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Screening marks 50 years of Zulu

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:16
Zulu Prince Mangosuthu Buthelez is among those attending the 50th anniversary screening along with Prince Harry.

Brewers Have Been All Bottled Up, But Now They're Canning It

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:15

Cans are making a comeback in the beer world. They're cheaper and lighter, and have an old-school cachet. But those ubiquitous bottles aren't going away anytime soon, say brewers.

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Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:13

Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, the result of what might have been friendly fire from an American plane. The deaths, if confirmed, would be the worst case of friendly fire in the war.

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Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:13

The Army's 65th Infantry Regiment was a segregated military unit, begun in 1899 and composed of Puerto Ricans. President Barack Obama is signing a bill to honor the unit with one of the highest civilian honors, the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Key Iraqi City Falls To Islamist Militants

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:13

Extremists have taken over most of the Iraqi city of Mosul, a key commercial hub. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing as the group, known as ISIS, is capturing weapons caches and government buildings.

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With 2 Days Till Kickoff, World Cup Host City Is Stricken By Strike

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:13

The World Cup kicks off in two days, and fans are pouring into Brazil. But in Sao Paulo, the site of the opening game, metro workers are striking over pay, fueling fierce clashes.

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FN rift grows in 'anti-Semitism' row

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:11
The founder of France's National Front (FN) hits out at his daughter, Marine Le Pen, in a row over a remark condemned as anti-Semitic.

Switching To Newer Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes Comes At A Cost

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:08

More people are using insulin to control Type 2 diabetes, and most of those people are using newer analog forms. But patients pay more out of pocket for these drugs, a study finds.

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Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Internet Conspiracy Theory

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 12:00

The U.S. military is closing a facility scientists have used to study the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists suspect it's also been used for nefarious activity — like mind control.

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Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:54

In her new book, Hillary Clinton says she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a position that reveals just how much the political climate has changed — especially in Florida.

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US investigates friendly-fire deaths

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:46
US military officials investigate the reported friendly-fire incident in southern Afghanistan that killed five American soldiers and two Afghans.

The biggest match in the World Cup: Nike vs. Adidas

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:45

The World Cup starts this Thursday, but a match of a different sort is already well under way: the sales competition between Nike and Adidas. 

The two companies go at it year after year, but the World Cup is a rare opportunity to market products to the entire world.

In Portland, Oregon, the walls of Tursi Soccer Store are lined with shoes.

“So Nike and Adidas comes here and does this," says Jim Tursi, pointing to the walls of his store. "They come in and actually put all the displays up. We give them half the store each and they get to do what they want with it.”

The store's displays looks like something out of a modern art museum, the lighting just perfect, holding soccer cleats in a sort of suspended animation. One display has a few shoes behind glass and gives off the faint sound of a club beat.

Spring and summer are always busy, Tursi says, but this year’s business is up 30 percent. Not only that, but Nike and Adidas launched a slew of new jerseys, shoes and soccer balls all leading up the start of the World Cup.

“Nike and Adidas has such a hand in everything now. They fight tooth and nail with each other," Tursi says. "It’s very competitive.”

Nike’s soccer business brought in nearly $2 billion in 2013. Adidas didn’t release its figures for 2013, but expects to sell more than $2.7 billion worth of soccer gear this year.

Courtney Brunious, associate director at the University of Southern California's Sports Business Institute, says the World Cup is the perfect place for this turf war.

“It almost stands alone in terms of the ability for brands and sponsors to get out there and reach such a wide group of potential customers,” Brunious says.

But here’s the interesting thing: Adidas has been in the soccer business since 1949. Nike? Only about two decades.

“They’ve since maybe even pulled even, or only slightly behind, Adidas in soccer,” says Paul Swinand, an analyst with Morningstar.

In 2008, Nike purchased Umbro and sold it just a few years later, but not before gutting the company of several multi-million dollar sponsorship deals.

“The sponsorships are really key in the global sales dominance,” Swinand says.

With this move, Nike was able to put its logo on the jerseys of teams like Manchester City and England’s national team, which Swinand argues gave Nike a boost to compete.

“Adidas is very sensitive to somebody encroaching on their brand heritage," he says. "They’ve pushed very hard to maintain the lead.”

But that sales lead for Adidas -- if there is one at all -- may not be forever.

Tursi says for the 18 year-olds and under, Nike dominates his soccer shoe business.

He says Nike is holding off on one final shoe that comes out the first day of the tournament -- the new Superfly.

“We can’t show it get because we’re not allowed to, because it’s all top secret as they do things,” he says.

But that doesn't stop him from showing them off.

Tursi heads into the back room, reaches onto a shelf he grabs a brightly colored soccer cleat. Nike calls the color “Hyper Punch” -- a mix of blinding pink and hunter orange, with the company’s signature swoosh across the top. The cost: $275.

“These will go June 12, all sold out," he says.

In a month, the World Cup will be over. Pretty soon, Tursi says, the buzz will be about whatever Nike and Adidas do next.

PM backs drive for 'British values'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:42
Plans for schools in England to promote "British values" are likely to have overwhelming support of people in the UK, the prime minister says.

'Vanishing spray can make a visible difference'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:36
Referee Howard Webb says a new 'toy' being used at the 2014 Fifa World Cup could lead to more goals from set-pieces.

Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:35

Doctors tend to think it's most important to discuss how to use contraceptives and whether they're effective, a survey found. But women care more about safety and side effects.

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Police criticism for hammer attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:30
South Wales Police face criticism for failings after a woman was attacked with a claw hammer by a violent partner, despite her warnings to officers.

California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:29

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education.

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With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:29

Veterans Affairs has a budget of $160 billion, the second largest in government. Some veterans groups say this isn't enough to meet the rapidly expanding demands placed on the VA health system.

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Moms And Tykes Should Eat More Fish Low In Mercury, Says FDA

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:21

Many mothers-to-be and breastfeeding women were turned off of fish out of mercury concerns. A study finds many of these women now eat too little fish, so two agencies are recommending they eat more.

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Militants seize Iraq's second city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 11:18
Iraq's prime minister asks parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants take control of the country's second city, Mosul.

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