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Duchess attends brother's funeral

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:37
The Duchess of Cornwall leads mourners at the funeral of her brother Mark Shand in Stourpaine, Dorset.

Thursday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:30
Real Madrid and AC Milan join Chelsea in chase for Tottenham's Paulinho, QPR want Morrison, Birmingham facing administration.

Police reverse into new Mandela bust

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:28
A police van reverses into a newly-unveiled tribute to Nelson Mandela outside South Africa's parliament.

Mourinho tactics not to blame - Zola

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:24
Jose Mourinho's tactics were not to blame for Chelsea's Champions League defeat by Atletico Madrid, says Gianfranco Zola.

Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Saved

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:23

Organizers of a campaign to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., say they've raised enough money to buy a part of the facility and turn it into a museum.

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UK's oldest settlement confirmed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:20
A Wiltshire town is confirmed at the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom.

Chancellor Merkel goes to Washington

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:16

German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Obama on Friday to discuss possible economic sanctions against Russia. But Germany's business relationship with Russia complicates the situation.

"So far, Germany seems to have supported the latest EU sanctions, which are targeting far more political officials. But not, like the U.S. sanctions, targeting specific businesses," says Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University.

Germany depends on Russia for about a third of its energy needs. And Germany is also Russia's biggest trading partner in Europe.

"There are more than 6,000 German companies that are actually operating, producing in Russia," says Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "The German business community is very strongly opposed to sanctions against Russia."

AT&T reportedly pursuing acquisition of DirecTV

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:13

AT&T is reportedly discussing an acquisition of DirecTV, according to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Comcast already has a $45 billion merger pending with Time Warner Cable -- it’s being scrutinized for anti-trust implications by the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast would end up with 30 million subscribers if the merger is approved. AT&T would reach approximately 26 million pay-TV subscribers with DirecTV, the biggest satellite TV provider, ahead of rival Dish Network. DirecTV could cost $40 billion to purchase, according to the Journal.

A merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable would become the nation’s biggest cable company (Comcast already has the largest number of subscribers), and would also be a dominant player in the broadband internet market. AT&T already has a mid-sized pay-TV business, as well as delivering video to its large mobile-phone subscriber base. If AT&T were to absorb DirecTV, it would have a bigger national footprint for delivering mobile television and video to smart-devices.

Regulators and lawmakers are scrutinizing the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal. An AT&T-DirecTV deal, if it happened, would likely raise significant antitrust concerns as well.

On the plus side, AT&T could argue that a merger will enable the company to better compete with a new cable-broadband internet giant, Comcast-plus-Time-Warner. On the other hand, fewer pay-television providers nationwide would shrink the competitive playing field and leave consumers in many markets with few providers to choose among, says technology analyst Carl Howe, vice president at the Yankee Group.

“The FCC is faced with a very difficult choice,” says Howe. “They can try to prohibit such mergers, which leaves a lot of smaller companies that may not be terribly competitive in the market. Or, they can allow these mergers and end up with monopolies. Neither choice is necessarily great for consumers.”

Howe says we could end up with a big-three of internet-telephone-cable-TV companies in the end -- Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon -- just like there were once three over-the-air broadcast networks -- ABC, NBC and CBS -- that dominated media delivery to American households. The new media-telecom behemoths could bundle all their services together for one low -- or not so low -- price, says Howe.

Imola circuit holds Senna silence

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:09
The Imola circuit where Ayrton Senna died 20 years ago today is holding four days of tributes to the Brazilian.

Heroin 'role' in Geldof death

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:04
Heroin is "likely" to have played a role in the death of TV presenter Peaches Geldof, 25, an inquest hears.

Day in pictures: 1 May 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:58
News photos from past 24 hours: 1 May

Protester hits Nigel Farage with egg

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:57
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is hit by an egg as he campaigns ahead of the European elections.

AUDIO: Celebrity fashion endorsements rise

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:45
Fashion merchandising expert Maria Malone says the use of celebrity endorsements is becoming "more prevalent".

Tear gas at Turkish May Day protests

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:40
Riot police in Turkey use tear gas and water cannon to prevent demonstrators defying a ban on protests on Istanbul's central Taksim Square.

Ukraine To Expel Russian Diplomat Reportedly Caught Taking Classified Info

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:40

Moscow's unnamed military attache was caught red-handed, according to officials in Kiev.

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School rebuilding: £2bn funding

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:40
A school repair programme in England is allocated £2bn, to fund rebuilding work between 2015 and 2021.

Mystery of YouTube's box clips grows

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:35
Who is posting thousands of weird shapes and sounds, and why?

VIDEO: Where is inequality gap heading?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:20
French economist Thomas Piketty is causing a stir with his new book about the gap between rich and poor. Newsnight policy editor Chris Cook talks you through some of Piketty's analysis and his controversial policy suggestions.

VIDEO: Labour launches election campaign

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:15
Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party's campaign for local council and European elections.

Allardyce vows to carry on at Hammers

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:09
Manager Sam Allardyce says he is delivering what the West Ham owners want despite unrest among some fans.
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