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That's the sound of people lining up for an Apple car

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-20 01:30

That's the year Apple will begin production on its top-secret car project, Bloomberg reported. That's just three years after Tesla and General Motors are set to release their bids at affordable, practical electric cars. It's a huge project and a big change for the company, but Bloomberg notes Apple has the money to spend. Quartz has a poem lampooning journalists for constantly comparing Apple's war chest to other huge companies – while listing companies Apple is worth more than.

2,073 feet

That's how tall the Shanghai Tower will be when it is completed in a few months, making it the second tallest building in the world. At a time when critics lament the sameness of new architecture in the U.S., many are finding that China, with its need for rapid expansion offers opportunities to be bold.


The number of football stadiums being proposed in Los Angeles right now, with three teams weighing a move. The latest comes from both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders, who are seeking to share a joint $1.7 billion arena in the LA area after failed attempts to drum up a new stadium in their respective markets, the LA Times reported.


That's how many episodes the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men aired as of its series finale last night. By all accounts, it was a hugely successful run. But those involved with the series behind the scenes are likely to find that starting over in this new hollywood landscape is very different than working on a hit TV show.


The median age in the U.S., and the median ages of ABC News, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are within a couple years, while NBC Nightly News has a median age of 52 and the largest audience. The New York Times' Upshot notes that while network news ratings have declined amid cable and social media's rapid rise, the big three still have a sizable viewership that reflects the public and other platforms haven't, in general, come close to matching yet.


That's how many finalists were named this week by MarsOne. If chosen, participants will go on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024. But you already knew that didn't you? So why not head over to Silicon Tally, our quiz on the week in tech news, and prove your prowess.

UK retail sales fall 0.3% in January

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 01:21
UK retail sales fell 0.3% in January from the previous month, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Celtic fans' support helped - Gordon

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 01:04
Keeper Craig Gordon thanks Celtic's fans for supporting him after his error in the 3-3 Europa League draw with Inter Milan.

Some Star Wars rumours 'are true'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 01:02
Star Wars director JJ Abrams tells the BBC some of the rumours surrounding his new film are true.

Underwear blamed for MP's swift exit

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:40
A Canadian MP says he rushed out of parliament and nearly missed a vote because of his tight underpants.

'Loyalist' link to Derry pipe bombs

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:36
Police say 'loyalist groupings' are their main line of inquiry in relation to two pipe bombs discovered in Londonderry on Thursday.

The foreign workers trapped on trawlers

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:32
The foreign workers trapped out at sea

VIDEO: 'Murdered because she wanted divorce'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:21
A young woman's murder in Turkey could prove a watershed moment in fight against violence against women, reports the BBC's Selin Girit.

Night Tube to run on most lines

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:09
Night-time services are to run at weekends on most Tube lines, the London Overground and Docklands Light Railway, it is announced.

Who are the Barclay brothers?

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-20 00:03
Exactly who are David and Frederick Barclay?

'Almost too bad to put into words'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:42
England have no excuses after losing to New Zealand and the amount of leeway they have is tightening, says Jonathan Agnew.

The World Could Be On The Verge Of Losing A Powerful Malaria Drug

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:36

Malaria parasites in Myanmar are learning how to fend off the incredibly effective drug called artemisinin. That could cause a lot of problems there — and beyond.

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Standard Life rises as FTSE dips

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:36
London's leading shares dip as efforts continue in Brussels to resolve the crisis over Greece's bail-out, but Standard Life sees gains after reporting a big rise in profits.

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:34

NPR's Steve Inskeep profiles three Iranians who discuss their dreams — and hopes that have been dashed previously.

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More Muslim Groups Voice Willingness To Combat Extremism In Their Faith

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:33

Many leaders are reluctant to say al-Qaida's or ISIS' terrorism has roots in Islam. But some Muslims say the time has come to acknowledge an extremist strain in the religion, and to combat it.

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For Students In Ohio, A Crib Sheet For Interacting With Police

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:31

In Akron, Ohio, some students made a reference card designed to improve relations between the community and police. It offers tips on how to behave — and how to report police misconduct.

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England will not panic, says Morgan

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:24
England will not make wholesale changes to the team despite Friday's chastening eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand.

VIDEO: Gold and gloss: Hollywood prepares for Oscars

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:23
Hollywood is gearing up for the biggest night in showbusiness, the Academy Awards, and there are high hopes for British talent.

Crowe backs Burgess for England call

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 23:15
Actor and South Sydney Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe says Bath's Sam Burgess should be in the England rugby union squad.

Thailand bans foreigner surrogacy

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 22:08
Thailand passes a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after high-profile cases sparked debate last year.