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Vidic's Man Utd exit 'mutually agreed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:27
Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of this season.

VIDEO: Osprey aircraft: Helicopter or plane?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:13
Frank Gardner looks at the US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft - an important tool as the US expands its military operations in the Horn of Africa

Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:12

Parts of Oregon and Washington got up to a foot of snow earlier in the week and could get 6 to 12 inches more. Colorado, which has suffered its worst "snow drought" since the 1980s, could also get a big dusting.

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Day in pictures: 7 February 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:04
24 hours of news photos: 7 February

Super Bowl leftovers: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:56

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news

This week our guest, Molly Mulshine, a tech writer for the website Beta Beat, takes the test.

Play along at home, below.

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Police watchdog to get staff boost

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:43
The independent police watchdog could more than double the number of staff investigating complaints against officers in England and Wales, the BBC's Newsnight learns.

Who, What, Why: How do you drive in floods?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:42
Many of the UK's roads are very wet or underwater after weeks of rainfall. But how do you drive in floods?

CAR's Muslim civilians 'at risk'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:37
Muslim communities in many towns in the Central African Republic are threatened as reprisal attacks on civilians continue, a medical charity warns

Swansea to Heathrow rail link plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:36
A train service running from Swansea to Heathrow Airport, which could be in operation by 2021, is announced by Network Rail.

David Black murder: Woman charged

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:21
A woman is charged with perverting the course of justice over the murder of prison officer David Black, who was shot as he drove to work in 2012.

Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:20

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:18

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true "values and aspirations." In a new rule, the organization says that help is no longer allowed.

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Why was Dickens' dying wish ignored?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:04
Why was Dickens' dying wish ignored?

Pension age rise 'could be delayed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:00
Analysis by economic experts suggests an independent Scotland could delay the rise in the state pension age by 12 years.

Killer driver jailed for four years

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:48
A man who caused the death of an elderly motorist by dangerous driving five months after passing his test is jailed for four years.

VIDEO: Bieber hands over trainers on jail CCTV

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45
Police have released footage of pop star Justin Bieber in Miami Beach jail following his arrest on 23 January.

Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.

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Hogg gives Scotland X-factor - but England will win

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:44
Expect England to win Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield, says Jeremy Guscott, but they don't always live up to their favourites' tag

ECB debt plan referred to EU court

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:43
Germany's constitutional court refers the European Central Bank's bond-buying plan to the European Court of Justice.

How much personal debt is too much?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:34

The Federal Reserve will release a monthly consumer credit report today. Some wealth advisors compare the report's level of detail to that of a doctor's exam. 

"It is a blood workup, if you will, on the state of the nation's collective credit health," said Manisha Thakor, founder and CEO of Money Zen Wealth Management. "A whole array of different data points on well-being are being assessed." 

During and after the recession, Americans rushed to pay down their debts, but data shows debt levels have begun to tick back up. Thakor warns that a debt load that exceeds a third of take home pay can land people in hot water.  "Debt is a four letter word," she said. 

Nicolas Abrams, a certified financial planner with AJW Financial Partners, agrees. 

"When you start getting over 30 percent, you're getting to where the majority of your income is going toward paying debt, which means you don't have money for discretionary items, food, [or] clothing," Abrams said. 

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