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Obese people to get council texts

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 14:40
Obese people in Stoke-on-Trent are to be sent text messages to encourage them to lose weight as part of a £10,000 project, the city council says.

Hoffman 'had 70 bags of heroin'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 14:26
New York City police have found up to 70 bags of suspected heroin in actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's home, a day after his death, US media say.

Stocks Head Lower; Investors Wonder What's Next

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 14:21

The Dow had its seventh triple-digit drop so far this year. Is it a short term pullback, or a sign of a tough year to come?

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Glacier Blamed For Berg That Sank Titanic Is Pushing More Ice Into Ocean

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 14:03

According to a study, Jakobshavn is now by far the fastest moving major glacier in the world, surging forward at the rate of 150 feet per day.

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Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:53
Branislav Ivanovic's first-half strike helps Chelsea to a deserved victory over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

Wall Street Market Report

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:52
Wall Street Market Report

Florida trial for 'loud music' death

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:38
A man accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager who refused to turn down his loud music goes on trial in the US state of Florida.

HPV Vaccine Doesn't Promote Riskier Sexual Behavior In Teens

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:27

The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys when they are 11 or 12. The idea is to get preteens vaccinated so that if they do become sexually active as teens, they will be protected against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

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Thompson 'sorry' for project failure

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:25
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson says sorry in front of a committee of MPs over the £100m failure of the BBC's Digital Media Initiative (DMI).

Senators Say John Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:24

The al-Qaida problem is growing and the removal of chemical weapons is being slow-rolled, the senators said the secretary of state told them.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Report Creates Political Headache For Obama

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:12

A new State Department report that concludes the proposed 1,179-mile oil pipeline would not worsen global warming has alarmed environmentalists and increased the volume of Republican calls for its approval.

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'Think twice' before visiting A&E

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:08
People are urged to "think twice" before visiting A&E in Cardiff as the University Hospital of Wales deals with an "unprecedented" influx of patients.

The Dow Drops Again, But What's Driving The Sell-Off?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:00

It was another bad day for the stock market. The Dow Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both suffered declines of about 2 percent. For the Dow, that translates to a nearly 300-point loss.

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Wikipedia Archiving Voices So You'll Always Know How Celebs Sound

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:00

Because the sound of someone's voice can draw you to them in a different — and sometimes stronger — way than a photograph, Wikipedia editors are adding voice clips to the biographical entries for famous figures.

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'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:00

Jacob Lew says the limit on borrowing needs to be raised before the end of the month. Otherwise, he warns, the federal government risks defaulting on its debts — and Lew says that could cause serious damage to the economy.

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Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:00

Fraudsters know that small credit transactions often go unnoticed. That's made it easy for a widespread scam involving unauthorized charges of $9.84 to fly under the radar. Complaints started coming in about the scam soon after a massive data breach in November, but analysts say it goes back months.

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Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 13:00

In the 1970s, two-year and four-year colleges started replacing full-time faculty with part-time instructors. Since then, disputes over pay, benefits and working conditions for these adjunct instructors have ballooned into big problems on many campuses.

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Coastal communities flooded by storm

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 12:58
Coastal towns in south-west England are left flooded after dangerously strong winds, large waves and a high tide.

Drinking game page stops after death

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 12:42
A Northern Ireland-based social media page sharing videos of an internet drinking game is to be discontinued after the death of an Irish teenager.

Hacker Group Sues German Government Over NSA Spying

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 12:41

The group wants German federal prosecutors to investigate the country's aiding of the U.S. agency's activities. It's the latest fallout from revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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