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One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 00:31

There's plenty of snow for the Olympics. A massive, fully automatic snow-making system operated by a Michigan-based company comes complete with two man-made lakes to draw water from. The company says the snow that's been pumped so far could cover more than 900 football fields.

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China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 00:29

China officially shut down its re-education through labor camp system late last year. But critics say the change was mostly cosmetic and that the government still has a wide range of means to incarcerate critics without legal process.

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Man's fatal head injuries 'mystery'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:55
Head injuries suffered by a man found in a Birmingham street are a "mystery", police say.

Gatland asks for ref 'clarification'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:54
Coach Warren Gatland asks referees chief Joel Jutge for clarification after Wales were penalised at the scrum against Italy.

NHS 'getting better', says Hunt

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:51
The NHS in England has "changed for the better" in the year since the Francis Inquiry, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

Arrest made over sex worker killing

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:41
A man suspected of murdering a London sex worker and attacking another is arrested.

VIDEO: How do the Dutch cope with floods?

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:25
As much of Europe battles floods from excess rain and rising tides, Anna Holligan looks at how the Dutch deal with excess water.

VIDEO: Is seaweed key to combating disease?

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 23:17
Seaweed could hold a vital key to fighting diseases that are resistant to antibiotics, scientists in Wales say.

Investigation after prisoner death

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 22:58
An investigation is under way after the death of a 36-year-old inmate at Parc Prison in Bridgend, says the Prison Service.

Principality profits up to £28.7m

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 22:42
One of the UK's biggest building societies reports increased profits and mortgage lending as the housing market picks up.

US condemns Aleppo barrel bomb raids

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 22:08
The US secretary of state condemns the use of barrel bombs in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as forces loyal to President Assad step up attacks.

Prince wades in as weather worsens - papers

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 21:55
Images of Prince Charles visiting flood-hit Somerset appear on front pages, while papers consider Microsoft's new CEO and Kevin Pietersen's England axe.

JPMorgan Pays $614 Million In Mortgage Lending Fraud Case

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 20:47

The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., will pay $614 million and improve mortgage lending practices under a deal announced Tuesday to settle claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance and refinancing since 2002, costing the government millions of dollars when the loans defaulted.

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Pledge to help troubled Mexico state

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 20:41
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto pledges a budget boost in in the troubled western state of Michoacan where vigilantes have been battling a drugs cartel.

YouTube starts auditing video views

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 19:34
The video-sharing website YouTube says it is starting to "audit" the number of views a video has received.

Apprenticeship vacancies 'rise 24%'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 19:06
Apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people, according to figures from the National Apprenticeship Service.

'Obamacare' will reduce US workforce

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 18:57
The Obama health law will cut the number of full-time workers by 2.3 million as some curtail hours to hold on to subsidies, budget analysts say.

Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 18:57

Target says it's "deeply sorry" for compromising the data of up to 110 million customers. Appearing before lawmakers Tuesday, company executives backed a faster move to encrypted, chip-enabled cards to prevent future fraud.

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ANZ customers win partial victory

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 18:54
Australia's Federal Court says late fees charged by banking giant ANZ to customers were unconscionable and exorbitant.

'Nudge unit' privatisation unveiled

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 18:40
A Cabinet Office policy unit aimed at "nudging" people into making better lifestyle choices has been re-launched as a joint venture mutual company selling its services to government.

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