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BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 08:00
Man Utd want Bayern's Kroos, Fulham back in for Morrison, Liverpool want Ince, two teams bid for Osvaldo, plus more.

How A Divorce Can Boost Health Insurance Subsidies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:56

If a couple divorces, each person's eligibility for insurance-related tax credits will generally be based on his or her own annual income. The former spouse's income won't be counted, even if the couple filed taxes jointly the previous year.

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Opposition 'Gaining Ground' In Ukraine?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:54

The prime minister is quitting. Anti-protest laws have been repealed. Moves are being made that may give protesters amnesty. But the opposition says it will remain in the streets until the government agrees to its demands, which include new elections.

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PODCAST: White House to raise minimum wage for federal contracts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:53

Tonight, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Income inequality is something the president has said he wants to tackle this year, but he has also acknowledged it is unlikely he is going to get much support from congress on anything.  So, what are President Obama’s options?

Next time you take out your smart phone for a game of Angry Birds or to check Facebook, there's a chance someone's watching you. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters could be tracking data from some mobile apps

Silicon Valley, of course, is known for its casual dress, which means t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. But don't be fooled, techies care a lot more about fashion than they let on. Or put another way, there’s a lot of code in the Silicon Valley dress code.

One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:51's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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Mikaeel mother appears in court

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:48
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular appears in court in Edinburgh for a second time charged with his murder.

60 million people will get new Google Glass frames covered by insurance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:38

It’s a big day for Google Glass.

The tech giant has announced a deal with VSP, the country’s largest optic health insurance provider to cover frames for Google Glass. The company also unveiled a new product line of frames hoping to tone down that tech-geek look that the current frameless headset has right now.

Forrester Research Vice President J.P. Gownder says it helps to team up with an outfit like VSP when you market something that looks like a Star Trek leftover.

“It really increases the credibility of Google Glass. Google Glass compatible lens will be sold probably at many opticians who carry VSP,” he says.

That’s some 30,000 opticians nationwide. VSP also ensures more than 60 million consumers, and in this new arrangement will give its patients about $120 off the price of frames.

The computer part of the glasses though will still run north of $1,000 dollars.

“It’s still a lot for something that I don’t think your average consumer will see as a necessity," says Carolina Milanesi with Kantar ComTech.

She says to succeed, Google Glass must overcome privacy concerns and simple strangeness. “In particular something that is maybe a little bit more intrusive, more in your face, excuse the pun,” she says.

Google hopes disguising the product with fashionable titanium steel eyewear will make it easier to ignore that minicomputer attached your head. 

In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:38

China's rapid growth has been fueled in large part by rampant borrowing. Local governments have racked up nearly $3 trillion in debt. Experts say such growth isn't sustainable, but the Communist Party controls the banking system, so defaults aren't likely.

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FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be 'High Risk'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:37

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health. Critics say the agency now needs to get companies to commit to phasing out the drugs given to animals at low doses to make them grow faster.

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Lapdancer kidnap plot 'pure fantasy'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:32
A claim that a nightclub boss was kidnapped and robbed by three lapdancers in Gloucestershire is "pure fantasy", a jury is told.

U.S. Olympic Ski Team 'lives high, trains low'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:13

Have you ever heard the phrase “live high, train low”? It’s part of the strategy employed by a U.S. Olympic Ski Team about to head to Sochi for the games. The idea is to acclimate the body to an altitude with less oxygen, which can boost performance. Today, on the second conversation in our sports and tech series "Gaming the System," Marketplace Tech talks with Jim Stray-Gundersen, who advises Team USA and pumps nitrogen into athletes’ bedrooms so they can live high and train low. Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

State of the Union fatigue

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:12
Calls to rethink how presidents deliver their annual message

Nuns' behaviour 'almost psychotic'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:12
Nuns' treatment of children at a residential care home was "bordering on the psychotic", Northern Ireland's Historical Abuse Inquiry is told.

Travis: Radio 1 assault claim 'lies'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:07
Former DJ Dave Lee Travis tells a court that allegations he assaulted a teenager in a Radio 1 studio are "out and out lies".

School snow days 'no learning lost'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 07:00
Closing schools on occasional days because of bad weather does not damage learning, according to a Harvard study.

Study links DDT exposure to Alzheimer's disease

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-28 06:33

There is a link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. Eighty percent of Alzheimer's patients involved in the study had evidence of exposure to DDT. DDT was a widely used pesticide in the U.S. for over 30 years before it was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972.

"In our study, we found that of the patients that we sampled had on average about four times the level of DDE [a compound created when DDT breaks down] in their blood, and this was associated with about a fourfold increase in risk for being diagnosed with Alzheimer's," says Dr. Jason Richardson, the lead author of the new study. "We have to be very cautious with this. Studies like this can't really tell you about the cause of the Alzheimer's."

To hear more of Lizzie O'Leary's interview with Dr. Jason Richardson, click the audio player above.


New F1 car noses worry top designer

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 06:30
The controversial nose designs of the new Formula 1 cars could be a safety risk, says the sport's leading designer.

Does the government like what you're up to on Facebook?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-28 06:04

Next time you take out your smart phone for a game of Angry Birds or to check Facebook, there's a chance someone's watching you. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and reported on by The New York Times, the Guardian, and Pro Publica show that the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters could be tracking data from some mobile apps. To hear the story from the BBC's  security correspondent Gordon Corera, click the audio player above.

82 Lloyds Banking Group jobs to go

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 05:57
Eighty-two jobs are to go in Wales with another 12 relocated as part of restructuring plans by the Lloyds banking group cutting more than 1,000 jobs.

Day in pictures: 28 January 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-28 05:56
24 hours of news photos: 28 January

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