National / International News

Inquest over sunken ship crew deaths

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 06:16
An inquest into the deaths of six Russian sailors after a cargo ship sank off Gwynedd hears a dramatic account of its last minutes.

Gandhi resignation offers rejected

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 06:11
India's Congress party rejects an offer by leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to resign after its disastrous election showing, a party official says.

VIDEO: Jackson hologram steals Billboard show

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 06:11
Justin Timberlake won seven awards at the Billboards

Funeral for Afghanistan crash pilot

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 06:07
Hundreds of mourners line the streets at the funeral of an Army pilot who died when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

Game set for stock market flotation

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 06:05
Game intends to relist on the London Stock Exchange two years after the video game retailer collapsed into administration.

Miliband sets out minimum wage plans

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:59
Ed Miliband says a Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings, as he sets out plans to tackle low pay.

Gordon Willis, Cinematographer Who Gave Woody Allen Films Their Look, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:53

He shot eight films with Woody Allen and was particularly known for his work on dark films of the 1970s, such as the Godfather series. Wills was dubbed the "Prince of Darkness" for his use of shadows.

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Missing day release killer arrested

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:50
A murderer who absconded while on day release from prison in Merseyside is arrested in Greater Manchester.

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:42

The Justice Department accuses five Chinese officials of stealing trade secrets by spying using military and intelligence facilities. These are the first charges of their kind to be made by the U.S.

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Putin orders Ukraine border pullout

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:30
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near the Ukraine border to return to their permanent bases, the Kremlin says.

Mladic war crimes defence begins

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:27
The defence in the genocide and crimes against humanity trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic opens its case in The Hague.

Day in pictures: 19 May 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:22
News photos from past 24 hours: 19 May

VIDEO: PA calls for football chief's resignation

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:17
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is coming under increasing pressure to resign, following sexist comments he made in a series of leaked private emails.

AT&T’s $48.5 billion bid for your everything

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:16

AT&T is buying satellite TV company DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal. Like so many other media mergers, the news has executives and Wall Street analysts tossing around corporate buzzwords. There’s the old favorite “synergy,” of course. But “bundle” is the key word for this proposed combination.

“They can bundle this with a broadband product and offer a bundle of voice, video and broadband, which they haven’t been able to do in a lot of their footprint up until now,” says Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research.

Grabbing America’s biggest satellite provider allows AT&T to expand its move to sell more services on one bill nationwide.

If the deal goes through, AT&T would be the second largest American pay TV operator. Its 26 million customers would be just behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable, which would have 30 million if its own proposed merger goes through.

AT&T is already offering significant concessions, enough that Wall Street expects regulators will let its deal go through.

Mark Garrison: Media mergers tend to be heavy on corporate buzzwords. Synergy is an old favorite. Bundle is popular these days and Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research says this deal is bundle-icious.

Jonathan Chaplin: They can bundle this with a broadband product and offer a bundle of voice, video and broadband, which they haven’t been able to do in a lot of their footprint up until now.

AT&T wants to sell you everything on one bill. Grabbing America’s biggest satellite provider lets them do that nationwide. If all goes through, AT&T will be the second largest pay TV operator. That means regulators will take a close look. Chaplin and other analysts believe AT&T’s offer to make concessions will be enough.

Chaplin: This is a deal that’s gonna get through.

DirecTV’s Latin American business is also a factor, says Macquarie senior analyst Amy Yong.

Amy Yong: That is a clear growth opportunity for AT&T over the next few years.

The companies expect the deal to close within a year. In New York, I'm Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

AT&T, DirecTV And Finding A Prom Date: Reactions To Merger

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:14

"It's kind of like trying to find a date before the prom," one analyst says of consolidation in the media industry. Some experts are criticizing the deal's strategy and potential impact on consumers.

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Redgrave to star on screen in Midwife

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:03
Vanessa Redgrave, who narrates BBC One series Call the Midwife, is to appear as a mature Jennifer Worth on screen for the first time.

AUDIO: Mother's grief after ambulance mix-up

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:02
A mother describes the pain of losing her daughter to asthma, when an ambulance went to the wrong address.

Harrison's guitar sells for £390,000

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:00
An electric guitar played by The Beatles' George Harrison sells for $657,000 (£390,000) at auction in New York.

Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:55

This is the second time Russia says it is moving its troops, but NATO says it has yet to see a significant shift in the position of Russian forces.

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Pakistan drops case against FBI man

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:52
A court in Pakistan orders charges to be dropped against an American FBI agent who was arrested for carrying ammunition in his luggage.
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