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Obama To Nominate Vice Adm. Michael Rogers As NSA Chief

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:46

Rogers, the current head of U.S. Cyber Command, is a cryptologist by trade. If confirmed, he'll take over the spy agency at a crucial time in its history, when its activities have come under close public scrutiny.

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Cameron plans fresh push on web data

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:44
The prime minister says he wants a cross-party push after the next election to modernise laws covering communications data.

Amanda Knox Guilty Verdict Reinstated By Italian Court

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:42

The appeals court in Florence found Knox and her ex-boyfriend guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher and sentenced her to 28 1/2 years in prison. Knox currently lives in Seattle, and the sentence is likely to set up a long battle over her extradition.

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Report: Syrian Government Has Demolished Entire Neighborhoods

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:31

Human Rights Watch says neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Hama were targeted by the government because they were opposition strongholds.

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VIDEO: Town's nudes win artist photoshoot

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:29
A Kent seaside town beats two in Sussex to be the location for a mass nude photoshoot by American body artist Spencer Tunick.

Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:25

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:22

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda-makers in the occupied West Bank.

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Police control room cuts go ahead

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:08
Proposals to cut the number of police control rooms in Scotland are approved by the Scottish Police Authority.

Ward selected for GB Davis Cup tie

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00
James Ward is selected as Great Britain's second singles player alongside Andy Murray in the Davis Cup tie against the USA.

VIDEO: Arrests after university protest

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00
Thirteen people have been arrested after protesters clashed with police and university staff during a demonstration in Birmingham.

Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.

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As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

Federal prisons are chronically overcrowded after years of "tough on crime" policies. But a new report finds that a majority of states cut their imprisonment rates and saved millions — while keeping crime down.

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The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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An Unusual Coalition Helps Mandatory Minimum Bill Clear Senate Committee

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would lower mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses and allow judges to use more discretion when determining sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

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De Blasio Drops Appeal Of 'Stop And Frisk'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio moved toward fulfilling a major campaign promise on Thursday: he announced the city will settle a long-running lawsuit against the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. A federal judge last year found that the NYPD violated the civil rights of blacks and Latinos with its aggressive tactics. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the ruling, but de Blasio won a landslide electoral victory in 2013 partly by promising to reform the stop-and-frisk policy. Now, some New Yorkers are worried about a possible rise in crime.

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.

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American Apparel CEO Dov Charney on pushing boundaries and his biggest weakness

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 12:56

Clothing company American Apparel is known for making their products in the U.S. and for paying their employees more than minimum wage. It's also known for eccentric CEO Dov Charney:       On pushing boundaries  “It’s important that every generation, there are going to be certain people that push boundaries. And those are my people."   On using sex to sell clothes
“Sex is inextricably linked to fashion and apparel. And it has been and always will be. And our clothing is connected to our sexual expression so of course, advertising related to clothing, there’s going to be a sexual connection forever, whether it’s Calvin Klein, American Apparel, or brands we haven’t even contemplated."   Kai Ryssdal: Do you ever look at one of your billboards and go: Whoa, alright wait, we went too far?
Dov Charney: Absolutely.
KR: And then what do you do?
DC: We put up another one.   On the importance of Made-in-USA
“I don’t think it’s very important to the customer and I’m glad that it’s not.” He clarifies that the "made in LA" aspect of the brand “brings flavor and it should also call attention to the fact that we make the merchandise ourselves which is very important.”   On his biggest weakness
“My biggest weakness is me. I mean, lock me up already! It’s obvious! Put me in a cage, I’ll be fine. I’m my own worst enemy. But what can you do—I was born strange.”      


Inside American Apparel's factory      Charney opened his first retail store in 2004, in Los Angeles. The bulk of American Apparel manufacturing happens in an immense warehouse in the city's downtown district. Employees from all departments work together out of the bright pink building. "We have sellers,  marketers, photographers, computer programmers, IT experts, production, product design, scheduling, forecasting, retail development, everybody is connected to this building," Charney says.   The last few years have been financially difficult for the company. "Right now, we’re retrenching a little bit because it’s unclear what the future of bricks and mortar retail is," says Charney. He has plans to build up the company's presence online and to expand the business in the future.   Charney's no stranger to personal difficulties as well. He's faced several sexual harassment lawsuits from past employees, most of which have been dropped. He's also faced criticism for the sexual images American Apparel uses on billboards that promote the brand.

Facebook is dead. Long live Facebook.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 12:49

When Facebook went public just over a year ago, not everyone thought it was worth the 40 bucks that investors paid. Today, that picture has changed.

Paul Sweeney, an analyst at Bloomberg Industries, said the concern back then was that Facebook basically made no money on mobile advertising.  

"It was very unsure as to whether Facebook would be a viable player in the mobile arena, and that was one of the reasons the stock had a very bad IPO," Sweeney said.

But yesterday the company said it booked about $2.6 billion in revenues, a little more than half of which came from mobile advertising. Facebook now owns 16 percent of the mobile ad market. That's still way behind Google, which owns 53 percent, but it’s quite a turnaround.  

Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at e-marketer, says a revisioning of Facebook’s mobile app sparked that change.

“To its credit, once it realized that mobile was going to be so important to its future, [Facebook] did work fast, and it did develop an app that ended up working really well,” said Williamson.

Best of all, people actually started to use the app.

Then there was the CEO's change of heart. Williamson said Mark Zuckerberg was initially resistant to advertising, wanting to keep the site as "clean" as possible. But since the IPO, shareholder interests have trumped startup sensibilities, and the company has pursued ad dollars aggressively.

Facebook now has more than a billion users. But some investors worry the company is losing the key teen demographic. Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group, isn’t worried. He said Facebook is now more than just a hangout.

“Facebook has been a utility for consumers and for advertiser alike for a very long time,” said Wieser. He means it’s like email or the telephone -- it’s where we keep our contacts, and communicate with each other.

Morever, he adds, Facebook owns Instagram, which teens love. For now!

When oil money runs dry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 12:48

Quarterly earnings for Exxon Mobil weren’t as good as Wall Street types had expected. Exxon’s oil production is down. The world's largest publically-traded oil company is struggling to tap new reserves to boost production -- a challenge facing all the big American oil companies.

Oil isn’t as accessible as it used to be.

“A lot of the low-hanging fruit with respect to oil production has long ago been picked,” says Morningstar equity analyst Allan Good.

Countries like China now have state-run companies to extract their own oil. So companies like Exxon have to search farther away, even if that means the ends of the earth.

Good says: “Whether it be in Argentina, or even west Siberia, there’s a lot of opportunity there.”

Opportunity, yes. But at a price.

For example, Exxon is exploring off-shore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

“These are much higher costs than we’ve historically had,” Good says, 

New technology is helping -- kind of.

“Fracking has opened up new reserves to all the oil and gas industry,” says Scott Tinker, the state geologist for Texas. He researches oil and gas production for the University of Texas at Austin.

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ has a bad reputation with some environmentalists. And companies may have stayed clear of the practice to avoid negative p-r.

But if companies waited to invest in fracking, they’ve been penalized.

“It’s more expensive, typically, if you’re late to the game in a particular basin. The price has gone up,” says Tinker.

For big oil companies, fracking is actually the safe play.

Deep-water drilling is more risky.

“Off-shore wells cost tremendously more than an on-shore hydraulically fractured well. But they produce more,” says Tinker.

Despite all these challenges, Exxon has new projects that should come online in the next few years. And Exxon’s production is expected to increase going forward.

Analysts say the oil business will remain profitable.

Just less so.


Maine's High Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 12:47

Nicole Maines, who is biologically male but identifies as female, had sued after officials at her school barred her from using the girls' restroom.

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