National / International News

Rhys Jones withdraws from uni role

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:11
Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from becoming Cardiff University's chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle in which his appointment was delayed at the last minute.

VIDEO: One man's bid to make kindness cool

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:01
BBC News hears from a man carrying out a daily random act of kindness or 'RAK Nomination'.

Is London safe?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:56
Hashtag undermines city's reputation

VIDEO: More complaints over Jamaica Inn

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:50
More than 700 people have now complained about struggling to understand dialogue in the BBC's adaptation of Jamaica Inn

VIDEO: Service honours ferry victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:46
An emotional memorial service has taken place to remember the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster.

VIDEO: Breast cancer drug price cut call

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:43
The medicines watchdog for England and Wales says it is disappointed that the drug company Roche will not reduce the price of a new breast cancer drug for the NHS.

VIDEO: Three children found dead in London

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:39
A woman believed to be the mother of three children found dead at a south-west London home has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Chelsea trio charged by FA

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:39
Manager Jose Mourinho is among three Chelsea staff charged in the aftermath of the club's defeat by Sunderland.

China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:34

From his base in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt covers everything from the missing Malaysian airliner to why the Chinese are wild about Sherlock. Ask him anything at 3:15 p.m. EDT today at Reddit.

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VIDEO: Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:14
Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander says the Lib Dems would be willing to renew their coalition with the Conservatives, but would not support a minority government.

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:11

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas say they will attempt to form a unity government and end a seven-year rift. Previous efforts to resolve their feud have failed.

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Three children found dead in London

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:10
A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder.

Hendry 'could return' with new rules

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:09
New World Championship rules will see past winners like Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis given a chance to qualify.

Amazon Prime scoops up some of HBO's hottest titles

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:00

Popular HBO shows like "The Wire" and "Big Love" will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video soon. It’s the first time HBO has made its shows available to an online-only subscription streaming service.

While HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" have been highly coveted by streaming video companies, HBO has been reluctant to license them. In part, that’s because HBO didn’t want to cannibalize it’s cable TV business, said Paul Sweeney, an analyst with Bloomberg Industries.

“The reason they’re licensing their streaming content now is simply a realization that more and more consumers particularly younger consumers are online,” Sweeney said. “I think HBO said, ‘Listen we need to be part of that business.’”

The network isn’t giving Amazon new episodes of shows like"Game of Thrones." And not all titles -- like "Sex in the City" -- will be available on Amazon Prime. Regardless, this is a big win for Amazon in its competition with Netflix, said Brad Adgate, an analyst at Horizon Media.  

“This gives Amazon a real shot in the arm and I think Internet streaming video is going to be the next product category war,” Adgate said. He adds the deal get more people to adopt of Internet TV. 

Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:59
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:53

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

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UKIP angry over rival party's name

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:45
UKIP says it is "extremely unhappy" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the European elections.

NFL + Hollywood = cash money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:40

The Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor announced a big merger last December with the sports marketing firm IMG Worldwide.

IMG represents NFL stars, NBA players, World Cup skiiers and baseball players with multi-million dollar contracts.

"They've had to go out and raise $2.5 billion to finance this deal," says Sharon Waxman, the founder and editor-in-chief of entertainment site The Wrap, who has seen some new details about the merger. "This very ambitious acquisition of theirs of IMG -- which is the largest sports talent and events agency in the world -- is very much the minnow swallowing the whale."

Also revealed in the paperwork behind the deal? After the financing of this merger, WME will have some considerable debt racked up. They'll have to diversify their operations and find new revenue streams  to grow their company. Waxman says agencies are putting a larger emphasis on events, signing athletes, and representing corporations.

And to drive even more cash flow into the company to help fund the debt, Waxman says WME may decide to go public -- which would be a big break from tradition.

"That would be very interesting to watch. Who wants to buy those shares, who wants to own a piece of a Hollywood talent agency. That's not been something that's been available to the investor public out there before."

Music That Burns, Literally

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:33

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire. They call it a "Pyro Board," and it plays music by pulsing the beats in flame. When the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:25

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

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