both sets of communities saw drops and it's unclear how many of the people under-30 actually it.

$56 million

Are you ready kids? The SpongeBob Squarepants movie won the weekend box office with a $56 million opening. As reported by the WSJ, the yellow sponge dethroned previous top spot holder "American Sniper."

Gambon 'can't do' stage roles

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:20
Harry Potter actor Sir Michael Gambon reveals he is no longer able to play roles on stage due to problems remembering lines.

Air strike 'targets Afghan militant'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:07
A drone strike in Afghanistan has targeted the car of a militant commander who recently swore allegiance to Islamic State, reports say.

Supreme Court rejects wind appeal

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:04
The Supreme Court dismisses an appeal against plans to build a major wind farm in Shetland.

Rogue landlords targeted by new law

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:00
Rogue landlords will be tackled by a new law to make renting a home simpler, the Welsh government says.

Papal Group Considers Sanctions On Bishops Who Cover Up Abuse

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 00:59

A commission advising Pope Francis on how to tackle clerical sex abuse of minors has completed its first full meeting at the Vatican. The commission has been criticized for its slow start.

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'Phone and laptop' driver probe

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 00:48
A video showing a motorist apparently driving with headphones on, using a handheld mobile phone and with a laptop on is investigated by police.

Are there enough professional disabled actors?

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 00:09
Are there enough to meet demand?

Grammy Awards 2015: In pictures

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:57
Winners at this year's ceremony in LA

Little space for compromise between Athens and eurozone

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:55
Why a by-election in eastern France may reinforce eurozone government's determination not to seek a compromise deal with Athens

England ease past Windies in warm-up

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:40
England beat a lacklustre West Indies side by nine wickets in their first World Cup warm-up match at Sydney.

Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:34

The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector and consumers continue to be cautious.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:33

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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West 'caused Ukraine crisis' - Putin

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:21
The crisis in Ukraine was caused by the West, says Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he works on Franco-German proposals to end fighting.

London scheme inspires schools plan

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:14
A plan to bridge the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils in Scotland draws inspiration from a successful scheme run in London schools.

Seven arrested over brawl murder

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 22:36
Seven men are arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a man in a mass street brawl in Nottingham city centre.

VIDEO: Secret film reveals bootleg alcohol

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 22:26
A BBC Inside Out London investigation has uncovered criminal gangs distilling and selling potentially fatal alcohol across London.

Baghdad struck by deadly blast

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 22:21
At least 15 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a day after a 12-year-old curfew is lifted.

Miners' strike film Pride wins Bafta

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 22:15
The miners' strike drama Pride scoops the outstanding debut award at the Bafta Film Awards.

How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

BBC - Sun, 2015-02-08 22:08
The number of religious hate crimes in the UK is rising, but community initiatives may be the answer, says Dominic Casciani.

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