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'Japanese Beethoven' admits fraud

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:36
A deaf composer, dubbed "Japan's Beethoven", admits hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

Eurozone retail sales fall sharply

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:32
Retail sales in the eurozone fell sharply in December, prompting further concerns about deflation in the single-currency bloc.

VIDEO: Tube strike: Battle for the 139 bus

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:28
A woman from Bournemouth on her way to a hospital appointment, a recruitment consultant and an acupuncturist take on the challenge of boarding a 139 bus during the Tube strike.

Cook influential in Pietersen exit

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:18
Captain Alastair Cook played a key role in the decision to end Kevin Pietersen's England career, the BBC has learned.

The UK's most scenic rail line?

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:12
Mourning the UK’s most celebrated stretch of railway

VIDEO: 'Top secret' drone footage revealed

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:08
The the first pictures of Britain's new unmanned drone in flight were revealed on Wednesday. The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:04
Swansea eye Dennis Bergkamp, Jovetic snubbed Real for Man City, Balotelli linked with Arsenal, plus more.

Millions Warned To Stay Off Roads As Latest Storm Spreads

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:59

If you're in the North and you love winter weather, there's more of it. If you're sick of slipping and sliding, the news isn't so good. In New York state, drivers have been asked to stay off the roads — and will be ticketed if they try to get on Interstate 84.

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Gay protests target Sochi games

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:50
Gay rights activists across the world are to protest against the Russian government, as Sochi awaits the arrival of the Olympic torch.

Prince to charge $10 for live shows

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:22
Pop star Prince plays two secret shows in London with his new band 3rd Eye Girl and announces a series of upcoming UK shows.

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.

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