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Sierra Leone vice-president sacked

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:43
Sierra Leone's Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been sacked for seeking political asylum in the US embassy, the president's office says.

Bank unanimous on rate decision

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:30
Bank of England policymakers feared that the risk of a strong pound could make low inflation persistent, minutes from their latest meeting show.

NI benefits claimants fall by 1,700

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:30
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland falls by 1,700 in February.

Chung Ling Soo posters on sale

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:25
Vintage posters on sale

Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:21
Our science editor David Shukman inspects the colossal dome being constructed to house the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power station.

Bolivia withdraw from Nigeria match

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:17
Bolivia cancel a friendly away to Nigeria over security fears, delaying Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's 100th cap.

VIDEO: The story of the economy since 2010

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:13
Ahead of the final coalition Budget, the BBC looks back at the economic story of the government.

Sunderland review Johnson suspension

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:07
Sunderland are to review their suspension of midfielder Adam Johnson following an extension to his police bail.

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:03

A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.

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VIDEO: Cheap drug destroying SA townships

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:02
A cheap, highly addictive drug called nyaope is destroying impoverished townships in South Africa.

Fighting the "nerd" stereotypes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:00

HBO's "Silicon Valley" is about a lot of things: being an underdog, funding a business, succeeding in a competitive field. But it's also about being a techie, and the way in which the world sometimes labels you a "nerd." And as actor and comedian Thomas Middleditch points out, television and film have not always been kind when portraying nerds. 

 

We caught up with him on the streets of Austin during SXSW Interactive. For his part, Middleditch is proud of the research that goes into accurately portraying Silicon Valley. For him, it means the poking fun at the people in the tech industry is earned. And if anyone engrossed in start-up culture is paying attention, he also points out they can learn a lot from improv comedy when it comes to improving their approach to working with others.

Click below for an extended cut of our conversation with Thomas Middleditch:

Silicon Valley premiered at last year's SXSW Interactive conference, and is gearing up for a season 2 premiere on April 12th. 

'Partridge for Top Gear' petition

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:55
A petition calls on the BBC to hire Alan Partridge as the new presenter of Top Gear.

UK unemployment falls to 1.86m

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:52
The number of people out of work in UK fell by 102,000 to 1.86 million in the three months to January, official figures show.

Scottish unemployment up by 6,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:45
Unemployment in Scotland rose by 6,000 between November and January to stand at 162,000, according to official figures.

VIDEO: New shield for Chernobyl site

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:44
A new protective dome is being built to shield the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, at Chernobyl in Ukraine.

Van der Garde settles Sauber dispute

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:42
Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde reaches a settlement with Sauber after ending his legal action against the Formula 1 team.

Winkleman honoured for Strictly debut

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:32
Claudia Winkleman is named best entertainment presenter at the Royal Television Society Awards, beating Graham Norton and Keith Lemon.

Even if it's not "123456", change your password

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:30
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The age Rep. Aaron Schock was elected to the Peoria school board, shortly after graduating. He would become board president at 22 and eventually represent Peoria's district as one of the youngest lawmakers on Capitol Hilly. Schock resigned Tuesday amid a spending probe, and the Washington Post has traced the congressman's rapid rise and the never-too-big attitude that may have been his undoing.

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The gap between when students were alerted to a shooting at Florida State University via Yik Yak and when the school's emergency notification came through. The app, popular on college campuses, is part of a theme the Marketplace Tech team has seen running through SXSW Interactive this year: Users want more than just data privacy, they value anonymity too.

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Speaking of privacy, that's the most common password among 15 million put online by a security analyst and Russian hackers, Quartz reported. That seems obvious, but interestingly that pattern of keystrokes is also the most common, accounting for passwords like "qwerty," "asdfgh" and any other combination of six adjacent keys to the right. Here are the other most common combinations:

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The age group researchers at Syracuse University found a sizeable gap in employment between veterans and non-vets. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence showing veterans from the post-9/11 era have more trouble finding employment, Marketplace's Dan Weissmann learned hard numbers are difficult to come by.

The soup method

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:28
Why is a UK town following Detroit's example?

South Africa ease into semi-finals

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:04
South Africa thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Sydney to cruise into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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