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England unchanged for Scotland clash

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:16
The England squad is unchanged for Saturday's clash with Scotland - with scrum-half Ben Youngs one of 10 players released.

Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:11

Heroin overdose deaths have increased significantly in the U.S. over the past five years. Experts point to aggressive prescribing of opioid drugs for pain about 15 years ago as a reason why. Heroin users often say their addiction began with exposure to painkillers like OxyContin.

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The View From Down There: FDA Approves Pill-Cam For Colon Exams

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:11

Patients who undergo colon screenings might breathe a little easier now that U.S. regulators have approved a pill containing two cameras. The PillCam Colon is minimally invasive and runs on batteries, its maker says.

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Power cuts as high winds wreak havoc

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:58
Power is restored to more than 1,300 homes in south, west and mid Wales as high winds bring trees down and damage buildings.

When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:49

Rodney Scott's legendary South Carolina barbecue cookhouse went up in flames last year, so friends of the pit master cooked up a plan to help him rebuild. Scott is now making a comeback with his Bar-B-Que in Exile Tour and bringing people together with his whole hog barbecue.

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Italy migrant increase 'incessant'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:43
More than 2,000 migrants landed on Italian shores in January, a tenfold increase on the same month last year, official figures show.

England dressing-room verdict clear on Pietersen

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:38
Kevin Pietersen's England career was ended by those who know the situation best, says cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

RNC's Priebus Insists Minority Outreach Effort Is Built To Last

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:27

Much of politics is about symbols and gestures. And there were plenty of them at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., where the Republican National Committee marked Black History Month.

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Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:24

Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint pledged $750 million in equipment and services. Obama said this is part of an initiative that seeks to connect almost all American students to high speed Internet within five years.

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Microsoft names Nadella as new boss

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:18
Technology giant Microsoft announces Satya Nadella will succeed Steve Ballmer as its chief executive, with Bill Gates becoming a "technology adviser".

Flood delay a tragedy, says Charles

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:09
The Prince of Wales says it is a "tragedy" that nothing happened for so long for flood-hit areas in the Somerset Levels, as power cuts and rail disruption hit south-west England.

Tube workers start 48-hour strike

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:08
London Underground workers walk out over proposals by Transport for London (TfL) to cut jobs and close ticket offices.

Libya 'destroys all chemical arms'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:07
Libya has destroyed all its chemical arsenal that included bombs and artillery shells filled with mustard gas, the foreign minister announces.

Sneakers on the runway

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:03

With the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week just around the corner, most people are probably thinking of extremely tall supermodels in high stilettos and expensive brands.

This season, however, don’t be surprised if you see gym wear on the runways.

"Chanel couture and Dior couture, probably the two most established French fashion houses  showed sneakers that were obviously very high end," says Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, and a former fashion editor.

Betts says that consumers are looking to dress to match their lifestyle.

"It’s the wellness look. I think they want to be active and healthy, even if they’re not active and healthy, they want to look like they are," says Betts.

She believes this new trend has plenty of room for development and predicts there will be more collaborations between active and high fashion labels. 

Will writer guilty of £280k fraud

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:02
A will writer who stole more than £280,000 from clients over three years is found guilty of fraud.

Seven militants killed in Tunis raid

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:57
A man suspected of being involved in the assassination of two prominent Tunisian opposition figures is among militants killed in a police raid in Tunis.

New Presbyterian moderator elected

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:56
The next moderator of the Presbyterian Church will be 63-year-old Rev Michael Barry.

Higher Blood Pressure At 18 Means Hardening Arteries At 40

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:49

Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.

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Families left behind by cocklepicker tragedy

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:20
Living with loss after the Morecambe Bay tragedy

Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:14

Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.

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