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VIDEO: Smartphone kit to control the home

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:53
The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor looks at some of the latest connected appliances at CES.

VIDEO: The North American freeze explained

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:50
As the east cost of America prepares to face dangerously cold temperatures that have already hit the Midwestern states, meteorologist Jacqui Jeras explains what a polar vortex is to the BBC's Katty Kay.

Laptops to get 3D depth cameras

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:44
Intel says seven laptop manufacturers will incorporate a 3D camera it developed that contains a depth sensor into their models this year.

Utah same-sex marriage put on hold

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:43
The US Supreme Court has halted same-sex marriages in the state of Utah, allowed since a judge in December overturned the state's ban on gay nuptials.

VIDEO: Radio 4 pays homage to Hoggart

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:28
Radio 4 pays homage to the late Simon Hoggart by voicing up four key political sketches over the past decade - one of which was voiced by the very man it was aimed at, the Labour MP Chris Bryant.

Walcott World Cup absence 'a nightmare'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:24
England's Theo Walcott may never "truly get over" missing out on the World Cup, says former Three Lions striker Ian Wright.

CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:21

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.

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Second high-orbit launch for SpaceX

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:06
The US SpaceX rocket company puts a second commercial TV satellite in orbit, emphasising its ambition to take a big slice of the market for launching telecommunications spacecraft.

VIDEO: What is causing UK's bad weather?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:04
Science editor David Shukman reports on the factors creating the extreme weather being experienced across the UK.

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 15:01

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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Haass plan 'not viable' says Nesbitt

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:47
Proposals drawn up by US diplomat Richard Haass "are not viable or acceptable", says UUP leader Mike Nesbitt.

VIDEO: PM's hairdresser's MBE 'honour'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:37
Lino Carbosiero, the prime minister's hairdresser, has said keeping his MBE nomination a secret, was the hardest month of his life.

Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:37

The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.

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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:30

Health care costs grew at 3.7 percent in 2012, the fourth year of a trend of smaller annual increases. The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act is a factor. But the actuaries who wrote the report beg to differ, saying the recession is a more likely cause.

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Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:24

Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn push back from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.

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Police reprimand Kelly over parade

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:15
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly says police have given him a formal reprimand over an incident in which he was carried on the front of a PSNI Land Rover.

4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 14:02

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's campaign appeared to face dim prospects in the Wyoming GOP primary against Sen. Mike Enzi. One lesson from her now-ended bid: A famous political name only gets you so far.

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Could polar vortex dampen January's gym business?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 13:55

“January is always the busiest month for us,” says Robby Huang, co-owner of Revel Fitness, a Zumba studio in Carmel, Ind. “We find a lot of people make New Year’s resolutions and they really stick to them really well.”

The influx in customers doesn’t make it harder to fit clients in at Revel Fitness because they don’t use equipment.  Huang says the classes just get bigger. Their busy season tends to last through March and April.

One damper on this year’s January boom for Huang? The snow storm that’s shut down much of the Midwest. Revel studio is closed today but Huang hopes to be open again soon.

Iraq PM urges militants' expulsion

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 13:46
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki urges residents of the city of Fallujah to force out insurgents linked to al-Qaeda who have taken control of the city.

How Much Does A New Hip Cost? Even The Surgeon Doesn't Know

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 13:46

Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes for orthopedic surgery. Yet doctors who were surveyed about implant prices could only accurately estimate the prices about one-fifth of the time.

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