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Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 01:24

The Congressional Budget Office said this year's deficit is likely to be about a third the size it was in 2009 when the Great Recession bottomed out. A better economy is the main reason for the improving deficit but moderating health care costs help.

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House price inflation 'slows again'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 01:16
Annual house price inflation slowed in January, the second month in a row the measure has fallen, according to the Halifax, the UK's largest mortgage lender.

Sony to sell PC unit and cut jobs

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 01:02
Sony says it will sell its personal computer unit and split its TV division into a separate subsidiary as it forecasts a $1.08bn annual loss.

Giant jellyfish found in Australia

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 01:00
Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.

The peers' peers of 2013

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:47
The top ten lords and ladies as name checked in parliament

Police officer charged with assault

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:46
A Surrey police officer is charged with assault and making threats of violence after being arrested outside a West Sussex nightclub.

Tories pledge to cut stamp duty

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:37
Conservatives pledge to scrap stamp duty on all property sales up to £250,000 if they win power in the next assembly election.

Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:27

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers rather than grass. When the flowers disappeared, the mammoths did, too.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:27

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers, rather than grass. And when the flowers disappeared, so too, did the mammoths.

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Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:25

As New Year's celebrations in China grow increasingly commercialized, many city dwellers are seeking a return to tradition. Some head to an ancient town outside Beijing where poor but ingenious blacksmiths created their own fireworks. But even centuries-old customs aren't immune to change.

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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:23

Because of an influx of trains hauling crude oil and other freight across the Northern Plains, Amtrak is facing problems with unreliability, long delays, lost revenue and stranded passengers. An advocacy group wants the government to intervene.

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Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:22

The man says he was one of 17 kidnapped by a cartel and forced to build drug-smuggling tunnels. Now he might be in prison for the rest of his life.

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GB's Nicholls into slopestyle final

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:21
British snowboarder Jamie Nicholls reaches Saturday's slopestyle final as Billy Morgan makes the semi-finals.

Give Ofsted new powers, Lib Dems say

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:03
Ofsted should get extra powers to inspect groups of academy schools run by the same organisation, Lib Dem minister David Laws says.

Man charged over copper mine body

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 00:01
A man is charged with murder over the death of a man whose body was found at a disused copper mine in Cornwall.

The films affected by actors' deaths

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 23:26
What happens to a film when one of its stars dies?

Temporary blindness 'boosts hearing'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 23:24
Temporary stints being blind heighten other senses and might become a useful therapy for people with hearing problems, animal research suggests.

VIDEO: Pope's Harley-Davidson to be auctioned

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 22:23
A Harley-Davidson previously owned by Pope Francis is to be auctioned in Paris to raise funds for charity.

Dublin colleges examine NI criteria

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 22:17
Two of the Republic of Ireland's leading universities are considering changes to their admissions policy to increase their intake of students from Northern Ireland.

Jon Eley to carry GB flag at Sochi

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 22:16
Short track speed skater Jon Eley is named the British flagbearer at Friday's Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

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