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MPs say UK exporters need more help

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:15
Efforts to boost UK exports are hampered by strict visa controls and a lack of co-operation between government departments, a committee of MPs warn.

Concern grows for missing girl, 13

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:13
Police are growing concerned for a 13-year-old girl who has not been seen since she left school on Thursday afternoon.

Selby through to Masters semis

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:05
Defending champion Mark Selby is through to the Masters semi-finals after a thrilling win against John Higgins.

A gun designed for women

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:02
It's light but lethal, and small enough for a handbag

Mystery of the Nazi and the portrait of a Welsh lady

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:02
A portrait of a Welsh 16th Century Welsh noblewoman was discovered in the art collection of leading Nazi Hermann Goering. What was it doing there?

Ivory Coast targets cyber criminals

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:58
Ivory Coast cracks down on cybercriminals

VIDEO: Ivory Coast tackles cyber crime

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:57
Ivory Coast says it has the highest level of cyber crime in Africa, but the government is making a concerted effort to crack down on these criminals.

McGuinness: Unionists back UVF claim

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:53
Martin McGuinness says unionist leaders have told him the Orange Order, Ulster Volunteer Force and Progressive Unionist Party in Belfast are acting as "one and the same thing".

Australian tennis looks to bounce back

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:45
Can Australian tennis match its glory days?

With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:45

The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.

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Israeli energy minister to visit UAE

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:44
Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom is to travel to the United Arab Emirates - the first such visit since the 2010 murder of a Hamas commander.

VIDEO: Can Aussies be great at tennis again?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:42
Tennis is a sport that Australia once dominated. Phil Mercer explores whether a new champion can emerge in the sports-mad country.

VIDEO: Does Britain still have military might?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:38
Spending cuts to the UK's armed forces will prevent it having a full military partnership with America, ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warns.

VIDEO: Tyre fire smoke plume reaches 6,000ft

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:31
A fire involving 15,000 tonnes of tyres at a recycling plant has sent a plume of black smoke into the air and caused flights at an airfield to be grounded.

Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:22

High schooler Megan Yurko won more than $21,000 last year in cowgirl barrel races. The sport requires circling three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern at top speed, and Yurko hopes she'll leave this weekend's world championship competition as the top ranked racer.

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Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:14

Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, reportedly died of natural causes at his home in Washington state. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy Gilligan's Island endeared him to audiences.

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VIDEO: 'Ghost towns' left behind in S Sudan

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:10
The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, has told the BBC he has strong evidence that both sides in the conflict in South Sudan were involved in atrocities.

What Do You Do If Your Refrigerator Begins Sending Malicious Emails?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:08

Consumers are beginning to buy Internet-connected appliances, but companies haven't done enough to protect the machines from hackers, says an information security expert.

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Pochettino to decide future in May

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:00
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will make a decision on his long-term future at the end of the season.

Some towns fight to hang onto their JC Penney

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 14:13

JC Penney announced it is laying off 2,000 people and closing 33 poor performing stores. The move is expected to save the company $65 million a year.

One of the stores scheduled to close is in the Butte Plaza Mall in Butte, Mont. The manager of the mall, Alana Ferko, calls the news "devastating…the idea they could ever close never crossed my mind." Twelve full-time employees and 20 part-time employees will lose their job.

Ferko acknowledges the store has had some profitability problems, which is how it was put on the JC Penney store closure list.

"During this the period that they looked at, the national economy was shaky, JC Penney corporate was changing leadership and the philosophy and that affected us negatively," Ferko says.

For now, Ferko and others in the community hope JC Penney will reconsider the closure of the store.

"We are not going to lay down and we're definitely not going to stay down," she says, adding that they have plans for a local campaign, "to show [corporate] how important our local JC Penney is to Butte, Mont., and you know, hopefully, get them to change their mind."

JC Penney has had a presence in the city since 1929 and moved to its current location in 1995. Ferko says it’s a place where grandparents take their grandkids to buy new Easter shoes and she remembers getting her first credit card from JC Penney. 

"It’s a working man’s store. That’s what it was when I was a little girl – it’s been here for generations."

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