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It's Happening: GOP Is Rallying Around Embattled N.J. Governor

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:22

The conservative base of the Republican Party, long skeptical of Gov. Chris Christie because of his bro-hug with President Obama after Superstorm Sandy, is beginning to rally to his side.

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VIDEO: Obama vows limits on spying

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:14
President Barack Obama has ordered curbs on the use of bulk data collected by US intelligence agencies, saying civil liberties must be respected, but campaigners have said the changes do not go far enough.

Kabul restaurant attack 'kills 14'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:04
A suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital kills at least 14 people, including an IMF representative.

Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:03

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.

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Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:01

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.

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VIDEO: Storms take toll on UK wildlife

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:59
Recent storms across the UK have caused travel chaos and left hundreds of homes flooded, and the wild weather has also taken a severe toll on wildlife.

Man dies after two-vehicle crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:59
A 67-year-old man dies following a crash between a car and a lorry in County Armagh.

Study doubts quantum computer speed

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:41
A new academic study has raised doubts about the performance of a commercial quantum computer in certain circumstances.

O'Sullivan wins 6-0 to reach semis

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:40
Ronnie O'Sullivan cruises into the Masters semi-finals with a 6-0 whitewash of Ricky Walden in less than an hour.

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:40

President Obama has enacted more than 1,500 pages of legislation that will fund every federal agency. The spending legislation was approved in the Senate and House this week by wide margins.

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5 Takeaways From The President's NSA Speech

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:34

The president's speech Friday offered a revealing look into the nation's phone data collection program and the direction of the surveillance policy debate. But some of biggest controversies have been put off or pushed to Congress.

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'Cambridge spy' recording broadcast

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:32
The only known audio recording of the voice of "Cambridge spy" Guy Burgess has been broadcast for the first time.

Mitchell 'happy to help PM again'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:29
Andrew Mitchell MP, who resigned as Chief Whip over the 'plebgate' row, refuses to rule out a return to cabinet.

Irish debt no longer rated junk

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:23
The credit rating agency Moody's upgrades Ireland's debt from junk status saying its economy has growth potential.

Amazon's crazy-scary "anticipatory shipping"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:22

This final note about Big Data and what companies know about us.

Amazon has won a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping," which is just what it sounds like: It's gonna start shipping you stuff before you order it.

The Wall Street Journal says Amazon will consider previous orders, product searches, wish lists, shopping-cart contents, returns and even how long your cursor lingers on an item.

Ask Carmen: Tips for choosing student loans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:21

Worried about your student loans? Businessweek reports that "outstanding student debt topped $1 trillion in the third quarter of 2013, and the share of loans delinquent 90 days or more rose to 11.8 percent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York." All other types of debt is decreasing.

Student loan expert Heather Jarvis stopped by the show to give us a few tips on choosing student loans:

"Fill out the free application for federal student aid (at Whether you believe you qualify or not, whether it’s undergraduate school or graduate school, because that’s the foundation of all financial aid, including institutional aid or scholarships that a school might be able to provide. As well as all the different loan programs."

"Avoid private student loans. Because interest rates in the market are so low, private student loans might look like a good option, and they can be appropriate for people in certain circumstances. But they are in general, more expensive and risky than federal student loans. They tend to have higher interest rates that are variable and sometimes can go up with no cap. Focus on [federally-subsidized] Perkins Loans if you can qualify, then the un-subsidized Stafford loans. [When it comes time to pay loans], you’ll want to pay those that are more expensive for you and do not have a subsidy more aggressively."

Want more advice? Listen to the interview above, or check out our post: "How to get rid of your student loans without paying"

Worries over new roads in Tanzania's Serengeti

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:20
Worries over new roads in Tanzania's Serengeti

How smartphones can cut energy bills

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:18
How your phone could cut your bill by a quarter

Chemical Company In West Virginia Water Crisis Files For Bankruptcy

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:16

Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.

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Leinster 36-3 Ospreys

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:08
Leinster are through to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals as Pool One winners after a 36-3 bonus-point win over the Ospreys in Dublin.

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