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Is comet landing mission worth the cost?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:29
At a price of 1.4bn euros, is Europe's Rosetta mission to a comet really worth the cost?

VIDEO: Medomsley centre staff interviewed

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:17
Former wardens at a youth detention centre have been interviewed by police investigating claims a paedophile ring operated there.

Footage shows lorry motorway U-turn

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:16
Footage is released showing a lorry driver performing a U-turn on a motorway after driving the wrong way up an exit slip-road.

House to vote on Keystone XL pipeline

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:05
The House of Representatives is set to approve a bill that would force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

VIDEO: Helicopter hunt for tiger on the loose

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:56
A young tiger, believed not to be dangerous, is the subject of a helicopter search by the French emergency services just outside Paris.

VIDEO: Footage shows lorry motorway U-turn

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:54
Footage is released showing a lorry driver doing a motorway U-turn after driving the wrong way up an exit slip-road.

Doctor At Center Of Deadly Sterilizations In India Arrested

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:46

The toll from the botched procedures is now 13 with scores more sick. Dr R.K. Gupta, who has performed 50,000 sterilizations over his career, told Reuters that he was being made a scapegoat.

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Frenchman jailed for Syria jihad

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:40
A Frenchman is jailed for seven years for joining an Islamist militant group in Syria - the first such sentence in France.

Major to Europe - Cut immigration or the UK may leave

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:31
He was the man who said that Britain's place was at the heart of Europe, the man who watched his party riven by divisions over the issue and the man who says he has not "a shred of doubt that the United Kingdom is far better off inside the European Union".

Why toymaker Hasbro could buy DreamWorks Animation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:27

Deadline Hollywood reported this week that Hasbro—the second-largest toy maker in the United States—is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation. 

DreamWorks Animation has been looking to get acquired—a deal with Japanese SoftBank fell apart just last month. And Hasbro has been looking to get more involved in the movie business. 

But why? 

For DreamWorks Animation, part of it is a need to diversify beyond a marketplace for movie ticket sales that is increasingly challenging, especially for computer animated films.

"Like any technology, it's become easier, cheaper and faster," says Phil Contrino, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. "So what that means is there's more competitors than in 1995, when Toy Story came out."

Now, DreamWorks Animation competes not only with Toy Story's Pixar, but with Sony and Universal, with its "Despicable Me" franchise. 

As DreamWorks Animation has sought more revenue elsewhere, it has, in part, turned to merchandise. This is a business where Hasbro has excelled, with profits bouyed by toys based on the Star Wars movies and those of Marvel comic books, like Spiderman and Iron Man. 

But it also works the other way around. Hasbro has profited off games and toys that have turned into movies: GI Joe, Ouija and—most of all—Transformers. 

"The Transformer movies have been very lucrative not just because of the toy side but also because the toy side provided the [intellectual property] to make movies which did very well at the box office," says Martin Brochstein, senior vice president of industry relations and information at the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association.

This trend can be seen throughout the toy industry. "Mattel, Hasbro, Lego have kind of turned on to the fact that they have this asset that can be mined," says Brochstein. 

In other words: Toys are the new comic books.

La Liga best in the world - Moyes

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:19
David Moyes says La Liga is better than the Premier League as he is unveiled as Real Sociedad manager.

Amazon and Hachette settle dispute

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:18
Internet giant Amazon and book publisher Hachette resolve a bitter months-long royalties dispute that has delayed orders of several high-profile titles.

Your greatest sporting records

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:16
After Rohit Sharma's 264 for India against Sri Lanka set an ODI record, we asked you to tell us your favourite #greatsportingrecords

Amazon And Hachette Reach A Deal On E-Book Pricing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:16

The multiyear agreement, which will take effect in early 2015, ends a months-long stalemate between the online retail giant and the publishing powerhouse.

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VIDEO: Is Syria opposition near collapse?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:15
Syrian rebels in the north of the country have been fighting government forces for three years, but the growing strength of the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda linked groups has made their struggle ever more desperate.

Plastics and premature baby warning

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:14
US researchers warn that premature babies are being exposed unnecessarily to high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical in plastics.

McArthur and McCarthy ruled out

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:10
Scotland's James McArthur joins Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy in missing Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier.

VIDEO: France as a refuge from Syria's war

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:02
The BBC's Fergal Keane follows the journey made by two families from war-torn Syria, as they seek refuge in France.

Heavy rain causes flooding across NI

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 07:59
Heavy rain causes flooding across various parts of Northern Ireland on Thursday.

EC rejects Celtic land deals claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 07:58
The European Commission dismisses claims that Celtic Football Club broke EU rules in land deals involving Glasgow City Council.

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