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Pressure still on England - Mathews

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 09:08
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says England remain under pressure ahead of Saturday's sixth ODI between the sides.

Coming Soon To Iowa: Driver's License On A Smartphone App

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 09:03

The new app license will be available in 2015 at no additional cost to drivers, said Paul Trombino, director of the state's Department of Transportation.

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This year's must-have holiday gifts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-12 09:00

Comedians Sam Weiner and Daniel Kibblesmith are the authors of the book, “How to Win At Everything.”  Every so often, they provide us with a humorous take on the news we cover every day at Marketplace. Here, they present their satiric guide to the season's must have holiday gifts.

Every year brings a new wave of must-have holiday gifts, from Tickle Me Elmo in 1996 to the polio vaccine in 1956. But this season, the stakes are higher than ever — here are the holiday gifts your family literally cannot live without. 

1.  For your kids: They're probably already begging you for their very own "Disney’s Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll."

But what you might not realize is if your child is the only the kid at school without this coveted plaything, you’re dooming them to life as a social pariah. Friendless and desperate, their grades plummet. By age 10, your child will become addicted to huffing packing peanuts and selling their own eyelashes under a bridge, their sullen face caked with regret. They'll wail long into adulthood the day you cursed them by buying them the wrong doll.

2. For Mom: Everyone’s talking about the new iPad Air 2 — it’s the must-buy gift to bring Mom into the 21st century.  

And if you fail? Mom will start missing crucial email updates: engagement announcements, wedding invitations, and priceless photos of her first grandchildren. Soon, she’ll be entirely cut off from the family, focusing her love on an ever-expanding “family” of stray, feral cats. In no time, she'll forget the English language entirely and start subsisting on a diet of leaves and injured birds. If only you’d gotten her that iPad, you'd still have a mom instead of a gibbering cat queen.

3. For your teens: Here's a quick tip to remember which hot new video game console you have to buy for your teen:

"PlayStation 4, love evermore ... Xbox One, lose your son."

4. For the whole family: The gift your whole family desperately needs: A Sony 85-inch Ultra HD 3D television.

Without this glorious slab of distraction, your family will be condemned to the worst possible fate of the holiday season: Enjoying each other's company.

Whatever you buy this holiday season whether toy, gadget or entertainment experience, remember that the real perfect gift is love — the love of buying things.

Mum called NHS 23 times before death

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:48
A review is launched after a woman died at home alone despite repeatedly calling the NHS 111 helpline for assistance.

Wealth Gap Between Races Widened During Recession, Study Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:45

According to the Pew Research Center, white, black and Hispanic households all lost wealth during the recession, but non-whites saw the disappearance of a much greater percentage of their net worth.

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Marco Polo brings Mongol empire to Netflix

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:45
Splashing out on sex and discovery in TV epic on Marco Polo

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:33
Tom Hanks uses the alias Harry Lauder, and more nuggets.

Dennis wants control of McLaren

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:33
Ron Dennis agrees with his fellow shareholders a price at which he can take a majority shareholding of the McLaren Group.

Toulon pair face misconduct charges

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:29
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage face misconduct charges after incidents in a European match at Leicester.

Mali confirms militant-hostage swap

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:21
Mali confirms that four Islamist militants were freed in exchange for the release of French hostage Serge Lazarevic this week.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:14
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

Free buses 'only for nearest school'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:13
A review of home to school transport recommends that free buses or taxis should only be provided to pupils' nearest school.

FBI probe into black teenager's death

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:12
The FBI is investigating the death by hanging of a black teenager in North Carolina, previously ruled a suicide, a local prosecutor says.

Rodgers 'more determined than ever'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:06
Manager Brendan Rodgers is focused on improving Liverpool's performances - and is confident he will be able to do so.

The strangely enduring power of kitsch

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:04
Why kitsch is impossible to escape

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:02
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:57
Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.

Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:43

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Lost Disney Film, Featuring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Found In Norway

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:40

Archivists at Norway's National Library, at its vault in the Arctic Circle, found an almost complete version of Empty Socks, featuring the character who came before Mickey Mouse.

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China bans anthem from weddings

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:36
China is banning the national anthem from being performed at weddings, funerals, commercial and other non-political events, state media reports.

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