National / International News

Test cricket is 'brutal' - Bell

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 05:04
Under-pressure England batsman Ian Bell describes Test cricket as a 'brutal environment' ahead of the third Ashes Test.

Dane Bowers 'hit ex in glitter row'

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:52
Singer and DJ Dane Bowers hit his ex-fiancee in the face during a row over why he had glitter on his face, a court hears.

Can Lord Sewel stay in the Lords?

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:45
Can Lord Sewel remain in the House of Lords in the wake of allegations of drug-taking and consorting with prostitutes?

Rogers 'good to go' for third Test

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:40
Australia batsman Chris Rogers is fit to play in the third Ashes Test after recovering from dizzy spells.

Parents charged over fatal crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:31
The parents of a man charged in connection with a fatal crash in Armoy, County Antrim, have appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.

Jury retires in Libor rigging case

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:25
The jury in the trial of Tom Hayes, the trader charged with rigging global Libor interest rates, has retired to digest nine weeks of evidence.

Church 'hid 1,000 alleged abusers'

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:16
The Jehovah's Witness church in Australia failed to report more than 1,000 alleged child sex abusers to the police, an inquiry into child abuse hears.

Ofcom clears Top Gear over 'pikey'

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:15
Ofcom backs a BBC Trust decision not to censure the BBC over the use of the word "pikey" in an edition of Top Gear.

In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

NPR News - Mon, 2015-07-27 04:08

During a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Obama said that a country is more successful when "all voices are being heard."

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Axe Boyle gig, say disability groups

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:40
A group calling for a Belfast show by comedian Frankie Boyle to be cancelled has said his jokes "poke fun at and mock children with disabilities".

Councils to be scored on Neet rates

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:25
Local councils are being scored annually on how well they reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

Shop-bought veg in show defended

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:18
Organisers of a village show defend a decision to allow shop-bought produce to be displayed alongside home-grown vegetables.

Murder probe police study interviews

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:15
Police investigating the murder of a man whose body was found in water in Renfrewshire study the results of interviews with the public.

Ex-Barca winger Afellay set for Stoke

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:13
Netherlands winger Ibrahim Afellay is set to become the fourth former Barcelona player at Stoke City.

Hunter kills 'iconic' Zimbabwe lion

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:01
A hunter allegedly paid a $54,000 (£35,000) bribe to wildlife guides to kill an "iconic" lion in Zimbabwe, a conservationist tells the BBC .

Teva agrees to buy Allergan for $40 billion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:00

The world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs, Teva, has bagged some big game.

Monday morning, the company announced that it has agreed to buy Allergan’s generic business for a little more than $40 billion.

If approved, the deal places Teva amongst the largest drug companies on the planet.

With just one purchase, the company could bring in new revenue, fend off competition from China and India, and gain even more pull in this $70 billion a year business, says Elizabeth Krutoholow, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst.

“It’s just a matter of being able to throw around your power in pricing," she says. "So you are trying to get your drugs into the pharmacy. If you have more things in your bag that you can play around with, you certainly have greater leverage there.”

Whether this deal would ratchet up prices depends on how many drugs in Teva’s bag are in direct competition with the one’s in Allegran’s bag, says Yale economist Fiona Scott Morton.

“We really care about the overlaps of these firms. If there is a lot, then there is potential for higher prices when they merge. So ... the regulator needs to go out and look at where these guys overlap,” she says.

While there are a lot of tie ups in healthcare these days, Morton says generics are a different game.

Unlike health insurance, for example, it’s easier to get into generics, making it more likely the small guys will be able to grow and keep competition more robust.

PODCAST: Biting the hand that feeds you burritos

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-07-27 03:00

More on news that Fiat Chrysler will offer to buyback hundreds of thousands of Ram Pickup trucks. Plus, what to expect to from the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee briefing on Wednesday. And thousands  of workers in lawsuits in several states allege Chipotle’s “moral high-ground” doesn’t extend to its cooks, cashiers and managers. The cases against Chipotle are part of a national trend of workers turning to federal courts to recoup wages.

Republicans Stand Against Cuba Change Despite Public Opinion Shift

NPR News - Mon, 2015-07-27 02:51

Americans views of the Cuba embargo have reversed in the last 20 years. But Republicans are standing firmly against President Obama's policy change to open up relations with the island nation.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22-Year-Old Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2015-07-27 02:40

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent six months at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

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Syria Kurds condemn 'Turkey attacks'

BBC - Mon, 2015-07-27 02:19
Kurdish forces in Syria accuse Turkey of repeatedly attacking their positions, but Ankara says the units are not targeted by its military.