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Better ambulance service demanded

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:55
Ministers demand that the Welsh Ambulance Service demonstrate an "urgent improvement" in its performance, after it again failed to meet response time targets.

Murray makes quick work of Rola

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:50
Defending champion Andy Murray loses only two games as he beats Blaz Rola to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Can minor chords make you cry?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:47

On today's show I went in search of the sound of educational technology.

Turns out it is an upbeat sound, bright, often evocotive of childhood.  It is sound meant to make us happy.  Sound that moves us forward. That encourages us to connect to our devices and take action. Sound that inspires us.

Sound has the power to evoke all sorts of emotion.

Check out this very cool "Emotions of Sound" site.  And see how your emotional responses compare to those of other folks.

Juncker faces 'job on the side' jibe

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:44
The top candidate for EU Commission presidency, Jean-Claude Juncker, is criticised for speaking engagements for which he received thousands of euros.

Supreme Court pulls Aereo's plug

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:42

The following story was updated after the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo in a 6-3 vote.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo violates federal copyright law by retransmitting copyrighted programs without paying a fee, in a case that was watched closely by everyone from ABC to Google to the NFL.

The case involved internet start-up Aereo, which streams broadcast television – CBS, NBC, Fox, and the like – to consumers on their phones, tablets, and computers, but doesn’t pay those providers retransmission fees. Instead, the company charges a subscription of up to $12 a month for which subscribers receive a tiny antenna to stream and record broadcast TV.

If Aereo had won, cable providers might have argued they don't have to pay networks for the rights to show their programming. That means the networks would have lost billions, forcing them to live off advertising revenue exclusively.

Before the ruling, Harvard Professor Susan Crawford said a loss by Aereo could raise numerous copyright questions about services somewhat similar to Aereo; services that store movies and music in the cloud, for example.

She says ultimately Congress may have to get involved, meaning a long fight in Washington with a “mosh pit of special interests” battling it out.

Suarez Bite Controversy Pays Off For Gamblers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:39

A European betting service is paying gamblers who bet that Uruguay's Luis Suarez would use his teeth in anger in Brazil's World Cup.

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How England players rated at the World Cup

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:24
Who is "short of true international class"? Who seemed "too hyped up"? Phil McNulty assesses England's 23-man squad.

VIDEO: Best-Selling author backs bookshops

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:23
Best selling author James Patterson is giving £250,000 to help independent bookshops in the UK

Gary Glitter in court on sex charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:11
Former pop star Gary Glitter appears in court for a preliminary hearing ahead of his trial accused of a string of sex offences against two victims.

Teenager jailed for brutal flat rape

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:02
A teenager who raped a 51-year-old woman in her Glasgow home is jailed for six years and nine months.

Williams suffered spinal injury

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:57
Wales centre Owen Williams has suffered a "significant injury" to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord, Cardiff Blues reveal.

Charity warns of housing 'drought'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:57
Only 17.9% of homes in England are affordable for the average family looking to get on the property ladder, a housing charity says.

Ghana sends $3m cash to World Cup team

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:51
Ghana's government sends over $3m (£1.8m) cash in a plane to Brazil to pay the national team's players at the World Cup.

VIDEO: Suarez 'bite': Social media reacts

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:50
The memes and hashtags after Luis Suarez 'bite'.

Iraq: Militants Kill Senior Army Leader; Maliki Resists Changes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:25

In the face of gains by extremist Sunni militants, Iraq's Shiite leader rejects calls for a unity government. The ISIS force has reportedly been attacked by Syrian warplanes in Iraq.

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Dutch women missing in Panama dead

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:21
Relatives of two Dutch women who disappeared in Panama in April say forensic tests on remains found in the area show they are dead.

Li Na reaches Wimbledon third round

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:18
Second seed Li Na and former champion Venus Williams reach the third round of Wimbledon with straight-sets wins.

Brazil land investors lose millions

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:13
Hundreds of British investors are looking to take legal action to recover lost money after being convinced to buy land in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup.

No ordinary newspaper

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:12
Conspiracy at heart of News of the World to get the story at any cost

VIDEO: 'Only sorry because he got caught'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 04:10
Labour MP Chris Bryant says the prime minister knew he was "taking a criminal into Downing Street".
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