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In pictures: The career of Roger Lloyd Pack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:54
The career of actor who has died aged 69

Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:52

An education summit at the White House focuses on finding new ways to help poor students succeed. "The dirty little secret of American higher education is that universities care about racial diversity and do a good job of trying to promote that, but they completely ignore the issue of socioeconomic diversity," says one scholar.

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Planning a Kickstarter campaign? Avoid these words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:49

A new study from Georgia Tech looks at how words you use can determine whether your Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal.

Researchers analyzed proposal language and found projects with phrases like "even a dollar" or "not been able" don't do well. Talk like that in your campaign pitch, and I hope you have rich relatives. As for winning projects, they stressed reciprocity, scarcity and authority. 

Too hot for tennis? How heat affects players

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:47
The impact of extreme heat on players' bodies

Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:46

The latest nominees for the movie industry's highest awards are out. Nine films have also been nominated for the "best picture" award. The others: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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AUDIO: Radio fame cancer patient dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:30
A cancer patient who inspired thousands of radio listeners by talking about his illness has died aged 52.

Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:29

Many spirits are tied to a particular place, but liquor companies have gone global and a small number of firms now dominate the market internationally.

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Thai PM probed over 'corrupt scheme'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:28
Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra is being investigated over a loss-making rice subsidy scheme, adding to already intense pressure for her to resign.

Soldier denies hitting Iraq detainees

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:17
A former British soldier denies firing shots or hitting Iraqi detainees while questioning them after they were captured by troops in 2004, the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry hears.

I'll come back stronger - Finn

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:12
England fast bowler Steven Finn promises to "come back stronger" as he prepares to return home from the Australia tour.

#BBCtrending blocked in Malaysia

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:08
How a blog about spinach was blocked in Malaysia

Day in pictures: 16 January 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:04
24 hours of news photos: 16 January

Murray defeats Millot in Melbourne

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 05:01
Andy Murray eases into round three of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-2 7-5 victory over Frenchman Vincent Millot.

34 Officers At Nuclear Site May Have Cheated On Exams

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:50

An investigation into alleged drug use by officers led to evidence that some had also been sharing answers to proficiency exams, the Air Force says. The 34 who allegedly were involved have been suspended. It's the latest in a string of scandals for the nuclear missile launch command.

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The current state of state finances

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:49

As parts of the U.S. economy rebound, some states are beginning to find themselves in the position of needing to think about what to do with the extra money coming in from taxes.

Yes, an actual surplus. Remember that?

Marketplace's economics expert Chris Farrell, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss the current state of local government finances. 

Bail refused to UVF murder accused

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:48
A 42-year-old man charged with the paramilitary murders of two Catholic builders in north Belfast almost 20 years ago is refused bail.

Nigeria's military chiefs sacked

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:46
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked his military high command, his spokesman says, amid mounting concern about the army's failure to tackle an Islamist insurgency.

Top heads parachuted into schools

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:43
A "champions league" of top head teachers are to be parachuted into struggling schools to help turn things around, the government says.

Want crime trends? Just ask people

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:38
To understand crime trends, just speak to people

Cancer drug dad jailed for killings

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:28
A cancer patient is jailed for life for killing his wife and daughter after suffering an adverse psychiatric reaction to his chemotherapy drugs.

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