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VIDEO: The day a nation buried Winston Churchill

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:42
Emma Soames, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, recalls his state funeral in 1965.

Buying what you want the gods to give you

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:29
The festival where you buy tiny versions of the things you want

Scientists reveal how snakes fly

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:25
The mystery of how flying snakes stay aloft may have been solved by scientists.

Why US pot smokers still have a record

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:21
Moves across the US to decriminalise or legalise marijuana have been gathering pace. But what happens to those who fell foul of laws now considered too tough?

In pictures: Tourism in Mali

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:16
Mali's historic sites hit by declining tourism

Why city life may be bad for you

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:13
Why city living may be damaging your health

VIDEO: Adult version of toy car takes to road

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:10
A roadworthy version of a children's toy car has been built.

Peanut allergy treatment 'a success'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 18:01
Doctors say a potential treatment for peanut allergy has transformed the lives of children taking part in a large clinical trial.

Warming 'killing penguin chicks'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 17:49
Rising temperatures are having a direct impact on Magellanic penguin chicks in Argentina, threatening the long-term survival of the species.

Vitamins ‘effective in helping ADHD’

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 17:48
Vitamins and minerals could be useful for treating ADHD, research suggests.

Simpsons star Shearer takes on Nixon

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 17:25
Simpsons star Harry Shearer on portraying Nixon

Ecuador ex-police chief held in US

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:59
Police in the US arrest former Ecuadorean police commander Edgar Vaca, accused of kidnapping and torturing left-wing rebels in the 1980s.

Detention Of Al-Jazeera Journalists Strains Free Speech In Egypt

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:36

Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy has been accused of running a terrorist cell with the help of four foreigners; allegations the news agency calls "baseless and false." The case has shown just how far Egypt has backslid on the goals of an uprising that began three years ago this week.

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Inequality: Capitalism's 'squeaky wheel'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:35

Minimum wage has been in the news, of course, most recently thanks to a hike in the lowest rate for federal workers

But really, it's kind of a proxy for a bigger discussion about rising inequality in this country: the rich getting richer and the poor...not.

So what does that mean for corporate America? Harvard business school historian Nancy Koehn says:

"The average person in that top 1 percent [of the population] makes about $717,000 a year, versus $53,000 for everyone else. So even these very, very rough ballpark numbers: That's a lot of people with a lot less money to buy things, and very little hope, in some sense... of getting more purchasing power... "

That lack of what Koehn calls "hope" can have a multiplier effect on other parts of the country:

 "We know large amounts of social and economic mobility produce more GDP, more social order, more kind of national prosperity and political stability. You can reason inversely that lots and lots of inequality is not a good thing."

And speaking of multiplier effects? The wiggle room afforded by a larger paycheck not only increases the top 1 percent's purchasing power, it also allows them to reinvest:

"You want to put money directly in the hands of the bottom 90 percent so it will get spent, so it will generate jobs, and so it will oil the wheel of capitalism." 

VIDEO: Obama takes Union message on tour

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:28
President Barack Obama has visited American businesses to promote his State of Union message.

VIDEO: Documentaries vying for Oscar glory

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:27
Talking Movies takes a look at the documentary features which will be battling it out at this year's Oscars

VIDEO: Life-size light display in Singapore

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:21
Chinese communities across the world are preparing to mark Chinese New Year, and the start of the year of the horse.

VIDEO: Secrets of flying snakes revealed

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:17
The mystery of how flying snakes stay aloft may have been solved by scientists.

VIDEO: Al-Shabab recruit: I was in it for money

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:16
A man claiming to be an al-Shabab fighter has told the BBC that he joined for the money.

Two-month deadline for in-app fees

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 16:12
Creators of mobile phone apps that sell in-app purchases are being given two months to comply with new guidelines issued by the Office of Fair Trading.

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