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Captain Brown axed for Calcutta Cup

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:57
Scotland drop captain Kelly Brown in one of three changes for the Calcutta Cup match against England at Murrayfield.

Audit office attacked in council row

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:55
A council criticises a public spending watchdog in an escalating row over a pledge to cover costs in a libel case.

Laudrup considering legal action

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:55
Michael Laudrup says he is taking legal advice and claims he has still not been told why he was sacked by Swansea City.

Day in pictures: 6 February 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:49
24 hours of news photos: 6 February

Cancer 'envy' campaign criticised

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:44
A campaign to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer is criticised for suggesting patients wish they had other forms of the disease.

VIDEO: Taliban 'capture US military dog'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:41
The Taliban claim to have captured a dog belonging to US troops during fighting in eastern Afghanistan last December.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:33
Eric Pickles outlines an overhaul of emergency financial help for local authorities.

Fresh impact crater spied on Mars

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:30
A Nasa spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet has spied a fresh impact crater on the Martian surface.

Sea wall tweaks boost biodiversity

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:25
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study suggests.

Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:23

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.

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'Bag a slag' event forced to cancel

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:16
A Nottingham pub cancels its alternative speed dating event this Valentine's Day after its poster was branded inappropriate.

Danske makes £11.4m pre-tax profit

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:07
Danske Bank in Northern Ireland made a pre-tax profit of £11.4m in 2013, compared to a loss of more than £58m in 2012.

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:06

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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No Jail For Teen With 'Affluenza' Who Killed 4 In Crash

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:00

The 16-year-old was legally drunk last June when he lost control of the truck he was driving. The crash left four people dead and two others severely wounded. His attorneys argued that a coddled upbringing contributed to the boy's problems.

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No benefits for the rich

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:36

Today the Senate will vote on a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for 1.7 Million Americans. The proposal would exclude one group – people making incomes over $1 Million.

After all, if you’re a millionaire, maybe you don’t need a safety net funded by tax payers.

“It is the kind of thing that I think government should be doing more of. Which is saying, who really needs that safety net and who doesn’t,” says economist Michael Strain with the American Enterprise Institute.

But would the exclusion save the government money?

“The millionaires exclusion is a solution in search of a problem,” says Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator with the National Employment Law Project.

In 2009, millionaires collected $20 million in unemployment benefits. “That was only 18-one-hundredths of a percent of the total outlay of unemployment benefits for that entire year,” says Conti.

Also, excluding the rich wouldn’t be free. States would have to set-up new systems to measure income.

“There is an associated cost. And they wouldn’t get additional money to administer this test,” says Rich Hobbie, executive director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

He says states would be forced to spend scarce resources in order to deny benefits to millionaires.

Pacific castaway health worsens

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:33
The castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific has been readmitted to hospital for health checks.

Kenyan police deny rebel kidnapping

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:29
Two Kenyan police officers plead not guilty to kidnapping two Ethiopian rebels who are alleged to have been handed over to Ethiopia's government.

VIDEO: Zoo rehearses quake gorilla escape

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:26
Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume as part of an annual escape drill

Evans enjoys record radio audience

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:25
BBC Radio 2's breakfast presenter Chris Evans pulled in a record weekly audience over the last three months, according to new figures.

Pissarro painting sale sets record

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 03:13
A painting by Camille Pissarro sells for £19.9 million at auction in London, nearly five times the artist's previous record.

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