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IS launches assault on Iraqi city

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:56
Islamic State militants have attacked Iraqi security forces in the central city of Samarra, killing two people and injuring 28 others, officials say.

Evans Oldham deal off amid 'threats'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:56
Oldham Athletic decide against signing convicted rapist Ched Evans following "threats to staff and their families".

Gambling with their sporting lives?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:53
With sportsmen three times more likely to gamble than the general population, why do so many risk so much on the 'betting buzz'?

Defoe to join Spurs for training

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:48
Toronto FC's former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is to train with his former club during the MLS close season.

VIDEO: Streep on 'troubling' witch role

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:47
Meryl Streep: Into the Woods is a 'troubling and weird' mixture of fairy tales, with a much darker plot than a typical Disney film

Trainline rail ticket firm to float

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:43
Trainline, the online rail booking system, is to float on the London Stock Market in a deal expected to value the business at about £500m.

Police silence for Paris victims

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:38
Wales' four police forces have held a minute's silence in a show of support for those attacked in the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The Latest On Paris Attack: Several Detained, But Manhunt Continues

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:36

Two brothers suspected in the attack that left 12 people dead, are still on the loose. A third suspect turned himself in. Meanwhile, Paris is on edge over reports of another shooting.

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Clegg 'dismay' at Farage comments

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:29
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accuses Nigel Farage of trying to "make political points" in comments made after the deadly shootings in Paris.

Royal pig killed in 'boar attack'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:25
A pig belonging to Princess Anne is killed after a wild boar got on to her farm, the royal says.

'Why I tweeted Muhammad cartoon'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:25
'Why I tweeted Muhammad cartoon'

US airbase 'closure' statement due

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:24
The United States Air Force is set to make an announcement on its future use of three UK airbases, amid reports they will close.

Wiggins launches own cycling team

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:12
Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins launches a new cycling team as part of his preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Miller returns to Broadway in Cabaret

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:10
British actress Sienna Miller will return to Broadway to play nightclub singer Sally Bowles in the hit musical Cabaret, replacing Emma Stone.

French ski-trip student found dead

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:08
A teenager from the Isle of Wight is found dead while on a skiing trip in the French Alps.

Guardians joins screenplay shortlist

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:07
Guardians of the Galaxy has received a surprise nomination in the adapted screenplay shortlist, as selected by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

Health care cost increases slow, but so have wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

Health insurance premium prices aren’t rising as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

But thanks to lethargic wage growth and sharp spikes in out-of-pocket costs, the benefits of the slowdown are all but invisible.

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Examining the return on big-ticket civic investments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

The U.S. Olympic Committee meets Thursday and may decide which American city will move forward with a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The finalists are Boston, Los Angeles,  San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The costs of putting on an Olympiad are well known  – the Sochi Winter Games cost more than $50 billion. What kinds of civic events are actually moneymakers for cities? Super Bowls? Political conventions? What gives the best return on investment?

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Healthcare cost increases slow, but so have wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

Health insurance premium prices aren’t rising as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

But thanks to lethargic wage growth and sharp spikes in out-of-pocket costs, the benefits of the slowdown are all but invisible.

Click the media player above to hear more.

The ROI of Olympics and other big civic events

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

The U.S. Olympic Committee meets Thursday and may decide which American city will move forward with a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The finalists are Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The costs of putting on an Olympiad are well known (the Sochi winter games cost more than $50 billion in total), but what kinds of civic events are actually money-makers for cities? Super bowls? Political conventions? What gives the best return on investment?

Click the media player above to hear more.

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