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Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 05:10

Among Monday's highlights in Sochi: Maria Hoefl-Riesch's third career gold medal; American Julia Mancuso skis to a bronze; Charles Hamelin of Canada wins the men's 1500-meter short track speed skating; Team USA dominates Switzerland in women's hockey.

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Dismay in Europe at Swiss quota vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 05:08
A Swiss vote to bring back strict immigration quotas for Europeans draws criticism from France, Germany and Brussels.

Destroyed lions 'had genetic defect'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 05:02
Five lions were destroyed at Longleat Safari Park because they had serious genetic defects caused by inbreeding, managers say.

Neknominate inquiry over man's death

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 05:01
A police inquiry into the death of a 29-year-old Cardiff man, named locally as Stephen Brooks, looks at links with the Neknominate drinking game.

Roads affected by snow and flooding

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:58
Snow and localised flooding are causing traffic problems with forecasters warning heavy rain is expected to return.

VIDEO: Shark ride promoter attacked by shark

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:53
A British man has described fighting off a shark which attacked him while he was surfing in New Zealand.

Fraud in student visa system exposed

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:52
Home Office suspends English language tests run by major company after a BBC Panorama investigation uncovers systematic fraud in the student visa system.

Somerset farm floods plan defended

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:50
A board member of the Environment Agency defends a controversial management plan that might have contributed to flooding of farms in the Somerset Levels.

Toyota will stop making cars in Australia by 2017

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:44

First it was Mitsubishi, Ford, and a car company called Holden. Now Toyota says it will stop making cars in Australia, by 2017. The BBC's Phil Mercer joined us from Sydney to give some perspective.

Click play on the audio player above to hear the whole interview.

Swiss nervous after vote to limit EU migrants

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:43
Can Swiss patch up new rift with EU over immigration?

West Ham agree Upton Park sale deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:42
West Ham agree to sell Upton Park to London developer the Galliard Group once they complete their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

How Michael Sam coming out might impact his paycheck

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:41

The NFL is about to get its first openly gay player: University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam revealed on Sunday that he is gay, just months before the draft. The announcement may end up hurting Sam's earnings potential – but by how much? 

Scott Rosner, sports business professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio to break down the numbers.

How Michael Sam coming out might impact his future in the NFL

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:41

The NFL is about to get its first openly gay player: University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam revealed on Sunday that he is gay, just months before the draft. The announcement may end up hurting Sam's earnings potential – but by how much? 

Scott Rosner, sports business professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio to break down the numbers.

China in city sex trade crackdown

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:37
Chinese authorities arrest 67 people and suspend two police chiefs following a report on widespread prostitution in the city of Dongguan.

VIDEO: Kelly Rowland: 'Cowell is a great man'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:18
Singer Kelly Rowland talks about her time on the X Factor and making new music on her own.

Who are the biggest givers? And where do they get the money?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:18

Big philanthropy came roaring back in 2013, after a handful of years in which the economic downturn lead to the shrinkage of charitable giving. 

"The amount that [living donors] gave was as much as they gave in the previous two years combined, and that's a really strong showing," said Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan came in first on the list, with a gift of nearly $1 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, marking, Palmer said, the first time someone under 30 has topped the list. 

Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penelope Knight were third on the list, with a pledge of five hundred million dollars to the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation.

"This is an incredible gift, and we're extremely grateful to the Knights," said Dr. Brian Druker, who directs the Knight Cancer Institute. Druker said the money will be used for cancer research. Knight's gift comes with strings attached. OHSU must also raise $500 million within the next two years, or forfeit the money altogether. 

"It was a complete surprise to all of us," Druker said. "And the surprise was they would donate $500 million to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, if we raised $500 million within two years. So the amount was shocking and staggering, as was the timeframe and deadline." 

And while it might sound odd to attach strings to a gift, Dr. Druker calls it "a brilliant move," explaining that simply handing over $500 million with no conditions might make other donors believe the center didn't need more money. In fact, Dr. Druker said, a full billion is needed in order for the center to have the kind of impact it desires. 

Some philanthropy watchers found the list largely unsurprising. 

"Overall what strikes me is how completely conventional their giving strategies seem to be," said Lucy Bernholz, a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. "It's going to foundations or community foundations. You don't get much of a sense that they're working with new technologies, that they're thinking about the intersection of politics and charity." 

And while she found notable the number of young people and tech entrepreneurs on the list, Berhnolz said, "It looks like a list of activities that could easily have been pulled together 10, 20, years ago, well before the advent of the internet or the creation of social entrepreneurship."

Jury out in Dave Lee Travis trial

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:16
Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, are considering their verdicts.

VIDEO: Currie: Food banks not the way forward

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:14
Food banks are "not the way forward" says the former Tory MP Edwina Currie, who argues they could be doing more harm than good.

NFL draft prospect comes out as gay

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:04
American footballer Michael Sam reveals his sexuality and will become the NFL's first openly gay player if he is drafted.

Problems in the U.S. drug pipeline

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 04:00

A Congressional Committee today will dive deeply into the world of drug shortages. Namely why manufacturers continue to run out of cancer drugs and other medications. It turns out this is a classic healthcare problem, trying to control costs and maximize value.

Drexel Health Professor Robert Field says shortages started to crop up about ten years ago, in large part, after the feds lowered reimbursement rates for generic oncology drugs.

“The purpose was admirable, it seems that it went too far,” he says.

Field says putting the squeeze on manufacturers has prompted drug makers to look for greener pastures.

“The companies that make these drugs tend to be operating close to the margin. And if they can’t make a profit, they find a better use of their facility is to manufacture something else,” he says.

According to a new report, physicians facing shortages often change or delay dosages, sometimes even refer patients to different providers.

University of Pennsylvania oncologist Susan Domchek says that puts patient’s health at risk.  

“It is a very difficult thing to explain to a patient, why you can’t get a very standard chemotherapy regimen because you don’t have access to the medication,” he says.

The solution – ironically – may be bumping up those same reimbursements that got cut a decade ago.

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