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Identifying the next Silicon Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-10 01:30

That's the maximum worker's compensation for a lost arm in Alabama, less than a third of the national average. Most states assign these types of values to lost limbs, eyes, fingers, even testicles, and a ProPublica/NPR investigation found the benefits vary wildly across the country. The story follows two workers who live not far across the Alabama/Georgia line from each other and lost their arms in similar accidents. One man got $45,000 and says he lost nearly everything, while the other could receive more than $700,000 in his lifetime and has managed to stay afloat.


That's how many people have signed a petition against the French extramarital-affair-dating-site Gleeden, as reported by the NY Times. Recently, a bus company in Versailles removed Gleeden ads from its vehicles following some 500 complaints filed in a single week — the company says they generally receive 900 complaints in a year.

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The portion of venture-funded companies with values over $2 billion that call Provo, Utah home. The city was also a leader in tech job creation outside the Bay area from 2009 to 2013, the Upshot reported. That puts Provo well ahead of the many cities jockying to be "the next Silicon Valley."


The demand for wild turtle meat between 1987 to 2013 increased 7 fold, according to a story in USA Today about a recent drop in the wild turtle population in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is now recommending a suspension of turtle hunting during egg laying season.


The new Apple Watch could cost as much as $17,000, depending on whether you want aluminum and glass, stainless steel or rose gold. But some say you're better off waiting for Apple Watch's next iteration, as the company often uses the first generation of products to create a culture of cool, and then turns out a much more sophisticated version later on.


The number of iTunes downloads from tribute band Led Zepagain from their first album release in 2005 to when Led Zepplin's music first appeared on the service in 2007. Cuepoint explored the way soundalikes and tribute bands are doing better than ever thanks to digital streaming and the complexities of music licensing.

Why you might want to wait for Apple Watch 2

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-10 01:30

We finally know more about Apple Watch than we did in September, when Apple first unveiled its line of smartwatches. But details are still somewhat scarce.

As Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief at, points out, the event hosted by Apple Inc. on Monday revealed, “Maybe a little more detail about how it works over wifi but not a lot more about what this watch can do that your phone cannot." 

The watches will range from $350 to $17, 000, depending on whether you want aluminum and glass, stainless steel or rose gold.

Apple can get away without giving additional details on features, Turrentine says, because this is still a first generation product.

“Apple is really good at making second generation products,” she says. “And the first generation products are all about convincing you that it’s cool.”

The real goal, she adds, is to “test the waters.” That is, to get it out to people and see how each feature fares. Sell it to “the influencers,” as Turrentine calls them, who will make it seem cool.

“And when they come around with the second generation that does a lot more, people will be in a position to know what it is, and feel like maybe they are ready to fork out some money,” says Turrentine. At least, that’s her theory.

But she is confident that people will buy it.

“People will buy it because they are curious and that’s a totally legitimate reason to buy something,” she says. 


Three charged over care home death

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 01:08
Three people are charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the death of an 86-year-old woman at a Nottingham care home.

Ethiopia's Blue Party Tries To Reacquaint Nation With Dissent

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 01:07

The movement's slow, strategic approach is a necessity in a country where one party controls almost every seat in parliament, journalists are routinely jailed and rallies are broken up by police.

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Ethiopia's Blue Party Tries To Reacquaint Nation With Dissent

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 01:07

The movement's slow, strategic approach is a necessity in a country where one party controls 99.8 percent of seats in parliament, journalists are routinely jailed and rallies are broken up by police.

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With Medicare Pay On The Line, Hospitals Push Harder To Please Patients

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:20

The federal government now factors patient satisfaction ratings into the rates Medicare pays hospitals. Some hospitals with lower ratings are finding it's difficult to change patients' perceptions.

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Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:19

Chris Fisher, an archaeologist who recently returned from the site of a lost city, says that some of the objects there looked as if they hadn't been touched in centuries.

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Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:18

We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies. But living against the clock — eating late at night or working overnight — may set the stage for weight gain and chronic disease.

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Portugal Beckons Tourists With Sun, History And ... Slums

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:17

Forget the cathedrals and wine houses that have made Porto, Portugal, famous. A new guided tour takes visitors to back alleys and boarded-up businesses — the effects of Europe's economic crisis.

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Saudi Girls Can Now Take PE Classes, But Not Everyone's Happy

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:16

Saudi Arabia has agreed to introduce physical education for girls in its gender-segregated public schools. But there's opposition from hardliners.

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Low Oil Prices Could Stall Explosive Growth In Montana Boom Town

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:16

Oil production appears to be churning right along in Sidney, Mont. But leaders are bracing for a whole lot less oil tax revenue to deal with all the boom's impacts.

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Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:14

In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.

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Solar plane crosses Arabian Sea

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 00:13
Solar Impulse is back in the air on the second leg of its historic attempt to fly around the world - crossing water from Oman to India.

Ireland outclassed by unbeaten India

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 23:52
Ireland's hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals suffer a blow as India seal a fifth straight win.

Second 'IRA rape victim' speaks out

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 23:50
A second alleged sex abuse victim who claims to have been raped by a member of the IRA speaks out to criticise how republicans dealt with his case.

Coalition 'at odds' over teacher pay

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-09 23:47
The Lib Dems say there is a dispute with their Conservative coalition partners over proposed pay rises for teachers.