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Donovan to retire at end of MLS season

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:27
Landon Donovan has announced he will retire from football at the end of the current Major League Soccer season in October.

'Distasteful' Falklands comments row

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:27
The Welsh Conservatives say First Minister Carwyn Jones should distance himself from 'distasteful' comments over the Falkland Islands' sovereignty.

Broad to have surgery on knee problem

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:20
Stuart Broad will an operation on his right knee later this summer but expects to be fit for the World Cup and Ashes in 2015.

Mediators seek to extend Gaza truce

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:19
Palestinian and Israeli officials continue indirect talks in Cairo on a long-term truce in Gaza as the three-day ceasefire enters its last 24 hours.

Michigan Man Found Guilty In Shooting Death Of Girl On His Porch

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:15

The white homeowner said he shot the 19-year-old because he'd felt threatened when she pounded on his door after 4 a.m. She had crashed her car about half a mile from his house.

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Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:01

The legislation provides funding to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities.

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Russia bans food imports from West

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:00
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev announces a total embargo on food imports from Western countries in response to sanctions over Ukraine.

The slick business behind 'Sharknado(es)'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:54

The movie industry is suffering from a poor year at the box office, but one production company is doing better than ever.

The Asylum is an L.A.-based film company that made cinematic gems like "The Terminators", "Titanic II" and "Transmorphers."  If these titles sound familiar, that’s because they were inspired by actual blockbuster hits. These "mockbusters," as they're called, were made to ride the coattails of their namesakes.

Co-founder David Michael Latt is now the head of production. He says bigger movie studios use their strategy all the time.

“They just call it 'drafting'. It’s like having 'Volcano' and 'Dante’s Peak' at the same time. When you find out somebody’s making a film about transforming robots, basically, the appetite out there... is that people want more about transforming robots. So we’re gonna go create a film that kind of takes advantage of the awareness.”

Since The Asylum’s launch in 1997, it has made over 200 movies and none of them have lost money. Their most recent film is "Sharknado 2: The Second One", which was seen by almost four million people – the largest audience the SyFy channel has ever had.

Latt says his company is lucky to have lasted this long in the business.

“We don’t have outside investors. We are a cash flow company. The reason why we make so many movies is because we need to keep this dog and pony show up and running –because the film we make today is the film that’s gonna fund the film five months from now.”

If The Asylum's success continues, Latt says he’d be happy to field offers from bigger studio interested in buying them out. For now, he's having plenty of fun.

Listen to one of The Asylum's partners Paul Bales read a letter from some less than friendly "fan" mail and offer his response...

...and listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

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'Four admit' Borneo student killings

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:44
Four men arrested in Borneo over the stabbing of two British medical students have "admitted their crime" according to a local police chief.

Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:34

In the wake of plagiarism accusations, appointed Democratic Sen. John Walsh announced Thursday he would not seek a full term in November.

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Broad stars as England rout India

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:30
England bowl India out for 152 after losing the toss on the first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:20

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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'Origami' robots fold into motion

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:09
Ancient Japanese art inspires researchers to design self-folding robots that behave like 'real-life transformers'.

Christian exodus as Iraqi town falls

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:04
Thousands of Iraqi Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamist militants seize the minority's biggest town in the country.

Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:03

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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HMRC bids to appeal Rangers tax case

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 09:58
HM Revenue and Customs announces it has applied for permission to appeal against a tribunal ruling over Rangers' use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

UK to match £2m of Gaza donations

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 09:41
The British government will match the first £2m of public donations to an emergency appeal for people affected by the conflict in Gaza.

Man, 81, admits market crash charge

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 09:39
A pensioner who drove his car into a Mold street market injuring ten pedestrians before Christmas last year admits careless driving.

VIDEO: Tech activity 'overtakes sleeping'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 09:37
Britons spend more time online and using media devices than they do sleeping according to an annual Ofcom report.

Trial told of TV star's flirty texts

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 09:33
A Sun reporter obtained personal information from a stolen mobile phone belonging to a woman who received "flirty text messages" from a TV star, a court hears.

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