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Election: When will it all be over?

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 12:31
Next Friday, the votes will be in and we will know who the country's MPs are. But we might not be closer to knowing who the government is.

Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 12:27

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.

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Wounded Nepalis Stream Into Kathmandu, Overwhelming Hospitals

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 12:27

Tens of thousands of victims have descended on Nepal's capital from remote, hard-hit mountainside villages that have seen little assistance. Already-strained hospitals are stretched even thinner.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 12:12

Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."

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Twitter reports disappointing sales

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 12:01
Twitter has reported lower than expected revenue for the first three months of the year, saying that new products sold less well than forecast.

VIDEO: Inside a ransacked Baltimore shop

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:31
The owner of a local pharmacy shows the BBC the damage done to his business. Meanwhile, residents try to clean up the destruction.

NFL gives up tax-exempt status

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:22

The National Football League is eliminating its non-profit tax-exempt status.

If you're wondering how the NFL  can be tax-exempt if it rakes in massive profits each year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell brought that up in his letter announcing the decision on Tuesday. 

"As you know, the effects of the tax exempt status of the league office have been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years. The fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax exempt. Every dollar of income generated through television rights fees, licensing agreements, sponsorships, ticket sales, and other means is earned by the 32 clubs and is taxable there."  

The league's non-profit status, 501(c)6 to be exact, applied to the League office. The expected revenue the government will receive is slightly more than $100 million over 10 years. 

"[That] isn't a lot of money to the NFL, but it's a lot of money to us," says Kavitha Davidson, sports columnist for Bloomberg View

The news sounds like it should be a PR win for the NFL, which has been criticized for many missteps during Goodell's time as commissioner. But, instead of celebrating, the news was released on a day overshadowed by other concerns.

So why the news dump now? Davidson says the numbers don't tell the whole story of what the NFL gained from being a non-profit. Team dues are paid to the League office, which can be deducted as a business expense. 

"That basically means that the NFL can take that money, and if doesn't spend it in a certain amount of time, can loan it back as part of its stadium financing program, for example," Davidson says.

It's not clear whether the League's tax exemption benefits the teams themselves.

Moreover, non-profits like the NFL are required to report executive salaries. For instance, we know that NFL commissioner Goodell made $44 million in 2013. Giving up tax-exempt status means fewer reporting requirements.

Davidson pointed to the case of Major League Baseball, which immediately gave up its tax-exempt status when salary disclosures requirements started in 2007. Those details are of particular interest as executive salaries rise rapidly and outpace players' salaries. 

One other consequence that strikes Davidson: clear information about what female executives earn. 

"As the rest of the country fights for equal pay," she says, "the NFL has actually started to actually promote women to higher level executive positions. We won't have disclosures now to show they're being paid in a comparable way to their male counterparts." 

NFL To End Its Tax-Exempt Status 'To Eliminate ... Distraction'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:10

The move applies only to the league office. The National Football League's 32 teams already pay taxes on their profits, salaries and merchandise sales.

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Silverstone boss queries F1 'value'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:09
The boss of British Grand Prix venue Silverstone questions the quality of the entertainment Formula 1 provides for its fans.

VIDEO: Election 2015: The view from Anglesey

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:06
As the election approaches, Huw Edwards visits the island of Anglesey, which could become a key battleground for votes.

BBC man: My extraordinarily lucky escape

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 11:06
How the BBC's Tom Martienssen escaped Everest avalanche

A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used Syringes

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:59

The rise in heroin use in the town of Turners Falls, Mass., has led to another problem: a proliferation of discarded hypodermic needles. Police can't keep up, so they've asked residents to help.

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'Go Home. Please': 'Wire' Creator David Simon Urges Calm In Baltimore

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:20

In a blog post, Simon added that while there is much to be "argued, debated, addressed ... this moment ... can still, in the end, "prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city."

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VIDEO: Everest: 'The whole mountain just came to life'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:17
BBC journalist Thomas Martienssen was in camp one - 800m above base camp when the quake struck.

Top US court divided on gay marriage

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:15
The US Supreme Court hears arguments in a historic case that could legalise same-sex marriage across a country bitterly divided on the issue.

VIDEO: Restaurant scoured for quake survivors

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:04
Rescuers in Nepal are still hopeful that they will find some survivors amongst the wreckage, although a lot of bodies are also being found.

Indonesia 'executes drugs prisoners'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 10:02
Eight convicted drug smugglers have been executed by firing squad in Indonesia, but a Filipina woman has reportedly been spared at the last minute.

'Criminals' Taking Advantage Of Situation In Baltimore, Obama Says

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-28 09:56

The president said "there's no excuse for the kind of violence" that has erupted after peaceful protests following the death of a black man who suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody.

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Spanish ferry on fire off Mallorca

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 09:52
A Spanish ferry travelling from Mallorca is on fire, forcing more than 150 passengers to abandon ship.