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Ennis-Hill enters football rape row

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:56
Jessica Ennis-Hill wants her name removed from a stand at Bramall Lane if Sheffield United offer rapist Ched Evans a contract.

Car park death leads police to body

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:51
The body of a woman is discovered at a house in a Suffolk village after a man was found dead at the bottom of a multi-storey car park.

Ferran Adria And Fellow Star Chefs Talk Biodiversity In Brazil

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:51

A group of chefs gathered this month in Sao Paolo to talk about how they can help preserve biodiversity. Among their warnings: If we lose food products, we will lose flavors and traditions.

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First Elvis recording to be sold

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:47
A demo acetate recording made by Elvis Presley when he was an unknown 18 year old is to be sold at auction at his former Graceland home.

Drones 'patrol US-Mexico border'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:44
The US government is using drones to patrol half of its border with Mexico to detect illegal immigrants and smugglers, a report by the Associated Press says.

Wales suffering 'obesity epidemic'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:36
Health Minister Mark Drakeford says the level of sugar in food should be regulated.

Poor Contact Lens Care Leads To A Whole Lot of Eye Infections

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:31

Almost 1 million people a year end up with painful eye infections, and improper contact lens care is a big reason why, according to a new study from the CDC.

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VIDEO: Hunt for needle in haystack 'is art'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:30
Palais de Tokyo director Jean de Loisy explains why Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber is trying to find a needle in a pile of hay in a contemporary art gallery in Paris.

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.

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