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What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:03

Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

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VIDEO: Toxic diet pills 'a one-way trip'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00
The mother of a student who died after taking toxic 'diet pills' has said she had "absolutely no idea" her daughter was using them.

AUDIO: Ambulance called for dead squirrel

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00
An ambulance service urges people to think before they dial 999 after they received a call about a squirrel injured in a "hit- and-run".

Iowa farm the latest to suffer bird flu's toll

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00

Up to about 5 million hens will have be euthanized at a farm in Iowa due to an outbreak of the highly infectious bird flu. The virus has been hammering poultry producers in the Midwest, particularly turkey farmers in Minnesota.

Producers have had to destroy millions of birds. They’ve also ramped up biosecurity measures such as rinsing shoes in a disinfectant prior to entering a barn.

“Everyone had very tight biosecurity programs before, and I would say they're tightening the hatch even more,” says Mark Cook, a professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Cook consults with poultry producers on those biosecurity programs and usually does farm visits. But he recently tabled one such visit with a Minnesota producer.

“I don't want to track anything to them and they don't want me over there. And I don't want them over in my facility either,” he says. “In fact, our last visit with them was in a hotel halfway between Minnesota and Wisconsin within the past month.”

Scientists suspect wild waterfowl are spreading the virus through the feces they drop during migration.

The virus kills commercial poultry quickly. Once a case is identified, all other birds in a barn must be euthanized. The infected birds are kept out of the food supply. The threat to human health is considered low

It's not yet clear if the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys will cause a price spike for those products. If that happens, consumers may opt for other meats.

“What people do is switch,” says Mike Boland, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. He says so far there has not been a noticeable spike in turkey prices, though the Associated Press reports that Hormel expects to sell less turkey this year because of the flu outbreak.

Boland adds that any effect on egg prices will be tough to gauge. He notes that egg production and prices have fluctuated a great deal over the past five years.

“A lot of fluctuation is caused by food safety issues,” he says. “Some of it is caused just by demand for eggs is going up—people are eating more eggs.”

PODCAST: The business of reruns

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00

First up, more on Google's new campaign to reduce our exasperation when thumbing through cluttered websites. And as regulators continue to weigh the potential Time Warner-Comcast tie up, the companies will reportedly meet with Justice Department officials Wednesday to talk about possible concessions that would keep the merger alive. We look at what concessions are on the table. Plus, this is the time of year when many television shows find out their fate: Will they live to see another season, or enter the realm of syndication, downloads, and streaming services? We look at how the afterlife of television shows is changing for TV lovers and advertisers.

New York Governor Cuomo visits Cuba

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:52
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Cuba, the first US state governor to travel to the Communist-run island since a thaw in relations began last year.

VIDEO: Ding forgets he is on for 147

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:46
China's Ding Junhui misses out on a 147 break at the World Snooker Championships after appearing to forget he was on for a maximum.

Egypt's Former President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:43

Less than two years after he was removed from office by the military, an Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for the arrest and torture of protesters.

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HBO Now users outside US 'cut off'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:42
HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its HBO Now service if they are viewing its shows outside the US.

Eurotunnel delay after power failure

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:40
There are severe delays to trains using the Eurotunnel following an electrical fault.

Banks face competition over accounts

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:36
The big four High Street banks are under pressure to offer current account perks as competition in the sector appears to be picking up.

VIDEO: Outside Sicilian migrant centre

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:35
The BBC's James Reynolds reports from outside one of the migrant centres where the survivors of the boat sinking off Libya have been taken to.

Major warns of Labour-SNP 'mayhem'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:27
Ex-prime minister Sir John Major claims that a Labour government backed by the SNP would be a "recipe for mayhem".

South Korea in turmoil over corruption

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:21
Allegations of corruption in South Korea have tainted the prime minister, and threaten to topple the president, says Stephen Evans.

US sends carrier to Yemen patrols

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:20
The US sends an aircraft carrier to boost its patrols off Yemen, amid suspicions an Iranian naval convoy is carrying arms intended for Yemeni Houthi rebels.

'Snooker has no place at Olympics'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:16
Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan says snooker does not merit a place at the Olympics as it bids for inclusion.

Whip-round pays fan's libel bill

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:14
Football fans raise £20,000 for a 67-year-old Blackpool fan who was sued for libel by the club's owners.

Ceres' bright spots back in view

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:13
The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are back in view.

Man, 22, dies in digger incident

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:13
A 22-year-old man dies after an incident involving a digger, say Dyfed-Powys Police.

How Time Warner Cable and Comcast might reassure the feds

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:00

If Comcast and Time Warner Cable go ahead with their planned merger, they’d control almost 30 percent of all the cable TV subscribers in the U.S., possibly raising fears that they’d own too much of the market. They will reportedly sit down with Justice Department officials this week.

So, how do you reassure the regulators that you’re not out to rule the cable world? For starters, sell some stuff, experts say. Get smaller.




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“Cable properties, television properties, channels," says David Klein, managing partner at Klein Moynihan Turco. "It could even be radio or print publications as well.”

Klein says Comcast and Time Warner could also start offering a la carte pricing, something cable customers have been clamoring for. Comcast could also throw in internet deals for libraries or schools.

“They might, for example, offer to provide higher speed services to some schools in their footprint,” says former Republican FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

Or Comcast could agree to hand over some of its customers to a competitor.