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Fifty inmates in prison disturbance

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:11
Up to 50 prisoners are involved in a disturbance at the new HMP Grampian in Peterhead, the Scottish Prison Service says.

In pictures: Baton relay - Europe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:08
Queen's Baton Relay as it travels round Europe

VIDEO: 'GSK bribery pushed up drug prices'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:06
Chinese authorities have accused a British GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) executive of ordering staff to bribe hospital officials to use its products.

Only neutrality will keep net free, says Franken

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:00

One of the most vocal supporters of Network Neutrality, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota recently spoke about the issue in even starker terms, calling the fight over net neutrality the "Free Speech Issue of Our Time."

Sen. Franken argues that if given the chance to monopolize access to higher speed, large corporations will dominate the internet, which up to this point has been an equal opportunity space. It's why he and fellow Net Neutrality believers argue that internet providers should be reclassified as "common carriers," subject to the same restrictions as other public utilities.

With FCC chair Tom Wheeler reportedly playing around with the idea of an internet "fast lane," Sen. Franken says he would most likely work on counter legislation if, in fact, the FCC moves forward with the idea. He believes that at the end of the day, the idea of providing faster service for those who can pay infringes on the constitutional rights of American citizens.

"You want someone’s individual blog to travel as fast as the New York Times. It’s a first amendment issue. That should be non-partisan."

 

British Open fails women, says David

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:54
World number one Nicol David says the British Open is letting down women by failing to put matches on show courts.

Scores more sex gang victims found

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:51
Police in Oxford identify 50 to 60 young women as potential victims of a paedophile ring which operated in the city between 2004 to 2012.

Cornwall coach crash driver released

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:38
A 57-year-old driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in a coach crash in Cornwall is released on police bail.

Glaxo China head named in probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:34
Chinese authorities accuse a British GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) executive of ordering staff to bribe hospital officials to use its products.

Sony to be unprofitable until 2015

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:29
Japanese electronics giant Sony forecasts it will remain unprofitable until 2015 after a restructuring saw it exit the PC business.

UKIP student quits over campaign

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:20
A prominent member of UKIP's youth wing quits the party, accusing it of descending into a "form of racist populism".

Ex-Man Utd player Park Ji-Sung retires

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:19
Former Manchester United and South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung retires from football at the age of 33.

'No extremism' says Birmingham school

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:11
A Birmingham school at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" allegations has no religious extremism of any kind, says the chair of governors.

China accuses GSK foreign executive of bribery

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:02

Chinese authorities have accused a foreign executive with British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline of ordering his subordinates to bribe Chinese doctors in order to boost the company’s drug sales in China.

China’s government will now prosecute Mark Reilly, the foreign executive for GSK for bribery. For the Chinese government to go after a non-ethnic Chinese foreign executive is unprecedented and in this case, the executive in question - Mark Reilly - returned to China from his home in the UK to assist with the police investigation.

According to Jim McGregor, author of "One Billion Customers," Chinese leader Xi Jinping is doing his best to show his country that the Party will root out corruption. Part of that strategy, says McGregor, is to go after foreign companies.

“When China has troubles and they want to clean up an industry or stop certain practices, they’ll usually go after the foreign companies because they’re not connected politically like a state-owned company who is connected to all kinds of people and it’s very complicated to go after them because you affect a whole network of people, so foreign companies are more of a free-fire zone,” says McGregor.

The move has long-time China hands like McGregor asking: If China's government plans to charge GSK with giving millions of dollars' worth of bribes in China, what does it plan to do about the Chinese officials and doctors who were allegedly on the other side of the bribes?

The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:47

World's Fairs still exist, but just two cities bid to host the 2017 Expo. In contrast, seven U.S. cities are vying for the 2024 Olympics, and the games just signed a $7.75 billion deal with NBC.

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Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:46

Minors can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can farm tobacco. A new Human Rights Watch report says the practice is hazardous; cigarette makers say there are some safe roles for kids on farms.

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Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:46

A Cleveland catalog company says jumps in insurance costs may force it to stop offering a group health plan to its 700 workers. But first, the firm is pushing for healthier habits among employees.

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China Puts Brass On Trial In Fight Against Military Corruption

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:45

China's fast-growing armed forces face increased scrutiny over how they are spending what is now the world's second-largest military budget.

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New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:44

In a city notorious for its murder rate, more than 90 percent of victims are black. To help break the cycle, police are testing a new approach: trying to win the hearts and minds of middle-schoolers.

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How France's National Front won in socialist heartland

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:24
How France's National Front is winning in socialist heartland

Five Habitat products that changed the home

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:21
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