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VIDEO: Unusual Northern Lights head south

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:57
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, have been creating a fabulous show across large parts of the Britain, and across the globe.

Ramakrishnan set for Royal Society

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:56
The BBC understands that Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is set to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Osborne sets out vision for the North

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:48
George Osborne outlines his vision for building a "northern powerhouse" in his final budget ahead of the general election.

EU plans tax transparency clampdown

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:44
The European Commission lays out plans to clamp down on so-called sweetheart tax deals between governments and multinational corporations.

US executes inmate with brain injury

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:35
A Missouri death row inmate is executed despite legal appeals that he had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.

World's biggest art heist, 25 years later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:32

On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers stole 13 pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston.

They took rare Rembrandts, a Vermeer, and works by Manet and Degas. All together, the stolen art was worth about $500 million. According to the FBI, it was the largest property crime in U.S. history.  A few days after the incident, the Gardner Museum's president and director said, "It is as if there'd been a death in the family."

A quarter-century later, the case remains unsolved. Kelly Crow covers art for The Wall Street Journal. She says the heist changed the art world. 

"I think both museums and private collectors got a wake-up call," Crow tells Marketplace's David Gura. "Museums have gone back and taken a much tougher look at their protocols."

For example, the security guard on duty that night had only one alarm he could trigger at his post. And when the guard was lured away, there was no way for him to signal for help.

Crow says, even after all these years, the stolen art leaves gaping holes in the museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner hadn't wanted any of the pieces moved. So all that hangs in the place of the stolen masterpieces are empty frames.

Can't Protect The Real White House? Get An $8 Million Fake One

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:31

The Secret Service director is asking Congress to give the agency funding to build a replica White House at its training compound in suburban Maryland.

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Homes evacuated over alert at church

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:30
Bomb disposal officers are called to a security alert in the grounds of a Catholic church in Coalisland, County Tyrone.

VIDEO: Budget headlines in four minutes

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:25
The headlines of the tax, spending and borrowing announcements in the Budget are explained in a four minute guide.

What the Budget means for you

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:24
The chancellor has delivered his pre-election Budget, so what do the announcements mean for your finances?

VIDEO: 'Nerves' as huge cathedral re-roofed

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:17
An operation to lift a 27-tonne frame on to the roof of Winchester Cathedral is under way.

Cuts to Severn Bridge tolls in 2018

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:11
Severn Bridge tolls for cars and vans will be cut to £5.40 in 2018, the chancellor announces in his Budget speech.

Chancellor introduces 'Google Tax'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:10
Companies that move their profits overseas to avoid tax will be subject to a "diverted profits tax" from next month, the chancellor has said.

Chancellor reduces surplus target

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:03
Chancellor George Osborne has reduced the amount of Budget surplus he is aiming for by the end of the next parliament.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:02
Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Chancellor overhauls North Sea taxes

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 05:57
Chancellor George Osborne announces major changes to the North Sea tax regime, in response to difficulties facing the UK oil and gas sector.

Uber: Police swoop in two countries

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 05:56
Police in France raided Uber's offices on Monday and nearly 30 people connected to the company were charged with running an illegal firm in South Korea

Osborne hails more power for Wales

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 05:55
Chancellor George Osborne says more power is being given to Wales, backing a tidal lagoon project for Swansea and a city region deal for Cardiff in his Budget speech.

Gunmen Storm Tunisian Museum In Deadly Attack

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 05:54

At least eight people died as gunmen opened fire on people visiting the Bardo Museum, a tourist attraction in Tunis. Police reportedly are inside the building and have surrounded two of the attackers.

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Priest suspended in sex abuse probe

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 05:53
A Roman Catholic priest is suspended from his North Lanarkshire parish amid a police investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse.

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