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Mattress man's $7m Super Bowl payout

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:18
A Texas furniture store owes a staggering $7m after promising to refund customers if Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Losses widen at online grocer Ocado

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:10
Ocado reports widening losses, but the online grocer - which is yet to report an annual profit - says it has made "significant progress".

Language experts to help Nida search

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:01
Language specialists from police forces across the UK arrive in Newport to help with inquiries into the disappearance of Nida Naseer.

UAE president 'stable' after stroke

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:32
The president of the UAE is in a "stable and reassuring" condition after surgery following a stroke late last month, his half-brother says.

Equal access to care aim for bill

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:26
Plans to overhaul social services and make access to care equal no matter where a person lives are to be debated by ministers.

NHK governor denies Nanjing massacre

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:22
A governor of Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, denies the Nanjing massacre took place, days after a row over Tokyo's use of sex slaves engulfed the new NHK chief.

Winter storm damage bill reaches £4m

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:05
Winter storms have so far caused more than £4m damage in Cornwall, the local authority estimates.

Disabled girl stranded by car theft

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:03
The mother of a disabled child is devastated that a car adapted especially for her daughter's use has been stolen.

Lib Dems to unveil Scots power plan

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:53
The Scottish Liberal Democrats are to unveil their plans to expand the powers of Holyrood in the event of Scotland voting "no" in the referendum.

An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:49

One of the most dramatic changes in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban is the increase in life expectancy from 45 to 62 years. That gain is almost entirely a function of reductions in child mortality due to the spread of basic health services.

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Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:47

Last year, a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in the U.S. Retesting of DNA evidence was once the primary force, but now experts say it's because prosecutors and police are reinvestigating old crimes — and learning that they sometimes got the wrong man.

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Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, The FDA Warns Teens

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:46

Cigarette smoking costs you a lot more than money, a graphic new ad campaign warns teenagers. It's the Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes. Most long-term smokers started as teens.

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Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:44

Facebook's big birthday comes amid tales of trouble — that its youngest users don't find it cool anymore. But Facebook doesn't seem fazed. It is, after all, a company that serves almost one-fifth of the world's population and took in more than $7 billion last year.

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A Tiny Town Steeped In Skiing Tradition Has Its First Olympian

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:43

Russell Currier, a native of Stockholm, Maine, earned a spot on the Olympic biathlon team, and that has his hometown abuzz. It's a reward for a region that's spent more than a decade rekindling its Nordic skiing roots.

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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:42

The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:41

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.

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India awards Tendulkar top honour

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:38
India's president presents the country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Man finishes cross-Canada challenge

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:28
An adventurer who has spent a year running across Canada completes his 5,000-mile (8,000m) journey in Vancouver.

In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards 2014 shortlist

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:27
Shortlist for this year's World Photography Awards

China cancels Thailand rice deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 00:22
China cancels a contract to buy more than a million tonnes of rice, Thailand says, amid an investigation into PM Yingluck's rice purchase scheme.

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