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Video of British hostage released

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 12:00
A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.

Murphy interested in Fulham job

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:59
Former Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy would consider becoming the Cottagers' new manager after Felix Magath is sacked.

Will Bridge Scandal Jam Gov. Christie's Road Show?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:44

It seems every time you turn around in the early primary states, you bump into another potential — let's say likely — candidate for president. New Jersey's Chris Christie is one of them.

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Why Do You Care About Fairness? Ask A Chimp

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:37

Squirrel monkeys, chimps and humans: Two among these are willing to give up an unfair advantage, but why? It's about greasing the social wheels, scientists say.

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New Islamic State Video Purports To Show Kidnapped British Journalist

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:33

The man in the video says he is John Cantile, a British journalist and hostage. He asks why his government has abandoned him. NPR hasn't independently verified the video's authenticity.

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Baghdad blasts hit Shia district

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:30
A suicide bombing and mortar fire have killed at least 15 people in a Shia district of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

Ambulance death woman 'let down'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:29
The grieving family of a woman who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital says the system let her down.

The shortcomings of the corporate wellness program

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:14

Corporate wellness programs have become a $6 billion industry for one, possibly flawed, reason: they help reduce companies' healthcare costs, while saving their employees money.

To some degree, they have been a success. Growth in premiums has hit its lowest point in the last 16 years. A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 71 percent of employers believe corporate wellness programs are either "very" or "somewhat" effective at reducing spending on providing benefits for their employees, who would be rewarded with these benefits by meeting various incentives.

But companies can also impose a penalty. They can charge an employee more for smoking or being overweight. It's the very reason why, says Professor Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School, these programs don't work.

"What's really happening in many instances is that costs are getting shifted to employees, whether it's because they don't meet certain goals or they don't conform in certain ways," she says. "Healthcare costs are going down for companies, but not so much for individuals and families."

And they're not having any lasting effects on their health, either, she adds.

"All these incentives, all these hurdles, greatly increase the cost of testing employees. So these things are more costly than you might think."

 Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

Nigeria has 'torture officers'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:14
Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says.

Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Tottenham

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:13
Tottenham begin their Europa League campaign with a spirited goalless draw against Group C rivals Partizan Belgrade.

VIDEO: London hosts Turner and Constable shows

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:02
Rivals in life, two of Britain's greatest painters William Turner and John Constable, are the subjects of major exhibitions in London.

VIDEO: Alice suspect is convicted murderer

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:54
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of London schoolgirl Alice Gross was convicted of murder in Latvia, police reveal.

Alice suspect is convicted murderer

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:54
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of schoolgirl Alice Gross was convicted of murdering his wife in Latvia, police reveal.

Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Celtic

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:51
Celtic are twice pegged back by Red Bull Salzburg in their Europa League Group D opener in Austria.

VIDEO: Alibaba to list on NY stock exchange

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:44
The Chinese e-commerce website Alibaba will list on the New York stock exchange, at what could be a record price.

FA chief Dyke to return £16,000 watch

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:33
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is returning a £16,000 watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Predictions: Lawro v Neil Lennon

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:25
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

VIDEO: 'Home of golf' accepts women members

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:16
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews has voted to accept women members for the first time in its history.

.tv and the surge of Internet video

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:15

There's now a billion websites, according to online tracking firm Live Stats, and the internet is getting a little crowded.

A bunch of new top-level domains — those letters that go at the end of a web address — were released to go alongside ".com." We have ".nyc," ".sports," and so on. But one of the most interesting — and popular — domains is ".tv," and it says a lot about the way television is changing.

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson says ".tv" has been around for a while, but it’s being used more and more for branding by emerging media companies. That could be good for the tiny island nation Tuvalu, which was originally assigned the domain and has made a pretty penny from leasing it out.

But more interesting than the rise of ".tv" is the parallel rise of Internet video — just look at Twitch(.tv).

"Video is a vastly expanding area of our vastly expanding internet," says Johnson. "Cisco estimates 70 percent of total internet traffic by the year 2017 is going to be video, and a lot of that is going to be mobile video."

That sea change is affecting the physical networks the web is built on and the way video is being delivered to our devices. On a recent visit to Bell Labs, Johnson spoke to researchers looking for ways to make a wireless connection respond to the environment for seamless streaming.

"Say you're a passenger in the seat of a car or maybe you're on a train in the future... and you're about to go into a tunnel," Johnson says. "They want to use the GPS on your device to tell the network you're that going underground, and then they want the network to deliver you more data faster before you go into the tunnel."

So whether your preferred video service is a ".tv" or ".com" website, you're probably taking up a lot of bandwidth, but the Internet of the future is going to accommodate you better.

Tiger victim family 'wants answers'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:14
The family of a zookeeper killed by a tiger in Cumbria, says there are still questions to be answered after the inquest into her death.
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