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Sea wall tweaks boost biodiversity

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:25
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study suggests.

Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:23

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.

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'Bag a slag' event forced to cancel

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:16
A Nottingham pub cancels its alternative speed dating event this Valentine's Day after its poster was branded inappropriate.

Danske makes £11.4m pre-tax profit

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:07
Danske Bank in Northern Ireland made a pre-tax profit of £11.4m in 2013, compared to a loss of more than £58m in 2012.

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:06

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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No Jail For Teen With 'Affluenza' Who Killed 4 In Crash

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:00

The 16-year-old was legally drunk last June when he lost control of the truck he was driving. The crash left four people dead and two others severely wounded. His attorneys argued that a coddled upbringing contributed to the boy's problems.

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No benefits for the rich

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:36

Today the Senate will vote on a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for 1.7 Million Americans. The proposal would exclude one group – people making incomes over $1 Million.

After all, if you’re a millionaire, maybe you don’t need a safety net funded by tax payers.

“It is the kind of thing that I think government should be doing more of. Which is saying, who really needs that safety net and who doesn’t,” says economist Michael Strain with the American Enterprise Institute.

But would the exclusion save the government money?

“The millionaires exclusion is a solution in search of a problem,” says Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator with the National Employment Law Project.

In 2009, millionaires collected $20 million in unemployment benefits. “That was only 18-one-hundredths of a percent of the total outlay of unemployment benefits for that entire year,” says Conti.

Also, excluding the rich wouldn’t be free. States would have to set-up new systems to measure income.

“There is an associated cost. And they wouldn’t get additional money to administer this test,” says Rich Hobbie, executive director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

He says states would be forced to spend scarce resources in order to deny benefits to millionaires.

Pacific castaway health worsens

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:33
The castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific has been readmitted to hospital for health checks.

Kenyan police deny rebel kidnapping

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:29
Two Kenyan police officers plead not guilty to kidnapping two Ethiopian rebels who are alleged to have been handed over to Ethiopia's government.

VIDEO: Zoo rehearses quake gorilla escape

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:26
Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume as part of an annual escape drill

Evans enjoys record radio audience

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:25
BBC Radio 2's breakfast presenter Chris Evans pulled in a record weekly audience over the last three months, according to new figures.

Pissarro painting sale sets record

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:13
A painting by Camille Pissarro sells for £19.9 million at auction in London, nearly five times the artist's previous record.

The closest relegation battle in history?

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:57
Six points separate the bottom 10 teams in the Premier League - Robbie Savage explains who he thinks will fall off the top-flight gravy train

Iraq forces 'abuse' women in prisons

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:53
The Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture and abuse, a new report by Human Rights Watch says.

AUDIO: Businesses 'need stable transport'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:50
Chris Pomfret and James Staughton discuss the effect disrupted transport services are having on businesses in south-west England.

No fall in Barclays bonuses

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:46
Barclays likely to disclose rise in bonuses for investment bankers

AUDIO: Plastic bag charge 'must be simpler'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:20
Joan Walley MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, discusses government plans for a 5p charge on plastic carrier bags in England

England unchanged for Calcutta Cup

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:18
England head coach Stuart Lancaster names an unchanged line-up for Saturday's match against Scotland.

It's not that easy to be a YouTube superstar

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:15

YouTube used to be a place that was mostly about curiosities, bits of original, unedited video clips by amateurs. Then people started getting serious. The amateurs started getting famous because of what -- and how much -- video they were putting on the website. YouTube started selling ADS on all those videos, and giving some of that money to creators. Leslie Kaufman is a media reporter for the New York Times. She wrote a story this week on how hard it can still be to make the big bucks even when you're a super YouTuber.

Click play above to hear the whole interview.

VIDEO: Prospects for Wythenshawe by-election

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 02:12
Wythenshawe by-election on 13 February will be the first electoral test for the main political parties this year

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