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House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 13:20

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.

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Police 'not alerted' to abuse doctor

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 13:09
Authorities failed to alert police of suspicions about a paedophile doctor more than a year before his arrest in December 2013, it emerges.

Man airlifted after Snowdonia fall

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 13:06
A 45-year-old man from Powys is airlifted to hospital in Bangor after falling while on a peak in Snowdonia.

Can advertisers pressure the NFL?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 13:02

Football season had a rough start this year.

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on tape knocking out his fiance and Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse, putting a spotlight on how the NFL handles domestic violence. Many fans haven't liked what they've seen, and now they're joined by another group the league may have to listen to: its sponsors.

McDonald's, Visa, Campbell's Soup, CoverGirl: A growing list of NFL sponsors have come out with statements applying pressure to the league. Anheuser-Busch, which has a $1.2 billion, six-year contract with the NFL, used some of the harshest language, saying: "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code."

"The NFL here is a multibillion-dollar business," says Gabe Feldman, director of the sports law program at Tulane University. "If some of those billions start to get threatened, I think the NFL is going to stand up and take notice."

But so far, sponsors have stopped short of publicly threatening to tear up their contracts with the NFL. Radisson hotels ended its limited sponsorship with the Minnesota Vikings, but when it comes to individual teams and players, the stakes are lower. But the costs — like having the Radisson logo in the background at press conferences responding to child abuse allegations — are higher.

"There's a lot of sports properties but there's only one NFL," says Kenneth Shropshire, director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.

The sheer size and engagement of the NFL's audience may insulate it from criticism more than the NBA, which banned former Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life following racist remarks, but only after companies such as State Farm, CarMax and Virgin America withdrew their sponsorship from the Clippers.

"[The NFL is] a $10 billion-a-year industry. The next closest sports are $3 [billion], $4 billion behind. So it's astronomically larger, even though we don't think of it as such," says Shropshire.

He thinks major NFL advertisers are more likely to apply pressure behind the scenes than publicly break ties.

But there could still be looming financial implications for the sport. "I think if you were a sponsor right now contemplating an investment in NFL, you'd probably wait," says Kent Atherton of sports media firm Atherton Communications.

And if more damning details emerge, big money advertisers could do more than just talk.

Graphic by Gina Martinez/Marketplace

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 13:00

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and "humiliating" disease.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:47

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:47

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:38
The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

Nigeria college attacked by gunmen

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:33
Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.

Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:08

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

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Henning says Syria visit 'worthwhile'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:06
Video footage of British hostage Alan Henning - filmed before he was captured by militants in Syria - shows him saying going to the country was "worthwhile".

After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:44

The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.

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Dropping its NFL sponsorship pays off for Radisson

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:42

When was the last time you thought about Radisson Hotels? Probably about a day ago, when the company pulled its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings.

What about before that? Hmm.

Turns out the hotel is already benefiting hugely from its decision, getting them more attention than they've had in a while.

According to research firm Amobee Brand Intelligence, Radisson got "enough social, Web and mobile impressions to account for 58 percent of its total online consumption (impressions plus mentions) for the last three months," Adweek reported.

That's a long time.

CORRECTION: The broadcast version of this story incorrectly identified “Amobee Brand Insights.” The company is called Amobee Brand Intelligence.

Scots women face World Cup play-off

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:38
Scotland miss out on automatic qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup after losing 2-0 to Sweden.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:38
The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

Has quantitative easing helped the US economy?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:36
What good has quantitative easing done the US?

Can FA plans revive England team?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:34
BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Conway asks if reforming work permit rules for players will help revive English football.

From Quebec To Kashmir, Separatists Watch Scotland Vote

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:19

Scotland's referendum on independence has implications beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. We take a look at several other regions with breakaway movements.

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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:13

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:12

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

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