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Crossrail 'on course' for value

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 16:09
The UK's £15bn Crossrail project is "on course" to be value for money despite rising costs, the National Audit Office says.

VIDEO: Arts tickets resold for huge profit

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 16:01
Tickets for some of the biggest plays and musicals in the UK are being resold online for vastly inflated prices.

'Time Management 2.0'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 16:01
A lesson for chief executives in time management

VIDEO: Young tennis pros chase sporting dream

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 16:00
What are the harsh financial and sporting realities of trying to make it as a young tennis professional in the UK?

Welcome To The Edge: NPR's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Blog

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:47

During the 17 days of the Olympics, we'll bring you the most interesting things we see and learn from the Sochi Games. We hope you tell us what you're seeing, too.

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Streep and Roberts keep it in family

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:45
Not for Streep and Roberts in August: Osage County

Bill-by-bill: Coalition report card

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:44
Bill-by-bill progress report on Cameron and Clegg's plans

High stakes question: How many times will Peyton Manning say 'Omaha'?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:43

You have heard, no doubt, of Peyton Manning's affinity for the word "Omaha." As he brings the Denver Broncos to the line of scrimmage.

It could be a decoy. It could be serious. He's not telling. But come Sunday next, at Super Bowl XLVIII, guessing how many times he's going to say it could win somebody some serious money.

The over/under on "Omaha" has been set at 27 and a half by the online betting firm It's just one in a series of what are called proprietary bets, that get set up around the game.

You choose "over" and he says it  28 or more times: You win. On the other side, if you choose "under" and he says it 27 times or less: You win.

 Kai says over. 32, to be specific. He also says: Broncos by a touchdown.

VIDEO: Football: A game of three halves?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:43
BBC News joins in a game of three-sided football, a game of alliances and betrayal.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:42
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Why women are taking over the world of beer

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:41
The number of professional women brewers is on the rise in the UK. Why?

A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:39

Not that long ago, female elite athletes thought they had to retire if they wanted to have kids. Now, they're competing throughout pregnancies and getting right back to training once they deliver. In some cases, they're even making the most out of sponsorship deals they might have once lost.

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Hearing loss: £135m in claims paid

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:30
Police pay out more than £135m to settle claims by former officers who say their hearing was damaged during the course of their duties.

'Is it just me, or are we raising campaign money earlier?'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:28

Hillary Clinton has not declared her candidacy for 2016. 

 That, of course, has not stopped Priorities USA Action – the largest liberal SuperPAC – from fundraising for her campaign.

 If you are shocked, don’t be.

 “We’ve had a permanent campaign for many, many years. Really, decades,” says Larry Sabato, professor of politics at the University of Virginia.

But even if fundraising isn’t happening any earlier, there is more pressure to get organized sooner. In part, that’s because outside groups or ambitious billionaires can throw money into a race at any time.

Bob Biersack, senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics, says you basically have to have your guard up. “In a world where one or two people can decide they really want this [or that] person to be the next president, and they’re going to invest tens of millions behind that effort, and that can come at any time, you can’t afford to wait,” he says.

What about the amount of money that’ll be spent in 2016? Candidates in 2008 spent $1.7 billion, in 2012 they spent just over $2 billion. Sabato say there are a few things that may push 2016 to break a new record.  

“With every additional cycle you have new technologies that have to be funded,” Sabato says. For example, Obama pioneered voter data mining and tracking technology in ’08 and ’12, now every candidate will feel they need that.

But, Sabato says, "they don’t do away with the television advertising, they still have all of that and the radio advertising and the direct mail and the polling and everything else they do.”

 Still, there is a limit to how much campaign spending can grow, and Steve Ansolabehere, professor of government at Harvard, thinks we’re reaching it. “In general, over the long stretch of American history, the amount of money that goes into campaigns tracks with the amount of money in society, the real GDP.”

 So the $3 billion presidential race may be a ways off.

VIDEO: Davos: Women delegates 'only 15%'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:22
In the last two years the number of women delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos has has fallen, despite efforts to boost them. Mishal Husain reports.

Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher In U.S. Than Two Decades Ago

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:20

Contrary to widespread belief, it's no harder to climb the economic ladder now than a generation ago. But the study did find that moving up that ladder is still a lot harder in the United States than in other developed countries.

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Forced to fish on Thailand's trawlers

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:11
The slaves catching mackerel and sardines for Western shoppers

Ukrainian economy goes from bad to worse

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:10

Vice President Biden got on the phone today with Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich.

The vice president said there would be "consequences" for the U.S.-Ukraine relationship if the violence and protests in Kiev continued. Demonstrations have been going on for months now.

David Stern is the BBC correspondent in Ukraine.

He says no matter what shakes out politically in Kiev, the economic damage has been done:

"It's difficult to see how they can extract themselves out of this situation. What Mr. Yanukovich seems to have done with his deal with Russia where he got $15 billion in prospective loans and also cheaper gas is to have fended off an economic disaster. And I've been told it was possibly just weeks away. Now he's managed to buy himself a little bit of breathing room. But he's definitely not bought himself a successful economy. Ukraine is in recession right now. It doesn't look like it's going to get out. And the turbulence doesn't make it look like a very (economically) attractive place. But let's be honest, if the turbulance wasn't there it wouldn't be that attractive of a place."


In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:05

Bertha, the world's largest underground boring tool, ground to a halt late last year as it was tunneling under the city. Authorities still aren't sure what happened.

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How To Follow The Sochi Olympics On Twitter

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:04

Have a favorite Olympic team? We've made it easy to follow all of the athletes on Twitter.

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