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Tube strike on after talks collapse

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:38
A three-day Tube strike will go ahead as no further talks have been organised to take place between the RMT Union and London Underground.

Teenager critical after accident

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:26
A teenager is in a critical condition in hospital after the car he was travelling in was involved in an accident in County Londonderry.

Explosives find largest in 10 years

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:26
A 47-year-old man appears in court in connection with the largest seizure of Semtex recovered in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years.

Arrest over alleged care home abuse

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:23
A woman is arrested on suspicion of assaulting a resident at an Essex care home after an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Payout in care home sex abuse claims

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:19
Former residents at a children's care home are awarded compensation after claims they were sexually abused.

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:18

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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Health apps - are they all good news?

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:16
Can health apps be trusted and are they useful?

Scot killed in Spanish road crash

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 03:12
A Scottish businessman dies after being hit by a car while returning to his hotel in Marbella, Spain.

Boy, 13, held on suspicion of murder

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:39
A 13-year-old boy is arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in south-west London.

Clarkson: BBC gave me final warning

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:34
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says the BBC has told him he will be sacked if he makes "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time".

Richard III crown displayed in Abbey

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:29
An ornate golden crown designed to go into the coffin of Richard III, goes on display at Tewkesbury Abbey.

New care workers to need certificate

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:06
New care workers in England will have to complete a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job, the BBC understands.

Woman's body 'in house up to a year'

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:47
A man is arrested after the body of his mother is found at a house in Greater Manchester.

Aim to boost coast path tourism

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:45
A campaign to boost tourism via the Wales Coast Path is launched to mark the second anniversary of its opening.

Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:36

This week's technology news included Facebook's new anonymous logins, Twitter's latest earnings, the golden egg innovation and other headlines we don't want you to miss.

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John Boehner Faces A Primary Challenge, But Only Barely

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:35

The House speaker is the overwhelming favorite to win his Republican primary election Tuesday. But one of his foes produced a campaign ad that won't soon be forgotten.

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OSCE Observers Released In Ukraine

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:13

Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine released the seven OSCE military observers and five Ukrainian assistants who had been held for more than a week.

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Playing with Machines: Marketplace Tech gets musical

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:00

When you ask someone about their favorite piece of music, the conversation gets personal. Everyone feels music differently -- that's what makes it human. It's why music and technology, at least to some people, seem like a mismatch. Machines are cold. Music is not. 

Here's the thing: We use technology to make music all the time. No, I do not count the auto-tuned antics of Glee tracks released on iTunes. I'm talking about musicians using technology to compose, create, and record music. It's a relationship that gets deeper and more complex all the time. The place where music and technology cross paths is a fascinating intersection.

All this week, we'll talk to musicians for whom tech is an integral part of their process -- From Squarepusher, who wrote an entire EP of music played by robot musicians, to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, who turns herself into a one-woman percussion instrument using loops and drum machines. We'll also talk to prolific film composer John Powell about his recording process for film, and electronic musician/composer Dan Deacon about why the computer is the biggest diva he's ever worked with (and why it has a right to be). DJ Rekha, credited with bringing Bhangra music to America, talks about the technology involved in being a DJ, and how it has evolved over time.

These are musicians and performers at the top of their game who constantly ask themselves how technology can help them be better at what they do, but also wonder how far is too far when it comes to letting machines take over. Each of these guests have funny and insightful comments to offer.

So plug in your keytar, boot up your computer, and let's get to playing with machines.

Cancer care 'set back 10 years'

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 00:57
A county's palliative care has been set back 10 years since a charity helping terminally ill people closed 18 months ago, says a former health trust medical director.

VIDEO: First look at Judith Kerr's new book

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 00:40
Much loved children's author Judith Kerr talks to the BBC about her career, the future of printed books for children and gives a sneak peak of her 31st book.
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