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England need a fresh start - Flower

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 09:15
Andy Flower says he quit as England coach because he no longer feels he is the right man to lead a post-Ashes recovery.

Mystery of 'Spanish' cat in garage

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 09:14
Mystery surrounds the discovery of a cat in a Scottish garage which has been traced to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Tory MP de-selected by local party

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 09:06
MP Anne McIntosh is de-selected by her local party, meaning that she cannot stand as a Conservative candidate in Thirsk and Malton at the next election.

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-31 09:02

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-31 09:00

Just days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the annual State of Indian Nations address. Host Michel Martin speaks to Cladoosby about the issues facing Indian country this year.

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WATCH: Skydivers Save Unconscious Comrade In Midair Rescue

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:55

James Lee's helmet cam records his fellow skydivers coordinating a life-saving maneuver as he plummets toward the ground from 12,500 feet.

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'Flower's departure was inevitable'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:50
Jonathan Agnew says somebody had to pay for the Ashes tour loss

Porto pair not joining Man City

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:43
Manchester City will not be signing Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando, or any other players, on deadline day.

PODCAST: Who will lead Microsoft?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:41

There’s a lot of chatter out there about who will be named as Microsoft’s next CEO. And there’s questions swirling about whether Bill Gates will step down as board chair.

When you're in a position of power, you get no shortage of unsolicited advice. Bearing that in mind, we wondered what sort of advice people might have for Janet Yellen, as she becomes the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, after Ben Bernanke's term ends today. 

This weekend's Super Bowl pits two states that have legalized recreational marijuana against each other -- the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks. That's spawned all sorts of drug inspired nicknames, like the Stoner Bowl, and the Bud Bowl. But this weekend's game is a big opportunity for the pro-pot faction.

William Roache rape claim 'unlikely'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:38
A woman who alleges she was raped by Coronation Street actor William Roache described a "very unlikely set of circumstances", a court hears.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:38
Hillary Clinton hasn't driven a car since 1996, and other nuggets

VIDEO: Tyres create road for flood streets

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:30
With many residents in the Somerset Levels having to resort to using boats to get around, used car tyres are being transformed to build a network of roads to ease transportation.

US diocese in bankruptcy move

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:24
A Roman Catholic diocese in the US state of Montana says it will file for bankruptcy protection, amid claims hundreds of children were abused.

A 57-year search for Moira truth

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:22
A 57-year search for Moira Anderson's killer

Week in pictures: 25-31 January 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:21
Some of the best news photos from past week

Man 'was spree killer's nodding dog'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:13
Triple killer Joanna Dennehy was like a Shakespearean villain who bent alleged accomplices to her will and turned one into a "nodding dog", a jury hears.

Briscoe jury fails to reach verdict

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:09
The jury in the trial of UK barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe is discharged after failing to decide if she perverted the course of justice.

Mayday: What to do when the checks stop coming in

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:05
Over one million Americans lost their unemployment benefits at the end of December 2013 and millions more are looking at benefits ending soon. When those checks stop coming, you may throw up your hands and say something unprintable. I don't blame you. I've been there myself. But, as a pro at turning lemons into lemon-gimlets, I know that there are things you can do to keep your head above water and to hopefully maintain your home and lifestyle as long as possible.  All, of course, to get you to that next job:
  1. Cut back.  Now. More like yesterday. I've talked too many folks who lost their jobs but didn't pare back on spending and expenses. Soon enough, you end up staring down a very big financial hole. If your income stops, your habits and needs should change. It's hard to not eat out or drive less or miss vacations — I've had to do it several times myself — and you may already feel down about being out of work. But know that the changes you need to make now are temporary and incredibly helpful. Think Sandra Bullock in "Gravity": Depleting oxygen reserves requires slower breathing to make the air last. Same with your bank accounts. If you were going at 100 percent or even 80 percent when the checks were coming in, now it's time to get as close to 50 percent as you can. Spend shallow.
  2. Know what bills to pay first. When the housing crisis hit, many Americans in financial distress started paying their credit card bills before their mortgages. Thankfully that trend has reversed itself. Keeping a roof over your head, particularly if it's an asset worth something to you in equity, is vital. Credit cards can be a lifeline during tough money times but if you're falling behind  with payments, contact lenders before they contact you to talk about your options. And if they give you no flexibility, consider meeting with a nonprofit credit counselor (find one at www.NFCC.org) to help you with negotiations. Essentially, keep paying what would cost you dearly, personally and professionally, if repossessed or foreclosed like your home and your vehicle. In general, prioritize: mortgage or rent; auto loan and insurance; cell phone service (so you have access to recruiters and job connections; then other loans.
  3. Create and get comfortable with Plans B, C, and D. You need to ask and answer many questions with this one: What is your Plan B? What are your options in terms of worst-case scenario? This is not only about planning strategically about where you may need to head next for either money or a home, but also (and just as importantly), preparing yourself psychologically for what can be a temporary lifestyle adjustment. Lay out your options, including researching the possible need to apply for a hardship withdrawal from a retirement account and if you're willing and able to relocate for a new job. What does that look like? How much will it cost? What can you do to make a possible transition easier?
  4. Work! It doesn't have to be full-time work or work necessarily in your field. While you're applying for more stable positions on a career track, at the same time bring money in via other ways. If you're at a point in your career where you can be hired on a contract basis, reach out and offer yourself up. Two plusses here: First, it keeps you busy in the field and your resume continues to build. And of course, it brings in money and possibly could turn into a fulltime spot. Contracting isn't just for engineers. Look at sites like TaskRabbit.com, Fiverr.com, or Elance.com. They offer up short-term gigs from copy writing to assembling furniture.  The plus here is also psychological and social, not only financial. You keep busy and you meet new people, each who could be much more than a temp gig, it could be the connection you need to land that full-time job.
  5. Stay connected or get connected. What are the affinity groups or career groups open to you? For example, are you an accountant? What’s your local chapter of the National Society of Accountants up to? You don't have to be employed to be a member of many of these groups and they are fantastic places to meet people who can offer leads for new work. I'm on the board of a couple of nonprofit groups, professional and community-based and it's amazing the connections you make that can open new doors. And just as worthy are volunteer opportunities. We know that in this day of computers 'reading' thousands of resumes, the best way to the top of the pile is who you know. Is it fair? Not necessarily. But it's helpful. And if you feel icky about all the schmoozing, remember to reach a hand behind you once you land somewhere, pulling others out of unemployment just as someone may do for you.

Ofsted to swoop on poor behaviour

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-31 08:04
Ofsted is to conduct a string of no-notice visits to schools in England where standards of behaviour are thought not to be up to scratch.

Last Cars Towed In Atlanta; Ice Is Gone, Traffic Is Moving

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-31 07:57

Three days after ice-covered roads forced more than 2,000 drivers to abandon their vehicles, traffic is flowing again. State police and members of the National Guard spent the better part of two days helping people get their cars started again or towing vehicles away.

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