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VIDEO: Rigby murder 'was not preventable'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:30
The murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby could not have been prevented despite his killers appearing in seven intelligence investigations, a report has found.

Crime at lowest level in 40 years

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:25
The level of recorded crime in Scotland has reached its lowest level in 40 years, but sex crimes have risen.

How terror bill will expand powers

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:25
This week's counter-terrorism bill will expand minister's powers - and face accusations of injustice.

Rigby murder 'was not preventable'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:22
The murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby could not have been prevented despite his killers appearing in seven intelligence investigations, a report finds.

Police arrest suspected film pirates

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:12
Two men suspected of releasing a pirated copy of Hollywood blockbuster The Expendables 3 have been arrested.

AUDIO: Student 'hacks' £100,000 microscope

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:05
A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit. Adam Lynch created his own inverted microscope by adapting a cheap instrument he bought online.

Clashes, Protests In Ferguson, Mo., Following Grand Jury's Decision

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:01

St. Louis County's police chief said the unrest was "much worse" than the violence in August, when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

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Peter Thiel on keeping salaries low at the top

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:00

Now, a moment of reflection about America's innovation economy. We know that in technology hubs like Silicon Valley, it's cool to fail. That's the mark of a seasoned, risk taking entrepreneur: having tried, failed, and tried again. It may also be cool to draw a mediocre salary.

That's the argument of  one of America's leading technology venture capitalist, who says he looks for low salaries at the top of start ups when he's thinking about investing. Peter Thiel was a co-founder of Paypal and the first outside investor in Facebook. He's also the author of a new book, "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future."

Thiel also says monopoly, not competition, is the way to go. His advice to entrepreneurs is to find a niche and dominate it. Actually, he put it more strongly than that.

Click the media player above to hear Peter Thiel in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

What do foreign investors see in U.S. housing stock?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 02:00

The housing sector continues to dig out of the deep, deep hole we call "the Recession."

Some markets are seeing particularly strong growth thanks to foreign investors.

So, what do foreign investors see when they check out U.S. housing stock?

“Affordability, straight up. With multiple exclamation points,” says Stan Humphries, Chief Economist with online real estate firm Zillow.

A report from the National Association of Realtors earlier this year found international investors spent more than $92 billion on U.S. homes, a 35 percent increase over last year.

Humphries says some of the hottest markets in the country are Miami, New York, and Orange County.

He says they can thank their housing recoveries, in part, on this foreign cash.

“We’ve got a lot more international buyers in the U.S. right now than we did eight years ago. And that’s been increasing since 2011,” he says.

Still, all that Chinese and Russian money has a downside, says USC’s Richard Green — Like how it can make it harder on first-time home buyers.

“They are pushing up the price of housing and making less housing available to others,” he says.

Prices are so high in some places — hello, San Francisco — it's forcing some communities to consider workforce housing, which if the price is right may make a good bet for a Canadian or Chinese investor.

Botin ousts Santander chief executive

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:51
Ana Botin has moved swiftly to reshape Santander, ousting its chief executive after less than two years in the role.

VIDEO: 'Tense' in Dewani trial courtroom

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:51
Jon Kay reports from the courtroom in Cape Town, as South African prosecutors try to persuade a judge not to drop the murder case against British businessman Shrien Dewani.

Twitter exec in direct message gaffe

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:50
Top Twitter boss accidentally tweets a private message about acquiring a company.

VIDEO: MPs vote for recall powers

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:48
MPs approve plans to allow themselves to be recalled in cases of serious misconduct and face a public vote.

Cricket world supports Phil Hughes

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:47
Cricketers from around the world send messages of support to Phil Hughes, who is in a critical condition in hospital.

Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:41
Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable

Argentina Top Gear lands festive slot

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:39
The controversial Top Gear special that has prompted complaints from Argentine diplomats will air at Christmas, the BBC announces.

Eight Yemen hostages freed in raid

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:34
Eight hostages, including a US adviser are freed by local forces from al-Qaeda-linked group in Yemen, officials say.

S Leone Ebola workers dump bodies

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:33
Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema dump bodies at a hospital in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.

O'Sullivan favourite as UK kicks off

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:18
Ronnie O'Sullivan, Ali Carter and banana skins for big names - Ken Doherty assesses prospects for snooker's second biggest event.

International Emmys for UK shows

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-25 01:15
British TV productions win three awards at the International Emmys in the US, including a best drama prize for axed Channel 4 series Utopia.