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Spy chief's parting warning on online privacy

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:46
Spy chief's parting warning on online privacy

Conman pretended to be quadriplegic

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:15
A fraudster admits conning a neighbour out of £40,000 by pretending to be a quadriplegic and in a coma for two years.

'Tissue of lies' over health service

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:50
Health Minister Mark Drakeford launches a stinging attack on the Conservatives for telling a "tissue of lies" about the state of the Welsh NHS.

'Negligence' behind Total boss death

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:45
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

VIDEO: Polish MEP on joining UKIP group

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:18
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas speaks to Robert Iwaszkiewicz about joining the UKIP grouping in the European Parliament

Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:46
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:33
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.

The numbers for October 21, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:20

McDonald's and Coca-Cola both reported disappointing earnings Tuesday morning, with 30 percent and 14 percent drops in revenue respectively. Both companies saw declining sales in the U.S. and Europe, and the fast food chain is still grappling with a scandal in China.

Yahoo's earnings call is expected after markets close today, it's make-or-break for CEO Marissa Mayer, who will likely address the company's acquisition strategy and stake in Alibaba.

Here are some more stories we're reading, and other numbers we're watching, Tuesday.

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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year. Pistorius' lawyer said the Olympian could only serve 10 months before being placed under house arrest. The sentence was handed down by the second black woman to become a high court judge in South Africa, Thokozile Masipa.

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 The number of YouTube stars appearing in a new collaboration between Google and Lionsgate to promote the studio's new "Hunger Games" movie, AdAge reported. It's a high-profile push into branded entertainment for YouTube, and just the latest example of a big corporation exploring the value of Internet celebrities. 

$50 million

That's how much Kansas City could potentially make once business from the run-up to the World Series and the games themselves are all totaled. But other expenses, like the $225,000 parade thrown by San Francisco when the Giants won in 2012, have some questioning whether the costs involved in hosting a large sporting event mean the benefits are more modest than projected.

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That's how many "Notorious R.B.G." shirts Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has given to NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg. Ginsberg is apparently relishing in her meme status, and has collected "quite a large supply" of the shirts.

Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 07:46
An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.

Exam appeals change 45,500 grades

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 07:08
The number of complaints about GCSE and A-level marking rose sharply this year, with a fifth of challenges leading to grade changes, says Ofqual.

Activists talk Hong Kong over canapés

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:59
Activists discuss Hong Kong protests over champagne

How 'Barney Rubble' toppled Real

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:54
As Liverpool prepare to take on Real Madrid, ex-Reds defender Alan Kennedy recalls beating the Spaniards in the 1981 European Cup final.

VIDEO: Norton: I wish I was more rebellious

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:40
Chat show star Graham Norton joined BBC Breakfast to talk about his career and why he sometimes wishes he was more rebellious.

Freezer is not easier, say younger cooks

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:31
Young shoppers do not like eating food that is stored in the freezer, a survey has found. Why is it so unpopular, asks Luke Jones.

Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:03
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

The legacy of Oscar de la Renta

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-21 06:00

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died at age 82 on Monday. His clothes were well-liked by celebrities, by politicians, and also by many professionals who admired his sensibility and his style.

Vanessa Friedman, fashion critic and the fashion director for The New York Times, is someone who closely followed de la renta's career, and joined us to talk about his lasting legacy.

Click the media player above to hear Vanessa Friedman in conversation with Marketplace's David Gura.

McDonald's earnings are less than super-sized

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-21 05:00

Fast Food juggernaut McDonald’s released its earnings Tuesday. The company’s share price is less than super-sized. Comparative global sales dropped 3.3 percent in the third quarter. The Q3 report comes on the heels of the company’s troubles in China, where suppliers reportedly sold expired meat to stores.

As a result sales were down significantly in Asia, and the company upped spending on marketing to reassure customers that its food was safe.

But the bigger threat to McDonald’s is the drop U.S. and European sales, says Sara Senatore, a senior research analyst at Sanford Bernstein: “Same store sales declined pretty meaningfully in both regions."

Analyst Howard Penney attributes much of the sales slump to McCafe, the company’s rebranding of the old fashioned hamburger stand into something more Parisian shall we say. “They over indexed themselves to beverages in McCafe and that really changed the structure of the business and complicated the back of the house,” says Penney.

CEO Don Thompson acknowledged the company’s troubles in Asia the U.S. He also blamed the diluted earnings on a higher effective tax rate.

Audi claims self-drive speed record

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 04:29
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Day in pictures: 21 October

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 03:38
24 hours of news images: 21 October

VIDEO: Daniel finds dark side at Horns premiere

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 03:08
Actor Daniel Radcliffe attended the premiere of his latest film Horns which tells the story of a young man wrongly accused of murder

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