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VIDEO: Kinshasa's symphony orchestra turns 20

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:34
Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, the only symphony orchestra in central Africa, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this December.

Doing the numbers on New Years Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:30
11,875 pounds

The weight of the ball set to drop in Times Square at midnight. This year's time ball is decorated with 32,256 light bulbs, compared to 100 on the first ball to drop in New York back in 1907.

3,000 pounds

Speaking of Times Square, that's how much confetti will be thrown out when that ball drops.


That's how many cities allow public drinking in some fashion, including New Orleans; Lincoln, Nebraska; Las Vegas and Erie, Pennsylvania. The Huffington Post has a map and a history of public drinking laws in the U.S.

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That's Uber's maximum surge pricing multiplier. It's a ceiling they've never actually hit, save for one experiment in Sweden. Still, the car service expects Wednesday night to be among its busiest ever, and the company advises requesting a ride before midnight or after 2:30 a.m. to avoid peak rates.

71.2 percent

The portion of Jawbone Up fitness tracker users who are awake at midnight on New Year's, lower than most other countries with a high number of Up users.

$7.3 billion

That's how much ESPN is paying to broadcast seven college football playoff games a year over 12 years. The first in 2015 is the Rose Bowl, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. 

How nine darts changed my life

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:23
Hitting the World Championship's first nine-dart finish changed Paul Lim's life - he relives his historic Lakeside moment 25 years on.

Job hope for former City Link staff

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:14
A parcel delivery company is north Wales could offer a life line to former City Link staff facing redundancy.

AirAsia bodies returned to airport

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:12
The first two bodies from the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash off Borneo arrive back in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives are waiting.

Gambia leader 'home after coup plot'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:11
The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has returned to the country, officials say, after what was described as a coup attempt while he was out of the country.

Bruce ruled out of Newcastle running

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:09
Hull manager Steve Bruce says he is "determined" to keep his side in the Premier League rather than become Newcastle boss.

VIDEO: Butler-Sloss: 'I was not unsuitable for job'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:04
Baroness Butler-Sloss says she agreed to chair an inquiry into historical child abuse because she felt it was her duty and that she was "quite able to be independent and say that people had got it wrong and to be critical of them".

Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:00

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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VIDEO: US woman killed by two-year-old son

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:55
US authorities say a two-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother inside a Wal-Mart store in Hayden, Idaho.

Hughton named as Brighton manager

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:39
Former Norwich boss Chris Hughton is named as the new manager of Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Three men held over £2m heroin haul

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:32
Three men are arrested after heroin with an estimated street value of £2m is seized following raids in Glasgow's Springburn area.

A science news preview of 2015

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:29
A year of speed, space, soil and big bangs ahead

Voice of Babe and Rugrats dies at 51

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:22
Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who brought to life characters including Babe and Chuckie on Rugrats, dies aged 51.

Patient tests negative for Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:21
Tests on a patient in Cornwall suspected to have Ebola have proved negative, Public Health England confirms.

FTSE unlikely to match 2013 close

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:14
London shares edge higher in early New Year's Eve trading, but the FTSE 100 looks set to end the year lower than it did in 2013.

Kazakhstan takes Guantanamo inmates

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:13
Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are sent to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon says.

Meningitis baby appeal tops £120,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:07
The family of a baby girl who lost her limbs due to meningitis say they have raised over £120,000 for her care.

Hundreds ignore new M4 speed cameras

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 00:01
Motorists are warned that enforcement action will start in the new year on average 50mph speed enforcement cameras on the M4 through Port Talbot.

£5.5m football stadium hit by delays

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:37
Manchester football team FC United's new £5.5m stadium may not open until February following a series of setbacks.