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Ketamine death 'destroyed family'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:44
The father of Ellie Rowe, from Somerset, who died after taking the drug ketamine at a festival in Hampshire, says "one act of stupidity has destroyed our family".

Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:41

Belgium already allows adults to choose euthanasia and a bill that looks set for approval this week would allow terminally ill kids under 18 to make the same choice. But some lawmakers and the Catholic Church are strongly opposed.

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Fraser appointed England selector

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:40
Middlesex managing director of cricket and former England seam bowler Angus Fraser is appointed as an England selector.

Character can be taught, says Hunt

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:37
The shadow education secretary calls for 'character, resilience and creativity' to be taught in England's schools

The woman who murdered men 'for fun'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:35
Who was Joanna Dennehy and what was behind her killing spree?

PODCAST: Living in the 'state' of Silicon Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:33

Timothy Draper has a crazy idea. The noted tech venture capitalist is pushing a ballot initiative to break California into six separate states

Plus, now that the House of Representatives voted to raise federal borrowing authority, investors signaled increased interested in buying one month T-bills, which lends money to the federal government for one month (which in turn caused interest rates to fall to the lowest level in three weeks).  In other words, markets felt more secure in investing in the shorter term. 

VIDEO: Clooney tackles stolen Nazi art

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:32
George Clooney speaks to the BBC's Will Gompertz about writing, producing, directing and starring in his new film The Monuments Men.

Osborne will rule out money union

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:27
UK Chancellor George Osborne will rule out a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, government sources tell the BBC.

VIDEO: Mums v Guns

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:15
Mums fight social media gun listings

Thawing? Two Koreas Hold Highest-Level Talks Since 2007

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:10

Little is known about how the hastily arranged meeting went. Reports from the border village of Panmunjom say the two sides' representatives appeared to behave cordially toward each other. But upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises could ratchet up tensions again.

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Hollande honoured at US state dinner

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 06:09
French President Francois Hollande is honoured at a lavish White House state dinner, capping a US visit aimed at renewing the nations' partnership.

AUDIO: Flappy Bird phones auctioned online

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:58
Prices are rocketing online for second-hand smartphones which have the Flappy Bird game installed on them.

Cyber-attack disrupts Bitcoin trades

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:49
Bitstamp becomes the second Bitcoin exchange to halt withdrawals. It says it has been struck by a cyber-attack.

Ketamine to become Class B drug

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:40
Ketamine, the horse tranquiliser used as a party drug, is to be upgraded to a Class B banned substance.

AUDIO: Football-sized neck tumour removed

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:27
A Doncaster woman who lived with a 2kg tumour on her neck has finally had it removed after 20 years.

VIDEO: Fish: We have had more devastating floods

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:20
The UK has had more devastating floods in the past "but not as widespread or as long-lasting" says the weatherman Michael Fish.

VIDEO: No touching or clicking required

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:18
BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones talks to Tal Krzypow from Eyesight Technologies in Tel Aviv, about the company's gesture recognition software.

Day in pictures: 12 February 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:04
24 hours of news photos: 12 February

Carney adjusts interest rates policy

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:03
Bank of England governor Mark Carney overhauls the Bank's interest rate policy to reflect falling unemployment and the economic recovery.

Man Utd need luck to change - Moyes

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 05:00
Manchester United boss David Moyes says bad luck has played a part in their rocky season as the champions travel to Arsenal.

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