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Blindfold sex knife attack ex jailed

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:25
A woman who lured her ex-husband to her home for sex before blindfolding and stabbing him is jailed for attempted murder.

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:23
Arsenal score three goals inside 30 minutes and cruise to victory in Galatasaray but cannot claim top spot in their group.

Ebola Cases Are Down, So Should Liberians Stop Worrying?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:11

The country is now reporting fewer than 100 new cases each week. But the CDC's chief there says Liberia must stay alert and not allow the presence of Ebola to become a new norm.

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Santa Claus' estimated salary for 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:00

According to insure.com, Santa Claus would make $139,924 this year. This is up 1.5 percent from last year.

The insurance website used Labor Department wage and hour data to calculate its estimate. Most of Santa's salary comes from managing the North Pole toy factory and piloting the sleigh, which the survey determined would earn him the salaries of an industrial engineer and a pilot, respectively.

They also commissioned a survey to see how much people think Santa should make. A total of 29 percent say $1.8 billion, or $1 for each child on the planet under the age of 15. Another 29 percent said he should work for free, and the rest split the difference.

The survey polled 895 adults who said Santa visits their homes.

Here's Santa Claus' estimated salary this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:00

According to insure.com, Santa Claus would make $139,924 this year. This is up 1.5 percent from last year.

The insurance website used Labor Department wage and hour data to calculate its estimate. Most of Santa's salary comes from managing the North Pole toy factory and piloting the sleigh, which the survey determined would earn him the salaries of an industrial engineer and a pilot, respectively.

They also commissioned a survey to see how much people think Santa should make. A total of 29 percent say $1.8 billion, or $1 for each child on the planet under the age of 15. Another 29 percent said he should work for free, and the rest split the difference.

The survey polled 895 adults who said Santa visits their homes.

Merck invests in new antibiotics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:00

Pharmaceutical giant Merck is acquiring antibiotics maker Cubist for more than $8 billion. The deal upends conventional thinking in the market: Some 23,000 Americans die each year from infections resistant to drugs, and overprescribing worsens the problem. Yet big drug companies have been exiting the space since it’s not lucrative.

Analysts say the Merck deal may make sense for a few reasons. Drug companies are focusing more on targeted products than blockbusters. Those new antibiotics can shorten hospital stays and persuade insurance companies to pay for them. Federal grants also help companies develop new antibiotics, and more may be on the way. Finally, the scarcity of next-generation antibiotics may help drug makers raise prices.

Click below to hear an interview on the subject with Michael Kinch, director of Washington University's Center for Research Innovation in Business.

 

Click below for a longer interview with Jeff Wager, co-founder and CEO of Enbiotix.

 

 

 

 

Why a strong dollar's a dud for indebted foreign firms

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:00

The dollar is super strong right now.  It's up 11 percent against the euro, and 16 percent versus the yen.

That's good news for Americans who want to spend their money abroad. It's even better news for foreign companies who want to sell their stuff to us. Except for the ones that borrowed money in dollars – which is a lot of companies over the last few years.

Those companies have to pay interest in dollars on those loans, but they get paid locally in their own currency. So, as the dollar rises, they have to pay more local currency to buy the dollars to service their debts. There's a big risk here, if companies start to default on those loans, or, worse go bankrupt. It could present a threat to their host countries, and maybe to the entire economy.

Cosmo and CoverGirl team up on New Year's Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-08 11:00

Cosmopolitan magazine has teamed up with one of their biggest advertisers, Cover Girl makeup, to ring in the New Year together.

 

The two companies agreed to a joint sponsorship of the New Year’s Eve ball at Times Square in New York City. 

 

The event has lots of marketing potential, according to Jessica L’Esperance, a Vice President of User Experience at Huge Inc. She says experiential advertising is preferable to stagnant, traditional methods. For Cover Girl, the event means people in Times Square will be able to try their products in an environment that they associate with a fun celebration.

 

"There is no print ad or TV commercial that's really going to help you see it on your own face," says L’Esperance.

 

From Cosmo’s perspective, getting one of your advertisers like to help foot your marketing bill is a pretty savvy strategy too, according to Cathy McPhillips of the Content Marketing Institute. Cosmo and Cover Girl has very similar audiences and they're not competitors.

 

But McPhillips says getting into bed with just one advertiser could backfire for Cosmo. They run the risk of losing advertising dollars from some of their other clients. 

How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:57

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.

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U.S. Boosts Security At Facilities Ahead Of Torture Report's Release

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:54

The White House says the report "could lead to a greater risk" to U.S. facilities and individuals around the world, but that the president supported the Senate's release scheduled for Tuesday.

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Alex Salmond meets his lookalike

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:39
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond meets his professional lookalike for the first time.

VIDEO: Oohs and aahs of the FA Cup draw

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:34
The crowd in Hull react after their side is drawn against Arsenal in the first match picked out in the FA Cup third round draw.

NY call for police killing inquiries

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:33
New York's Attorney General has asked the governor for the power to investigate and prosecute local police killings of unarmed civilians.

VIDEO: 'Lives saved' as Hagupit nears Manila

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:33
Hundreds of volunteers in Manila are helping to bag up food supplies for areas which may be cut off by Tropical storm Hagupit.

FA Cup final repeat in third round draw

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:26
Last year's finalists Arsenal and Hull City meet in the third round of the FA Cup in one of four all-Premier League ties.

2014 A Year Of 'Unspeakable Brutality' For Children In Conflict Zones

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:19

The United Nations Children's Fund says that an estimated 230 million children around the world live in countries where there are armed conflicts.

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Liverpool v Basel

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:14
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's players can write themselves into club folklore by beating Basel in the Champions League.

Miliband pledges votes at 16 by 2016

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:13
A future Labour government will ensure that 16 and 17-year-olds can vote in elections from May 2016, Ed Miliband says.

End Fraternities' Suspension, UVa Urged, Amid 'Rolling Stone' Fallout

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00

The call by national organizations representing fraternities and sororities comes after the magazine acknowledged "discrepancies" in its story on gang rape. The story had prompted the suspensions.

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Doping claims damaging - Lord Coe

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-08 09:59
Lord Coe has admitted that allegations of systematic doping in Russian athletics are damaging the sport.

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