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Michael Gove's favourite history book

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 16:35
The strange story of Michael Gove's favourite book

SAC trader guilty of insider dealing

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 16:10
A former manager at SAC Capital, a major US hedge fund founded by billionaire Steven Cohen, is found guilty of insider trading.

Painting in the skyline above New York's streets

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 16:01
How New York's billboard artists are staging a comeback

Poland church in first abuse lawsuit

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 16:00
A man abused as a child by a priest in Poland seeks $64,500 from the country's Catholic Church - the first such civil case in the country.

US bans liquids on flights to Russia

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:55
The US government bans all liquids from carry-on bags on nonstop flights to Russia, the latest security threat for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

TSA Temporarily Bans Liquids, Gels On Flights To And From Russia

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:53

The ban follows Wednesday's warning over explosives potentially hidden in toothpaste. Delta, which flies directly to Russia, said passengers have to check in for their flights with an airline representative, not through their mobile phone or a kiosk.

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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:47

Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

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Republicans doubt immigration deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:30
Republican House Speaker John Boehner says his party has all but ruled out passing a bill on immigration before November's midterm elections.

In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:30

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."

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Sochi opening ceremony under way

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:00
The costliest Winter Olympics in history will officially open in Russia on Friday with a lavish ceremony in Sochi.

5 places Rookie's Tavi Gevinson looks for inspiration (hint: she's skipping Fashion Week)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:57

Tavi Gevinson was 11 years old when she started writing about fashion on her blog, thestylerookie. Two years later, she was sitting in the front row at New York Fashion Week. With Anna Wintour.

Gevinson is 17 now -- and she has no plans to attend Fashion Week this year.

"I just didn’t have a reason to go this time…you know, you do miss school and there are a bit of compromises and it costs money. And I just wasn’t feeling it this time around."

Gevinson’s style in the early days of her fashion blog could be described as "eclectic." She was sometimes bullied at school for what she wore, and TheStyleRookie gave her a place to escape.

"I didn’t feel like I needed that outlet as much anymore."

Her interests have changed.  

"Sometimes I’d go to Fashion Week and it would be really magical, and it would outweigh the fluff that we were talking about, but sometimes it wouldn’t.”

She was over "the fluff." In 2011, Gevinson launched Rookie, an online lifestyle  magazine for teenage girls.

"Naturally my interests have evolved as I’ve grown up," she says.

She has a staff of about 50 that help write and curate topics for the site from music and film to fiction and tech and "everything else."

"It’s just the most supportive group of women -- and a couple guys -- that I’ve ever been a part of. To me, it just, it completely debunks any stereotype that women are competitive and catty. Everyone wants everyone else to do well."

In a few months, she’ll graduate from high school and plans to work on Rookie full time. She’s also applying to college and she’s looking forward to settling into adulthood.

"To me, that’s freeing. I would love for my work to be judged on its own. I would love to be looked at as a person, and not a novelty."

Gevinson admits to having big plans for Rookie in the future.

"There are boring goals like, 'I want to redesign our site and raise our contributors’ rates.' [Then] all I will say is that I have a folder on my desktop that says ‘world domination.’ So I’ll leave it at that.  And it’s not me – I want Rookie to take over the world."

5 places Tavi Gevinson looks for inspiration

1. Solange's True

Video of Solange True Full EP 2013

2. Todd Hido

3. My Rookie sisters.

Personally, I’d like to build my own world within the one outside. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne; I am proud that I started Rookie, I am lucky that we are independent and that I’ve gotten to do it my way. But I want us all to examine and change the rest of our culture, too. I want to make sure the earth’s many queens get the opportunities to assume their rightful places.

4. Roller rinks.

"Roller rink, ice cream, lovebird barettes, and how to tie a tie for your fancy date skirt."

 

5. Susan Sontag's journals from when she was a teenager.

“I want to be good.” 
“Why?” 
“I want to be what I admire.” 
“Why don’t you want to be what you are?”
-- Susan Sontag, 1968

Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:52

In a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how 47-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old.

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VIDEO: Sochi on alert as Olympics begin

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:40
Security is tight in the Russian city of Sochi, where the first action has been taking place in the Winter Olympics ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.

As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:28

Cutting the national debt and deficit used to be the most divisive political debate in Washington. These days, not so much. Both parties have agreed to move on and focus on issues they largely agree on: income inequality and social mobility. But there's not much they can do without a sustainable budget.

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Tube strike travel delays continue

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:13
Londoners endure a second day of Tube disruption during the first of two strikes over planned job cuts and ticket office closures.

Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:13

The stray dogs roaming Russia's Olympics venues have already become the unofficial mascots of the Winter Games. Olympics officials say no healthy dogs will be destroyed, but animal rights groups worried about the fate of the dogs are taking in as many as they can.

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US ice storm sparks mass power cuts

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:10
Nearly half a million people remain without electricity after the second storm in a week struck parts of the winter-weary US east coast on Wednesday.

Senate Fails To Advance Unemployment Bill, Again

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:10

The bill would have restored unemployment benefits to 1.7 million Americans, who have been out of work for the long term.

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The Chinese New Year: A 2 week holiday everywhere?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:06

For the growing number of international companies who do business in China, Chinese New Year is an occasion for workers to take time off and be with their families.

The two-week holiday can mean more than two months of delays for a global economy that depends on all sorts of parts and goods traveling in and out of China.

For Scott Ellyson, CEO of East West Manufacturing, the New Year means pretty much everything grinds to a halt. 

"If you can imagine, as many as a billion people hit the road at the same time trying to get back to their homes, and just everything goes into gridlock," Ellyson says.

How does that happen? One reason, Ellyson says, is the uncertainty of the workforce.

"You often don't know how many of your workers are going to show up after the Chinese New Year. The labor force in China is very migratory, folks often move from the western region to the eastern region of China to work," he says.

"Some years you may lose 25 to 30 percent of your workers after Chinese New Year, they just might not show up because they realize there's better opportunities closer to them or in a different region."

Cameron's pledge to flooding victims

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:05
As the next band of severe weather heads for the UK, more money is pledged for flood repairs and Royal Marines move in to help on the Somerset Levels.

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