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What Would It Take To Destroy A Black Box?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-11 15:11

When a plane crashes, it can take many months or years to find the black box that provides clues to what happened. Just what are these devices, how do they work, and why can they be so hard to find?

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Windies beat England to win series

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 15:01
West Indies beat England by five wickets in a close-fought contest to win the Twenty20 series with a match to spare.

VIDEO: RMT union leader Bob Crow, 52, dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:54
Tributes have been paid to the general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union, Bob Crow, who has died at the age of 52.

Big shot directors are making indie films for Prada

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:47

Lauren Wolkstein has her eyes glued to YouTube, watching the latest Wes Anderson movie. She gives a startled laugh as Jason Schwartzman's character's car crashes into a wall.

This seven minute film is not for theaters. It's for Prada, the fashion label.

“This is actually very entertaining,” Wolkstein says. She's an indie film director herself. She's had three films at Sundance. And like Wes Anderson, she's also made a short film for a fashion label, Gucci.

In fact, just about every major fashion house now has a short indie film. Prada commissioned Wes Anderson. Yves Saint Laurent used Darren Aronofsky. Dior got Sofia Coppola to make its movies.

Which begs the question: Why are these famous directors selling out? 

“To me,” Wolkstein says of her experience working for Gucci, “it was like, 'Oh, I don't have to worry about dressing the actors, I don't have to worry about the location, they gave me everything to play with, and I was able to tell a story, with these amazing clothes!''

Wolkstein says it can take years to raise enough money to finance a film, even for established indie directors. Commissions from big brands take that problem away.

"They're saying 'I love your work, here's some money, pretty much take this money and run with it and tell your stories.' And the only requirement, if any, is to put their name and the brand on the film."

She says having a fashion brand as your patron, giving you free rein, it actually raises a filmmaker's street cred.

But what's in it for the brand?

“I think fashion brands for a long time struggled to go online,” says Quynh Mai, founder of the agency Moving Image and Content, which helps fashion companies with digital marketing. “They sell exclusivity, aspiration. And for a long time the online space was the antithesis of that.”

Mai says having a web film with a fancy director gives fashion houses the exclusivity they're aiming for.

“When brands like Prada spend exorbitant amount of moneys on their films online,” Mai says, “they're trying to create a halo effect for their brand – that crosses not only their target consumer but maybe the consumer who buys their sunglasses, or buys their nail polish.”

Although, Mai says, when brands hire big name directors to make their films, it can take away attention from the brand.

“All people say is, 'Have you seen that Wes Anderson short?'” she says. “I’m not sure that that was a Prada piece.”

But director Lauren Wolkstein says hiring an indie director can actually save a brand money, because they're used to making films on a smaller budget than most commercial crews.

Obamacare sign-ups reach 4.2 million

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:30
About 4.2 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance through marketplaces set up by President Obama's health law, officials say.

People Overload Website, Hoping To Help Search For Missing Jet

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:29

A satellite company's call for crowdsourcing to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines jet brought a strong response on the Internet, placing an "unprecedented load" on the company's servers.

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VIDEO: Is Liverpool feeling the recovery?

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:28
George Alagiah reports on whether the economic recovery is affecting Liverpool.

Not Spring Yet: Wicked Winter Storm To Pound Midwest, New York

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:22

The 8 to 10 inches of snow predicted for Detroit will bring the city within reach of the record for snowiest winter in recorded history.

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Stolen identity used to give birth

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:05
A pregnant woman stole another woman's identity in order to try to stop her own baby from being removed from her care.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (agg 3-1)

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:05
Arsenal are knocked out of the Champions League as a draw at Bayern Munich puts the holders into the quarter-finals.

Patient care prompts inquiry call

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 14:04
The family of a pensioner who died demands an inquiry into all hospitals under the control of a south Wales health board.

Rent vs. buy: How did you choose your home?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:49
Do you rent or own your home?

On this week's Marketplace Money, we'll tackle the demographics of renting vs. buying. How did you choose the way you did?

According to Trulia, buying a home is 38% cheaper than renting. But that varies widely depending on location, "buying ranges from being just 5% cheaper than renting in Honolulu to being 66% cheaper than renting in Detroit."

Need help deciding? Trulia: Rent vs. Buy: Which is Cheaper

Atletico Madrid 4-1 Milan (agg 5-1)

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:48
Two goals from Diego Costa help Atletico Madrid into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate win over AC Milan.

Student dies in Khartoum violence

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:45
A student is killed in clashes with police at Sudan's Khartoum University during a protest against violence in the Darfur region.

NY plans 'regulated' Bitcoin exchanges

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:39
New York's financial regulator calls on firms to submit proposals to set up 'regulated' exchanges for digital currencies like Bitcoin.

Hospital closure power granted

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:25
MPs have voted through a controversial measure in the new Care Bill giving ministers powers to close hospitals., even if they are performing well.

VIDEO: Video shows police attack on shoplifter

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:24
A Metropolitan policeman has been sentenced to a community order after punching a suspected shoplifter at a shop in Regent Street, London in November 2012.

UK-Irish relations 'all time high'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:23
Prime Minister David Cameron says Anglo-Irish relations are "at an all time high" as he meets Irish Prime Minister in London.

Health Care Enrollments Up, But Still Well Short Of Goal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:19

The administration says 940,000 people signed up in February for a total enrollment of 4.2 million. The White House is hoping for 6 million by the end of this month.

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MoD 'to lose' environment powers

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-11 13:18
The Ministry of Defence will lose powers for environmental regulation on radioactivity in Scotland, under Scottish government plans.

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