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Male dies after being hit by vehicle

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:53
A male pedestrian has died after being hit by a vehicle in Aberdeenshire, police say.

Coast car plunge woman rescued

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:32
Rescuers free a woman trapped in her car when it plunges through railings and lands on its roof at the coast with the tide approaching.

Bill changes to 'simplify' energy

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:19
A ban on complex energy tariffs is coming into force as the regulator introduces reforms aimed at making switching suppliers easier.

VIDEO: Annual animal census at London Zoo

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15
London Zoo conducts its annual animal census.

China sacks official over poll fraud

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:04
A senior Chinese official is sacked in relation to an electoral fraud scandal that saw 500 lawmakers resign, the Communist Party watchdog says.

AUDIO: Does the NHS need to be improved?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:03
Clive Stafford Smith, founder of the legal charity Reprieve, talks to NHS staff and patients.

Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:56

Order cod in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you're buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:55

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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AUDIO: 'Governments seek god-like knowledge'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:54
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the subject of knowledge, and its relationship with power.

'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:54

The Trillium Community Health Plan in Oregon gave 50 schools money to integrate the Good Behavior Game. It keeps kids plugged in and learning, and hopefully less likely later to pick up a dangerous habit like smoking.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:53

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Surgery implant has 'huge potential'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:45
Researchers in Oxford have developed a degradable implant which they say has huge potential to improve surgical success rates

Miners' strike: 'Police fitted me up'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:44
Did police falsify evidence against striking miners in the 1980s?

Rescue Begins For Icebound Ship In Antarctica

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:17

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday. The helicopter will carry the passengers a dozen at a time in an operation expected to take five hours

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2014: the year of the smarter watch?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:11
Why 2014's wearable tech needs to get smarter

VIDEO: 2014: the year of the smarter watch?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:09
The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent thinks 2014's wearable tech needs to get a lot smarter if it is to go mainstream.

VIDEO: How to regulate crowdfunding?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:08
Entrepreneurs have been looking to the general public for cash to get their start-up businesses going, in 2014 regulators in Europe and the US are set to bring in rules.

'Simple swaps' for healthy meals

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:48
A new public health campaign in England is urging families to make simple foods swaps such as switching to low fat spreads.

"A communist party casino" - Despite the lift of IPO ban in China, investors remain unhappy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:44

It’s the first trading of the New Year at Shenyin Wanguo stock brokerage house in Shanghai. A gray haired man everyone calls ‘Old Chen’ watches stock prices along the floor-to-ceiling trading board. On the Shanghai stock exchange, red numbers -a symbol of communism- are good. Green numbers mean share prices are falling. "Look at the board!" screams Chen. "It’s the first day of the year and it’s all green! This is a casino - A communist party casino! We can’t possibly win against them. I gotta stop coming here," he mutters, still staring at the board.

This is not the response from investors China’s government was hoping for when they reopened the market to new listings. Securities analyst Qian Qimin says China will have to do a lot more to restore investor confidence. "The rate of return investing in stocks in China is lower than the bank deposit rate," says Qian. "Insider trading also continues to be a big problem."

Back on the trading floor, trader Jin Demin says investing in stocks in China is hopeless in a country where the markets are controlled by the state. Jin says when US stocks go up, China’s drop. When US stocks drop, China’s drop further.

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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