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Teacher killed on Mexican holiday

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:12
A County Durham teacher is struck by a car and killed while on holiday in Mexico.

Little-known tax deductions that can save you money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:08

Sam Weiner and Daniel Kibblesmith are the authors of the book, “How to Win At Everything. They came on the show Tuesday to dole out some tax advice.

Tax day is almost here, and Uncle Sam is coming for your hard-earned dollars, to fritter away on wasteful roads and firehouses. Here are the lesser-known tax loopholes and deductions that will save you a fortune on this year's tax bill:

Everyone knows married couples get a variety of tax breaks, so why not slash your tax bill even further by marrying as many people as you can by April 15th? Your husbands and wives will agree there's nothing sexier than financial prudence.

You're also probably familiar with the Child Tax Credit, but you're not limited to your own kids! If you've disciplined a stranger's unruly child in a grocery store or on an airplane, you're not just a hero — you can also claim that child as a dependent!

Do you ever work from home? Do you ever spend long sleepless nights thinking about work? Does worrying about work consume your every waking moment? Good news! The inside of your mind may qualify as a home office.

What about small business owners? If you've trained your dog to work at your small business, the IRS owes you a $2,000 Canine In The Workplace Credit.

Finally, you can deduct all sorts of surprising things — home internet, business lunches, business funerals, museum-quality rocks, and most importantly, any money you'd rather just hang on to for yourself. After all, you earned it.

Besides, if the government really wants more money, they can always just print it themselves.

Unusual places to fall asleep

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:03
Some of the weird places people find to sleep in

Election 2015 in pictures: 14 April

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:58
Images from the campaign trail: 14 April

Tories deny funding policy change

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:56
The Conservatives insist their policy on minimum funding for the Welsh government has not changed, as their manifesto suggests it requires an income tax referendum.

Manifestos and mockery

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:49
For political parties, they are the key to power. But for social media devotees, manifesto launches present an opportunity to poke fun, as Kerry Alexandra reports.

Man charged with hacking lottery

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:36
The former security boss of a US lottery is charged with fraud after allegedly hacking the computer that picks the winning numbers.

Chibok: What we know a year on

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:04
It has now been a year since 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in northern Nigeria, and 219 are still missing. BBC News looks at what we know a year on.

IMF warns of 'moderate' growth

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 05:00
The International Monetary Fund warns that global growth remains moderate, with 'uneven prospects' across the major countries.

Scientists Release Largest Map Yet Of Dark Matter In The Cosmos

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:58

Researchers from the Dark Energy Survey used data captured by one of the world's most powerful digital cameras to put together the largest contiguous map of dark matter created.

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Hawking voices Pythons' Galaxy Song

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:42
Professor Stephen Hawking has lent his voice to Monty Python's famous Galaxy Song as part of Record Store Day 2015.

Sharp creates 4K smartphone screen

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:36
Japanese display-maker Sharp announces a 4K resolution smartphone screen destined for handsets next year.

Man charged with preacher murder

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:34
A man is charged with the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani in north-west London

Claudia case man released from bail

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:34
A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence is released from bail without charge.

'Marking bias boosts girls' maths'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:28
Girls in French secondary schools are benefiting from an unconscious marking bias by maths teachers, finds research.

Teachers selling lesson plans online

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:18
Teachers in the UK are selling their own lesson plans to other teachers online.

VIDEO: How to solve Singapore's viral logic problem

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:18
Author and mathematician Alex Bellos demonstrates how to solve the logic problem given to Singaporean TV students that went viral.

Kenyan athlete hits out over agent

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:14
Reigning London marathon champion Wilson Kipsang hits out at the sports authorities in Kenya for suspending his foreign agent without informing him.

Bin lorry crashes into front garden

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:14
A bin lorry crashes into the front garden of a house in the south side of Glasgow.

Boy, 6, left at Edinburgh tram stop

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 04:10
An investigation is launched after a six-year-old boy is left on a platform when his mother boarded a tram in Edinburgh.