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Fog hinders helicopter crash inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:06
Thick fog hampers investigations into a helicopter crash off the East Yorkshire coast, which left two men dead.

VIDEO: Thai murder police to quiz Britons

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:47
Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

Zoo owner 'fired rifle' at tiger

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:46
The owner of a zoo where a tiger mauled a keeper to death describes how he fired a rifle at the animal after the attack.

RFU apologises over shirt design

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:34
The Rugby Football Union apologises following criticism of the new England kit which incorporates the Victoria Cross emblem.

Woman dies in ambulance in A&E queue

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:27
A woman dies in an ambulance while waiting in a queue of around 15 emergency vehicles outside a Swansea hospital.

Kosovo 'imams held' in raids on IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:14
Prominent imams are among 15 people arrested in Kosovo as police tackle recruitment for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, reports say.

Mass rallies mark referendum climax

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:03
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.

England Women thrash Montenegro 10-0

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:00
England emphatically beat Montenegro to finish their 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Tax restrictions 'may be scrapped'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:57
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb says there could be a re-think over rules governing new tax powers for the Welsh government.

Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:47

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:46
Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Villa manager Lambert signs new deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:46
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert signs a contract extension until June 2018 following an unbeaten start to the season.

Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:40

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.

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Farmers call for government support

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:28
Farmers urge the next government to give agriculture a boost at the 2015 election - with a list of demands to increase food production and help business.

Peterson suspended by Vikings

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:21
Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.

'Disappeared' archaeologist dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:14
Tributes are paid to a forensic archaeologist who led the searches for the Disappeared - people who were murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: Ebola: The scale of the challenge

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:08
The fight against the deadly Ebola virus is shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges modern medicine has faced in many years. The BBC takes a look at the scale of the challenge.

Obama Rules Out Another Ground War In Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:06

The president said U.S. airstrikes, combined with military expertise, would be more effective in defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:01

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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Things have changed since Leonard Maltin started reviewing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:58

If there’s one guy who knows movies and television, it’s Leonard Maltin. Maltin says he has been reviewing films since the age of 15, and was hired to write the first volume of "Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide" when he was 17 -years-old.

"The book was aimed at people who watched old movies on local television," says Maltin. "And old movies filled the airwaves of local television, in those days."

From the 1950s through the late 1980s, the networks ABC, CBS and NBC dominated.  But, Maltin says, the biggest difference in television between now and then is that there is a lot more content today.

"Walt Disney was on one of the three big networks," says Maltin. "He used to command a weekly audience that was roughly equivalent to the Super Bowl audience in television today. If anybody was on the Ed Sullivan show, chances are something like a third or more of the country was watching. And that was a regular event, it was not special, it was a regular weekly event."

Films have changed over the years as well. Maltin says that although the film making industry has always been a business, the nature of it has changed. Movie studios weren’t always owned by large corporations, like Sony and Comcast. Some owned themselves, and others were owned by movie theaters.

"So now they’re dealing with reporting to people who don’t necessarily care about movies that much, know about movies that much and they are also reporting to shareholders. So there are a lot of people to satisfy," says Maltin.

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

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