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More cuts for paper bank statements

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:05
Is there a future for the paper bank statement?

VIDEO: African church spreading Gospel in US

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:02
One of Africa's biggest Christian movements, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is spreading across the United States.

FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:02

This campaign will last for 60 days at FBI field offices, and comes with a reward of up to $10,000 if your help leads to an arrest. The number of these incidents has gone up more than ten times since 2006.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:54

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple onscreen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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Debt vote helps create a sense of certainty

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:34

A plan to lift the country’s borrowing authority – and let the U.S. continue paying its bills – moves to the Senate after passing the House of Representatives by a 221-201 margin on late Tuesday. 

It’s a "clean" agreement, meaning there are no strings attached. The plan would allow the U.S. to borrow until March 15, 2015.

While it doesn't have any loopholes to trip up expected passage in the Senate and a final signature into law by the White House, some economists say it will bring one thing with it: a heightened sense of certainty about the economy. 

"I think this is some positive news and provides much-needed clarity for the business community and consumers," says Michael Brown, an economist with Wells Fargo. "For financial markets, a year is a long time," says Kevin Logan, the chief U.S. economist at HSBC Securities. "And removing the threat of the debt ceiling showdown or a Treasury default is a positive."

The threat of the government defaulting on its fiscal obligations makes markets jittery, Brown adds, and this deal is a welcome option to avoid worry turning into doubt.

"It removes the potential disruption that could occur to financial markets, notes Brown, "even if the probability is small, the consequences are devastating, catastrophic.

Music row killer claims self-defence

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:32
A white Florida man who killed a black teenager during a row over loud music testifies he fired in self-defence after the boy threatened him.

Kraft takes artificial preservatives out of its singles

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:27

From the Marketplace Desk of Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food.

Kraft says it's going to take artificial preservatives out of its American Singles slices.

OK, so it's not clear what will be left, but here are the mechanics: Sorbic Acid is going to be replaced by something called "natamycin," which, we're told, is a naturally occurring mold inhibitor.

Good to know.

There was always something special about a grilled cheese made from Kraft Singles...right?

 

Budget Pruning Leaves Canadian Potted Plants Out To Dry

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:22

There's no such thing as a free lunch, even for plants. With budgets tight and dedicated funds for plant maintenance drying up, the Canadian House of Commons is sending its greenery to auction.

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Haye refuses to rule out ring return

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 15:14
British heavyweight David Haye refuses to rule out a return to the ring, despite being advised to retire after shoulder surgery.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Chelsea

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:58
Chelsea miss a chance to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League after West Brom snatch a late equaliser.

Straw Buyers Exchange Vermont Guns For East Coast Drugs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:56

Last month, Vermont's governor said addiction has reached epidemic levels in his state. Officials say that high demand, combined with the state's loose gun laws, create a lucrative market for out-of-state dealers.

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Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:54

Some buckles on the seats may become hard to release, posing a danger in the case of an accident. Regulators want the company to recall an additional 1.8 million infant seats.

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Money 'no object' for flood relief

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:49
PM David Cameron unveils measures to help those hit by flooding, but warns more bad weather means things could get worse before they get better.

Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:41

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

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House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:30

Congressional reporters quickly note that Rep. Paul Ryan was one of many Republicans who voted "no." The vote came after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other legislation to the debt measure.

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House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:25

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said for months that he would not let the United States default on its debt, and he made good on that promise: The House voted Tuesday evening for an increase of the debt limit with no strings attached, just as President Obama had wanted.

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West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:07
West Ham move four points clear of the relegation zone thanks to late goals from James Collins and Mohamed Diame against Norwich.

Police car blocks wrong-way driver

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 13:32
Police officers drive into the path of an elderly motorist who was heading the wrong way down a busy road.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Also Helps Prevent Genital Warts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 13:31

The vaccine against human papillomavirus is recommended for girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer. A study finds it also protects against genital warts, a common sexually transmitted disease, even if people get less than the recommended three shots.

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Algeria plane crash 'kills dozens'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 13:22
An Algerian military transport plane with 78 people on board crashes in the mountainous north-east of the country, with one survivor found.

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