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VIDEO: 'Major' flooding incident declared

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 11:18
A Somerset council has declared "major incident status" in response to continued flooding, as more heavy rain is predicted.

VIDEO: Council bans 'blasphemous' Bible play

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:54
A council in Northern Ireland has banned a play by the Reduced Shakespeare Company after complaints that it was blasphemous.

Major flooding incident declared

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:49
A "major incident" is declared in flooded areas of Somerset after warnings of significant disruption caused by further rain.

10 Years' Probation For NFL Player Who Caused Fatal Crash

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:36

Josh Brent was intoxicated when the car he was driving crashed and rolled over in December 2012. His passenger, teammate Jerry Brown Jr., died. The jury that convicted Brent of "intoxication manslaughter" could have sent him to jail for 20 years. Instead, he got a 180-day sentence, probation and a fine.

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VIDEO: Olympic park cycling legacy criticised

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:31
Tom Edwards reports on the London 2012 Olympic park legacy, which a cycling campaign group is calling a "world-class embarrassment".

Wenger always complains - Mourinho

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:24
Jose Mourinho dismisses Arsene Wenger's criticisms of Juan Mata's proposed move from Chelsea to Manchester United.

Police control room cuts proposed

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:22
Proposals from Police Scotland suggest reducing the number of control rooms it operates across the country.

Facebook v academia: The gloves are off

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:22
Row after research suggests Facebook's popularity on the wane

The Loop: Answering questions which have been asked?

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:22
Readers' thoughts on this week's Magazine stories

Show Us: The State Of The Union Through Your Eyes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:17

As Obama delivers his speech, we also want a ground-level view of the state of the country.

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VIDEO: 'Secret tunnel' used for shop thefts

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:15
Thieves have been stealing from a charity shop in Coventry by using a tunnel to enter the property.

SA skier's Olympic snub condemned

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:08
Supporters of South Africa's only would-be Olympic skier condemn the decision not to send Sive Speelman to the Sochi Games.

No more cuts, vice-chancellors urge

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:01
The government is urged not to make any further cuts to university teaching grants to fill an alleged black hole in finances.

JP Morgan's Dimon gets $20m pay

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 10:00
Jamie Dimon, the chairman and chief executive of the banking giant JP Morgan, saw his pay increase to $20m (£12.1m) for 2013, according to the company.

Mother jailed for murdering baby son

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:59
A woman is jailed for life after beating and blinding her 11-month-old son who she then murdered.

Twitter Chat Roundup: Do you tell people how much you make?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:52

Earlier this week we aired a report on the “Stealthy Wealthy” – people who have a lot of money, but don’t necessarily want you to know about it.   Reporter Sean Cole's piece raised some good points:  like the fact that a lot of these folks didn’t know they were inheriting large sums of money.

 In my adventures with the stealthy wealthy, I noticed a few commonalities among the folks I interviewed. For instance, none of them seemed to know the money was coming to them until it did, and all of them were thrown by it, to one degree or another. Probably the most unsettled among them was Burke Stansbury. He’s a political activist living in Seattle with his wife and son. He remembers the day his dad handed him a four-page printout of his investments, and trust fund, etc. 

"I laughed," Burke told me, "More than anything it struck me as totally ridiculous that I would have that kind of money. The absurdity of why I, of all people, should have a million dollars coming to me, it struck me. Like I had never done anything to deserve that money."

The story got us thinking: Do the non-rich feel comfortable telling people how much money they have?

On Twitter, the majority of respondents said they prefer not to share their net-worth out of embarrasment.  Some said they work hard to earn what they do, and they're happy to share the amount.  Others said that sharing income is awkward, whether you're rich or poor.  

Here are some of the most interesting responses we received:

@MPWealthPoverty yes, because everyone else in my field makes twice as much!

— Brian Virgil (@SafariBear1107) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty @MarketplaceAPM Yes. I would be embarrassed for my much more educated friends to know how little we have.

— Apron Boobsface (@1eyedstolenmare) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty Yes - some people make less than me, some make more. I feel bad when its the former, and awkward when its the latter.

— Laura Lundahl (@LauraLundahl) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty @MarketplaceAPM No because I don't tell others! It's no ones business but mine what I have. People share way too much info

— Jennifer Rand (@therowdyrands) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty we don't talk salary because prevailing emotions are either guilt, envy, or pride - all negative

— Benjamin Benavidez (@benbenjr80) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty @MarketplaceAPM Yes, because certain people might then ask to borrow said money.

— Justine Fred (@PaisleyFred) January 24, 2014

@benbenjr80 @MPWealthPoverty And because workers knowing how their salaries compare gives them more power in negotiating w management

— Robin Amer (@rsamer) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty Generally people don't ask, most make assumptions. If it really matters to someone to the point the need to ask (1/2)

— Ingrid R Shepard (@IngridRShepard) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty most times they get uncomfortable when they get the answer. (2/2)

— Ingrid R Shepard (@IngridRShepard) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty Sometimes. If I know its similar $ to the person asking or I know them very well I done mind. Otherwise it can get awkward.

— Erik Newcome (@ErikNewcome) January 24, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty I don't like the conversation that comes after. I am not where I wanted to be at my age and people always ask or assume why

— Randi Borys (@RandiB1) January 24, 2014

How An 18-Year-Old Code Was Cracked On The Web In 13 Minutes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:48

Dorothy Holm of Minnesota couldn't speak in the weeks before her death in 1996. She spent some of that time writing capital letters on the fronts and backs of 20 index cards. Her family couldn't figure out what she might have been trying to say. Crowdsourcing on the Web led to an answer.

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When Elderly Are Hospitalized, Families Face Tough Decisions

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:44

Some people might find it easier to write down the care they want and the kind they prefer not to have in living wills. Others might prefer to talk more generally with their relatives about issues like life support.

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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:26
Sugar can help stop concrete from setting, and other nuggets

Orchestras 'still hostile to women'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-24 09:20
Women are still being held back in the classical music world because of prejudice and hostile attitudes, says arts chief Jude Kelly.

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