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Neeson under fire from US gun makers

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:47
The firearms company that provided the guns for Liam Neeson's Hollywood movie Taken 3 criticises the star for his comments about US gun laws.

Butcher fined over chopped-off hand

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:46
A butcher is fined after a 16-year-old apprentice loses his hand in a mincing machine.

MPs' anger at Iraq Inquiry delay

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:38
MPs react angrily to news that the official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not report until after the general election.

Roache plans TV tribute to Kirkbride

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:32
Coronation Street actor William Roache will deliver a tribute to his former co-star Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards later.

And on the seventh day, Amazon applied dynamic pricing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:30
43.3 percent

Of the proposals delivered during previous State of the Union speeches, 43.3 percent, on average, actually are enacted during the following year, according to data collected from 1965 to 2002. But the actual legislative success varies from year to year. Check out the State of the Union, by the numbers, here.

40 percent

That's how much the largest overseas investor in U.S. shale, BHP Billiton Ltd., will cut its oil rigs in the states, going from 16 to 26 by July. As Bloomberg reports, the move comes amidst worries about lower iron ore earnings as petroleum prices drop. 

115.3 million viewers

That's how many people watched last year's Superbowl halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That's the largest audience in the history of the game. But this year, viewership may be divided between the televised entertainment, and a YouTube halftime show featuring internet celebrities.

$1 billion

"Shh, I'm trying to Shazam this song," said your friend at every coffee shop ever. As reported by the New York Times, the smartphone app that can identify songs has raised $30 million in new funding, putting the company's valuation at $1 billion.

$8.49 to $16.99

And on the seventh day, Amazon applied dynamic pricing to the Bible. As reported by Quartz, the price of a standard King James version of the Holy Bible on Amazon has fluctuated quite a bit in the last couple years (100 times in five years, to be exact), ranging from $8.49 at its lowest to $16.99 at its highest. Most likely, its an automated algorithm responding to the ups and downs in consumer demand.

Bank unanimous on holding rates

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:29
All nine Bank of England policymakers voted to keep interest rates on hold this month, after two of them dropped calls to raise rates from 0.5%.

Russia 'to seek fresh Ukraine truce'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:29
Russia says it will seek an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine at talks later, and insists there is no evidence of its troops crossing the border.

Dole figures down two years in a row

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:28
Unemployment in Northern Ireland has been falling continuously for two years, new official figures confirm.

CCTV shows Red Bull trophy break-in

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:28
CCTV footage is released showing the moment thieves used a 4x4 to smash through the doors of Red Bull Racing and steal 60 trophies.

Johnson denies cocaine problem

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:14
American golfer Dustin Johnson denies having a problem with cocaine after reports he was serving a drugs ban.

To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:03

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.

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War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 01:03

State legislatures are the new battlegrounds for the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers across the country are at odds over hundreds of bills that would either cripple or prop up the sweeping health law.

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Wales' unemployment rate drops

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:59
The unemployment rate in Wales drops to 7% with 103,000 people out of work, the Office for National Statistics says.

France boosts anti-terror strategy

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:53
France to create 2,680 anti-terror posts, with 3,000 people requiring surveillance, PM says

UK unemployment falls again

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:50
The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the three months to November, official figures show.

Sledging no worse now - Anderson

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:47
England bowler James Anderson insists sledging in cricket is no worse in the modern game than in previous years.

VIDEO: Gritters get to grips with icy roads

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:45
Much of the UK has experienced icy conditions in the recent cold snap, leading to treacherous conditions on some roads.

Scotland's jobless total rises

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:44
Scotland's jobless total rose by 7,000 between September and November to stand at 158,000, according to official figures.

Report recommends fracking refusal

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:42
A key report says fracking should not go ahead at two sites in Lancashire.

New rules for price comparison sites

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 00:41
Energy price comparison sites will have to become more transparent, under new rules announced by the regulator Ofgem.