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Most patients 'right to go to A&E'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 15:01
Efforts to redirect patients away from busy A&E departments will not work, say doctors, as a new study shows most need to be seen there.

Industry warns of forest slump

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 15:01
Members of the forestry and timber industry are worried by predictions of a fall in the availability of wood after 2050.

'Killer robots': Are they inevitable?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:59
Will machines decide when, where and who to kill?

US 'losing patience' with Venezuela

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:57
US Secretary of State John Kerry says that impatience with Venezuela is growing over its failure to address the country's serious political crisis.

Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:46

A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.

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VIDEO: Vine on the BBC's election TV set

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:40
Jeremy Vine demonstrates some of the visual tricks of the trade which will be used in the BBC's coverage of Thursday's elections.

Libya general urges crisis cabinet

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:19
The general leading an armed campaign against Libya's government has urged the judiciary to appoint an emergency cabinet to take over.

Red Cross delivers food to Aleppo

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:11
Aid groups negotiate a deal with government and rebels to deliver emergency rations to 60,000 people in the embattled Syrian province of Aleppo.

Kidnapped California Woman, Missing Since 2004, Is Found Alive

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:10

The unidentified victim was reportedly abducted when she was 15 and held for years against her will. Her alleged captor has been arrested.

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For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 14:04

General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

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Butcher hails Hibernian display

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:55
Manager Terry Butcher praises Hibernian following their 2-0 play-off final first-leg victory over Hamilton.

AUDIO: Baby left in back of black cab

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:32
Laptops, wallets and umbrellas are usually left in the back of taxis but one taxi driver in London got a bit of a shock when something - or someone - rather more precious was left behind.

China and the U.S.: Who's spying on whom?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:31
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 16:27 Feng Li/Getty Images

The Chinese state-controlled press is having a field day with U.S. Justice Department indictments claiming the Chinese army is spying on American companies. They have been leveling counter-charges that the NSA is doing the same thing to Chinese companies.

Who’s to blame all depends on which side you’re on, says David Sanger, the National Security Correspondent for the New York Times.
 
He says Americans argue that “…when the NSA spies, it is spying either for pure national security – say it’s hunting for terrorists or nuclear proliferators – or it is spying for some kind of national economic advantage.” They argue that the Chinese spy for individual companies.

Sanger has been writing about the charges since they were revealed earlier this week. He says it’s unlikely the Chinese and Americans will just acknowledge they’re both spying on each other and move on, a la The Cold War.

“American companies are losing hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in stolen intellectual property. And frankly, the Chinese are not at a state of development where we’re that interested in stealing their stuff. But they’re highly interested in stealing ours. And so the cost of jobs in the United States, the cost in lost revenue is very high for us, and it’s been very low for the Chinese.”

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China and the U.S.: Who's spying on whom?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:27

The Chinese state-controlled press is having a field day with U.S. Justice Department indictments claiming the Chinese army is spying on American companies. They have been leveling counter-charges that the NSA is doing the same thing to Chinese companies.

Who’s to blame all depends on which side you’re on, says David Sanger, the National Security Correspondent for the New York Times.
 
He says Americans argue that “…when the NSA spies, it is spying either for pure national security – say it’s hunting for terrorists or nuclear proliferators – or it is spying for some kind of national economic advantage.” They argue that the Chinese spy for individual companies.

Sanger has been writing about the charges since they were revealed earlier this week. He says it’s unlikely the Chinese and Americans will just acknowledge they’re both spying on each other and move on, a la The Cold War.

“American companies are losing hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in stolen intellectual property. And frankly, the Chinese are not at a state of development where we’re that interested in stealing their stuff. But they’re highly interested in stealing ours. And so the cost of jobs in the United States, the cost in lost revenue is very high for us, and it’s been very low for the Chinese.”

British journalist freed in Ukraine

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:25
A British national working as a journalist for a Russian TV station is released after being detained in Ukraine for more than 24 hours.

In Kentucky, An Epic Senate Race Takes Shape

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:25

While GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell's strategy is to attack Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as a tool of her national party, she's seeking to put the senator on the defensive over women's issues.

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What to do when your refrigerator starts advertising

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:18

Google, in a letter to the SEC, imagined a world where ads would be delivered in some pretty odd places: refrigerators, car dashboards, and thermostats, for starters. 

Which raises an interesting question: How will we ignore ads when they are in our thermostats, our cars, and our dashboards?

We’ve gotten pretty good at shooting down popups and closing video ads before they’ve even loaded and we know who they’re for. 

“When I’ve tested experienced users, one sees extreme results,” says Ben Edelman, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. “One in 10,000 college graduates clicking a banner ad.”

Part of growing up and becoming familiar with the internet, is learning how to put up blinders to the internet. 

Some advertisers have tried coercion – forcing you to watch a video before you can get to the content you actually want to see. We’ve learned to ignore those too. 

“What I end up doing is switching browser tabs, muting  the ad – I’ve seen so many friends do this – and coming back to it later,” says Jeff Harmon, with Harmon Brothers Inc. He was behind one of the most famous ad campaigns of 2013, for bathroom deodorizer Poo-Pourri. 

But that’s really clinging to the old TV mindset, says Harmon, which doesn’t translate to the internet where ignoring annoyance is just a click away. Plus, many advertisers – Google among them – have been moving away from that kind of force-feeder advertising. 

These days, most video ads, for example, make you sit through just 5 seconds of an ad. So if you like it, you can watch the rest, and if you don’t, you move on. 

So really, the strategy that will win in the future will be the strategy that wins today:  “Being relevant and engaging,” says Harmon.

Perhaps in the future, we will turn to our Google-refrigerators and iCoffee makers for content: hilarious ads, dramatic ads, or companionship, friendship, and love. Oh sorry, not the last parts. But the content part.  

Check out the slideshow above for some especially creative advertising solutions.

Why people are still buying GM cars post-recall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:11

The latest recall from General Motors came Wednesday. It was for a couple hundred thousand subcompact Chevrolet Aveos. That’s on top of a couple million cars and trucks recalled Tuesday. And, of course, that was on top of the big recall over ignition defects that were linked to 13 deaths. 

So far, GM has recalled almost 14 million vehicles this year, according to the company. But it's not slowing interest among people shopping for new GM cars, at least according to traffic on the car shopping site Edmunds.com.

Does the recall not matter? The site's consumer advice editor, Carroll Lachnit, notes their traffic only reflects new car shoppers, and some of GM’s recalled vehicles aren’t sold new anymore. And there's a question of branding: "In the majority of cases, the cars that people are looking at don't have the name GM on them," she says. "They're Chevrolets, they're Buicks."

Robert Passikoff of the group Brand Keys says GM’s brand loyalty had been edging back after quality issues and the hit of bankruptcy, but it still isn’t great. Passikoff recently surveyed the reaction of GM car owners who’ve had vehicles recalled.

And they were of course negative, but they were three times as large as brands where loyalty was high,” he says.

In other words, less loyalty going into a recall meant more unhappiness coming out. Passikoff says that will show up in GM sales down the line. 

Anxiety And MRIs May Be Driving The Rise In Double Mastectomies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:09

More than two-thirds of women who had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis didn't have the high risk that could be reduced by the surgery, a study finds.

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Police - change or be changed

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:04
No minister has spoken to Police Federation like Theresa May did
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