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Agency to cut flood defence jobs

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:36
The Environment Agency confirms that it is cutting around 1,500 jobs, including some in flood protection work, as part of a major restructuring.

Boeing's Washington workers vote on contract for 777X. Again.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:29

More than 30,000 machinists could vote today on Boeing’s latest contract proposal. At stake is production of the 777X aircraft, which Boeing threatened to move out of Washington State when machinists rejected the initial labor contract. And while it might sound crazy to potentially vote yourself out of a job, the stakes are high all around.

Under the revised deal, machinists would get an extra bonus and a few other concessions. But Professor Leon Grunberg of the University of Puget Sound says their biggest concern remains: “Losing the guaranteed pension that they had,” he says. “One of the few last remaining blue collar workers in the private sector that have these guaranteed pensions.”

In fact, the local union didn’t push for today’s vote; the union’s international leadership did. It doesn’t want to risk losing thousands of union jobs to a “right-to-work” state.

Aviation industry consultant Scott Hamilton says that’s a definite possibility, though moving is risky for Boeing too. He says that, in its request for proposals, Boeing asked competing sites to basically replicate its Washington facilities, to the tune of ten billion dollars.

“I don’t see any state in the union that has the ability to go out and write ten billion dollars worth of checks to build buildings,” Hamilton says.

There’s also the risk of delay. Boeing wants to bring the 777X to market in 2020, which might not happen if it has to start from scratch.

Indian girl's parents seek justice

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:28
The parents of a 16-year-old Indian girl who died after being gang-raped and burnt in Calcutta tell BBC News they will fight for justice.

Kanye-inspired currency 'to launch'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:27
A new Bitcoin-like virtual currency inspired by rapper Kanye West is set to be launched, and has been dubbed "Coinye West".

VIDEO: MakerBot anticipates CES launches

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:18
Bre Pettis, chief executive of MakerBot, talks to the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones about the rise and rise of 3D printing.

VIDEO: While Canada freezes Australia melts

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:17
The mercury has dropped to -42C (-44F) in Canada while in Australia it has hit 54C (129F) and extreme weather is experienced in different parts of the world.

Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:15

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:15

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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Storm surge heads up coast of Wales

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:11
A storm surge is causing flooding along the Wales coastline as high winds coincide with spring tides closing roads and trapping people in their homes.

French comic 'must pay racism fines'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:07
The French interior minister vows to make the comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala pay big fines over his convictions for racist abuse.

VIDEO: Video glasses tested ahead of CES

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:03
Ben Walsh of UK company SunnyCam glasses shows BBC technology correspondent Mark Gregory how the firm's glasses work.

New Year's hangover edition: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:03

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, Katy Ansite, co-host of the web series “Just the Tips: Taking the Internet’s Advice Seriously,” talks tech and takes the test.

Play along at home, below.

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Darling warns against complacency

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:52
The result of this year's referendum will be closer than opinion polls suggest, according to Alistair Darling.

In Israel, Ariel Sharon's Family Gathers At His Bedside

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:45

The former prime minister has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. This week, doctors said his condition has worsened. Sharon is 85.

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'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:43

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried 3 feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a mouse in winter? This is amazing.

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VIDEO: 'Economy mainly improving for rich'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:42
Will earnings increase faster than the cost of living in 2014?

AUDIO: Hammond: 'I can relate to Schumacher'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:30
TV presenter Richard Hammond says he can 'relate' to Michael Schumacher, as he suffered a similar injury in 2006 after a high-speed car crash.

Twin brother murder accused in court

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:09
A man appears in court charged with murdering his identical twin brother, who died after a fight in a house in Hampshire on New Year's Eve.

AUDIO: Ford to unveil solar-powered car

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:08
Ford is to unveil its first solar-power car at a Las Vegas electronics convention.

Wicked Winter Storm Leaves Deadly Trail Behind As It Moves Out

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 04:00

After roaring into the Northeast and New England, where it has dumped 2 feet of snow in some places, the system is heading for the Canadian Maritimes and out to sea. As it blasted parts of the nation, the storm caused at least 11 deaths and thousands of canceled flights.

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