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Microsoft quarterly profits fall

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:26
Microsoft reports falling profits but sales were helped by strong Xbox sales over the holiday season.

Relief for Tunisia & DR Congo bosses

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:25
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens admit qualifying for the last eight has been tough.

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:14

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.

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Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:13

Jeffrey Sterling was fired from the CIA in 2002. His case has drawn wide attention in part because he was accused of giving secret information to James Risen of The New York Times.

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Gordon Corera: Will Litvinenko inquiry find answers?

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:08
Gordon Corera looks back over the case of Alexander Litvinenko as the public inquiry begins.

Armstrong has not changed - Walsh

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:08
The journalist who first raised questions about Lance Armstrong says the cyclist's BBC interview shows he has not changed.

Rochdale 1-4 Stoke City

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:05
Stoke ease past League One side Rochdale to book an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Championship team Blackburn Rovers.

Miliband to pledge longer care visits

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:03
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to set out details of Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS, including longer homecare visits, in a speech in Trafford.

Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:00
Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned.

FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:43
The FBI has arrested a man on charges he was spying for Russia and trying to recruit sources in New York City, announces US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Accused Bomber's Lawyers Say Boston Jury Pool Is Too Biased

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:41

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys are again asking that his trial, now in the jury selection phase, be moved. Lawyers say they have data showing that enough impartial jurors cannot be found in the city.

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Cumberbatch sorry for 'coloured' comment

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:37
Benedict Cumberbatch says "I'm an idiot" after talking about "coloured actors" on a US talk show.

Murder charge after man goes missing

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:30
A man is charged with murder following the disappearance of another man from his home in West Lothian.

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:19

At its closest point, asteroid 2004 BL86 came within about 750,000 miles from Earth — or almost three times farther away than the moon.

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More private students get state loans

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:17
Taxpayers financing £675m in loans to students at private colleges, new figures reveal

At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:07

Do billionaires have too much influence in both major parties? Three top Republican presidential prospects say no.

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Bitcoin gets its first major U.S. exchange

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:04

On Monday, Bay-Area startup Coinbase launched the first major U.S.-based licensed exchange for the online currency bitcoin.

Other major exchanges are based abroad, and other U.S.-based exchanges have limited liquidity and are not able to handle transactions in as many states as Coinbase can. Coinbase is backed by more than $100 million in investment from banks, venture capital firms and the New York Stock Exchange.

Coinbase says it will allow money managers, institutional investors, businesses and individuals to trade bitcoins with a degree of price stability and reliability that has so far been lacking for the up-and-coming virtual currency.

“We’ve got this respected exchange, that’s in the U.S., that isn’t in Slovenia or someplace in Japan,” says Campbell Harvey, a Duke University finance professor. “It will provide a benchmark for pricing and presumably will lead to lower volatility. Given that bitcoin is still a nascent technology, a lot of people don’t fully understand it or trust it. This gives a degree of comfort.”

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 11:57

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.

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Gang who cut off man's finger jailed

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 11:47
A kidnap gang who cut off a man's finger to get a £20,000 ransom are jailed.

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 11:23

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

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