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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.

Nazi stag-do Tory MP to step down

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:14
Conservative MP Aidan Burley, who was at the centre of a row over a Nazi-themed stag party, is to step down at the next election.

What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:10

In recent years, the Microsoft co-founder has pulled back from his work at the company to focus on his foundation — improving global health and reducing poverty. But his hands-on days at Microsoft are not over. Gates is stepping down as chairman but moving into a part-time role as technology adviser.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:06

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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Under A Hail Of Barrel Bombs, An Exodus Departs From Aleppo

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

For the last two weeks, the barrel bombing of the rebel-held area of Aleppo in Syria has intensified. Warplanes drop leaflets on neighborhoods warning civilians to flee — and it seems they're listening. Residents of Aleppo districts held by the regime say they are seeing an influx of families, while aid agencies working in Turkey say hundreds of thousands of the displaced are trying to get in.

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UN Report Raises Scathing Criticisms Of Vatican

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The United Nations watchdog for children's rights has accused the Vatican of caring more about its own reputation and members of the clergy than the victims of sexual abuse. The group is calling for the Vatican to immediately remove any priests suspected of sexually abusing children.

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Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

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