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Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:15

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up April 24:

Did you buy a dishwasher in March? The Commerce Department reports on orders for appliances and other durable goods.

It's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Not a parent? Maybe it's Get Away From Your Coworkers' Kids and Take a Really Long Lunch Day.

If you're in Iceland you probably have time off to celebrate the first day of summer on Thursday. It's a public holiday.

Actress Shirley MacLaine turns 80.

And the focus is on traveling far. Really far. A three-day Humans to Mars Summit wraps at George Washington University.

Januzaj elects to play for Belgium

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13
Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj commits his international future to the Belgium national side.

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13

The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

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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.

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