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Cargo ship splits on French coast

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:20
France raises a pollution alert after an empty Spanish cargo ship splits in half on a breakwater near Bayonne on the Atlantic coast.

Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:19

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner, a lager and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could someday replace human taste-testers.

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Obama administration to announce climate hubs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:14

Today President Obama will announce seven of what the administration's calling climate hubs around the country. These hubs will collect data to help farmers, and others, deal with drought, fires, and floods. Marketplace's David Weinberg joined us to help explain how this is going to work.

"So there's not a lot of details yet on how they will work but basically the seven hubs and 3 sub hubs, will collect regional data on climate conditions and use that data to educate farmers and rural communities on how to deal with things like drought and changes in the growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that droughts alone, from 2011-2013 cost the U.S. $50 billion. And the creation of these hubs is an example of the president's plan to bypass congress on certain issues, something he promised in his State of the Union speech last week."

And how will these hubs use this data to help rural communities?

We could see initiatives like we're seeing now in California which has been especially hard hit by drought. These are things like storm water capture projects or invasive pest control which have a big impact on the ag business. Data could help communities manage their water use and better develop systems for recycling water. The hubs would also study fire seasons which are getting longer and more severe as temperatures rise. And this is a sort of stepping stone to broader climate change legislation that the Obama administration would like to pass.

Southbank revamp plans put on hold

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:10
Plans for a £120m revamp of the Southbank Centre are placed on hold after Mayor Boris Johnson intervened in a row over the position of a skatepark.

'Four arrested' in Hoffman inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:08
New York police arrest four people and reportedly seize 350 bags of heroin days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a suspected heroin overdose.

Day in pictures: 5 February 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:02
24 hours of news photos: 5 February

VIDEO: Education secretary told to write lines

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:00
Speaker John Bercow tells the education secretary off for shouting during Prime Minister's Questions, and says Michael Gove should write out 1,000 times that he must behave.

CVS to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco by Oct. 1

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:58

In a first for a major drugstore chain, CVS will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco beginning in October. That will wipe out an estimated $2 billion a year in sales, but CVS believes it can more than make up the difference by expanding services to promote better health.

Troy Brennan, Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark, joined us to talk about the company's decision.

"As a health care company, you just can't be selling the number one public health problem," Brennan says.

Click play on the audio player above to hear the whole interview.

Swansea dismiss Laudrup assistant

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:58
Swansea City confirm former boss Michael Laudrup's assistant manager Morten Wieghorst has been relieved of his duties.

Miliband claims PM 'failing women'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:55
Labour leader Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of failing to improve gender equality in the Conservative Party in ill-tempered Commons exchanges.

Employers Added 175,000 Jobs Last Month, Survey Signals

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:54

The ADP National Employment Report shows slow but solid growth. But will Friday's survey from the Labor Department agree? A month ago, the two reports reached very different conclusions about job growth at the end of 2013.

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Man jailed for Queen portrait attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:53
A Fathers4Justice campaigner is sentenced to six months in prison for defacing a portrait of the Queen.

Sex crime ex-teacher struck by train

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:47
An ex-teacher at a school at the centre of abuse allegations is found dead just 36 hours before he was due to be sentenced.

Using apps to track cattle in Scotland

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:29

Here's a place you wouldn't expect to find an award-winning app. A cattle farm in Scotland. The application is, yes, for cattle management. It was designed by teenagers as part of a contest put together by an organization called Apps for Good.  

Judith Burns, a producer at the BBC's radio project called School Report, joined us to talk about it. Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

White quits snowboard slopestyle event

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:27
Snowboarder Shaun White withdraws from the Sochi Winter Olympics slopestyle competition because of safety concerns.

Reports: 4 Arrests Linked To Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:23

Police in Manhattan are telling New York news outlets that three men and one woman are in custody. It's thought they may have been involved in the distribution of heroin reportedly found in the apartment where the actor died over the weekend.

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VIDEO: Castaway mother 'knew he wasn't dead'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:22
The mother of a fisherman from El Salvador who claims he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific says she never gave up hope her son was alive.

VIDEO: Neknomination: Out of control

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:17
How the internet drinking game got out of control

What online job listings tell us about the economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:16

Years ago, the Conference Board sifted through pages and pages of classified help wanted ads in newspapers.  They switched to online job sites in 2005, but the idea is the same: Scan through help wanted ads to get a picture of the jobs market.

“I’m using it because I’m particularly interested in how difficult it is to fill new job vacancies,”  says Jonathan Rothwell, a labor analyst at Brookings, who has looked at data on math and computer science positions. “Those jobs are now almost as difficult to fill today as they were before the recession.”

But Rothwell says it’s still easy to fill lower-skilled jobs. 

And economist June Shelp, a vice president at the Conference Board who developed the online job index, says she has found picky employers. 

She says they used to hire community college graduates but, “Now they’re asking for somebody who has a graduate degree.”

The Conference Board isn’t the only game in town.  Other private companies, and some states, are also crunching job site data.

UN details abuse of Syria children

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 05:09
A report shows children have endured "unspeakable and unacceptable" suffering during the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

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