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Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:35

The death toll surpasses what had been the single deadliest day on the world's tallest mountain. Officials say all of those killed were Sherpa guides.

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Independent MLA David McClarty dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:32
The independent unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member David McClarty has died after an illness.

VIDEO: Tree topples as strong winds hit NZ

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:13
Footage has emerged of a tropical storm in New Zealand blowing down a large tree as the remnants of Cyclone Ita swept through the city of Nelson.

A fifth of gardeners 'throw snails'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:10
A survey finds one-fifth of gardeners admit to throwing snails over their neighbour's fence, with Londoners the worst culprits.

Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:03
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

S Korea ferry captain arrest sought

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:55
Prosecutors in South Korea ask for an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry that capsized on Wednesday killing 28, with 268 missing.

Car destroyed in petrol bomb attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:53
A 4x4 vehicle is destroyed in a petrol bomb attack in County Antrim.

Larrazabal stung by hornets in Malaysia

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:42
Pablo Larrazabal is repeatedly stung by a swarm of hornets at the Malaysian Open, where Lee Westwood leads by four shots.

Second earthquake hits East Midlands

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:25
Experts confirm the Rutland town of Oakham has had its second earthquake in two days.

VIDEO: Volcano spews ash in Peru

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:25
Four thousand people living near Peru's most active volcano Ubinas are being evacuated from their homes.

VIDEO: UK could become 'nation of renters'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:16
Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

Charges over Todd cyber-bullying

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:09
A man is charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself after cyber bullying.

Pulis happy to discuss Cardiff row

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:58
Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is willing to talk to the Premier League over Cardiff's claims of a team-sheet leak.

As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:55

More than three days after the ferry capsized, nearly 270 of those who were on board remained missing. Most of them are high school students. Cranes will try to lift the ship, which is now submerged.

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A 'threat' to broadcast TV heads to D.C.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:52

A case going before the Supreme Court next Tuesday pits traditional television broadcasters against Aereo, which lets customers record broadcast TV in their local markets and then watch programs via television, computer, tablet or smartphone. The technology that makes it possible is a farm of thousands of tiny antennas, each smaller than a nickel.

"It is just racks and racks of storage equipment and transcoding equipment for rendering the signal, storing the signal, and providing recording functionality for the consumers," says Aereo's chief executive, Chet Kanojia, at one such data center, a 10,000-square-foot facility in Brooklyn.

The antennas pick up signals coming from the nearby Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower. Customers are assigned an antenna and a DVR, they choose what to record and when, for a few dollars a month.

"The important thing is it is a one-to-one relationship," Kanojia says. "So, one antenna, one file, one stream, all under a consumer's control at all times."

The case – in which some say billions of dollars are potentially at stake – hinges on what constitutes a public broadcast versus a private one, under copyright law.

Tom Nachbar, a professor at the University of Virginia Law School, frames the question this way: "By performing that service for thousands of people at the same time, although totally individually, are they doing what is essentially a transmission to the public?"

When it comes to copyright, there's a difference between a private performance – watching or recording something in your home, for example – and a public one – taking a copyrighted work and distributing it widely.

Aereo's opponents say the company is doing the latter: "They're grabbing signals out of the air without paying for them, and then trying to make a profit off of that," says attorney Neal Katyal, who is advising the broadcasters suing Aereo. "That's not the American way."

Every year, broadcasters invest billions of dollars in creating content, Katyal says, and they recoup those costs with ads. On top of that, Nachbar adds cable providers pay for the right to distribute local channels. Aereo, which serves 13 markets, doesn't, and that's why the case could be so monumental.

If the court rules in Aereo's favor, those cable providers could argue they shouldn't have to pay the broadcasters either.

"It really is a threat to the current structure of the way broadcast television works," *Nachbar notes.

*CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the final quotation. The text has been corrected. 

AUDIO: Axelrod 'fully in tune with Labour'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:42
Labour's Douglas Alexander discusses the appointment of David Axelrod, Barack Obama's chief election strategist, to advise the party on its 2015 election campaign.

Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:40

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

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Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:37
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader.

Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:33

A mumps outbreak in Ohio has ballooned to 234 cases, even though the community is well-protected against the virus. One scientist explains why this "vaccine failure" occurs.

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Image released following sex attacks

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:32
Police investigating two sexual assaults in St Andrews release a CCTV image of a man they want to question.

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