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Chelsea's Costa gets three-match ban

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:35
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is banned for three matches after stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Probe into port worker's fall death

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:29
A fatal accident inquiry is to be held after a worker fell to his death at the Hunterston coal terminal in North Ayrshire.

Tunisia quality to prevail - Leekens

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:26
Coach Georges Leekens says Tunisia's football will overcome Equatorial Guinea's home advantage in Saturday's Nations Cup quarter-final.

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:25
Despite uncertainties, cheap oil does not spell disaster for the renewables sector.

Battle rages for key Ukraine town

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:22
Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels trade heavy tank and artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine.

'Murray loves family to be involved'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:21
Australian Open finalist Andy Murray is finding his best form and won't be affected by fiancee Kim's outburst, says John Lloyd.

Student fury over 'impossible' exam

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:20
Final year economics students at Sheffield University are furious after an exam this week contained "impossible" questions.

Man guilty of raping boy at nursery

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:17
A man is found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a young boy and of sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old.

Djokovic in Australian Open final

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:16
Novak Djokovic beats defending champion Stan Wawrinka in another dramatic five-set contest to reach the Australian Open final.

True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:08

Poverty is the backdrop to so many discussions about learning. But do we have a good way to measure it in schools?

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VIDEO: Talking kids' doll 'Cayla' is hacked

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:03
Rory Cellan-Jones sees how Cayla, a talking child's doll, can be hacked to say any number of offensive things.

PODCAST: You've got mail

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:00

Low oil prices just sucked some life out of GDP. More on that. Plus, with gas prices nearing $2 a gallon, mass transit authorities are worried about ridership dropping. But gas might not be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing bus or train. And a new postmaster general takes over the U.S.P.S. We look at the challenges ahead of her.

South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:56

The country's justice minister said he was ordering the release of Eugene de Kock in the interest of "nation-building and reconciliation." De Kock had been in jail for more than 20 years.

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AU backs anti-Boko Haram troops plan

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:44
The African Union backs plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants.

Teacher cleared of child sex charges

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:42
A primary school teacher is cleared of having sex with two under-age girls at Swansea Crown Court.

Mortonhall family settlement offers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:41
Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to £4,000.

'Be wary of those who do not eat baguettes'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:39
French government's extremism message mocked

Ferrari target two wins with new car

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:38
Ferrari unveil the new SF15-T car they hope will start them on the long road back to Formula 1 success.

Russia cuts interest rates to 15%

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:30
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising".

I submit before the court: Exhibit Smiley Face

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:30

Ross Ulbricht is currently on trial for allegedly running the underground marketplace Silk Road. Thus far, there's been a lot of intrigue about who exactly was involved in running the site, and it hasn't been all smiley faces. Well, sort of.

Recently, the prosecutor read a text that ended with a smiley face in court. How would you say that? Well, the prosecutor didn't. Ulbricht's lawyers objected, and the judge agreed that the emoticon was important. 

So should emojis be factored into understanding the intent of communication? Anne Curzan, English Professor at the University of Michigan, certainly thinks so.

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