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The Fed's 2009 transcripts show 299 'instances of laughter'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:40

The Federal Reserve released the transcripts of its 2009 meetings and conference calls today — all 1,648 pages of 'em.

A quick word search this morning revealed the following: In those pages, there are 237 mentions of the word "recession," 242 mentions of "interest rates," and, for what it's worth, 299 instances of laughter being noted in the transcript.

To be fair, sometimes macroeconomics can be kind of funny.

Also, in the March 2009 meeting, Janet Yellen, then the head of the San Francisco Fed, said the economy was so lousy that it needed so much help that the Federal Funds rate, the Fed's main interest rate, ought to have been at -0.6 percent.

Think about that for a minute.

Ferguson Report: Justice Dept. Says Wilson Won't Face Civil Rights Charges

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:32

The report concludes "that Darren Wilson's actions do not constitute prosecutable violations under the applicable federal criminal civil rights statute."

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EU to review policy on neighbours

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:26
The European Union is to review its policy towards neighbouring nations amid criticism of its handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

NI man has murder conviction quashed

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:22
A Londonderry man who was jailed for life for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend has his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in Dublin.

EU puts off end to roaming charges

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:12
EU governments defy the European Parliament by deciding that roaming charges for mobile phone users should remain at least until the end of 2018.

UK Government Is Selling Its Share Of Eurostar

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:07

The move is part of an effort by the British government to sell off national assets to raise $20 billion by the year 2020.

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US will not charge Darren Wilson

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:05
The US justice department has said it will not charge former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of black teenager Michael Brown.

Sex abuse at school 'was the norm'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:05
Three men deny carrying out sex assaults on boys for more than 30 years at a school for vulnerable children where "abuse was the norm".

Hands-on with HTC's virtual reality

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:05
Is HTC and Valve's virtual reality any good?

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:01
Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 09:01

Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.

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The British Group With A Very Different Take On 'Jihadi John'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:55

Cage is a controversial group founded by a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay. It has presented a sympathetic portrait of 'Jihadi John,' drawing criticism that it defends terror.

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BBC DJ criticises Radio 1 diversity

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:51
BBC radio presenter Nihal criticises diversity at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, claiming "nothing has changed" since Greg Dyke called the BBC "hideously white" in 2001.

Turkish Airlines' Near-Miss Creates Big Problem At Kathmandu's Tiny Airport

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:51

What do you do when a plane crash-lands at your country's only international airport and you have no equipment to move it out of the way? Nepalese airport officials are grappling with that question.

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Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:50

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.

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Quiz: Student loans with staying power

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:33

Still paying college debt? You’re not alone, according to the New York Federal Reserve, which examined how long it takes to pay student loans.

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Ex-footballer to fight driving ban

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:25
Former Blackburn Rovers defender and Scotland international Colin Hendry contests a driving ban on the grounds he has a "rare metabolism", a court hears.

Payout to sex offender is halted

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:25
A High Court injunction stops an award of £20,000 in damages to a convicted sex offender for featuring on a Facebook page set up to monitor alleged paedophiles.

VIDEO: Ukraine's deadly mines - in 90 secs

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:23
Ukraine's latest mining disaster in Donetsk has claimed dozens of lives. But why are the country's mines so dangerous?

England beat Finland in Cyprus Cup

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-04 08:23
England begin their Cyprus Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Finland, but had Gemma Bonner sent off in the 89th minute.