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Nigeria leader visits attack victims

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:09
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan makes his first trip to the violence-hit north-east since 2013, following massacres by Boko Haram militants.

Why would anyone want an eyeball tattoo?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:08
The people who get ink injected into the whites of their eyes

Rio announces Olympics ticket plan

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:00
The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Committee announces details of its ticket programme for the 2016 Games, with 70% of seats earmarked for residents of Brazil.

MPs question HS2 value for money

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:54
MPs on the Public Accounts Committee say they are "sceptical" about whether the government's HS2 rail line will deliver value for money.

'Not enough women' in broadcasting

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:53
Broadcasters need to do more to increase the number of women in news and current affairs, a House of Lords report says.

Pizza Delivery Driver Won't Be Fired For Shooting Robbery Suspect

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:53

A Papa John's driver who shot a robbery suspect in the face will not be fired, despite her violation of the company's policy against employees carrying guns. The employee will now work inside a store.

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Exeter Roman Baths excavation plans

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:36
Roman Baths that lay hidden near Exeter Cathedral for nearly two thousand years could be excavated and opened to the public.

The Oscars by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:31

This morning, the Academy Awards announced its 2015 nominees for what has been – at least from a business standpoint – a bad year for movies.

 

In 2014, the overall domestic box office reported a 5 percent drop from 2013. Americans age 12 to 24 saw 15 percent fewer movies in theaters during the first three quarters of 2014, suggesting that young people aren't interested in shelling out for feature films. The year also featured a magnificent summer slump, a reported 7-year low for domestic theater attendance.

 

The Academy Awards (apart from being an event where pretty people prance around in fancy clothes and clap for one another) has over the years made money for Hollywood. And it makes sense. When the winners, or even just the nominees, are announced, people want to see what all the hype is about. So they invest.

 

In honor of the new Oscar nominees, here are some random facts about the entertaining economic force that is the Academy Awards:

 

(Seth Kelley/Marketplace) 

 

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VIDEO: The belt that tracks your fitness

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:29
A smart belt that adjusts automatically as you sit and stand and offers fitness advice is in development.

Murray faces qualifier in Melbourne

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:27
Britain's Andy Murray faces a qualifier in round one of the Australian Open, while Heather Watson takes on Tsvetana Pironkova.

Food suppliers 'at risk of collapse'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:03
More than 100 food suppliers could be forced out of business as supermarkets cut prices in an effort to keep their customers, according to a new report.

UK and US to stage 'cyber war games'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:01
The UK and US are to carry out "war game" cyber attacks on each other as part of a new joint defence against hackers, the countries' leaders say.

Torres has returned a man - Simeone

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:00
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says Fernando Torres has returned 'a man' after scoring twice against Real Madrid.

Belgium terror raid and Oscar hopes

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:58
The anti-terrorism operation in eastern Belgium, and the hopes of British actors nominated for an Academy Award make front page headlines.

Travelling the world with Elizabeth Gallagher

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:37
Travelling the world with Elizabeth Gallagher

Hero Of Kosher Grocery Siege Will Become A French Citizen

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:24

Like Amedy Coulibaly, the man who authorities say carried out the deadly attack in Paris, Lassana Bathily is a Muslim with ties to Mali. Last week, he saved several people from Coulibaly.

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Economic schmooze-fest in the Alps just got pricier

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:21

Next week, the world's rich and famous will descend on the small town of Davos, Switzerland. for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which is essentially an invite-only schmooze-fest in the Alps.

Since the value of the Swiss franc rose 15 percent this morning, the exchange rate is going to make Davos a lot more expensive, Bloomberg points. Especially for Americans.

For instance, a Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky at the Belvedere Hotel in Davos would set you back about $41. That's $6 more than yesterday. And a double room at that hotel — at last check — would cost $1,133 each night.

VIDEO: El Capitan climbers on making history

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:21
Two climbers who spent more than two weeks scaling the sheer face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park have held a news conference after finally reached the summit of the 3,000ft (914m) rock.

Elche 0-4 (0-9 agg) Barcelona

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:13
Barcelona will meet Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-final after a comfortable 9-0 aggregate win over Elche.

Washington Metro smoke help delays

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 14:13
Passengers on a subway in Washington DC filling with smoke waited for almost half an hour before emergency responders arrived, says a city report.

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