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VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained - in 60 secs

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 04:45
A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

Separatists In Ukraine Say They're Pulling Heavy Weapons Back

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 04:32

In a claim that's meeting with skepticism in Kiev, Russian-backed separatists say they've started to withdraw heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, as required by a recent cease-fire.

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Property sales dropped in January

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 04:02
UK property sales fell in January, dropping by 6% compared with a year ago, but estate agents' views vary on the significance of the decrease.

VIDEO: See Nelson's Column under construction

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 04:02
Salt and print photography - the earliest form of paper photography - produced some amazing images, including Nelson's Column under construction

ISIS Reportedly Abducts Dozens Of Christians In Syria

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:53

The mass abduction took place in rural villages in a portion of Syria that's less than 150 miles west of Mosul, Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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VIDEO: Ground literally opens up for couple

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:49
Local bus CCTV has caught the moment a sinkhole opened up in a pavement beneath two South Korean pedestrians.

Where's the evidence for Lincoln's legal high problem?

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:46
Lincoln's council is planning a ban on so-called "legal highs" - but they have little evidence to suggest they are a threat to public order.

Super-prison to be publicly run

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:34
A new super-prison for more than 2,000 inmates will be publicly run, with a third of services outsourced to the private sector or charities.

Day in pictures: 24 February 2015

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:22
Images from around the world: 24 February

Low inflation temporary, says Carney

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:19
Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the UK's low inflation is temporary and will return to its 2% target within two years.

Teenage girl hit by car in Belfast

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:15
A teenage girl is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a car in east Belfast.

BBC One axes New Tricks series

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:14
BBC One's detective series New Tricks is to end after 12 series so the channel can "increase the range of drama".

Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska, The Third U.S. State To OK Pot

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:12

The new law means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of pot — if they can find it. It's still illegal to sell marijuana in Alaska.

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Animals rescued from Mexican zoo

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:09
Environmental officers rescue 101 animals from a zoo in Mexico where they were being held in "deplorable" conditions.

Supreme Court considers retirement plan lawsuits

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday about a case that centers on whether there should be a six-year time limit on being able to sue a company over its oversight of funds it offers in a retirement plan. The question has pitted the AARP, the U.S. Solicitor General and others against groups representing employers and the financial industry.

"The people who run these plans have a legitimate interest in saying: look you can't sue us for 20 years of damage," says Norman Stein, a professor at Drexel University who is an expert on laws surrounding employee benefits and pensions.

But employers are arguing that that six-year limit should apply not to damages, but to when a fund was introduced into a company's retirement plan. That would limit the number of funds subject to lawsuits.

PODCAST: A state of the art tunnel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 03:00

Market players are focused on key testimony about interest rates and jobs that starts this morning. More on that. Plus, Comcast stock is up a bit after the cable and media content company reported fourth quarter profits up from a year earlier. This a few weeks before federal regulators are scheduled to decide whether to allow a merger with Time Warner Cable. And underground water and drain pipes in America are often state of the art ... if we were living in 1915. Money to replace and upgrade has been in short supply. But in the nation's capital, the utilities are embarking on a $2.6 billion dollar remedy in the form of a tunnel.

Oscars audience reaches six-year-low

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 02:52
The US TV broadcast of this year's Oscars ceremony scores the event's lowest ratings in six years with 36.6m, down 16% on 2014.

'Black alert' trust stops 1,000 ops

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 02:52
More than 1,000 operations are thought to have been cancelled at a hospital which has been on "black alert" since January, hospital bosses say.

Kazakh ex-envoy dies in Vienna jail

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 02:51
Rakhat Aliyev, the Kazakh president's ex son-in-law turned political opponent, is found dead in his Austrian jail cell.

Man admits disabled pensioner attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 02:50
A man pleads guilty to attacking disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, for whom more than £300,000 was raised in donations.