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Fox profits beat expectations

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:48
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox reports better than expected profits, buoyed by the success of films like thriller Gone Girl and The Maze Runner.

US chocolate fans stockpile Cadbury

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:48
British chocolate lovers in US stock up ahead of import ban

NBC's Brian Williams Admits His Helicopter Took No Fire In Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:46

The NBC Nightly News anchor and his network have for years claimed he was aboard the chopper that was hit and forced down by enemy fire in 2003. Williams now says he made a mistake.

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In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:43

While he hasn't declared his 2016 candidacy yet, the former Florida governor spoke Wednesday at a preferred venue for presidential candidates.

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FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:27

Supporters of the move say it's the best way to guarantee so-called net neutrality. Opponents believe meddlesome regulators will impose intrusive new rules on Internet service.

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New UN Gaza inquiry chair appointed

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:25
The UN inquiry into last year's conflict in Gaza continues its work under a new chair, aiming to present its findings on 23 March.

Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:11

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:08

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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One man's mission to get 'comprised of' off Wikipedia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:07

I guess everyone has their pet peeves.

Medium profiled the Wikipedia editor "Giraffedata" on Tuesday. The prolific wiki-contributor — real name Bryan Henderson — has made over 47,000 edits, almost always to remove the common but erroneous phrase "comprised of."

For example: "The monthly jobs report is comprised of two surveys" should read: "The monthly jobs report consists of two surveys."

Henderson has the editing process down to a science, and most take seconds. Fellow editors and Wikipedia higher-ups have praised Giraffedata's commitment to his noble task.

Silk Road site's creator found guilty

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:01
The man accused of operating Silk Road, a deep web marketplace where illegal drugs were sold, has been found guilty.

What we learned at the first F1 test

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:59
Ferrari fastest? Sauber ahead of Mercedes? Andrew Benson studies the first F1 test to find first impressions can be deceiving.

CDC Director: 'Unfortunately, I'm Not Surprised' By Measles' Rise

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:58

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government's response.

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'Foreigners dead' in Libya oilfield

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:53
Unknown gunmen have attacked a defunct Libyan oilfield, killing at least 13 people including five foreign nationals, the oilfield's commander says.

Ross Ulbricht, Accused Of Operating Silk Road, Is Convicted Of Drug Charges

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:52

A New York jury took a little more than three hours today to convict the San Francisco man linked to the shadowy online marketplace that had been labeled the eBay of the drugs trade.

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Remote-Controlled Airport A Reality In Sweden

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:51

Sweden is the first country in the world to get a remote-controlled airport. That means flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

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Cameron 'may have blown Union apart'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:46
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns David Cameron that he could have "lit the fuse which ultimately blows the Union apart".

Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Liverpool

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:43
Late goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho give Liverpool a dramatic win over Bolton in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Seattle's Lynch escapes NFL fine

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:42
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch escapes an NFL fine for his behaviour during a Super Bowl media day.

'Deflate This': Patriots Fans Welcome Super Bowl Champs Home

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots back to Boston on Wednesday. Fans braved cold temperatures and stood in piles of snow along the parade route. Some held up posters saying "Deflate This" in reference to allegations that the team had deflated game balls to gain an advantage in the playoff game that landed them in the Super Bowl. Team members waved to the crowd from duck boats as confetti flew.

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Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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