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Hardware 'root of Lloyds' shutdown'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:48
A hardware failure was the cause of the shutdown of some Halifax, Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and TSB cash machines and debit cards on Sunday.

How data is changing the game of basketball

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:28

Today, Marketplace Tech kicks off a new series about sports and technology. We're calling it “Gaming the System." We'll be talking Olympics, World Cup, and yes, this Sunday's Super Bowl. But first let's talk about how some people are using numbers and data tracking to try and change the way basketball is played.

Tonight, when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Phoenix Suns, the players will each be affixed with a tiny GPS unit from a company called Catapult Technology.

"They're basically the size of, like, an apple core, and you wear them under your jersey," says 76ers superfan and blogger at Hoop76, Tom Sunnergren. "What the team can then do is get a baseline measure of how a player's optimal performance is during a practice, and then, you know, make comparisons over the course of the season.

To hear more about the 76ers' GPS units and what the team hopes to do with the data culled from them, click the audio player above.

 

Payout for girl's glue injection

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:27
A girl accidentally injected with glue during a treatment is to receive a multimillion-pound payout from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Lawro's predictions v Gail Emms

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:25
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on badminton star and Spurs fan Gail Emms

Wenger 'will extend Arsenal stay'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:22
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to extend his contract at the club, according to Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Head 'bullied' staff and parents

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:22
A head teacher bullied and intimidated staff and parents at a Cardiff school, a tribunal hears.

School head applicants 'can't spell'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:21
Schools are struggling to fill vacant head teacher posts, partly because some applicants "can't spell", according to the National Governors Association.

VIDEO: Plane flipped upside down in storm

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:15
An aeroplane was flipped upside down in a weekend storm which left a trail of damage.

Mata eager to link up with Rooney

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:10
Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata says he cannot wait to link up with new team-mate Wayne Rooney.

Fourteen held in 'rape plot' inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 07:07
Twelve men and two women are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rape after a number of police raids on properties in Newcastle.

The economics behind Ukraine's unrest

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:59

There's potential for a state of emergency in Ukraine this morning, where protesters are taking over government buildings. The protests began after President Viktor Yanukovych decided to align Ukraine's trade relationship with Russia, instead of the European Union. Ukraine also owes Russia billions of dollars for natural gas. Click the audio player above to hear the BBC's David Stern tell Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary about the economic underpinning of the civil unrest in Ukraine.

Hillsborough suspects 'identified'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:57
An investigation into police conduct in the Hillsborough disaster has identified key suspects, the police watchdog says.

Egypt's El-Sissi Promoted, Military Says He Should Run For President

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:57

Shortly after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was made a field marshal, the military said he should "answer the call of the people" and run for president. Elections are set for April.

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British Satire: Still Current After 170 Years

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:56

Britain is going through a debate on government spending, and NPR's London correspondent, Ari Shapiro, found a magazine cartoon that captures the moment. It's from 1844.

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:52

For decades, American companies have sent their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:52

For decades, American companies have been sending their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.

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VIDEO: Storms reveal three beach shipwrecks

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:45
The January storms expose three shipwrecks on Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire.

Emerging markets spook investors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:42

Emerging markets are starting off 2014 in the worst place they've been in 5 years. Investors are fleeing after recent financial tumult in places like Argentina, Turkey, and Thailand. But that's not the only reason the stock market has hit a stumbling block, says the BBC's John Sudworth in Shanghai.

"It's been a pretty gloomy start to 2014, and I guess to sum it up in a nutshell, two reasons: less Fed, and less China," he says. "I think in particular, it's the less China that we should focus on, and the real worry is that Chinese growth is slowing. And that's why many analysts believe we're seeing the sea of red across the trading boards."

To hear the story, click the audio player above.

Police in stand-off with officer

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:36
Police negotiators try to talk a serving officer from a house in Denbighshire.

VIDEO: Sexism: Did women's movement succeed?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:33
Claims of unwanted sexual advances against a Lib Dem peer and MP suggest the feminist campaigns dating from the 1960s and 1970s might still have some work still to do.

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