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VIDEO: 50 years since Beatlemania hit US

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 15:03
It's 50 years since The Beatles first arrived in the US for a TV appearance that would change their careers.

Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:58

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y., closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. Norovirus appears to be the culprit.

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'The downhill is like a movie'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:50
The thrills and spills of men's downhill, from the racer's view

Beer per minimum wage hour

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:45

Stuck somewhere between economic policy and happy hour.

The website Quartz has a chart of how many hours it takes -- working minimum wage -- to afford a beer at a bar or restaurant in whatever country the work is being done. Check it out here

Some highlights:

Here in the U.S.A:

24 minutes per beer.

Russia (hey, Olympics):

1 1/2 hours  per beer.

Brazil:

1 hour per beer.

Bangladesh:

13 1/2 hours per beer.

Ireland:

1/2 hour per beer. 

Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:40

Communication breakdowns can be fatal for firefighters, but are all too easy when crews are shrouded in smoke and a blaze is moving fast. Florida, with its millions of acres of forest and grassland, has rolled out a new system that can pinpoint crews without relying on voice communication.

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Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Pleads Not Guilty To Trafficking

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:35

Ross William Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the shadowy online marketplace before his arrest in October, is set to stand trial in November.

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Wigan 8-24 Huddersfield

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:25
Jermaine McGillvary's hat-trick of tries helps Huddersfield beat Wigan in the opening game of the 2014 season.

Concerns over 'copycat websites'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:18
The advertising watchdog has received hundreds of complaints about "copycat websites" that charge for services that are available free.

House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

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

In politics, it often comes down to timing. And right now, the timing just isn't good for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

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No bigger game for Scotland - Denton

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:00
David Denton believes Scotland can recover from a shaky Six Nations start to overcome England at Murrayfield.

Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against Baseball, Players Union

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 14:00

The federal lawsuit was Rodriguez's last chance at trying to overturn a 162-game suspension. Major League Baseball said dropping the lawsuit meant Rodriguez wanted to return to the focus to the game.

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VIDEO: Mark Kermode on the week's new films

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:53
Film critic Mark Kermode reviews the week's film releases, including Dallas Buyers Club, The Invisible Woman and Robocop.

Violent protests spread in Bosnia

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:47
Bosnian protesters set fire to government buildings in Sarajevo and in Tuzla as unrest grows over political and economic issues.

Environment boss 'let everyone down'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:46
Residents of the flood-hit Somerset Levels accuse Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith of "letting everyone down", as he and David Cameron visit the area.

Olympic Photo Of The Day: Giant Head Edition

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:35

Imagery from Russia's recent past – including the hammer and sickle that adorned the flag of the Soviet Union – is seen in the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics Friday.

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Weekly Wrap: Taper the taper?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:34

The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy and Bloomberg Government's Nela Richardson join Kai to talk about the new jobs report -- and it's making Reddy sad:

"We've seen so much excitement about what could have been a stronger recovery in 2104. We had all of these expectations of stronger economic growth, consumers going out and spending more, busiensses finally putting all that cash to good use. And what we're seeing is the labor market that we've had for the last 3 or 4 years, and perhaps even worse than what we've had for the last 3 or 4 years. And it's possible that this could just be a blip, but it doesn't give us that upturn, that big, excitnig move forward that we've all been waiting for. " Sudeep Reddy 

To the question, "Is it just a blip?" Richardson says:

"I have to answer that with a question: What is it called when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result? I think that's what this economy is doing."

And later -- 

"If the second half of 2014 was more of a fluke than real, there is a possibility Janet Yellen could do something come March."

VIDEO: Human trafficker brothers jailed

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:31
Two brothers have been jailed for trafficking 12 Czech and Slovak men into the UK to exploit them for wages and benefits.

Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:19

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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Man tries to climb White House fence

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:12
The US Secret Service arrests a man carrying two bags as he tries to climb over the White House fence.

After A Stroke, Women's Lives Are Worse Than Men's

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 13:12

Women's reduced ability to recover physically after a stroke may have big effects on their quality of life. Researchers don't know why women don't fare as well as men after strokes, but they say it's a topic in need of attention.

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