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Russia cuts swearing from hit film

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:50
Russian cinemas start showing the Oscar-nominated Russian film Leviathan - minus the many swear words.

How does Google's Autocomplete censor predictions?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:48
What makes Google remove an Autocomplete suggestion?

Scots house sales hit six-year high

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:45
Scotland last year recorded the highest number of house sales since 2008, according to figures released by Registers of Scotland.

Iraq PM orders end to Baghdad curfew

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:35
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi orders an end to a long-standing night-time curfew in Baghdad.

We find the defendant, :-(

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:30
80 million

How many customers are in the database for Anthem Inc., the country's second-largest health insurer. In what is being reported as the largest data-breach of a health insurer to date, tens of millions of records have been hacked from the company — the exact number is currently being investigated. The WSJ has more on what steps Anthem is taking, including offering a credit-monitoring service to customers.

7 days

How many days of paid sick leave would be granted under the Healthy Families Act, legislation being pushed for by the Obama Administration. The change could have a big impact on the lives of restaurant and retail workers; statistically, just 24 percent and 47 percent of them get paid sick days, respectively.

25 million

How many Apple TV set-top boxes the tech giant has sold in the product's lifetime, without a substantial upgrade in years. Now Re/Code is reporting that Apple is in talks with producers to start its own web-TV service, ostensibly to compete with Netflix, HBO Go, Dish's new Sling and others. It would be a big step for Apple, which has been rumored to be prepping some kind of "smart TV" for years.

3 1/2 hours

The amount of time it took jurors to convict Ross Ulbricht, "digital kingpin" behind Silk Road, the online market for drugs and illicit goods. As reported by the New York Times, Ulbricht could face life in prison. The trial included moments of digital intrigue, including when a debate broke out about an emoticon in a text read aloud to the jury.

4,160,080

About how many commuters there are in Los Angeles County, Marketplace's home base. Most leave home between 7 and 9 a.m. A cool new interactive graphic from the blog Flowing Data shows how average commute times compare in counties around the country.

$2.25 per square foot

The rent in SubTropolis, a massive underground industrial park in Kansas City, about half the rent topside. Bloomberg has a profile and gorgeous photos of the space, built into an abandoned mine. About a thousand people work in the subterranean digs. The owners are trying to figure out what to do with the millions of square feet they have yet to develop.

We find the defendent, :-(

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:30
80 million

That's how many customers are in the database for Anthem Inc., the country's second-largest health insurer. In what is being reported as the largest data-breach of a health insurer to date, tens of millions of records have been hacked from the company — the exact number is currently being investigated. The WSJ has more on what steps Anthem is taking, including offering a credit-monitoring service to customers.

7 days

That's how many days of paid sick leave would be granted under the Healthy Families Act, legislation being pushed for by the Obama Administration. The change could have a big impact on the lives of restaurant and retail workers; statistically, just 24 percent and 47 percent of them get paid sick days, respectively.

25 million

That's how many Apple TV set-top boxes the tech giant has sold in the product's lifetime, without a substantial upgrade in years. Now Re/Code is reporting that Apple is in talks with producers to start its own web-TV service, ostensibly to Netflix, HBO Go, Dish's new Sling and others. It would be a big step for Apple, which has been rumored to be prepping some kind of "smart TV" for years.

3 1/2 hours

That's the little amount of time it took jurors to reach a verdict in the case against Ross Ulbricht, alleged mastermind behind the online market known as Silk Road. As reported by the NY Times, Ulbricht could now face a life sentence in prison. The trial included moments of digital intrigue, including when a debate broke out about the use of an emoticon in a text read aloud to the jury.

4,160,080

That's about how many commuters are in Los Angeles county, Marketplace's homebase, and most of them leave between 7 and 9 a.m. A cool new interactive graphic from the blog Flowing Data shows how average commute times compare in counties around the country.

$2.25 per square foot

That's the rent in SubTropolis, a massive underground industrial park in Kansas City, about half of rent topside. Bloomberg has a profile and gorgeous photos of the space, which has been built into an abandoned mine. About a thousand people work down there, and its owners are trying to figure out what to do with the millions of square feet they haven't developed yet.

Councillor guilty of punching teens

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:29
An independent Bedford councillor is found guilty of punching two teenagers outside a village hall.

Binoche to open Berlin Film Festival

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:18
A film starring Juliette Binoche as an arctic explorer will open the 65th Berlin Film Festival on Thursday.

Clashes at Ghana prison after fire

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:14
One prisoner has been killed and five officers seriously wounded at a prison in the Ghanaian town of Kumasi, when inmates tried to escape after a fire broke out, officials say.

Abuse inquiry 'must not drag on'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:11
The historical child sex abuse inquiry in England and Wales will not be allowed to "drag on" and must have achievable goals, says its new chairwoman.

Woman's home is to be demolished

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:07
A grandmother who lost her fight against two retail giants is expected to have her Ceredigion home demolished.

Brian Williams' Self-Inflicted War Wounds

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:04

The NBC News anchor admits his story of being on a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq was untrue. The question is why the veteran newsman's tale took on new — and false — elements in recent years.

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VIDEO: Taiwan plane wreckage moved

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:59
Rescue teams in Taiwan are continuing to search for the 12 people who remain unaccounted for after a plane crashed in a river.

I must play loan players - McDowall

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:57
Rangers boss Kenny McDowall says he has been told by the club that all five players signed on loan from Newcastle must be in his starting XI.

Office named best show in 20 years

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:56
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's breakout hit The Office is named the best TV show of the past 20 years at the Broadcast Awards.

Drowned author 'failed by NHS'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:54
A critically acclaimed author who drowned three days after he was discharged from hospital and told to seek counselling was "let down" by the NHS, a report finds.

Delhi protest against church attacks

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:48
Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, detain dozens of people who were protesting against recent attacks on churches in the city.

Your pictures: Umbrellas

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:20
Readers' photos on the theme of "umbrellas"

Deeside jobs hope after road funding

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:15
First Minster Carwyn Jones is in Deeside to announce funding for a new highway that could create up to 5,000 jobs on Deeside Enterprise Zone.

Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:03

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.

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