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Stephen Sutton fund reaches £4m

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:47
The charity fundraising appeal by Stephen Sutton, who died of cancer earlier this month, passes the £4m mark.

Wales satisfied with NHS and schools

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:31
The majority of people in Wales are happy with NHS care and schools, according to a national survey.

Chicago push to videotape gun sales

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:30
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes a package of measures that would drive gun shops out of much of the American "murder capital" and require each sale be made on camera.

Downed Ukraine Helicopter Had General On Board; 14 Die In Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:15

Militants in Ukraine shot down a military helicopter near the eastern city of Slovyansk Wednesday, killing 14 soldiers that included an Army general.

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Pakistan PM orders action on stoning

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:02
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif describes the stoning to death of a woman by her family in front of a Lahore court as "totally unacceptable".

Apple bought Beats headphones. Now what?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:00

Apple has two new employees on board after deciding to buy music brand Beats Electronics yesterday for $3 billion dollars. One of them you probably know -- rapper Dr. Dre, the other probably not.

Music executive Jimmy Iovine is less of a name and more of a music visionary -- or at least that’s what Apple hopes. What Iovine brings to the company first and foremost is that he’s a music industry superstar. He’s worked with Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, U2 and 50 Cent. He knows people and people know him. He’s got a reputation in the industry as a business guy who can relate to artists and creative types. And the thinking is that he will help Apple hammer out new deals.

He’s also seen as innovative. He helped launch the Interscope Records label that promoted gangster rap in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Iovine also got artists to market clothes and electronics -- the Beats headphones with Dr. Dre is a perfect example.

One important question is what Iovine can do to help Apple make more of a name for itself in the online music subscription service world dominated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Beats does bring with it a music streaming service, with 250,000 subscribers. Of course that’s modest compared to Spotify’s 10 million.

Jackdaw analyst Jan Dawson says, really, what Apple is buying is someone who has a natural gift for understanding what consumers want.

“Steve Jobs had great instincts in that area too. But obviously since his departure that’s fallen to other people and Apple has a very capable set of executives but they don’t have somebody with that same instinctive relationship with music who can really understand what it is that people want and how they are going to buy it,” he says.

Apple is betting if you match Iovine with Apple’s resources, they’ll find some way to make beautiful music together.

Nadal and Ferrer through in Paris

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:59
Defending champion Rafael Nadal and last year's runner-up David Ferrer advance into the third round of the French Open.

Clegg - How to avoid that brick wall?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:47
How does Nick Clegg avoid the brick wall?

U.S. GDP Fell 1 Percent; First Drop In 3 Years

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:40

Government analysts blame the first-quarter slump on "a significant decline in inventory investment," especially among car dealerships. Jobless claims fell by 27,000 last week, to 300,000.

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Obama speech in full with analysis

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:35
Barack Obama's policy speech in full with video commentary

Nigeria's leader vows 'total war'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:31
Nigeria's president vows to wage a "total war" against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, saying "terrorism" threatens the country's democratic gains.

You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell Of Bacon

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:22

The smell of frying bacon can rouse us from the deepest sleep. If you've ever wondered why, and how that works chemically, the American Chemical Society has a video for you.

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VIDEO: The mission to stop rude drivers

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:13
The Russians fighting rude drivers with politeness

US economy shifts into reverse

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:12
The US economy contracted at an annualised pace of 1% in the first three months of 2014, according to the latest official estimate.

Report backs Scotland EU membership

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 05:04
No EU member state would have "a material interest" in an independent Scotland being outside the European Union, according to a new report.

Hanged India girls were gang raped

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 04:59
Two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in a village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had been gang raped, police say.

Death fears over village crash road

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 04:57
Residents on a road that has seen 24 crashes since January fear lives will be lost unless safety measures are improved.

'Oh My Jesus!': Gun Violence Interview Gets Up-Close Example

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 04:55

An interview about guns in Chicago was derailed Wednesday when a burst of gunfire erupted down the street from where NPR's David Schaper was talking with a community activist.

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Man in hospital after holiday attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 04:42
A holidaymaker is in intensive care after being attacked at a Bulgarian beach resort.

Police search for missing 8-year-old

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 04:36
Police mount a search and appeal for witnesses after eight-year-old Jamie Aston goes missing from his school in Dundee.
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