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In pictures: World Architecture Festival 2014 shortlist

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:07
Shortlist of the architectural awards programme

VIDEO: Bidding for art with emotions

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:02
The world's first "emotional" auction, where people pay with feelings rather than money, has taken place in Sweden.

AUDIO: Richard III 'showers audience in fake blood'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:01
A production of Shakespeare's Richard III is to send fake blood into the audience. Its director Jamie Lloyd and critic David Lister discuss.

North Dakota oil wells drain energy and money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:00

A defining sight in the booming oil fields of North Dakota is flames flaring from the top of wells -- burning off natural gas that escapes during pumping.

Today oil wells in the state burn about a third of the natural gas that comes when fracking for oil. North Dakota officials estimate that’s like burning about $50 million dollars a month.

The problem is drillers have rushed to extract oil and ignored building pipelines to capture natural gas needed to ship to market. Basically, economist Philip Verleger says ,it’s cheaper to burn money than build pipelines.

“The economics of constructing a pipeline to every one of these large number of wells becomes prohibitive,” he says.

After getting input from industry, this week state officials said that by the fall, wells must capture 76 percent of natural gas or be forced to cut oil production.

Western Environmental Law Center Senior Policy Advisor Thomas Singer says state leaders and industry officials know the current level of flaring is unsustainable.

“They recognize that a gold rush in the Wild West where everybody goes out and starts poking holes is really a very wasteful way to develop these resources,” he says.

Singer says the test now is to see if the state enforces its own rules. 

With credit card debt, not all states are equal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:00

The average American has more than $3,600 in credit card debt, but that number is falling.

“Not a huge decline overall -- about $27 dollars this year compared to last, but it’s still an improvement,” says Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education at Credit.com. “It’s a good thing for consumers to carry less credit card debt. It’s good for their credit score and it’s good for their wallets.”

So why do some states owe more than others?

Alan Ikemura, senior product manager at Experian, says people have bigger credit card debt in states that have higher costs of living and where the employment picture hasn’t improved.

“The economy hasn’t picked up as well in certain areas and so there might actually be an immediate need for the utilization of credit," Ikemura says. "On the flip side, [people in states] that have recovered really well, [are] more confident overall in the economy, so they’re just spending more.”

Ikemura says the fact that American’s are paying down their credit card debt is a sign the overall economy is improving. 

Experian Decision Analytics released a list of average credit card debt by state for Q1 of 2014. So which states have the highest average debt?

1. Alaska -- $4,472

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2. New Jersey -- $4,431

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3. Connecticut -- $4,351

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4. Maryland -- $4,214

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5. Georgia -- $4,192

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6. Delaware -- $4,165

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7. Washington, D.C. -- $4,115

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8. Virginia -- $4,068

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9. Rhode Island -- $4,056

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10. Texas -- $4,047

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Silicon Tally: Independence and surveillance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news? This week we're joined by Julia Angwin, author of "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance." var _polldaddy = [] || _polldaddy; _polldaddy.push( { type: "iframe", auto: "1", domain: "marketplaceapm.polldaddy.com/s/", id: "silicon-tally-independence-surveillance", placeholder: "pd_1404443731" } ); (function(d,c,j){if(!document.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=('https:'==document.location.protocol)?'https://polldaddy.com/survey.js':'http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js';s=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);}}(document,'script','pd-embed'));

British Gas staff mis-sold deals

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:58
The UK's biggest energy supplier, British Gas, mis-sold energy deals by making exaggerated claims to potential customers, the regulator says.

Van Gogh painting in Reading cafe

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:55
Van Gogh's Houses at Auvers II, from a 200-strong private collection of priceless artworks, goes on display in a Reading cafe.

Hamas 'ready for Gaza ceasefire'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:51
Hamas says it is ready for a ceasefire with Israel, amid tension around the planned funeral of a murdered Palestinian teenager, the BBC understands.

AUDIO: Schools 'must tackle homophobia'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:44
Anna Williams says that teachers are not receiving the necessary training to combat homophobia in schools.

Fifa linked to Brazil ticket gang

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:41
Police in Brazil say they have identified a Fifa official alleged to have been involved in the illegal sale of World Cup tickets.

Mother of three extradited to the US

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:35
A mother of three who fled her husband in the US is extradited from the UK on charges of kidnapping her children, campaigners say.

'Anthrax found' in Hungarian beef

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:31
Five people are admitted to a Hungarian hospital after the discovery of the deadly anthrax disease in beef, reports say.

Earthquake in Scottish Highlands

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:23
A magnitude 3 quake is recorded in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

VIDEO: The British trying to bring aid to Syria

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:19
British citizens have been warned by the government not to travel to Syria for any reason - but some are ignoring the warnings and going anyway.

Man arrested over tower block death

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:07
A 49-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Alan Whitelaw in his Glasgow home. police say.

Andy Coulson facing sentencing

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:57
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is due to be sentenced after he was found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones.

Director charged over crew death

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:56
The director of a biopic about singer Gregg Allman, and two of the film's producers, are facing involuntary manslaughter charges, following the death on set of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

£11m beach estate bought by family

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:48
The sale of a 750-acre (303 hectare) seaside estate in south Devon has been agreed, say agents.

VIDEO: The East End room visited by Gandhi

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:36
Hardeep Singh Kohli on the life of the man known as the Father of India, and his 1931 visit to London's East End.
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