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Captive migrants freed from US house

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:28
More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants are rescued from a Texas "stash" house where smugglers allegedly held them pending payment.

Plane searchers investigate debris

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:22
Australia is investigating two objects seen on satellite images that could potentially be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, officials say.

BBC agrees Women's Super League deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:21
The BBC agrees a new deal with the Football Association to broadcast live radio commentary of women's football in 2014.

Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:17

Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring. This ancient Persian festival has a lot to do with fresh, green foods.

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E Guinea president's son faces probe

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:54
The son of Equatorial Guinea's leader is put under formal investigation in France over money-laundering allegations, his lawyer says.

AUDIO: Scientists find chicken-like dinosaur

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:53
US scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, nicknamed the 'Chicken from Hell.'

Red Bull confirm Ricciardo appeal

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:52
Red Bull appeal against the disqualification of driver Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

VIDEO: WW1 bombs still a serious danger

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:35
After two men were killed by an unexploded World War One bomb in Belgium, the BBC reveals how collectors of military hardware are putting themselves at risk.

Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:28

New advice to reduce heart attacks and strokes could more than double the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statins to 56 million. The expansion could cost as much as $7 billion a year.

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Test 'backlog' hits disabled benefit

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:16
The Department for Work and Pensions tells MPs there is an "unacceptable backlog" of people waiting to be assessed for a new disability benefit.

VIDEO: 'I didn't write the blooming thing'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:13
Boris Johnson says it was right to celebrate cutting tax, when asked about his party's beer and bingo tax poster.

Plans for gasification plant shelved

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:52
Plans for a controversial £500m gasification plant on the outskirts of Londonderry are shelved.

VIDEO: Iglesias too 'risqué' for Breakfast

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:51
Enrique Iglesias on collaborations, being a "freak" and "risqué" BBC Breakfast

Man charged over Jayden 'threats'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:51
A man is charged with a public order offence after threats were made at a court hearing into the murder of teenager Jayden Parkinson.

Row over Budget 'beer and bingo' ad

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:51
A Conservative advert drawing attention to cuts to beer and bingo taxes is criticised as "condescending".

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:34
MPs pay tribute to former cabinet minister and veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn.

Caption Challenge: Winning entries

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:29
It's the Caption Challenge.

High school in special measures

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:27
A Powys high school has been placed in special measures following a poor inspection.

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:25

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:25

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

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