National / International News

AstraZeneca and UK prosperity

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 02:11
Firms buying other firms – good or bad for the economy?

'Child recruits' in South Sudan war

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 02:09
More than 9,000 child soldiers are fighting in South Sudan's brutal civil war as the country faces the threat of famine, the UN human rights chief says.

'Lab volcano' gives lightning clues

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 02:06
Researchers in Munich use a "volcano in the lab" to investigate the spectacular lightning in eruption plumes.

Venezuela raises minimum wage by 30%

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:57
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces a raise in the minimum wage and pensions of 30% ahead of the May Day celebrations.

Donald Sterling donates a lot of Clippers tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:55

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who on Tuesday was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for racist remarks, reportedly has something of a history of offensive remarks and questionable business practices. Even before the furor over Sterling's most recent indiscretion, he was widely reviled by the rest of the NBA for his tight-fisted management of the Clippers that for years earned the team a reputation as the worst franchise in the NBA (and even all major league sports).

He also has a history of philanthropy, as Sterling has been the recipient of donor awards from numerous organizations like the Special Olympics and the NAACP. Whether or not Sterling's charitable efforts were a form of "reputation laundering," his aversion to spending money seemingly didn't extend to his charitable donations.

But one thing tends to pop up when reviewing Sterling's philanthropy: He gives away a lot of Clippers tickets in lieu of cash.

Not to misrepresent Sterling; he has donated millions of dollars over the years to various organizations. But his donations of Clippers tickets -- over 280,000 tickets to more than 2,000 community groups over the past few years -- are a high-profile aspect of his philanthropy.

Sterling would give around 2,000 to 3,000 tickets per game to youth groups. Those tickets may have been hot commodities over the past few seasons, but before the Clippers successful streak, Sterling's generosity had more of an appearance that he was just filling empty Staples Center seats to boost attendance.

A Sports Illustrated profile on Sterling from 2000 offers probably the most striking example of Sterling's attitudes toward his ticket donations:

Not that every charity has found it easy to separate Sterling from his swag. Linda McCoy-Murray recognized that last summer when she phoned him to help sponsor a golf tournament in honor of her late husband, venerated L.A. Times sports columnist Jim Murray. Every pro franchise in California, according to McCoy-Murray had forked over at least $5,000 to her foundation, which provides journalism scholarships. Every pro franchise, that is, except the Clippers, which had memorialized Murray on the final page of last season's media guide. Sterling offered McCoy-Murray two season passes. "You know, that's wonderful," she remembers telling him. "but we're trying to endow a college scholarship fund. We could really use cash."

Sterling, she says, replied, "Those two tickets have a face value of $4,000!"

"Fine," she said. "We can use the tickets for our silent auction. But would you also consider donating $5,000?"

Sterling said he would mull it over and call her the following week. He never did nor did he send over the season passes.

VIDEO: Execution 'horribly botched' - attorney

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:46
Madeline Cohen reacts to the news that a death row inmate in Oklahoma died of a heart attack after his execution was "botched".

Europe rejects UK financial tax case

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:29
Europe's top court rejects the UK's challenge to an EU financial transactions tax (FTT), which ministers have said will hurt British firms and savers.

AUDIO: Call for action on abducted girls

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:26
The Nigerian government has been criticised for not doing enough to find and release some 190 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago.

Scotland's population hits new high

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:17
Scotland's population reached an all-time high of 5,327,700 in mid-2013, according to new official figures.

Fatal house blaze inquiry under way

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:08
Investigations begin into a house fire in Leeds which left two people dead.

Becoming a YouTube star

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 01:00

Not many teenagers can claim self-made stardom. 18 year old YouTube star Bethany Mota has developed a devoted online following with her videos on makeup, clothes, and other teen-related topics. Her interest in making YouTube videos was a result of being bullied online. 

"I think because at the time I was experiencing the dark side of online media, I found this really positive community on youtube that I didn’t even know existed," says Mota. These days, she has a lot to be excited about - Mota has close to 6 million followers on her YouTube channel.

Check out her latest video here:

Tottenham deny De Boer approach

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:59
Tottenham say it is "wholly inaccurate" that they have contacted Ajax over the availability of coach Frank de Boer.

VIDEO: Shares in Twitter drop

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:50
Shares in Twitter dropped to their lowest levels since the company's stock market flotation, as it reported slower than expected user growth.

Boy quizzed again on stabbed teacher

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:49
A 15-year-old boy is due to be questioned by police for a third day about the fatal stabbing of a teacher in front of pupils.

Clarity urged on child surgery cases

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:48
Members of NI's Health Committee are calling for greater clarity on details of cases of children travelling to Dublin for life-saving heart surgery.

VIDEO: Amanda Knox 'delivered fatal blow'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:33
The Italian judges who reinstated the guilty verdict against Amanda Knox say she delivered the fatal knife blow to UK student Meredith Kercher.

Farage 'MP bid' and teacher tributes - papers

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:33
Some papers view the prospect of a by-election in Newark as an opportunity for UKIP's Nigel Farage. Others focus on tributes to murdered teacher Ann Maguire.

VIDEO: Could wearable tech boost our output?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:33
A study carried out by Goldsmiths, University of London found that some wearable technology could boost productivity by 8%.

VIDEO: Police fine 6,000 for bad driving

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:28
More than 6,000 fines have been handed out to motorists in the last eight months for hogging lanes and tailgating, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Storm defence improvements 'vital'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:02
Further work is needed to improve Wales' resilience to storms after defences were "seriously tested" earlier this year, says a report.
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