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PM rejects Gates' defence warning

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:51
David Cameron dismisses a warning from ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates that armed forces cuts would diminish the UK's military standing.

Photos May Show Marines Burning Iraqis' Bodies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:48

The Marine Corps is looking into images obtained by the entertainment website TMZ. They appear to show U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi fighters during the 2004 battles in Fallujah.

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CCGs - saving lives or forcing cuts?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:47
Arguments intensify over how health budget is managed

Skelton's recipe for 'Bake Off' success

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:36
School Reporters grill Helen Skelton on life after Blue Peter and being on 'The Great Sport Relief Bake Off'

Only Fools star Lloyd Pack dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:35
British actor Roger Lloyd Pack, best known as Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 69, his agent confirms.

New drug mix for Ohio execution

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:34
A man convicted of murder in the US state of Ohio is set to be executed using a new, never-before-tried combination of lethal injection drugs.

Lloyd Pack's memorable lines

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:28
The best comic lines uttered in character by Roger Lloyd Pack

VIDEO: 'Ring of truth' in Gates' military claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:22
Ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' claims about UK military spending do have a "ring of truth", says a former UK Chief of the General Staff.

Police chief faces shooting charges

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:18
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is to be prosecuted for safety breaches after an unarmed man was shot dead in Cheshire.

VIDEO: Osborne: 'Britain is making things again'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 07:01
Chancellor George Osborne has announced £30 million of funding to develop 3D printing and aerospace technology in Coventry

Van Persie backs 'leading man' Moyes

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:59
Striker Robin van Persie backs David Moyes as the Manchester United boss looks to address the club's stop-start season.

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:59

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.

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Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:59

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.

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German bribery trial for Ecclestone

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:56
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will face bribery trial on charges of allegedly giving a $45m (£27.5m) bribe to a German banker, a court in Munich rules.

Why is Congress focusing on poverty?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:53

Income inequality is at levels we haven’t seen since the 1920s, according to Gary Burtless, an economist at the Brookings Institution. But Burtless says there’s a key difference between then and now -- government safety net programs like unemployment benefits and food stamps. But Burtless says the fruits of the current economic recovery aren’t being distributed equally.

"The stock market has hit new record highs and there has been a very sharp recovery in the income position and the wealth position of people who were very affluent," he says. 

Wages for lower income Americans haven’t improved much since 2007.  And, Burtless says, the high unemployment rate certainly doesn’t help.

“If there are three people looking for a job for every vacancy then workers are in a very weak bargaining position," he explains.

And those workers are spread out. In Republican, and Democratic congressional districts. Which is one reason why both parties are paying attention to inequality. 

Radio fame cancer patient dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:50
An "inspirational" cancer patient praised for sharing his experiences of the disease in appearances on BBC Radio 5 Live dies.

Clegg urges Rennard to apologise

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:38
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg increases pressure on the party's former chief executive, Lord Rennard, to apologise following an inquiry into claims he sexually harassed activists.

Roache 'raped girl in his two homes'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:37
A jury hears a woman say Coronation Street star William Roache was "cold and calculated" when he raped her as a girl.

New video 'shows captive US soldier'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:35
A new video of a US soldier held captive since 2009 by the Taliban has given his family hope for his eventual safe return.

Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 06:35

The Committee on the Rights of the Child takes church officials to task for their handling of sex abuse allegations, saying the Holy See must "take all appropriate measures" to keep children safe.

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