National / International News

Queen 'used to get Tory message out'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:15
Labour makes an official complaint about the use of Tory slogans in government statements including the Queen's Speech.

Six charged in care home abuse case

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:14
Six men are charged with a total of 27 serious sexual assault charges in an investigation into historical abuse in children's homes.

IMF warns UK over housing risk

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:12
The International Monetary Fund warns the UK government that accelerating house prices and low productivity pose the greatest threat to the UK's economic recovery.

Police question Islam row pastor

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:11
North Belfast pastor James McConnell who called Islam "heathen" and "satanic" is questioned by police on Friday.

Afghan candidate survives bombing

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:09
The front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, survives a deadly suicide bomb attack on his convoy in Kabul.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:07
The political week up to 6 June is reviewed in one minute by Adam Fleming, looking back over the headlines.

Coe fails to rule out BBC Trust job

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:05
Lord Coe tells BBC 5 Live he has "some thinking to do" about whether to apply for the job as chairman of the BBC Trust.

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:02

The air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures as the NBA Finals began.

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Man held over Irish woman's killing

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:50
A man is arrested following the killing of an Irish woman, who was found dead in a flat in Greece.

The strategy behind Hillary Clinton's book release

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:42

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits store shelves on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of tell-alls by former members of the Obama administration, including Robert Gates’s “Duty” and Timothy Geithner’s “Stress Test.”

You’d think memoirs like these could sell themselves. Well, think again, says Jim Milliot, editorial director at Publisher’s Weekly.

“You could say it is one of the great ironies of book publishing that the bigger the author, the bigger the publicity campaign,” he notes.

This campaign kicked off on Mother’s Day, with an exclusive excerpt in “Vogue” magazine: Hillary Clinton, reflecting on motherhood. The excerpt was share-able, the idea being each retweet or Facebook like will translate into sales.

“Social media is a big component of all this,” Milliot says.

In fact, “Hard Choices” has its own Twitter account, managed by Simon & Schuster. Plus, there are more excerpts on a website, as well as YouTube videos.

According to Josh Baran, who managed the publicity campaign for “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s bestseller, “You want your message out.”

That kind of message machine can cost millions. We don’t know how much this one is going to cost, because the publisher declined our request for an interview. We do know that the publicity team for a big book starts with what Paul Bogaards calls a “communications blueprint,” which includes “television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, big mouths.”

Bogaards, who manages media relations for Knopf Doubleday, has drawn up blueprints for former Gates’s memoir, and for President Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life.”

Rollouts may be more intricate than ever, but one thing is still true: If a reporter gets ahold of the book early, it can throw all that timing, all that money, and all that planning off track.

Still, Journalists were eager to get their hands on Bill Clinton’s memoir before it was published.

Says Bogaards: “I mean, one had them actually had the gall to call me and say, ‘Hey, can you help me out here?’ I was like, actually no, I cannot help you out.”

Publicists play defense and offense. Leaks aren’t all bad, and sometimes they are done strategically. Politico, for example, got it hands on a chapter from Hillary Clinton’s book early, and yesterday, CBS News, which is one of Simon & Schuster’s corporate siblings, obtained a copy of “Hard Choices.”

So far, these leaks have done what every publisher wants: they ginned up interest, they got people talking, and Simon & Schuster hope, that will lead to buying.

THE ROLLOUT, planned and unplanned

Sunday, May 11

Vogue.com posts “An Exclusive Excerpt from Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Book, ‘Hard Choices’” 

Tuesday, May 27

Simon & Schuster releases Hillary Clinton’s “author’s note

Friday, May 30

A Politico reporter gets her hands on a “much-anticipated chapter” from “Hard Choices” about what transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012

Hillary Clinton meets with booksellers at BookExpo America, in New York City

Wednesday, June 4

“People” publishes Hillary Clinton’s “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill's presidency in January 2001”

Thursday, June 5

CBS News obtains a copy of the book

Monday, June 9

Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, interviews Hillary Clinton during an hour-long, prime-time special

Tuesday, June 10

“Hard Choices” hits store shelves

Hillary Clinton does her first live interview, with Robin Roberts, of ABC News, on “Good Morning America”

She kicks off her book tour at a Barnes & Noble in New York City

Tuesday, June 17

Hillary Clinton sits down with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren of Fox News

The strategy behind Hillary Clinton's book release

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:42

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits store shelves on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of tell-alls by former members of the Obama administration, including Robert Gates’s “Duty” and Timothy Geithner’s “Stress Test.”

You’d think memoirs like these could sell themselves. Well, think again, says Jim Milliot, editorial director at Publisher’s Weekly.

“You could say it is one of the great ironies of book publishing that the bigger the author, the bigger the publicity campaign,” he notes.

This campaign kicked off on Mother’s Day, with an exclusive excerpt in “Vogue” magazine: Hillary Clinton, reflecting on motherhood. The excerpt was share-able, the idea being each retweet or Facebook like will translate into sales.

“Social media is a big component of all this,” Milliot says.

In fact, “Hard Choices” has its own Twitter account, managed by Simon & Schuster. Plus, there are more excerpts on a website, as well as YouTube videos.

According to Josh Baran, who managed the publicity campaign for “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s bestseller, “You want your message out.”

That kind of message machine can cost millions. We don’t know how much this one is going to cost, because the publisher declined our request for an interview. We do know that the publicity team for a big book starts with what Paul Bogaards calls a “communications blueprint,” which includes “television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, big mouths.”

Bogaards, who manages media relations for Knopf Doubleday, has drawn up blueprints for former Gates’s memoir, and for President Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life.”

Rollouts may be more intricate than ever, but one thing is still true: If a reporter gets ahold of the book early, it can throw all that timing, all that money, and all that planning off track.

Still, Journalists were eager to get their hands on Bill Clinton’s memoir before it was published.

Says Bogaards: “I mean, one had them actually had the gall to call me and say, ‘Hey, can you help me out here?’ I was like, actually no, I cannot help you out.”

Publicists play defense and offense. Leaks aren’t all bad, and sometimes they are done strategically. Politico, for example, got it hands on a chapter from Hillary Clinton’s book early, and yesterday, CBS News, which is one of Simon & Schuster’s corporate siblings, obtained a copy of “Hard Choices.”

So far, these leaks have done what every publisher wants: they ginned up interest, they got people talking, and Simon & Schuster hope, that will lead to buying.

THE ROLLOUT, planned and unplanned

Sunday, May 11

Vogue.com posts “An Exclusive Excerpt from Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Book, ‘Hard Choices’” 

Tuesday, May 27

Simon & Schuster releases Hillary Clinton’s “author’s note

Friday, May 30

A Politico reporter gets her hands on a “much-anticipated chapter” from “Hard Choices” about what transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012

Hillary Clinton meets with booksellers at BookExpo America, in New York City

Wednesday, June 4

“People” publishes Hillary Clinton’s “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill's presidency in January 2001”

Thursday, June 5

CBS News obtains a copy of the book

Monday, June 9

Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, interviews Hillary Clinton during an hour-long, prime-time special

Tuesday, June 10

“Hard Choices” hits store shelves

Hillary Clinton does her first live interview, with Robin Roberts, of ABC News, on “Good Morning America”

She kicks off her book tour at a Barnes & Noble in New York City

Tuesday, June 17

Hillary Clinton sits down with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren of Fox News

Heartbleed fix finds security bugs

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:41
More security holes have been uncovered in the same software that was found to harbour the dangerous "Heartbleed" bug.

How much is California Chrome worth?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:40

California Chrome goes for horse racing's Triple Crown this weekend at the Belmont Stakes. Even if he wins, the horse won't likely sell for the top rates -- as high as $60 million -- that we've seen in the past.

So here's a look at some of the other numbers around the horse:

1978

The last year there was a Triple Crown winner. The horse was named Affirmed.

11

The number of horses that Daily Racing Forum says have been in a similar position to California Chrome since 1978.

$15 million

How much Peter Bradley III, one of the top bloodstock agents in the country for thoroughbred racing, guesses California Chrome is worth today. Others in the horse racing industry say he's worth a few million more, or a few million less.

$30 million

How much California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, says the horse is worth.

1

The number of shoe companies sponsoring California Chrome. This week, Skechers announced they were going to sponsor the horse. Though, don't get excited for a horse in sneakers -- California Chrome's trainers will be the ones sporting Skechers' shoes.

Big blast hits Kosovo power station

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:37
Casualties are reported after an explosion at a coal-fired power station outside the Kosovo capital, Pristina.

May Jobs Report likely to show moderate hiring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:36

Employers likely added 213,000 new jobs in May, according to the consensus estimate of economists cited by Bloomberg, while April’s job gain was 288,000. The unemployment rate likely increased 0.1 percent in May to 6.4 percent, after sharply declining in April (from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent).

If these expectations pan out, May’s performance would confirm a return to steady, modest growth in the economy and the labor market. That follows a volatile winter with multiple severe storms that pushed the overall economy into a surprising quarterly decline in GDP. A projected increase in the unemployment rate in May would likely be caused by people returning to the workforce as job-hunters. April’s drop in unemployment was attributed to a steep decline in the size of the workforce.

“We’re back on track right now,” says Bernie Bauhmolh at the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, New Jersey.

The economy has now been creating an average of 237,000 jobs per month since February. First-time claims for state unemployment benefits are at a seven-year low.

“The economy is looking better,” says Baumohl. “We’ve seen better performances in manufacturing and services and auto sales. Confidence levels are also higher among consumers and business leaders. It’s going to encourage employers to accelerate hiring.”

Paul Osterman at the MIT Sloan School of Management says the next signs of significant progress in the employment recovery would be improvement in workers’ real wages, and an increase in the employment-to-population ratio, which measures how many adults are working compared to the total population of potential workers. That ratio fell sharply in the recession and has not rebounded significantly since.

As jobs get more plentiful at all wage levels, employers can be expected to compete to attract and retain workers. In response, they might begin raising wages.

“Over the last twelve months real wages have gone up by a little bit under 2 percent," says Osterman. "That’s better than zero, but it’s below productivity gains.”

In other words, employees have been producing more for their bosses, driving profits up, without getting much extra in their paychecks in return.

Celtic appoint Deila as new manager

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:11
Norwegian Ronny Deila is appointed as the new manager of Celtic on a 12-month rolling contract.

VIDEO: Highlights - Queen's Baton Relay in England

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:55
Watch the best bits from the first week of the Queen's Baton Relay around the country.

VIDEO: Science behind the D-Day landings

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:54
How innovations in science and engineering made the D-Day landings possible with giant troop tanks and tanks that could drive on water.

'I called Rosberg to bury a mother of a situation’

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:41
In his latest BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about the "overblown" rivalry with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hospital feed death baby is named

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:32
A nine-day old baby who died on Sunday after contracting a bacterial infection from a suspected contaminated hospital feed has been named.
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