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Bolt to retire after London 2017

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:21
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says that he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London.

How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:03

New research confirms that even after a victim dies, viral cells on the corpse can infect others for as long as 7 days.

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Ramsey could be QPR boss next season

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00
QPR owner Tony Fernandes says Chris Ramsey will be given the chance to remain as the club's manager for "a very long time".

From the Hills to the Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00

Next week, we are launching a new series! It’s called From the Hills to the Valley. And yes, that would be Hollywood and Silicon Valley, respectively.

In some ways, the two industries could not be more different. Hollywood was born and then flourished for over a century because of the technology of the movie screen. It still revolves around that screen. Silicon Valley happened decades later. It was the product of computing, and often emerged in garages in Palo Alto.

But, how different are venture capitalists investing in tech from heads of major hollywood studios? And how similar are artists making content for youtube to the stars who appear on big buck productions? Whatever the differences, they are growing. As Amazon and Netflix get deeper into the entertainment industry, and as Hollywood studios and Google trade accusations, the two industries seem at odds with each other now than ever before.

We are going to take a look at the tensions and parallels that exist in these two parts of California. Where does Hollywood meet Silicon Valley? And where do they diverge?

We have a great line-up of interviews, from YouTube star Hank Green talking about how he thrives outside of the traditional studio model to writer and actor, Issa Rae, on her transition from producing a web series to piloting a show on HBO.

And much more. The series begins on Monday with New York Times Magazine staff writer, Jenna Wortham, who talk about why the culture of technology resists Hollywood narratives.

Here's YouTube star Hank Green in a popular video about how to pronounce "gif":

And here's a video from Issa Rae, promoting her new book "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl":

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:58
Boko Haram Islamist militants have attacked the north-east Nigerian city of Gombe, residents say.

'Anxious calls' as 600 jobs face axe

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:48
A union says it is expecting "anxious calls" from Cardiff council staff after Wales' largest authority said nearly 600 posts could go.

Bus driver marries his passenger

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:22
A bus driver marries a former passenger after she proposes at a bus stop.

30 vehicles in M40 fatal crash

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:05
About 30 vehicles are involved in a fatal crash on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

Coach crash shuts M1 northbound

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:49
A number of people are seriously injured following a crash involving a coach and a car on the M1 in Bedfordshire.

Ed Miliband to pursue tax avoiders

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:45
Ed Miliband will tell the Welsh Labour conference that he won't back down on his campaign to crack down on tax avoidance.

Lebanon marks Hariri assassination

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:44
A memorial rally will take place in Lebanon on the 10th anniversary of the assassination of the former PM Rafik Hariri, which had huge consequences.

Police foil 'arranged fight' in park

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:40
Police say they have disrupted an attempt to arrange a fight between more than 40 youths in north Belfast on Friday night.

VIDEO: Getting a good deal on holiday money

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:15
Many of us may shop around to get a good deal on flights and accommodation when planning a holiday, but getting the best value when exchanging currency is often an afterthought.

Rare Marilyn Monroe photo auctioned

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 00:01
A photograph from a test shoot of the movie star Marilyn Monroe when she was 20 years old is to be sold at auction.

VIDEO: Media frenzy greets basketball stars

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 23:42
The BBC's Chris Mitchell reports on the media scrum as the basketball stars of the NBA All-Star Game meets hundreds of journalists.

HK ferry disaster captain convicted

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 23:40
The captain of a ferry involved in one of Hong Kong's worst sea disasters has been convicted on 39 counts of manslaughter over the 2012 tragedy.

Rise in support for domestic abuse

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 23:39
A Welsh women's charity is calling for urgent action to tackle violence against women after it saw a 20% rise in the number of women seeking help.

Mexico bus-train crash kills 16

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 23:27
At least 16 people are killed and 30 others injured in a collision between a freight train and a bus at a level crossing in northern Mexico.

Finn takes hat-trick at World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 23:24
Steven Finn becomes the first England bowler to take a World Cup hat-trick as Australia post 342-9 in their opening game.

VIDEO: Epic Scotland-Wales clashes

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 22:47
As Scotland and Wales prepare to do battle at Murrayfield in the 2015 Six Nations, BBC Sport looks back at some epic clashes between the two sides.