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Wet concrete floods Tube controls

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:44
Part of the London Underground Victoria Line is suspended after concrete from nearby construction work floods a signal control room.

VIDEO: Ukraine protesters stripped and beaten

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:39
Protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital, Kiev, as President Viktor Yanukovych held crisis talks with three key opposition leaders.

'Revenge porn' site owner arrested

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:33
US authorities arrest two men in California for hacking email accounts and stealing nude photos to post on a so-called "revenge porn" website.

US 'cautions' businesses over Iran

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:33
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew tells the BBC to act "cautiously" with Iran and it is "not softening" its position on sanctions,

VIDEO: South Pole trek teen returns to UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:30
A Bristol teenager who became the youngest person ever to reach the South Pole has arrived home.

Wenger queries fairness of Mata move

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:28
Arsene Wenger says Juan Mata's planned Manchester United move raises questions about January's transfer window.

VIDEO: Video shows Bieber drink drive arrest

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:22
Singer Justin Bieber is granted bail after appearing in a Miami court accused of racing and driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Actually, not much has changed about American economic mobility

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:10

There has been rare bipartisanship in Washington lately over the need to regain economic mobility in the United States. But a new study out of Harvard suggests those politicians are wrong – mobility hasn’t really changed much in the past few decades.
The study is part of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which is based on tens of millions of anonymous tax records. 

“The level of mobility throughout the past thirty or forty years or so has not been very high compared to most other developed countries,” says Harvard economist Raj Chetty, one of the co-authors of the study.

“We should be quite concerned about mobility in a society with a lot of inequality, because kids who don’t get a chance to move up in the income distribution are really getting left behind in today’s economy.”

And while his study found that mobility hasn’t changed much in the U.S., the rise of inequality is very much a concern. “If you’re born to a high income parent verses a low income parent, that’s going to generate a wider difference in your income level as a child today than it did 30 years ago, when we had a more equal society.”

The study found that geography mattered when it came to the rate of mobility – certain cities had more than others.

But Chetty says there’s still more research to be done: "We don’t know exactly what that secret sauce is."

Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:04

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.

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Snowden: Coming Home 'Not Possible' Under Whistle-Blower Laws

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

Current laws, Edward Snowden said in an Internet chat, mean he would not receive a fair trial. Unless they change, he will stay in exile, the former contractor for the National Security Agency said.

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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.

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Anelka denies FA 'quenelle' charge

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:34
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka denies an FA charge brought against him for performing a 'quenelle' gesture.

Raised In The U.S. And Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:34

Latin American immigrants have different attitudes toward homosexuality than do their U.S.-born children, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Hagel orders nuclear forces review

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:32
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel orders a wide-ranging review of the nation's nuclear forces following a series of high-profile scandals.

Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:27

The data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. The rules around when a retailer is required to tell you that your data got into the hands of fraudsters vary state by state.

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Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:22

A series of horrific cases have focused international attention on gang rapes in India. The latest case has a particularly sinister twist because it was allegedly punishment for a woman involved with a man from another community.

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Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:14

The insurance commissioner in Texas has toughened regulations covering the workers helping people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Texas officials say the regulations are needed to protect consumer privacy. Supporters of the health law say they're an attempt to thwart Obamacare.

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Man charged over MP Twitter messages

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:13
A man is charged over offensive messages sent on Twitter to Labour MP Stella Creasy.

VIDEO: Concrete incident closes tube

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:02
Part of the Victoria London Underground line has been suspended after wet concrete flooded a control room.

After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Last week, a federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek has a right to gender reassignment surgery "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." State officials are weighing whether to keep fighting a battle that critics say has gone too far.

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