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FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:43

Soccer's governing body said assets may have been transferred to Switzerland in connection with the bids. Just days ago, FIFA cleared eventual winners Russia and Qatar of corruption.

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Bombardier wins £145m Gatwick deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:40
An order to build more 100 trains for the Gatwick Express line will safeguard jobs at Bombardier's Derby plant, a company spokesman says.

Man charged over 'hit and run' death

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:27
A man is charged over the death of 11-year-old Sophie Brannan who was knocked down by a car in Maryhill area on Friday.

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:24

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

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Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:13

When it comes to on-the-spot answers to simple historical and political questions, some people don't have a clue.

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Fifa in World Cup criminal complaint

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:10
Fifa lodges a criminal complaint over the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Long-haul future for Cardiff Airport

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:04
Cardiff Airport's future lies in long-haul flights, not competing with Bristol on closer destinations, Carwyn Jones tells AMs.

Russia satellite can chase in space

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:57
Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.

Post Office facing strike action

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:52
Post Office staff who work in the company's supply chain back strike action in a row over pay, with the union warning a pre-Christmas strike is "inevitable".

Hillsborough commander 'apologises'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:20
The senior officer in charge of policing at Hillsborough says he feels as if he "should apologise" for his actions on the day.

Bird flu strain on UK farm identified

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:14
The strain of bird flu found on a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire is identified as H5N8, the same highly contagious type seen in recent outbreaks in Netherlands and Germany.

Police investigated over Rotherham

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:14
Ten South Yorkshire officers to be investigated over handling of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, IPPC says

Labour wants longer EU benefit delay

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:10
Jobless migrants from the EU would have to wait two years before they can claim out of work benefits, under new plans proposed by the Labour Party.

NFL suspend Peterson without pay

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:08
Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson is suspended for the rest of the NFL season without pay.

A new product from a notorious name in entertainment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:00

For years, the file-sharing service BitTorrent has been associated with piracy, as millions of people streamed creative content—movies, or music—for free.

Now, BitTorrent—with 170 million users—says it wants to empower artists, musicians and filmmakers.

While this is a bit ironic for some, the plan is to become a platform where musicians and others sell songs, albums and merchandise. 

The company’s Director of Content Strategy Straith Schreder says you can think of it a bit like Etsy.

“It’s built to kind of bring people together over the content and creativity that they keep in common. That’s very much our mission here,” she says.

The hope is BitTorrent's so-called ‘bundles’ —what the company calls content in this new model—will slow the piracy that’s plagued the entertainment industry; the piracy that some associate with BitTorrent.

Complete Music Update editor Chris Cooke says while it’s not clear yet how to protect artists, direct to consumer models offer some hope.

“Artists now can know pretty precisely who their core fan base are, what sort of people they are, where they live, what they like to spend money on. And then provide products and services that excite those fans,” he says.

Cooke says the music industry is just learning how to capitalize on this new model.

He says the best thing about internet is that’s its putting artists in direct relationship with their fans. 

Guard tells of Highland Show death

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 05:55
A security guard at the Royal Highland Show tells a court how he tried to save a young boy after a concrete bollard fell on his head.

Who are sport's highest earners?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 05:36
As baseball player Giancarlo Stanton signs a £208m contract, BBC Sport looks at how he compares to sport's highest earners.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 05:27
MPs hold an evidence session as part of its inquiry into school oversight.

What explains the continuing fascination with Charles Manson?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 05:23
Why are people still so fascinated by Charles Manson?

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For At Least Remainder Of 2014 Season

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-18 05:14

Peterson, who pleaded no contest in a child abuse case, said he would appeal the decision. The Players Union, on his behalf, said the punishment was "arbitrary."

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