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A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 Million) On Bitcoin's Future

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:32

A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.

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Black Openly Gay Judge Would Be Federal Bench's First

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:30

President Obama nominated Florida Judge Darrin Gayles to serve on the U.S. District Court bench. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who blocked the president's last nominee for the position, says he doesn't plan to object.

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U.S. Warns Airlines Over Potential Explosives In Toothpaste Tubes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:28

Officials said they issued the warning for Russian-bound planes out of an abundance of caution. A Homeland Security official said the warning was borne out of new intelligence.

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Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:27

In a warming world, extreme droughts are predicted to become more common. Amid the historic drought gripping California and much of the West Coast, scientists are studying how states can manage with a lot less water in the future.

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VIDEO: Oldman on Robocop remake

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:21
After roles in Batman and Harry Potter, actor Gary Oldman stars in the remake of the 80's classic Robocop.

'Almost Otherwordly': The Sea Caves Of Lake Superior, On Ice

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:16

Thousands of people have walked out to the caves in recent weeks to inspect beautiful ice formations. It's the first time Lake Superior's ice has been thick enough to walk on in the area since 2009.

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Broadchurch picks up more TV honours

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:14
ITV crime drama Broadchurch wins best drama at the Broadcast Awards, where Channel 4's Gogglebox was another double winner.

Celebrities Turn Star Power Toward Political Stage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:11

Clay Aiken is the latest in a long line of actors, singers, reality TV stars and athletes to seek second careers in politics. But fame is no guarantee of success at the ballot box.

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More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:09

A broken stormwater pipe in North Carolina has sent the waste into the Dan River, which flows through Virginia and out into the Atlantic. Officials say the drinking water is safe, but environmental questions linger.

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Tube strike commuters endure delays

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:36
Tube passengers endure delays because of strike action, with Underground bosses now calling on unions to meet sooner to discuss the impasse.

Antitrust Settlement With EU Calls For Google To Tweak Results

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:27

In Europe, Google will now show results from its competitors. The agreement allows the search giant to dodge billions in fines.

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UK storms destroy key railway line

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:25
Parts of Britain are battered by a storm which has washed away part of a railway line and seen homes evacuated - with more bad weather forecast.

Family scarred by FGM speaks out

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:05
A family affected by female genital mutilation, who speak against it

Hospitals to log victims of FGM

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:05
Doctors and nurses in the UK are to log details of the injuries suffered by victims of Female genital mutilation

Twitter: Little blue bird's first financial flight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:56

Today was a big day for Twitter. The company released its first earnings report since it went public and it made more money than analysts were expecting, reporting an adjusted gain of $0.02 per share.

And Twitter’s monthly active users grew to 241 million, an increase of 9 million. But the problem that Twitter has always faced from the beginning is their users and how quickly they are acquiring them. Investors are paying close attention to user growth abroad, since they expect the U.S. market to become saturated.

Man arrested over £50K beer theft

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:44
A man is arrested in connection with the theft of "rare" beer worth about £50,000 from an Essex warehouse.

Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:30

Internal disagreements among Israelis and Palestinians can be just as sharp as disputes between the two sides. NPR's Emily Harris heard these conflicting views as she traveled through the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:29

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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Wales battered by storms and gales

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:21
Storms and gale force winds batter much of Wales with fallen trees causing chaos on many roads.

Pietersen 'could make £3m in IPL'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:18
Kevin Pietersen could make "up to £3m" playing in the Indian Premier League following the end of his England career.

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