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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:42

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

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VIDEO: Andrew publicly denies sex claims

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:38
Prince Andrew has appeared in public for the first time since a woman alleged she was forced to have sex with him when she was 17.

Google could be your next wireless carrier

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:22

Google reportedly plans to get into the wireless technology space by piggybacking off of Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks. 

The search-engine giant would effectively rent excess network capacity from those providers so it could then sell its own wireless service plans to customers.

Sprint wouldn't comment on the rumored deal.  T-Mobile pretty much said, "Um, go ask Google." Google is keeping mum.

“I think they're looking at adding some other type of value beyond just a cheaper price,” says Bill Menezes of the research firm Gartner.

The wireless industry is already highly competitive, with carriers jockeying to provide cheaper plans and shorter contracts. So it might seem odd that Google would want to get into the game. Google will likely come up with some kind of "wireless services plus” package to differentiate itself, according to Menezes.

“They have other things to offer, whether it's YouTube-oriented or something related to Google apps, if you're a business," he says.

Another possibility is that Google will try to perfect a way of letting customers move seamlessly between wireless and WiFi service, which would disrupt how wireless carriers work. 

“The innovation here is going to be for them to develop ways in which they provide ubiquitous access to, ultimately, what Google wants, which is Google's applications,” says Pai-ling Yin, a social science research scholar at Stanford University's Institute of Economic Policy Research. 

Ultimately, Google may just want to learn more about being a carrier – and experiment with ways to expand Internet access in remote areas, Yin says.

What's in it for Sprint and T-Mobile?  If Google pays to use their excess network capacity, that would help offset costs they incurred building up their wireless networks.

Obama declines Netanyahu meeting

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:15
US President Barack Obama will not meet Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu when he speaks to Congress in March, the White House says.

VIDEO: Hoegh Osaka towed back to port

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:06
The Hoegh Osaka is pulled back to port after 19 days stranded in the Solent.

VIDEO: LIVE: BBC World debate from Davos

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:01
BBC World presents a live debate from Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum is meeting

What’s QE and the ECB got to do with you and me?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:56

The European Central Bank’s quantitative easing bond-buying program is supposed to boost the eurozone’s economy. It could also have some big effects on this side of the pond. A stronger dollar hurts tourism and exporters, but some of that European cash could find its way to our shores in other ways.

Zambia 1-2 Tunisia

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:54
Tunisia make the most of Zambia's wastefulness in front of goal as they come from behind to win.

Driver arrested after collision

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:46
A driver is arrested after an elderly woman was hit by a car in Cardiff city centre.

Yemen government 'offers to resign'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:38
Yemen's government offers resignation amid ongoing stand-off with Shia Houthi rebels, officials say.

Swans sign Spurs' Naughton for £5m

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:31
Swansea City sign former England Under-21 defender Kyle Naughton from Tottenham Hotspur for £5m.

MMR advice after mumps outbreak

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:30
Officials report threefold increase in the number of cases of mumps in Scotland in the first three weeks of this year.

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:24

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Poor outlook for Borneo's mammals

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:20
Half of Borneo's mammals will see their habitats shrink by more than a third by 2080, according to a new report.

Poor countries fund richer pupils

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:20
The poor are doubly disadvantaged in education in many low-income countries, with school budgets more likely to be targeted at better-off pupils, says Unicef.

Mexican artist for Tate Turbine Hall

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:14
Mexico's Abraham Cruzvillegas, known for making sculptures from found materials, will be the next artist to fill the Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern.

'Don't give up on us,' police tell ministers

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:10
A typical day in a typical force has been calculated - and an increasing amount of time is being spent on public safety and welfare work.

New format proposed for TV debates

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:06
Broadcasters have put forward new proposals for the live TV election debates which include the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

DUP queries omission from TV debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:03
DUP leader Peter Robinson says he will be will be writing to the BBC and ITV to find out why his party has not been included in those taking part in TV election debates.

Quiz: Not as ready as they think they are

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:50

Employers say recent college grads overestimate how prepared they are for jobs, according to a survey.

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