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Violent crime rises across Wales

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:56
Violent crime has seen a large rise in Wales, although the level of overall crime has only gone up slightly, official figures show.

VIDEO: Moment elephant calf rescued from pit

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:36
Rescuers came to the aid of an elephant calf which fell into an empty storage pit in a nature reserve in Yunnan Province, south west China.

Your pictures: Cold weather

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:30
Readers' photos on the theme of "cold weather"

When the Government fakes out Facebook

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:30
2,400 jobs

Following a disappointing holiday season for sales, Ebay announced it would be cutting 2,400 jobs — roughly 7 percent of its workforce. The  e-commerce company will soon be dividing its PayPal and eBay marketplace businesses into two publicly traded companies.

25 minutes

That's how long President Barack Obama talked about the economy in his hour-long State of the Union address Tuesday, more than any other topic. That's according to the Washington Post, which broke down the speech by topic. Twitter's data scientists also annotated the speech, showing which topics were being tweeted about when both Obama and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst were addressing the nation.

22 years

We've heard of taking a break, but this is a bit ridiculous. A.K. Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department in India, took a leave of absence ... back in 1990. In 1992, he was found guilty of  "willful absence," but it would take another 22 years before he was actually fired.

$85,000

That's how much ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com sold for Wednesday, after the site became a sensation over the weekend, pulling in over 20,000 orders. Flipping these types of viral sites is common, Motherboard reported, usually when the owner hopes to cash in before a fad burns out.

$134,000

That's how much the U.S. Justice Department will have to pay Sondra Arquiett for using pictures of her to create a fake Facebook profile. Arquiett was arrested in 2010 for allegedly being involved in a drug ring. At the time, her phone was confiscated, at which point she gave permission for officers to access data to help with the investigation. She did not, however, anticipate that they would later use photos found on her phone to make a Facebook profile with the intent of trapping her boyfriend, also suspected of being involved in illicit activity. 

72 percent

The portion of Airbnb listings in New York that violate zoning or other laws, according to a report the states's attorney general released last fall. Now the city is using new data-driven tools to crack down on these listings, WNYC reported. One official called the practice "'Moneyball' for quality of life violations," and it means 30 percent more work without hiring anyone new.

Congo clashes over cut internet

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:25
Clashes erupt in DR Congo to demand the restoration of the internet, which was cut during protests against President Kabila, witnesses say.

Aussie changes no distraction - Bell

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:23
England's Ian Bell says Australia missing seven of their World Cup squad for Friday's match in Hobart is not a distraction.

UK borrowing rises in December

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:18
UK government borrowing increased to £13.1bn in December, up from £10.3bn a year earlier, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek 3

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:16
The actor and writer Simon Pegg confirms he is set co-write Star Trek 3 and will return to play Scotty in the film franchise.

The story of Cantona's kung-fu kick

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:16
Burgers, seagulls & shotguns: the inside story of the most shocking episode in Premier League history by those who were there.

Tribute to window fall student

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:00
The family of a student who died after falling out of an Edinburgh window pays tribute to him, describing him as smart, funny and witty.

Crime figures remain at record low

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:00
Crime remains at record low levels in England and Wales, despite some increases due to changes in how police record incidents.

VIDEO: How Cantona's kung-fu kick was reported

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:55
BBC Sport looks back on Eric Cantona's infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter in January 1995.

At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:55

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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Ballymurphy conviction is reviewed

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:52
A man convicted of rioting during events in west Belfast in 1971 during which soldiers shot dead 10 people is to have his conviction reviewed.

Pop star Rihanna wins image battle

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:51
Pop star Rihanna wins legal battle with High Street store Topshop over T-shirt with her image on

VIDEO: Were we duped over Page Three end?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:26
The Sun publishes a picture of a topless woman on Page Three, taking a swipe at media outlets that said the long-running feature had been dropped.

Should schools gorge on gadgets?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:18
What if all of the gadgets brought by schools are a huge waste of money which would be better spent on employing more teachers?

Sherlock tops 2014 iPlayer chart

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00
The return of Benedict Cumberbatch's in BBC One's Sherlock was the most popular programme on iPlayer last year.

VIDEO: 'Biggest' Italy treasure trove found

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 23:57
Italian police have uncovered what they say is a treasure trove of more than 5,000 stolen antiquities.

The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 23:39

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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