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Mother charged over daughter's death

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:28
A mother appears in court charged with causing or allowing the death of her two-year-old daughter.

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:28

The order puts marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Utah has been allowing same-sex marriages since Dec. 20.

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Regulators to investigate Co-op Bank

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:18
Financial regulators begin a formal investigation into the troubled Co-operative Bank and its former senior executives.

No FA action on Walcott '2-0' gesture

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:16
The Football Association will take no further action against Arsenal's Theo Walcott over his '2-0' gesture to Tottenham fans.

VIDEO: Ice-breakers deployed to Lake Michigan

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:14
As parts of the US prepare for temperatures to plummet even further, ice-breakers are deployed to Lake Michigan to clear the way for freighters.

What if Congress doesn’t reinstate unemployment benefits?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:13

As Congress comes back to work this week, it’s expected to debate the possibility of re-instating unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, which expired for 1.3 million people a few days after Christmas. 

Research shows that when unemployment benefits get cut, the unemployment rate goes down -- but not just because some people take new jobs. Some of the reduction is the combination of bad news and a quirk of how the numbers get compiled. 

The bad news is, when benefits go away, some people give up on finding a job, since an active job search is a requirement for collecting benefits. 

And the quirk is, when people stop looking for work, they stop getting counted as “unemployed.”

“When people give up and drop out of the labor force, that lowers the unemployment rate -- but that’s not a good way of lowering the unemployment rate.” says Chad Stone, chief economist for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  “It’s not that they’re transitioning into jobs -- it’s that they’ve stopped searching.”

And people without work -- and without unemployment benefits -- can’t necessarily get what they need from the local food bank. 

“What we’re seeing is, charities are not really able to keep up with the increased demand, with more and more people unable to make ends meet,” says Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress.

She says the price tag for reinstating benefits -- $25 billion -- far outstrips what charities could supply. According to her group’s analysis, it’s five times the amount anti-hunger charities collect in a year.

Missing N.Y. Man Found In D.C., Thanks To AP Photograph

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:11

Nicholas Simmons, 20, hadn't been seen since New Year's Day. On Sunday, USA Today published a photo of him. The young man was in Washington, D.C., trying to keep warm on a steam grate. His family saw the picture. With help from the newspaper, an AP photographer and police, their loved one was found.

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VIDEO: Sports sensor 'judges your golf swing'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:49
Zepp's Jason Fass demonstrates his company's sports sensor.

Looking at the future of the TV

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:32

One of the big topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week is television -- like smart TVs and more high-definition programming. But as more and more of us stream our content, what does the future of television really look like beyond pixels and frame rates? For a look at how television stations might be licensed in the future and how interactive new programming might be, Marketplace Tech turns to Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain. Click the audio player above to hear more.

Syrian rebel-on-rebel clashes spread

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:17
As fighting between rebel groups spreads in northern Syria, the powerful al-Qaeda linked Isis comes under attack in Raqqa, activists say.

VIDEO: Transfer latest: Man Utd, West Ham news

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:08
BBC Sport's Ben Smith provides an early update on potential deals that could go through in the January transfer window,

Man released in sex attack inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:02
A man arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Edinburgh is released pending further investigation.

Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:01

Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?

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AUDIO: 'People still want physical books'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:55
The boss of Harper Collins insists that despite the growth of e-readers, people still want physical books.

Driver filmed with hands behind head

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:51
A motorist has been banned from driving for 12 months after he was caught driving at 62mph with both hands behind his head.

Sudan president in Juba for talks

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:43
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives in South Sudan for talks with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir over fighting there.

Liz Cheney ends race for US Senate

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:42
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, ends her run for a US senate in Wyoming, citing a family health crisis

Flood warning for some parts of NI

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:37
Police issue flood warning for parts of Belfast and the Ards peninsula on Monday

Lessons from an online murder mystery

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:32
Learning lessons from an online murder mystery

Jailed marine launches murder appeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:29
A former Royal Marine who was jailed for life for murdering an insurgent in Afghanistan lodges an application to appeal against his conviction.

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