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Hospital mental health absences rise

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:15
Staff absences for mental health problems have doubled at hospital trusts across England in the last four years, new figures show.

More firms fail to pay minimum wage

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:08
Ministers name 48 firms they say have repeatedly failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage.

VIDEO: Cameron: 'Disaster' or 'honest reply'?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:03
The Labour Party's former director of communication says that David Cameron's admission that he will not serve a third term was a "disaster" that will "distract" from the Conservative election campaign.

Money makes the world go round

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:59
The tech firms offering cheaper cross-border money transfers

Cameron's 'bombshell'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:53
David Cameron's comment that he would not serve a third term as prime minister, should the Conservatives remain in power after May, creates a splash.

Deadly dog disease cause 'unclear'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:45
Researchers for the British Medical Journal say further investigation is necessary to identify the origin of Alabama rot, which is believed to have killed 30 English dogs.

Utah to resume use of firing squads

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:41
Utah will resume the use of firing squads to carry out the death penalty when lethal injections drugs are not available.

VIDEO: Changing Japan through education

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:33
Japan's economic slowdown is making its latest generation of pessimistic jobseekers even more cautious about working abroad, reports Mariko Oi.

Being comfortable in robotics' uncanny valley

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:09
The capability of the latest intelligent robots is forcing us to address how far we want these machines integrated into our lives and the sort of "human" relationship we'll have with them.

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:56

Researchers say their study suggests more diabetes is being detected among poor people in some states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people are now able to get tested and afford care.

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You're Just A Blob In Layers Of Plastic

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:49

Ever wondered what it feels like to get into one of the moon suits that Ebola workers wear for protection? At a TED Talk, Bill Gates gave audience members a chance to climb in and see.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:46

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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UKIP's Atkinson expelled from party

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:22
MEP and general election candidate Janice Atkinson is expelled by UKIP for "bringing the party into disrepute".

Existing home sales report reveals caution

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:19

The National Association of Realtors released its February existing home sales report on Monday, March 23rd, 2015. Numbers were up by 1.2 percent, but that wasn't enough to make up for the drop in existing home sales in January of 4.9 percent.   Even LeBron James is having trouble selling his Miami house and just dropped the price to $15 million. James is not the only homeowner having trouble finding a buyer, but there aren’t many homeowners putting their houses up for sale either, says Adam DeSanctis, with the National Association of Realtors.     “Current homeowners are possibly waiting for their equity to build up a little bit longer before selling,” he says, or sitting on some low interest rates they snagged refinancing in the last year or two.     McKay Price, who teaches real estate at Lehigh University, says this shortage of homes is good for home sellers, but “If I’m a home buyer and I’m interested in finding just the right house, then I’d be a little bit grumpy about the inventory being as tight as it is,” he says. “I’d want more choices.”   Especially for folks who can’t afford a down payment, much less a 16,000-square-foot mansion. Sorry, LeBron.   

Does This Strong Dollar Make U.S. Look Too Fat For Foreign Investors?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:10

The economic expansion makes the country look both attractive for making money and expensive for companies getting started here.

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VIDEO: How robotic hand uses bio-signals

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:01
David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.

Tackling Japan's 'depressed' youth

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:56
Could education overhaul revive nation's depressed economy?

VIDEO: Car curbing to fight Paris smog

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:50
Paris has imposed drastic measures on drivers to cut pollution and according to the city authorities, they are working.

Justices Debate Place Of Offensive Language On License Plates

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:41

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow Texas to refuse a personalized license plate design featuring the Confederate flag.

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VIDEO: Duke's birthday song at business summit

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:24
The Duke of York surprised business leaders by singing happy birthday to his daughter Princess Eugenie at a conference.