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Rangers director sent Mohammed image

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 11:08
Rangers are investigating after it emerged that a newly appointed director at Ibrox apparently tweeted a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

Think Man-Sized Swimming Centipede — And Be Glad It's A Fossil

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 11:02

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago, and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

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Claude Sitton, 'Dean Of The Race Beat,' Dies At 89

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 11:02

Sitton's reporting from the front lines of the civil rights movement earned him the ire of southern officials and attention from the Department of Justice.

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England in Cyprus Cup triumph

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:59
England win the Cyprus Cup final for the third time in seven years as Lianne Sanderson's goal earns victory over Canada.

Lego seeks ban of 'similar' figures

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:55
The Danish toy company claims that three firms are selling figures with "torso, head, arms legs and feet" that infringe patents and copyrights.

Sarah Payne memorial statue stolen

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:48
A bronze statue to commemorate murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is stolen from her former primary school.

Doctor jailed for child sex abuse

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:36
A junior doctor working in paediatrics who sexually abused a child and groomed and abused others over the internet is jailed for seven years.

VIDEO: Social media and the general election

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:34
Facebook UK's politics specialist talks about the importance of social media in the 2015 general election.

He's 14. He Was A Child Soldier. He's Suicidal. How Can He Be Saved?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:28

Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are high among teens in northern Uganda, a new study shows. Counselors, teachers and parents can help. So can walking on eggs — literally.

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The rise of the election 'attack ad'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:24
The banned ads featuring in the 2015 election

The Age of Man 'started in 1610'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:03
New dates for the start of the Anthropocene - the geological age of humans - have been proposed by scientists. 31836233

Apple saves on rent thanks to long iPhone lines

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:01

All 31 banks subjected to the Federal Reserve's stress tests passed the first round last week, showing they can continue to lend even amid economic collapse. But the second round of results, due Wednesday, might not go quite as well for all the banks.

21,944.66 points

That's where the Dow Jones Industrial average would have sat Tuesday, in theory, if Apple had joined in 2008 instead of Bank of America, Bloomberg reported. In reality, Apple joined this week, displacing AT&T and B of A left in 2013.

Courtesy:Bloomberg 2 percent per square foot

Speaking of Apple, that's the portion of sales its retail stores pay for space in American malls, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compare that to the up to 15 percent other retailers typically pay per square foot. Apple has reportedly negotiated for lower rent because of their stores' massive draw.

$10 billion

That's how much General Motors is giving back to shareholders in dividends and stock buyback, quelling a potential spat with activist investors. But the move could mean GM will lose some ground as it attempts to keep wages down during negotiations with the autoworkers union this summer.


The number of deaths tied to film or TV production from 2010 to 2014, doubling the previous five years. An LA Times investigation found the uptick is tied in part to reality TV production and the drive to create thrilling footage

$7.3 million

The damages an LA jury ordered "Blurred Lines" co-writers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay Marvin Gaye's family for infringing on Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" copyright with the 2013 megahit. Quartz joins the flurry of "soundalike" lists with a playlist, so you can decide for yourself who's a copycat and who's not.

Police forced to retire want payout

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 10:01
Nearly 150 ex-police officers in Wales are seeking compensation after being forced to retire early.

UK 'needs to hear DUP policies'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:58
The DUP's deputy leader says voters across the UK need to know where his party stands on national issues as it could play a role in a hung parliament.

Ahead of labor talks, GM puts pressure on itself

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:54

GM announced this week it’ll give shareholders $5 billion in dividends and a $5 billion stock buyback. That’s good news for investors, and for GM, which managed to avoid a major clash with hedge fund interests on the board.

Times are good for automakers like GM.  But when the company opens negotiations with the United Autoworkers Union this summer, it’s going to try to keep a lid on wages, says Kristin Dziczek, director of the Industry and Labor Group at the Center for Automotive Research.

The union will think, "If they had the kind of money that they had to pay out for this stock play, they’ve got money to fund what the union is looking for,” she says.

Some workers haven’t had a raise in more than eight years. And Dziczek says the UAW says the ones who did still aren’t earning enough.

Ross Eisenbrey, vice-president of the Economic Policy Institute, says GM can increase share prices at the risk of everything else, or take the long view: investing in new equipment and the workforce. He says GM has to balance all of those things against a desire to reward shareholders. 

Ferdinand charged with misconduct

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:44
QPR director of football Les Ferdinand is charged with misconduct by the FA after allegedly abusing a match official.

Top teachers could get 2% pay rise

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:35
The government is to give schools the power to increase the pay of top performing teachers by up to 2%, the BBC understands.

Bruce agrees new deal with Hull City

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:17
Hull City boss Steve Bruce agrees a contract extension with the Premier League side.

SF releases welfare reform dossier

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:14
Sinn Féin releases a 25-page dossier in an attempt to explain why they decided to withdraw their support from the welfare reform bill.

U.S. College Finds Priceless Coin Collection — In Its Own Library

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:04

A dozen gold Roman coins — one from each reign of Rome's first emperors, starting with Julius Caesar — spent decades on a shelf in the University at Buffalo's library.

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