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Factory fire 'destroyed' facilities

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:49
The owners of a Peterhead fish factory say a major fire at the weekend destroyed two main areas of the facility.

Yemen rebels surround PM's home

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:31
Shia Houthi rebels surround the Yemeni prime minister's residence in the capital Sanaa, after a day of clashes followed by a truce, ministers say.

Want to track a snowplow? There's an app for that.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:22

When a couple of inches of snow fell a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., the new mayor took some heat – as mayors often do – for the poor condition of the city streets.

Now Chicago, New York and Seattle are among the cities to have smartphone apps that can be used to track snowplows in real time using GPS data, according to an AP report.

It is "a way to show skeptics that plow drivers are working hard and not just clearing the streets of the wealthy and well-connected," the report says.

But the data can be misleading. One woman in Chicago said the app indicated a snowplow had gone down her street. It had ... but the plow had its blade up.

Baby victim of Armenia shooting dies

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:17
A six-month-old baby who was the sole survivor of a gun attack in Armenia a week ago that killed six family members dies of his injuries.

The rich get richer, with no end in sight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:12

In a new report, Oxfam says that by 2016, the wealthiest 1% of people may control more than 50% of the world's wealth.

Inequality has proven to be a durable and thorny problem, and economists are divided over how to tackle it. Some argue for the "redistribution" of wealth, in the form of higher taxes on the rich, or increased subsidies for the poor.

Some say it's better to tackle the root causes of inequality, like the millions of Americans stuck in low-wage jobs. They argue that better education and training are needed to prepare workers for better-paid jobs in science and technology.

Others, meanwhile, argue there's no problem. And while politicians and experts debate the issue, inequality is likely to grow.

How Obama plans to tax the biggest banks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:11

President Obama will address both houses of Congress and the American people Tuesday to discuss the State of the Union.

The address is expected to touch on tax reform, including new tax credits for families with two working parents; bigger, simpler tax credits for child care, college and retirement; and a plan to pay for it all with higher taxes on what the administration calls the "wealthiest." That includes the wealthiest people, with tax hikes on capital gains and inheritances, but also the wealthiest financial institutions: Those with at least $50 billion in assets.

More specifically, it's a tax on bank debt. Stanford professor of economics and finance Anat Admati explains this could help push back perverse incentives in the current tax code, which encourage banks to do business with borrowed money. But it's an approach that has been proposed before, as recently as 2010 when it was called the "Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee." It failed back then, and Joel Slemrod, professor of economics and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan, says with Republicans in charge of Congress, it doesn't have a chance.


Momentum builds to repeal medical device tax

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:09

In Washington, momentum may be building to repeal an important funding source for the Affordable Care Act – a 2.3 percent sales tax on an array of medical devices – everything from surgical gloves to artificial joints.

The industry has raised an army to battle the provision on Capitol Hill and spent more than $200 million since 2008 on the effort.

The manufacturers’ campaign is just the latest example of why it’s hard to reform an industry that’s crying out for change.

Down under hunger for online video

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:57
Australians try to avoid delays and taxes to access films online

VIDEO: Birthday party bill sent for no-show

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:56
A five-year-old was billed for failing to attend a friend's birthday party

VIDEO: Bell-ringer saved by mountain rescue

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:49
A bell-ringer who became entangled in a bell rope at a Derbyshire parish church is saved by a mountain rescue team.

Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:36

Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs, mysterious pulses of radio waves coming from far, far away. Researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

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Five bodies in Alexander-era tomb

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:23
The human remains found at the Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis in Greece belonged to at least five individuals, the culture ministry says.

From Detox To Elimination Diets, Skipping Sugar May Be The Best Bet

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:06

Detox diets are a hot trend, but scientists say there's really no evidence that they are necessary or helpful. One strategy that does make sense: Cut back on sugar. We tell you why.

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New cabinet blow for Afghan leader

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:00
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani suffers another setback as he seeks to form a cabinet almost four months after taking office

VIDEO: I am a victim, not a cheat - Williams

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:52
Former European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams says that he is a "victim" and not a cheat after being banned for failing a drugs test.

VIDEO: Fears Boko Haram threat spreading

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:44
The BBC's Will Ross reports from Nigeria on fears that Boko Haram is expanding its attacks, after 80 people were kidnapped from a village in Cameroon.

Classroom Reflections On America's Race Relations

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:36

A middle-school classroom in Michigan takes on the complicated issue of race and justice in society. The students, all of whom are black, worry what happened to Trayvon Martin could happen to them.

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Video of police car killing shown

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:31
A mother is shown a video of the moment her son was killed by a police car on an emergency call, at the inquest into his death.

Probe gets an eyeful of dwarf Ceres

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:26
The American space agency's Dawn spacecraft is bearing down on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Afcon Ebola risk 'under control'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:20
Equatorial Guinea FA says risk of Ebola at the Africa Cup of Nations is "under control" despite stadium entry delays.