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Illegal excavations 'damage' Wall

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:58
Unlawful excavations along Hadrian's Wall are having a "damaging effect" on North East culture and archaeology, heritage groups warn.

Fifty Shades film 'better than book'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:54
First reviews of mummy-porn romance Fifty Shades of Grey say the film is better than the book it is based on.

Where is the deal between Athens and Berlin?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:47
Is the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis talking nonsense when he claims he offers a solution for the whole eurozone?

A&E intervention 'responsible move'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:40
The first minister says a decision to intervene at a hospital that failed to meet accident and emergency waiting times targets was a "responsible move".

Wal-Mart, eh?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:30
$710.7 billion

That's Apple's market value at the end of the day Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported, making them the first U.S. company to pass a $700 billion market cap. WSJ attributes the growth to Apple's sales in China, which grew a whooping 70 percent during the last quarter alone. 

$1,000

That's how much it can cost to develop a multiple choice question for the new tests tied to Common Core standards that will be rolled out next week. The high price tag can come from paying for the rights to copyrighted text, outsourcing to a third-party company to write the question, and several layers of vetting—it works out to around $24 per test-taking student. But many say the weight these tests carry merits the costs.

$0

That's what the Disney-owned Marvel Studios reportedly to "lease" Spider-Man for its movies while Sony Pictures keeps the rights to the Marvel Comics character. The arrangement benefits both parties: Sony has struggled with diminishing box office returns and hopes Marvel will give them a boost, while Marvel still holds merchandising rights to the character, and stands to make a mint if "Spider-Man" movies do well. The Hollywood Reporter also cites insiders who say Disney is getting its ducks in a row to potentially buy Sony Pictures.

$765 million

That's how much the NFL agreed to pay towards care and neurological testing for retired players in last year's settlement over concussions sustained during game play. In its efforts to improve player safety, the league has recruited a prominent physician, Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, as its first chief health advisor. In her new advisory role at the NFL, which is expected to consume about one day a month of her time, she will have broad oversight over internal and external medical staff.

29 supercenters

That's how many supercenters Wal-Mart says it will build in Canada. Wednesday's announcement comes not long after Target announced it would exit the country after launching its own Canadian expansion in 2013. As reported by the WSJ, the Wal-Mart says the expansion will create nearly 5,000 construction, store and distribution center jobs in Canada.

10 years

That's how long you have to up your earnings before things start to stagnate, the Washington Post reported. A new report from the New York Fed shows wages rise mostly during the first ten years of one's career, in their twenties. The only people who keep making more over their whole career are the to earners, according to the Fed data.

Pink van not patronising - Harman

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:21
Harriet Harman insists Labour's pink campaign van will help it reach women voters as social media users attack it as "patronising".

City venues to share grand prix

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:04
Glasgow and Birmingham will share the hosting of the Indoor Grand Prix between 2016 and 2020.

Sky shares down after football deal

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 00:47
Sky shares open down more than 4% after it agrees to pay £4.1bn to show live Premier League football between 2016 and 2019.

Migrants missing in Mediterranean

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 00:41
More than 200 migrants are missing after their boats sink off in Mediterranean, the UN refugee agency says.

'Nobody more sophisticated than me'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 00:35
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says there is no more sophisticated manager in the Premier League than him.

Murder police search field for girl

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 00:32
Police investigating the suspected murder of a teenager who has been missing for more than seven years are searching a field in Blackpool.

TV rights deal 'hurts England team'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 00:16
Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar says the England team will be damaged by the £5.14bn Premier League TV rights deal.

Two women die in separate crashes

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:49
Two women die in separate crashes in counties Antrim and Down.

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Families Want To Help Find Out

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:40

Many things raise the risk for cancer, including exposure to various toxins and radiation. But our knowledge about the range of chemicals and compounds that can trigger cancer is limited.

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Safer banking tips for disabled people

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:40
The people who have to reveal their Pin numbers to others

Boy dies after being knocked down

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:32
A nine-year-old boy has died after being struck by a car on the A92 in Glenrothes early on Tuesday evening.

Cheaper oil 'will not boost growth'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:21
Lower oil prices will fail to give a "significant boost" to global growth in the next two years, according to a report by Moody's.

Know Your Exposure: A Cancer Quiz

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:03

Throughout life we are subjected to many things that can affect our risk for developing cancer. Take our quiz to learn more.

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Patients 'on trolleys for 12 hours'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 22:35
Critical care and emergency services at Bristol's new £430m hospital are criticised by a health watchdog.

VIDEO: Australia wins Eurovision 'wildcard'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 22:09
Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, organisers confirm.

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