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Three rescued from Honduras mine

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:33
Three miners trapped in an informal gold mine in Honduras are rescued, but the authorities are still searching for another eight.

VIDEO: UK imams speak out against jihad

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:32
More than 100 imams in the UK have appealed to British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq.

We Have A Weiner: Joey Chestnut Defends Hot-Dog-Eating Crown

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:23

Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., devoured 61 hot dogs and buns in the allotted 10 minutes. Miki Sudo, who ate 34 franks and buns in the allotted time, won the women's competition.

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VIDEO: Cameron calls for dossier 'answers'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:20
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he has asked the most senior civil servant at the Home Office to try to "find answers" to questions about a missing dossier of alleged paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s.

Fast food just got even faster

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:14

The days of waiting in line at your local McDonald's could be over soon.

The fast food chain started a pilot program for an order-ahead app in a limited number of stores around the Columbus, Georgia area -- not to be confused with the "McD App," which offers coupons and loyalty offers in test markets elsewhere in the nation.

"You download it, you place your order, and when you get to the restaurant, you scan in your phone, and at that point the kitchen starts to fire up your meal," says Bloomberg Business reporter Venessa Wong, who adds that the new app is part of an initiative to make things more convenient for customers.

The new app targets the young, tech-savvy customer whose life is, inevitably, tied to his or her smartphone.

"Being able to reach your customers and push out promotions to them on their phone is actually quite valuable," said Wong.

What may be convenient for the customer, however, may be less convenient for the restaurant itself as it may struggle to keep up with the increased speed at which orders are coming in.

"The point is to improve speed and improve service," she said, "but when you have orders coming in from a new and separate stream, the kitchen has to adapt to that."

'Father of terrorism' facing jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 11:12
A Cardiff student who called himself the "father of terrorism" is facing years behind bars for posting more than 800 links to extremist material online.

Kvitova and Bouchard set for final

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:59
Petra Kvitova will attempt to win Wimbledon for the second time when she meets Eugenie Bouchard in Saturday's final.

VIDEO: Dimitrov hits winner in the splits

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:58
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov pulls off an unlikely winner against Novak Djokovic during their semi-final on Centre Court on Friday.

VIDEO: Timelapse of storm in New York

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:57
ABC News' timelapse video of a thunderstorm passing through New York City on Thursday night.

Amir Khan arrested over assaults

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:47
Former world light welterweight champion Amir Khan is arrested on suspicion of assaulting two men in Bolton.

France 0-1 Germany

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:46
Germany progress to a record fourth successive World Cup semi-final as Mats Hummels' header knocks out France.

Ethiopian 'extradited' to death row

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:33
An Ethiopian opposition leader, sentenced to death while in exile for plotting a coup, has been extradited from Yemen to Ethiopia, his group says.

China levies bribery charges against British drugmaker

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:33

A major scandal engulfing the British pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Klein has taken another turn. The Chinese government has accused GSK of systemic bribery and corruption. Its top executive in China is under arrest.

And now, a private investigator Glaxo hired -- who's also been detained -- says he believes these allegations of impropriety are credible.

Marketplace's Stephen Beard has been following the story from London, and says Glaxo's executives recieved emails last year from a self-proclaimed whistle-blower claiming that officials with the company had bribed doctors and hospitals in China to buy Glaxo's drugs at inflated prices. Glaxo investigated the claims, and says that while it uncovered some unrelated fraudulent activity, it did not find any evidence of bribery.

GSK also claims it has been the target of a smear campaign.

"And there does seem to be something in that," says Beard, "Someone, for example, secretly filmed the top Galxo executive in China having sex with a woman who was in that classic tabloid phrase, 'not his wife'."

Beard also says that Glaxo is under a deal of pressure from Chinese authorities to push down the prices it and other Western drug companies charge in the country.

Andrew Halper of the international law firm Olswang spoke to the BBC about how non-Chinese corporations in China are vulnerable.

"Foreign companies don't benefit from cover, they don't benefit from connections," says Halper, "They rarely, if ever, will have that sort of thing to protect them; they're exposed."

The twist in the story, however, is that private-eye who turned on Glaxo to say the charges may have merit.

"After recieving the sex tape, Glaxo hired this private eye to find out who was trying to smear the company," says Beard, "He submitted his report, was then in days arrested by the Chinese authorities. But here is, as you say, the latest wrinkle: It's now emerged, having seen some of the whistle-blowing emails, the investigator thinks those bribery allegations are entirely credible."

Since Glaxo only generates about three percent of its revenue from China, it may not suffer a huge amount of damage from this scandal, in terms of its overall business in the region. But the company may be looking at some collatoral damage as British fraud regulators are opening their own investigation. The Department of Justice is rumored to be taking an interest in the case as well.

Le Tour fever cranks up in Yorkshire

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:29
The final preparations for the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire are under way as cycling fever grips the county.

Iraq's PM vows fight for third term

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:25
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki insists he will never give up on his bid for a third term despite criticism that he is divisive, vowing to continue battling rebels.

Germany And Brazil To Face Off In World Cup Semifinals

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:20

Brazil ended Colombia's Cinderella story on Friday with a 2-1 win to advance to the World Cup semifinals. On Tuesday Brazil will face Germany, who defeated France 1-0 in the quarterfinal.

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Mountain sold to 'unnamed party'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:58
A mountain in the Lake District that was put up for sale earlier this year is sold to an "unnamed party".

SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia, Host Of 'Opie & Anthony,' Over Tweets

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:55

The satellite radio network said his "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media" are inconsistent with its values. Cumia's tweets came after he was allegedly assaulted in New York.

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VIDEO: Highlights: France 0-1 Germany

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:54
A first-half header from Mats Hummels gives Germany a 1-0 win over France in their 2014 World Cup quarter-final and books their place in the last four.

VIDEO: Inside the Costa Concordia wreck

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:54
Italian police have released footage showing the underwater interior of wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia.
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