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The euro drops to a nine-year low

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:30

The Euro fell to a nine-year low Monday morning, sinking to $1.1861 against the dollar before recovering to $1.1918. As the WSJ reports, the drop in value has a lot to do with Greek politics and expectations that the European Central Bank will amp up its stimulus program.

50 percent

Perspective employers were that much more likely to call back applicants with stereotypically white names than black names, even if their resumes were statistically identical. The author of that study, writing in the Upshot, cites other similar experiments and blames a subliminal, knee-jerk racial bias that contradicts conscious efforts to be more inclusive.

7 weeks

That's how long polar bear season lasts in Churchill, Manitoba. It's an important annual tourist attraction for the small town of 800 — many residents make a large portion of their income off of visitors coming to see the polar bears. But with global warming endangering the polar bear population, many Manitobans worry that their main source of revenue will disappear with the animals.

71 percent

The portion of New Years resolutions that are abandoned after two weeks, FiveThirtyEight reported. The site breaks down that sobering statistic for the most common resolutions.

$11 billion

That's how much was spent last year on residential construction in New York City, an amount which nearly returns to pre-recession highs when accounting for inflation. But that doesn't necessarily translate to cheaper housing, as a lot of that spending is going into lux apartment buildings meant for the super rich.

January 2000

The month AOL made its disastrous purchase of Time Warner, sealing its fate for good. Facebook is on a remarkably similar course as AOL, the Verge notes, in a tech landscape that looks remarkably similar to the 1990s.

John Lewis warns on Black Friday and free delivery

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:27
John Lewis managing director Andy Street argues consumers should realise there are costs attached to the digital retailing revolution.

Funeral for bin lorry crash teacher

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:26
A funeral service will be held later for a primary school teacher who died in the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

Charge after man's nose bitten off

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:20
A 19-year-old is charged after a teenager has part of his nose bitten off.

VIDEO: The invisible objects you can touch

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:17
Researchers have created a device that makes invisible objects in mid-air that you can touch and feel.

China scraps quotas on rare earths

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:13
China scraps a quota system restricting exports of rare earth minerals after losing a World Trade Organisation (WTO) case.

Consumers and tech - does Las Vegas know what you want?

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:10
In the first week of January Las Vegas also becomes home to the excessive ambitions of an industry that believes it really knows what consumers want.

Saudi guards killed on Iraq border

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:02
Two Saudi border guards have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the kingdom's frontier with Iraq, the interior ministry says.

Unknown queen's tomb found in Egypt

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 01:01
The tomb of a previously unknown queen, Khentakawess III, is unearthed in a necropolis south-west of Cairo, Egyptian officials say.

Activists shot dead in Bangladesh

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 00:51
Two opposition activists are shot dead in Bangladesh during clashes on the first anniversary of disputed general elections.

Inflatable was not from sunken ship

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 00:40
An inflatable boat found washed ashore in Orkney was not from the cargo ship Cemfjord which sank in the Pentland Firth.

AUDIO: Oldham fans split on Ched Evans

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 00:24
A possible move to Oldham Athletic by convicted rapist Ched Evans has divided opinion among fans of the Lancashire club.

International hunt in hotel murder

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-05 00:14
An international manhunt is continuing for a man police in south Wales believe murdered a Cardiff woman whose body was found in a hotel on New Year's Eve.

Jury Selection To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:35

The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with 30 counts of murder and terrorism. He faces the death penalty if convicted. An appeals court rejected an emergency bid to move the trial.

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Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On 'The Package' For Entertainment

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:34

The so-called weekly "package" allows Cubans to watch every current TV show and series available to the world at a fraction of the cost and without government censors.

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Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On 'The Package' For Entertainment

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:34

The so-called weekly "package," allows Cubans to watch every current TV show and series available to the world at a fraction of the cost and without government censors.

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The Theater Company Is 1927, The Technology Is Cutting Edge

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:33

The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.

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What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:33

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.

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How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:30

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines, have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

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Stab victim was jailed over killing

BBC - Sun, 2015-01-04 23:29
A man stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre had been jailed over his role in a fatal club attack.