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Leaders clash over HSBC accounts

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 03:30
Ed Miliband and David Cameron trade verbal blows over political donors who held Swiss bank accounts with HSBC.

TransAsia pilots fail safety tests

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 03:26
Some 29 pilots working for Taiwanese airline TransAsia are suspended after failing or missing safety tests, a week after a fatal crash.

Who will replace Jon Stewart?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 03:17
Who could replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?

PODCAST: First comes hacking, then comes fraud

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 03:00

Truth, democracy, and the branding problem for NBC news without Brian Williams. Plus, first comes the hack, then comes the … tax fraud? That's one of the worries coming out of investigations into two different events last week: A flood of phony tax filings sent using TurboTax, and a major hack of Anthem health insurance. 

The connection between hacking and tax fraud

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 03:00

Last week, TurboTax had to stop filing state tax returns for approximately 24 hours after reports of a flood of fraudulent returns. The Wall Street Journal reports the FBI is considering whether it was the result of a hack, or if it could just be an example of how easy data acquired elsewhere can be used for the growing problem of identity theft tax fraud. 

Avivah Litan, security analyst at Gartner, says the problem is that there are few checks on identity for online tax returns. That means anyone can falsify a return who has access to the proper information; like name, address and social security number—exactly the data that was compromised for as many as 80 million customers by last week's data breach of health insurer Anthem.

The rash of similar data breaches has driven the number of tax fraud cases into the millions according to Adam Levin, founder of Identity Theft 911. He says even though credit card breaches get more attention, they're actually less damaging.

"You call a bank, you change a number," he says. "Tax fraud, different story—Devastating, takes a long time to resolve. A national problem."

Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services has suggested a preventative step for those who think their personal information could be compromised: file your taxes as early as possible. 

Toucan 'to get prosthetic beak'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:58
A toucan in Costa Rica, which lost part of its beak in an attack by youths, looks set to be fitted with a prosthetic replacement.

The humble teacher inspiring Ireland

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:57
Passionate, obsessive, humble; schoolteacher, Guinness drinker, litter monitor: How Joe Schmidt inspired Ireland to new heights.

Bambi savaged 'by a pack of dogs'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:56
A hand-reared deer called Bambi is believed to have been mauled to death by dogs at a Powys wildlife park.

Man detained by anti-terror police

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:56
A 31-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism as police search five addresses on Merseyside.

Watch Jon Stewart Break The News Of His Departure To An Audience

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:56

Taping last night's show before the news of his departure became public, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart faced an awkward task: telling a studio audience that he's leaving the show.

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Crashed plane's fuel gauge 'faulty'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:49
The fuel gauge of a plane which nosedived at a Flintshire airport killing two people must have been faulty, an inquest hears.

German ex-president laid to rest

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:42
Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker is laid to rest in a state funeral in Berlin.

3D-printed knuckle dusters seized

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:37
Police in Queensland, Australia arrest a 28-year-old man after finding 3D-printed knuckle dusters and suspected gun parts.

Charity must surrender castle land

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:35
A High Court judge orders a charity to hand over the coffee shop it runs in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle to the government.

England lose final warm-up match

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:34
England lose their last World Cup warm-up game by four wickets as Pakistan prevail in a tense finish in Sydney.

One cost of starting high school later in the morning

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:30

For almost 20 years, school districts across the country have debated shifting high school start times later to allow for more time for adolescent students to sleep, which studies say helps brain development and school performance.

But an effort to push up start times by an hour in Montgomery County, Maryland, ran into trouble over the cost.

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The cost of starting high school later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:30

For almost 20 years, school districts across the country have debated shifting high school start times later to allow for more time for adolescent students to sleep, which studies say helps brain development and school performance.

But an effort to push up start times by an hour in Montgomery County, MD, ran into trouble over the cost.

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The cost of starting High School later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:30

For almost 20 years, school districts across the country have debated shifting high school start times later to allow for more time for adolescent students to sleep, which studies say helps brain development and school performance.

But an effort to push up start times by an hour in Montgomery County, MD, ran into trouble over the cost.

Click the media player above to hear more.

UN pulls out of DR Congo offensive

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:29
The UN withdraws support for a planned offensive against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after the government refuses to sack two generals.

Western powers close Yemen embassies

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 02:20
The US, UK and France are closing their embassies in Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation and political crisis in the country.

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