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The way drugs and prostitution boost the economy

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:57
The UK economy is to get a £10bn boost from the inclusion of illegal drugs and prostitution.

Forsyth explains Strictly decision

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:47
Sir Bruce Forsyth says criticism over his age was a factor in his decision to step down from Strictly Come Dancing.

Gerrard faces 'biggest month ever'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:34
Captain Steven Gerrard says Premier League leaders Liverpool face "four cup finals" as they eye a first English title in 24 years.

DNA tests at French school over rape

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:34
French police investigating a rape collect DNA from more than 500 male students and staff at a school in La Rochelle, in an unprecedented step.

Graduate starting pay 'falling'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:33
Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests

'Record' year for regional airports

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:31
A burgeoning energy sector helped Scottish regional airports attract record passenger traffic last year, according to operator Hial.

Bitcoin, what is it good for?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:00

Just in time for tax season, the IRS released its first set of rules for Bitcoin. As the cryptocurrency has gotten bigger, there's been a lot of speculation over how best to use it.

One idea involves computer-to-computer transactions. Take email, for example.

"An example might be if it were really easy to attach a tenth of a penny to every email you send, it wouldn't add for the normal emailer very much. In fact you'd be getting a tenth of a penny as you get emails from people. So it'd basically be a wash. But if you're a spammer...looking to send out a billion emails to people and hope that one of them answers, having them attach a tenth of a penny to each of those emails would not make that cost effective anymore."

Aside from its function as a currency, the way in which Bitcoin functions could serve as a model for how the internet could become more efficient. In this example, provided by Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the ease with which cryptocurrency is exchanged is used to deter spammers. It's an idea that some feel is an inevitability. Zittrain points to the the public journal that records the path of every bitcoin, and how this kind of practice could apply to other kinds of data.

"For my part, I think the interest in a distributed public journal of stuff could be used for all sorts of purposes that don't have to do with the exchange of currency. There might be ways to use bitcoin-style journaling so that when a company transfers sensitive data, it gets journaled over. And there'd be a way then for me to see where it's been. Then if it actually should leak, I can trace the source of the leak."

Kiev Deadline For Disarming In East Ukraine Passes

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:36

A deadline for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday. There was no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out.

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Police In Utah Seek Answers After 7 Dead Babies Found

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:33

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

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China in 'record weapons seizure'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:19
Police in China seize tens of thousands of illegal guns and knives, in what state media say is the largest-ever haul of its kind.

Supremacist ID'd As Suspect In Kansas Attacks

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:12

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist.

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VIDEO: In Bloom brings communities together

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:10
Green-fingered volunteers have been helping transform their neighbourhoods for the past 50 years as part of the Britain In Bloom campaign.

Official Says Sub Will Be Used In Search For Jet

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:06

Crews will for the first time send a robotic sub into the Indian Ocean. It's trying to determine whether signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes

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VIDEO: Farmland prices increase threefold

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:05
Over the last 10 years, the average price of English farmland has increased by three times according to the estate agents, Knight Frank.

Man dies after marathon collapse

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:50
A 42-year-old man who collapsed after finishing the London Marathon has died in hospital, organisers say.

Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:22

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:20

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

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Quirky, wild and majestic - that's 'Bubba golf'

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:01
How an unorthodox golfer with "issues" and described as a "freak show" won his second Masters at Augusta in three years

VIDEO: GP hours scheme 'to benefit 7m'

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-13 22:35
Patients in England will find out today if their GP surgery has been given funding to open for seven days a week.

South Korea sues tobacco firms

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-13 22:25
South Korea's state health insurer sues three tobacco firms, including the local unit of Philip Morris, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking.
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