National / International News

Grooming gang jail appeals dismissed

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:26
Four men from Rochdale lose appeals against their sentences for sex offences against a 15-year-old girl.

Man held over threats to kill police

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:25
A 31-year-old man is arrested in connection with threats to kidnap and kill a serving police officer.

Political risks are big market risks

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:24
Why are stock markets and bond markets gyrating from Shanghai, to Athens, to Frankfurt, London and New York?

Theatre sends porn DVDs to children

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:10
The Edinburgh Playhouse issues an apology after accidentally sending pornographic DVDs to children and their parents.

Locum doctors prop up A&E services

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:06
Almost one in four A&E departments in hospitals in England fill more than 25% of their senior staff vacancies with agency doctors or locums.

Revolution a distant memory as Egypt escalates repression

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:02
Protesters behind Egypt's 2011 uprising hoped for fundamental reform and an end to oppression, but fear only the president has changed - and not the regime.

Cameron in Turkey for terror talks

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:01
David Cameron is holding talks with Turkish leaders on how to deal with the terrorist threat from Islamic State militants.

Obama: CIA's 'Harsh Methods' Inconsistent With Values, National Security

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:34

Earlier, GOP Sens. Mitch McConnell and Saxby Chambliss said the release of the Senate's report on the CIA's interrogations practices "will present serious consequences for U.S. national security."

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VIDEO: Royal couple visit 9/11 memorial

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:16
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the 9/11 memorial in New York on the final day of their US trip.

CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:15
The CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 terror attacks, a long-awaited Senate report says.

'Obamacare' Expert Apologizes For Remarks On Law's Creation

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:13

MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber had said the "stupidity of the American voter" was critical in getting the law passed. Critics say that displays the deceit that went into creating the law.

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Sinead O'Connor 'to join Sinn Féin'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:05
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor applies to become a member of the political party, Sinn Féin, and calls for its leadership to step down.

McIlroy 'wiped data from devices'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:01
A court is told the Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy deliberately wiped clean up to eight electronic devices that may have contained important data relating to his legal action against his former management firm.

'Botnets' are costing advertisers billions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:00

Want to watch Taylor Swift’s new music video? First, you’re supposed to sit through a video ad. How much advertisers pay for that ad depends on how many times it’s viewed.

However, almost a quarter of the impressions registered for online video ads are fraudulent, according to a new report from the Association of National Advertisers, which found hackers are faking views with networks of computers called “botnets” that make it seem like an ad’s been viewed by a person, when it was really just a computer.

That means advertisers are losing money on these fake views, says Bill Duggan of the Association of National Advertisers.

“While fraud hurts all of the players, publishers, advertisers, and agencies, it hurts the advertisers the most,” he says.

These phony views come up in nearly every conversation that Lauren Fisher, an analyst with eMarketer, has with brands and agencies.

“It’s even going so far as deterring some people from investing in buying video ads because they are so concerned about the level of fraud that they just don’t want to take the risk of losing money in that manner,” she says.

 Advertisers may lose $6.3 billion to this type of fraud next year, according to an advertisers association estimate.

An oversupply of oil isn't all good

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:00

There’s simply an oversupply of oil right now, and too much supply causes prices fall – They’re currently near five-year lows. And when prices fall, oil companies have to cut back.

ConocoPhillips says it plans to cut spending 20 percent next year, and will slow activity in U.S. shale oil and gas exploration. BP is expected to announce layoffs Wednesday.

The low prices have come as a shock to many in the industry, says Jeffrey Grossman, president of BRG Brokerage.

“They were hoping for a big next year or two,” he says. “Now suddenly it’s, ‘Uh oh, if this price doesn’t go up, I’m spending $75 to pull something up that I can only get $65.’ That’s not a trade you want to make.”

With prices this low, Torbjørn Kjus, chief oil analyst at Norway’s DNB Markets, says companies have a few options. He expects more companies will announce job cuts, slash spending and delay investments in new projects.

“Some of them will also probably borrow more money,” he says. “Some also might even touch the dividends, but that will be seen as very negative by the investors and the shareowners.”

Kjus says because dividend cuts often hurt companies’ stock price, oil executives often view them as a last resort. 

Robots are costing advertisers billions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 07:00

Want to watch Taylor Swift’s new music video? First, you’re supposed to sit a video ad. How much advertisers pay for that ad depends on how many times it’s viewed.

However, almost a quarter of the impressions registered for online video ads are fraudulent, according a new report from the Association of National Advertisers, which found hackers are faking views with networks of computers called “botnets” that make it seem like an ad’s been viewed by a person, when it was really just a computer.

That means advertisers are losing money on these fake views, says Bill Duggan, with Association of National Advertisers.

“While fraud hurts all of the players, publishers, advertisers, and agencies, it hurts the advertisers the most,” he says.

These phony views come up in nearly every conversation Lauren Fisher, an analyst with eMarketer, has with brands and agencies.

“It’s even going so far as deterring some people from investing in buying video ads because they are so concerned about the level of fraud that they just don’t want to take the risk of losing money in that manner,” she says.

The ANA estimates advertisers will lose $6.3 billion to this type of fraud next year.

Strong winds disruption warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 06:54
The Met Office issues a yellow 'be aware' warning for gales overnight, affecting most of north Wales and other parts of the UK.

Dylan Thomas' notebook fetches £104k

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 06:42
A notebook which shows the early work of poet Dylan Thomas is bought by Swansea University for £104,500.

Dog death baby mum's 'nightmare'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 06:36
An inquest hears of a mother's "nightmare" in finding her baby's body after she was attacked by a dog.

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