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Cameron: 'I want Boris back as MP'

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 02:29
David Cameron says he wants Boris Johnson back as an MP, comparing him to a "great striker you want on the pitch".

AUDIO: The 'no make-up selfie' online campaign

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 02:08
Feminist blogger Yomi Adegoke and model Amy Willerton discuss the 'no make-up selfie' social media campaign which has raised £1m for Cancer Research.

Barton bottle throwing case dropped

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 02:02
A man accused of throwing a plastic bottle at QPR footballer Joey Barton during a match against Burnley has the case against him dropped.

Row threatens delay to rail revamp

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:54
An escalating row over funding is threatening to delay a major upgrade of the Great Western main line between Swansea and London, it is claimed.

HS2 'needs minister to boost growth'

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:50
HS2 task force says a government minister should pull together growth projects around high speed station sites to "kick-start growth and regeneration".

VIDEO: Searching for the Northern Lights

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:49
BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood looks at what causes the Northern Lights and tries to see them in the UK.

VIDEO: Recruiting Britain's future farmers

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:41
Research from Lantra, the UK's Skills council, has suggested that tens of thousands of new farmers are needed to plug the gap.

London NHS services 'unravelling'

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:10
A new report into the service provided by the NHS is London describes it as "cash strapped, fragmented health care and unravelling".

In pictures: Architecture and photography

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:09
Modernist architecture shot by Richard Pare

UK picks Lucas for 'art Olympics'

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:08
Artist Sarah Lucas is to represent the UK at next year's Venice Biennale, the British Council announces.

Former MSP Walker freed from jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:06
The former Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker is freed from jail after serving half of his 12-month sentence for domestic abuse.

Why Cholera Persists In Haiti Despite An Abundance Of Aid

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The deadly bacteria continue to sicken and kill people in Haiti. And the epidemic won't stop until the country provides basic sanitation. Many Haitians still don't even have latrines.

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Mr. Johnson goes to Washington: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week's guest is Marketplace's own David Gura. Gura joins us from the Washington, D.C. bureau where he reports on Congress and the White House.

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.

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Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

Idaho is one of a few states where failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney can still be an effective campaigner. Romney has been stumping there for Gov. Butch Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson. Both are facing May primary challenges from Tea Party candidates.

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Energy Deal With Russians Puts Some In Germany On Edge

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The German government has intervened in a trade deal between a German arms manufacturer and the Russian military.

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U.N. Report: All Sides Committing Atrocities In Syria

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

U.N. investigators are gathering the names of people they suspect of war crimes in Syria. In their latest report, they say all sides in the conflict are committing atrocities against civilians. We hear from Karen Abuzayd, who is with the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

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Obama Heads To The Hague For Nuclear Summit

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

President Obama goes to The Hague for a nuclear security summit Monday. Although the crisis in Ukraine is overshadowing the event, there is a packed agenda independent of the tensions with Russia. This is the third time world leaders have met to discuss how to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists' hands.

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When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The Pentagon's Defense Department Research Agency — DARPA — is pushing to build a semi-autonomous search and rescue robot. But scientists see obvious dual uses, for war.

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Everyone’s first tweets are boring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The tech world is full of big birthdays it wants you to celebrate in 2014: The World Wide Web turned 25, Facebook turned 10, and to celebrate its 8th birthday, Twitter wants you to find your first tweet.

Unlike Facebook's Look Back videos, a 62-second "life story" pulled from your account pictures, likes, friend posts, and status updates set to the most optimistic elevator music you've ever heard, Twitter is inviting tweeters to find and collect their own content. All of it to encourage users to take a deep sigh and nostalgically ask, "remember when?"

But 25, 10, and 8-years-old? It's just not that old in the scheme of things, and a look back tool for a short period of time has limited value. Twitter’s first tweet tool turns up mostly painfully boring results across the board. Even top executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs didn’t have their social media strategy together when they first joined.

A review of these first tweets shows most top executives joined to express their pride about the very act of using Twitter, and less about the self-promotional aspects the network is well-known for today: 

Jack Dorsey, co-founder, Twitter:

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook:

Steve Case, former chief executive officer and chairman, America Online:

Martha Stewart, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and television personality:

Although, it appears some caught on quickly....

Donald Trump, businessman, television personality:

Twitter has seen an extraordinary rise tied to its exponential user growth of 140 percent over the last three years. While that growth has slowed down recently, not many companies can boast having 241 million potential clients at the tender age of eight. 

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