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Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:52

A team called 18F aims to bring a Silicon Valley approach to government IT — one aimed at the users of websites rather than the agencies behind them.

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Bill 'for millions' over rail chaos

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:39
Network Rail issues Thames Water with a "multi-million pound bill" after leaks and a burst water main forced the cancellation of 1,000 trains.

Jordan Considers Handing Over Prisoner For Hostage Pilot

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:34

The Jordanian government says it might trade a notorious attempted suicide bomber for a pilot being held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:29

Edward Gerson is a 100-year-old alumnus of Dartmouth's class of 1935. He's turned his class notes into a column.

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Judge Throws Out Convictions Of Civil Rights Pioneers, 'Friendship 9'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:28

It's been 54 years since students from Friendship College were arrested for a sit-in at McCrory's Five and Dime in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On Wednesday, a Rock Hill judge exonerated them.

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Deal May Be In Sight For Pacific Coast Longshoremen

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:25

After nearly eight months of negotiations, it's still not clear whether a labor deal could end a worsening congestion crisis on the west coast.

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End Of Life Care Can Be Different For Veterans

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:25

Many veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War are now finding themselves needing end-of-life care. These vets are served by hospice care facilities across the country. But caring for vets isn't always the same as caring for others: as veterans approach the end of life, old traumas can resurface or appear for the first time.

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'Coalition talks role' for Tory MPs

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:20
Backbench Conservative MPs expect to be given a key role in any coalition talks involving their party after the next election, BBC Newsnight understands.

Facebook earnings beat expectations

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:16
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.

Supreme Court Tells Oklahoma To Put Off Executions, Citing Drug Dispute

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:10

The execution of three inmates has been put on hold, as the Supreme Court intervenes in a case that involves the controversy over the drugs used to put people to death.

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France releases anti-jihadist video

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 12:05
The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.

Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:48

Oil prices are low because there's too much on the market. That extra oil has to be stored somewhere. A lot of it is sitting on ships at sea, with traders hoping the price will go up soon.

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VIDEO: Star Wars toy sells for £18,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:47
A Star Wars fan who bought a toy 25 years ago for £50 sells it at auction in Teesside for £18,000.

Live, From Iceland: It's A Hamburger

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:34

They call it "The last McDonald's hamburger in Iceland." Purchased more than five years ago, it has been displayed in the Na­tional Museum of Iceland. Now it has its own webcam.

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Seattle star repeats himself again

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:25
Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch answered every reporters' question on Wednesday with, "You know why I'm here".

VIDEO: Inside Tripoli's battle-ravaged airport

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:21
Footage inside Tripoli's abandoned airport shows the extent of damage caused by clashes.

Coder creates smallest chess game

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:18
A computer programmer creates a computer chess program that takes up only 487 bytes of data, breaking a 33-year-old record.

When oil prices fall, Big Oil has an advantage

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:11

It's not that big oil companies love low oil prices, but a part of them doesn't mind. Companies like Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and Chevron — which report earnings over the next few days — aren't just producers selling crude oil. They're also refiners, buying crude and selling gasoline. When crude prices drop, that's good for the refinery side of the business. 

The big producers have another big advantage: long-term planning. "They're always looking at least 10 to 20 years down the road, so they're not a quarter-to-quarter type company," says James Sweeney, a Stanford University professor who studies energy policy.

On the other hand, thousands of smaller producers borrowed money to finance their drilling. Low oil prices are likely putting some of them "in bankruptcy mode," says David Bellman of All Energy Consulting.

Iran picks new United Nations envoy

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:09
Iran has selected Gholamali Khoshru as its ambassador to the United Nations in New York, less than one year after the US rejected its first choice.

Fed to remain 'patient' on rate rise

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:58
The US Federal Reserve reiterates that it will be patient in raising interest rates, but adds it is weighing "international developments".