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Tories to cap public sector pay-offs

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 16:53
The Conservatives vow to cap public sector redundancy payouts to £95,000 if the party wins the next general election.

Learning disability checks 'success'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 16:34
A scheme to encourage GPs to offer annual health checks to patients with learning disabilities is helping to pick up problems, research suggests.

VIDEO: Insurance relief for 'stranded' baby

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 16:00
A Lincolnshire couple, stranded in America after their baby was born 11 weeks early, will have their medical bills paid by an insurance company.

CES 2015: Preview of the gadget-fest

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:56
Look ahead to 2015's giant CES tech show

Party murder accused due in court

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:54
A man charged with murder following the death of a 43-year-old man at a New Year's Eve party in east London is due to appear in court later.

Mario Cuomo: He was a powerful, poetic speaker

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:51

Three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at 82 from heart failure.

Cuomo is remembered for, among other things, his rhetorical skills. Perhaps most notable is his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, where he talked about inequality and rebuked President Ronald Reagan's notion that America is "a shining city on a hill."

"There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city," Cuomo said.

"It was partly numbers," says poet Robert Pinsky. "And it was understanding how to make numbers comprehensible and forceful that was so powerful in that speech."

The speech has influenced the way politicians talk about economic inequality on both sides of the aisle. Watch it below.

Mario Cuomo and the language of divide

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:51

Three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at 82 from heart failure.

Cuomo is remembered for, among other things, his rhetorical skills. Perhaps most notable is his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, where he talked about inequality and rebuked President Ronald Reagan's notion that America is "a shining city on a hill."

"There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city," Cuomo said.

"It was partly numbers," says poet Robert Pinsky. "And it was understanding how to make numbers comprehensible and forceful that was so powerful in that speech."

The speech has influenced the way politicians talk about economic inequality on both sides of the aisle. Watch it below.

Snow Angels: Men Dig Out Moose Buried By Avalanche

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:28

The snowmobilers who found the moose said they couldn't leave it to die. But they risked becoming buried in an avalanche themselves to save it.

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Europe's ethical dilemma over migrants

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:24
Europe doesn't want to encourage migrants - but doesn't want them to die trying to get here, says Richard Hamilton.

Film in 2015: A look-ahead

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:17
Star Wars, Bond and Shaun the Sheep

Prince's sex claim denial - papers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:14
Front pages focus on the naming of Prince Andrew in a US civil court action against the American government over its prosecution of a financier on sex charges.

No new charges for Reagan gunman

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:10
The man who shot White House aide James Brady in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan will not face new murder charges.

VIDEO: Saunas and streaking at the South Pole

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:10
Saunas and streaking - what life is really like at the South Pole

Funeral for bin lorry crash family

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:03
A funeral service is due to be held for a couple and their granddaughter who died when a bin lorry crashed in Glasgow city centre.

Thefts from ambulances revealed

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:02
Lifesaving equipment, medicines and vehicle parts were stolen from ambulances in the past three years, figures show.

Treasured objects from past lives

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:01
What one thing would you take if you were leaving forever?

Ebola flights' UK passengers traced

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 14:47
All the UK-based passengers and crew from two flights taken by a British nurse who contracted Ebola have now received health advice, officials say.

VIDEO: Migrant ship arrives in port

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 14:22
A ship carrying 450 migrants, which was abandoned by its crew off Italy, arrives at the port of Corigliano Calabro.

Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 14:12

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 13:39

Want to change the food system? You can vote with your fork, but you can also support a campaign that's confronting the problems head on.

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