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UK soldiers 'mistreated detainees'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 02:15
British soldiers mistreated nine detainees after a 2004 battle in Iraq but allegations of murder were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.

Koeman angry with Blades boss Clough

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 02:01
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Nigel Clough and his Sheffield United staff showed a lack of respect after Saints' cup loss.

Hollywood pins its hopes on "The Hobbit"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-17 02:00

The latest offering in the Lord of the Rings franchise, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” opens Wednesday.

Hollywood hopes it will be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster December that has seen receipts decline 40 percent from the same month last year.

But are dipping ticket sales a sign of a flailing industry, or is it just hard to measure up to record numbers in 2013?

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How the falling ruble will affect emerging markets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-17 02:00

As goes the Russian Ruble, so go economies around the globe? 

Russia’s currency crisis has got investors spooked, and that may not be good for emerging markets in Turkey, Brazil or India. 

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A buzzworthy shopping trip . . . for legal weed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-17 02:00

Retailers are always trying to offer new shopping experiences to the American consumer.

One novel retail experience (that skirts the edge of legality under federal law) is about to become available to millions of consumers around the country, in addition to those in Colorado and Washington State. It is the recreational-marijuana store.

The sale of cannabis to adults 21-and-over with valid ID is now legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska by voter initiative. Colorado and Washington rolled out state-licensed stores in 2014 (after voting to legalize in 2012). Oregon and Alaska will develop their new commercial marijuana markets in the coming year after legalizing recreational pot in November 2014. 

Marijuana-legalization advocates, meanwhile, predict that as many as 11 more states could pass similar initiatives by 2017: California, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii. Medical marijuana is already legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and is available to people  as young as 18 years old, with a medical prescription. Marijuana is still classified as a controlled substance and its production, distribution, sale and possession remains illegal under federal law.

Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman recently visited Live Green Cannabis, a recreational marijuana store in suburban Denver. Manager Brian Zordan showed off the security—extensive video cameras and old-fashioned safes for storing cash and inventory. He also displayed  the three main types of consumable marijuana for sale: leaves and buds, edibles, and concentrates.

Marijuana leaf-and-bud is sold in resealable packages, at $40 to $50 for 1/8 ounce. That price is more than double what one black-market Colorado dealer offered; approximately 30 percent of the sale price at legal marijuana stores goes to state and local taxes. A few dozen varieties are available at the store; all must be produced in Colorado by law. Varieties available include Lamb’s Breath, Hippy Chick, White Fire/Cinderella 99, and Daywalker/Tang Tang. The THC content is displayed on the package. The store also sells a wide range of edibles, including hard-candies, drinks, cookies and chocolates—all made with varying potencies of marijuana.

Anyone with a valid (21-and-over) ID from any state may purchase and possess up to one ounce of recreational marijuana in Colorado. Store employees carefully check ID before admitting a patron to the store, but they do not make or keep any record of the individual’s name or other personal information. Nor do they keep a record of the type or amount of marijuana purchased.

Candy Crush boss's £1.2m robot gift

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:35
A £1.2m robot surgeon, bought for a Derby hospital by an online game tycoon, begins being used on patients.

NHS winter: Your questions answered

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:33
Health correspondent Nick Triggle is answering your questions

Abandon Commons Clerk process - MPs

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:32
MPs say the process to select a new Clerk of the House of Commons, overseen by Speaker John Bercow, should be terminated.

Movie theaters can choose not to show 'The Interview'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:30
$30 million

Based on audience interest, projections for "The Interview," the comedy in which an assassination attempt is made on North Korea's Kim Jong-un, has the potential to make $30 million in profits in its first four days. However, following the most recent threats from The Guardians of Peace, who say they plan to attack showings of the movie, theaters are being allow to opt out of carrying the film. 

25 percent

 

Apple has shut down online sales of its products in Russia, citing the fluctuating value of the ruble. As Bloomberg reports, Apple had increased the price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent last month to try to accommodate the plummeting value of the currency. 

 

11 states

 

The sale of cannabis to adults 21 and over with valid ID is now legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska by voter initiative. Marijuana-legalization advocates, meanwhile, predict that as many as 11 more states could pass similar initiatives by 2017: California, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii. 

 

$188 million

 

Pennsylvania-based Walmart employees have won a class-action lawsuit against the company. Worker accused Walmart of cutting breaks for meals and rest. The company has been ordered to pay $188 million.

 

6 months

 

(Former) American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was officially fired yesterday, six months after being suspended from the position. Paula Schneider, who has leadership experience at BCBG Max Azria and Laundry by Shelli Segal, will take the helm of the company as of Jan. 5, the New York Times reported. When Marketplace spoke with Dov Charney in January, host Kai Ryssdal asked about his greatest weakness. His reply: "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."

Movie theaters react to threats over "The Interview"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:30
25 percent

Apple has shut down online sales of its products in Russia, citing the fluctuating value of the ruble. As Bloomberg reports, Apple had increased the price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent last month to try and accommodate the plummeting value of the currency. 

$30 million

Based on audience interest, projections for "The Interview," the comedy in which an assassination attempt is made on North Korea's Kim Jong-un, showed a possible $30 million in profits in its first four days. However, with the most recent threats from "The Guardians of Peace" to attack showings of the movie, theaters have been given the option to opt out of carrying the film. 

11 states

The sale of cannabis to adults 21-and-over with valid ID is now legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska by voter initiative. Marijuana-legalization advocates, meanwhile, predict that as many as 11 more states could pass similar initiatives by 2017: California, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii. 

$188 million

Pennsylvania-based Walmart employees have won a class-action lawsuit against the company. The workers claims involved having breaks for meals and rest cut short. Walmart has been ordered to pay $188 million.

6 months

(Former) American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was officially fired yesterday, 6 months after being suspended from the position. Paula Schneider, who has leadership experience at BCBG Max Azria and Laundry by Shelli Segal, takes the helm of the company starting January 5th, as reported by the New York Times. When Marketplace spoke with Dov Charney in January of this year, host Kai Ryssdal asked about his greatest weakness. His reply: "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."

VIDEO: Female bishop on 'unexpected joy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:29
The Church of England's first female bishop says she is "honoured and thankful" to be given the role.

S Leone houses searched for Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:24
Sierra Leone is due to mount house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, and restricts shop opening hours.

Wales has greatest jobless rise

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:17
Jobless figures in Wales rise by 8,000, which is the greatest increase in unemployment throughout the UK.

Catholic midwives lose abortion case

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:11
The UK's highest court has told two Catholic midwives they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures.

UK unemployment falls again

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:08
UK unemployment in the three months to October fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million, official figures show.

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:04

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.

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Man 'bit dog' before shop death

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:03
A man allegedly bit a dog before going into a convenience store in Cambridge where he was later found dead.

Watch list questions over Sydney gunman

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:02
Questions mount over why the Sydney siege gunman was not being monitored more closely, by security agencies or the courts, reports the BBC's Wendy Frew.

Fatal tourist balloon crash in Turkey

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 01:01
A Chinese tourist is killed and nine other people, thought to be Chinese and Malaysian, are injured in a hot air balloon crash in Turkey.

Scots jobless total falls by 11,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 00:55
Scotland's jobless total fell by 11,000 between August and October to stand at 156,000, according to official figures.

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