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Top heads parachuted into schools

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:43
A "champions league" of top head teachers are to be parachuted into struggling schools to help turn things around, the government says.

Want crime trends? Just ask people

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:38
To understand crime trends, just speak to people

Cancer drug dad jailed for killings

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:28
A cancer patient is jailed for life for killing his wife and daughter after suffering an adverse psychiatric reaction to his chemotherapy drugs.

Mexico tries to reassure vigilantes

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:27
Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong tells vigilantes to trust the security forces to do their job and urges them to lay down arms.

Chuck E. Cheese sold for nearly $1 billion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:15

Let's paint a little picture of one corporate story in the news this Thursday morning...  

Men and women in $4000 suits sitting around a fancy, mahogany-lined boardroom at a big private equity firm. 

They're earnestly discussing a new and promising acquisition...

Chuck E. Cheese. You know, the place where "a kid can be a kid?"

An entity connected to Apollo Global Management is buying the restaurant and arcade game chain for $950 million (when the assumption of debt is included)

Chuck E. Cheese -- the restaurant chain with pizza, high-pitched laughter and sometimes tears. 

VP Biden phoned Robinson over Haass

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:11
It is understood Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson took phone calls from both the US vice-president and the UK prime minister in the final days of the Haass talks.

Labour wants to change leader vote

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:09
The Labour Party is considering moving to a "one member, one vote" leadership election system, amid talks about the future of its relationship with the unions.

Military cuts 'limit UK world role'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:00
Spending cuts to the UK's armed forces will prevent it having a full military partnership with America, ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warns.

Hal Faulkner, Marine Whose Last Wish Was An Honorable Discharge, Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 04:00

In 1956, Faulkner was given an "undesirable" discharge because he was gay. About a year ago, Faulkner learned he had terminal cancer. The Marines expedited a change in his status and earlier this month Faulkner's discharge was changed to "honorable." He died Tuesday at the age of 79.

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'No abnormalities' before crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:58
The gearbox of a helicopter which crashed with the loss of 16 lives had "no abnormalities" the night before, a fatal accident inquiry hears.

Workers 'cut' from C4 benefits show

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:57
Bosses of Channel 4's Benefits Street are accused of leaving out a working couple from the show because they are not on benefits.

Happiness agenda 'still alive'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:49
The tricky task of being the minister for happiness

Police criticised in new inquest bid

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:48
A man seeking a fresh inquest into his stepdaughter's death tells the High Court that Norfolk Police "did not effectively investigate".

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:43
An MP demands a government statement amid fears over the accuracy of cattle TB statistics.

Uganda troops battle S Sudan rebels

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:41
Ugandan troops are fighting alongside South Sudanese government forces against rebels, President Museveni confirms.

GB medal targets for Sochi announced

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:40
Team GB target at least three medals from the Winter Olympics in Sochi as well as two Paralympic medals.

Hariri murder trial begins at Hague

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:40
The in-absentia trial of four men accused of murdering Lebanese ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 begins at a special tribunal at The Hague.

What do our cars know about us?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:34

If you've got a newer car, chances are it's got GPS. That's useful, but it also might be collecting data on you. A Ford executive recently stirred up controversy when he said the automaker knows when drivers of its cars break traffic laws.

Alan Mulally, Ford's CEO, later said that Ford doesn't track cars -- and won't even down the road. He also called for better privacy laws as cars add new location-based technology.

Ryan Calo, Law Professor at the University of Washington, joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to discuss. 

More Christmas retail winners emerge

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:23
Argos, Dixons and Halfords become the latest UK retailers to report strong trading over the crucial Christmas period.

Home sales 'highest for six years'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 03:16
The number of UK homes sold per surveyor has more than doubled since the depth of the housing market downturn, a survey suggests.

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