National / International News

Netanyahu in Israel 'coalition deal'

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:33
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu agrees an 11th-hour deal to form a new coalition government following election in March, sources say.

Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:19

The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage.

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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:19

Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.

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VIDEO: Aids can be eradicated, says Elton

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:11
Sir Elton John says he believes Aids can be eradicated in his lifetime if research funding is continued.

VIDEO: Japan giant solar farm from the air

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:03
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes visits a vast solar farm in Kagoshima to see how Japan is trying to move on from nuclear power.

Drafting a CEO dream team

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:49

We touch on fantasy sport every now and then, but today something just a little bit different. Instead of drafting his favorite actual players, comedian Greg Proops has put together his ideal business team for us — a CEO dream team, if you will:

Spring is here and the smell of green is in the air. Is anything more exciting than the thrill of getting in a rundown by government regulators or stealing homes from people who paid for them? Yesiree, a CEO baseball team has to be motivated, ruthless and mostly white guys. Let's play ball.

Manager: John J Rockefeller (Standard Oil)

The gold standard for robber barons, Rocky can lead this feisty group to wins over strikers, whiners and nervous Nellies. Invented PR to cover for his goons killing innocent women and children in a miners strike in Ludlow, if the crowd boos him he will make a nice gesture like buy Yellowstone or start a foundation. John J will black gold.

1st Base: Steve Jobs (Apple)

Super innovative at reaching for other people's ideas. He can cover the first base with an eye to stealing second. Fearless umpire baiter, he will yell and scream to achieve his dream.

3rd Base: Eddie Lampert (Sears)

The man who had the singular vision to sell Rolex watches at Sears. The Lamprey will hustle like no one else and if they lose. It is definitely not his fault. Nothing ever is.

Short stop: Tony Hayward (BP)

Great at cleaning up big spills he will cover loads of ground. After the BP explosion he wanted his life back. He can go into the deep hole and feel good about himself.

Left field: Dick Costolo (Twitter)

Let anyone yell whatever they like Dick can take it. The Big Twitt as we know him recognizes there is no way to keep fans from raining sexist, racist abuse and he seems cool with that. Just so they keep it under 140 characters.

Center field: Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs)

Blanksy is definitely President Obama's favorite player. When a player gets paid this much he has to be good, right? He feels he is being punished for his success BY THE JEALOUS. Untouchable and arrogant or just well protected? BLANKSY WILL DOMINATE.

Right field: Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan)

Bring him in front of the commissioner and he just laughs. The man who told Senator Warren "So hit me with a fine. We can afford it." gets the call to hold down right. Right field requires the strongest arm. The Dimon dog has got bark and bite, baby.

Catcher: Mike Jeffries (Abecombie and Fitch)

Not your old fashioned catcher, this field general will micromanage the game. He knows where everyone should play, what underwear they should wear and where his dogs sit on the private plane to the next game.

Starting pitcher: Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Brings the mad fastball via his drone like arm. Once named, "The World's Worst Boss," he will back you off the plate with high hard ones. Hell, he will buy all the scorecards and have his minions fill them in if necessary. Fans go Crezos for Bezos.

Concessions: Charles Johnson (Owner of SF Giants)

So you shouldn't think I am am playing favorites. The owner of the team I root for the San Francisco Giants. Our ball yard  features gourmet BBQ, garlic fries and cappuccino at the park. Mr. Johnson's personal worth is somewhere north of six and half billion but he makes sure the men and women who sell food and drink at the park get paid poverty wages. Keeps the costs down while providing awesome snacks. That is world class CEOing. way to hang swinging Johnson.

Equipment manager: Chip Wilson (Lululemon)

No ones gains weight on his watch. If you go up a size Chip will blame your thighs. Motivates the clubhouse with some sassy Ayn Rand quotes like To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' then puts you in some tight, sheer stirrup pants. Chipper puts the "I" in team.

Greg Proops new book is called: "The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool."


Colombia investigates 'US sex abuse'

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:28
Colombia says it will investigate accusations that US contractors and military staff sexually abused minors for four years from 2003.

US Aids fight urged by Elton John

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:24
Sir Elton John has told a US Senate panel that Aids could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.

Rehomed gang leader admits robbery

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:13
A London gang leader who was rehomed in Wales admits a robbery in his new home city of Newport.

VIDEO: Reaction to Salman Khan sentence

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:09
The BBC gets reaction from people in Mumbai to the sentencing of Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in prison.

NFL Report: 'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Workers Tampered With Footballs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:08

After weeks of investigation, a 243-page report says quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" that the team was using under-inflated footballs.

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VIDEO: US-Cuba ferry services to begin

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:58
Authorities in the US approve passenger ferry services between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

Patriots 'probably deflated balls'

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:35
New England quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" of a scheme to under-inflate balls during a crucial NFL play-off game.

Fed Chair Yellen's Warning Adds To Recent Market Jitters

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:33

Both stock and bond markets had already been having a rough week before the Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen warned about "potential dangers."

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Spanish domestic football suspended

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:31
Spanish football federation suspends all end-of-season games in disputes with government including TV rights

Taylor denies 'England quota' claim

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:30
Former England manager Graham Taylor denies allegations he spoke about pressure to limit the number of black players he selected.

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:27

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.

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VIDEO: Pizza order rescues US hostage

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:24
A woman in Central Florida used an online pizza order to send a distress signal while being held hostage by her knife-wielding boyfriend.

'IS recruiters' arrested in Bosnia

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:07
Bosnian Serb police say they have arrested several people suspected of trying to recruit fighters for the militant group Islamic State.

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:03

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

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