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Boy, 13, held on suspicion of murder

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:39
A 13-year-old boy is arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in south-west London.

Clarkson: BBC gave me final warning

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:34
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says the BBC has told him he will be sacked if he makes "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time".

Richard III crown displayed in Abbey

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:29
An ornate golden crown designed to go into the coffin of Richard III, goes on display at Tewkesbury Abbey.

New care workers to need certificate

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 02:06
New care workers in England will have to complete a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job, the BBC understands.

Woman's body 'in house up to a year'

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:47
A man is arrested after the body of his mother is found at a house in Greater Manchester.

Aim to boost coast path tourism

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:45
A campaign to boost tourism via the Wales Coast Path is launched to mark the second anniversary of its opening.

Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:36

This week's technology news included Facebook's new anonymous logins, Twitter's latest earnings, the golden egg innovation and other headlines we don't want you to miss.

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John Boehner Faces A Primary Challenge, But Only Barely

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:35

The House speaker is the overwhelming favorite to win his Republican primary election Tuesday. But one of his foes produced a campaign ad that won't soon be forgotten.

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OSCE Observers Released In Ukraine

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:13

Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine released the seven OSCE military observers and five Ukrainian assistants who had been held for more than a week.

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Playing with Machines: Marketplace Tech gets musical

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-05-03 01:00

When you ask someone about their favorite piece of music, the conversation gets personal. Everyone feels music differently -- that's what makes it human. It's why music and technology, at least to some people, seem like a mismatch. Machines are cold. Music is not. 

Here's the thing: We use technology to make music all the time. No, I do not count the auto-tuned antics of Glee tracks released on iTunes. I'm talking about musicians using technology to compose, create, and record music. It's a relationship that gets deeper and more complex all the time. The place where music and technology cross paths is a fascinating intersection.

All this week, we'll talk to musicians for whom tech is an integral part of their process -- From Squarepusher, who wrote an entire EP of music played by robot musicians, to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, who turns herself into a one-woman percussion instrument using loops and drum machines. We'll also talk to prolific film composer John Powell about his recording process for film, and electronic musician/composer Dan Deacon about why the computer is the biggest diva he's ever worked with (and why it has a right to be). DJ Rekha, credited with bringing Bhangra music to America, talks about the technology involved in being a DJ, and how it has evolved over time.

These are musicians and performers at the top of their game who constantly ask themselves how technology can help them be better at what they do, but also wonder how far is too far when it comes to letting machines take over. Each of these guests have funny and insightful comments to offer.

So plug in your keytar, boot up your computer, and let's get to playing with machines.

Cancer care 'set back 10 years'

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 00:57
A county's palliative care has been set back 10 years since a charity helping terminally ill people closed 18 months ago, says a former health trust medical director.

VIDEO: First look at Judith Kerr's new book

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 00:40
Much loved children's author Judith Kerr talks to the BBC about her career, the future of printed books for children and gives a sneak peak of her 31st book.

Fire crews going on strike again

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-03 00:07
Firefighters stage more strikes in a row over pensions after a five-hour walkout on Friday.

Army action resumes in east Ukraine

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 23:33
Ukraine's government resumes military action to tackle pro-Russian separatists in the east, after a day of deadly violence in which dozens died.

The Clifford case and drug firm battles

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 21:34
The newspapers' front pages examine the jailing of publicist Max Clifford and the potential effects of a takeover of British drugs company AstraZeneca.

Rutherford dismisses record critics

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 21:21
Olympic champion Greg Rutherford targets more long jump records to answer critics who questioned his latest success.

Police 'review' new Clifford claims

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 21:17
Detectives are reviewing new allegations made against disgraced publicist Max Clifford, Scotland Yard says.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 20:30
Samsung is ordered to pay $119.6m (£71m) to Apple by a US court for infringing two of its patents, in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants.

Baby heart risk for pregnant smokers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 18:13
Babies born to women over 35 who smoke are at greater risk of having specific heart defects, suggests American research.

Loneliness 'rising among elderly'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 18:13
Loneliness among the elderly in the UK is on the rise, a survey shows.
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