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VIDEO: Mixed views on new Glasto headline act

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:54
Fans at the Glastonbury festival are getting ready for the first day of music on the main stages - and hoping the weather will not dampen spirits.

VIDEO: Attenborough gives Obama climate advice

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:48
Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough met US President Obama and advised him on the natural world and stopping climate change.

Indonesia seeks to quieten mosques

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:46
Indonesia sets up a team to investigate complaints that places of worship are too noisy.

Men 'helped' IS youth go to Syria

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:43
Three men helped a Cardiff teenager to follow his older brother to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS), a court hears.

Silicon Tally: A swift response to Swift

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:42

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news? 

This week, we're joined by Jeff Cannata, host of the We Have Concerns comedy podcast, and the DLC video game show.

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Man Beheaded At French Factory In Terrorist Attack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:41

Police have arrested one suspect who is being questioned by police about the attack, which also included an explosion.

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Fifa chief Blatter 'did not resign'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:31
Sepp Blatter says he has not resigned from his post as president of football's world governing body, says a Swiss newspaper.

Supervision order for knife attack

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:30
A woman who slit the throats of two children in a drug-induced trance is given a two-year supervision order.

Murray faces Kukushkin in round one

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:22
Britain's Andy Murray faces world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the first round of Wimbledon.

Man dies and two injured in crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:21
An 82-year-old man dies and two other men are taken to hospital following a crash on the A449 in Monmouthshire.

Asylum appeal system suspended

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:21
The government's fast-track appeal system for processing asylum applications is suspended by the Court of Appeal.

VIDEO: Lake vortex 'could swallow boat'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:20
Video footage shows a large vortex in a lake in the US, as water is drained away following flooding.

Body 'lay in flat for three years'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:18
The body of an elderly man who died in an Edinburgh flat is thought to have lain undiscovered for more than three years.

'Man decapitated' in French attack

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:13
One man decapitated and several hurt in suspected Islamist attack on factory near Lyon, French sources say.

Network Rail 'too big', says Branson

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:11
Network Rail is too big and should be broken up into regional units, Sir Richard Branson tells the BBC.

Finucanes lose challenge against PM

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:08
The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane lose a legal challenge against the Prime Minister over his refusal to hold a public inquiry into the 1989 killing.

VIDEO: Queen visits Brandenburg Gate

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:08
Queen Elizabeth II visits Berlin's Brandenburg Gate during her state visit to Germany.

What's in a stadium name? Millions.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:00

There's been a flurry of stadium naming rights deals in the past week. Nissan announced on Thursday its name will crown the Tennessee Titans' football stadium. Last week, US Bank said a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will bear its name.

Terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The US Bank deal reportedly will cost $10 million a year over a 20-year term.

Corporations spend millions of dollars a year for stadium naming rights for NFL teams, even poor performers. The Tennessee Titans lost ten games in a row last season.

“Forget about the team's performance. It’s all about the exposure in the most popular sports league in America,” says Don Muret, a reporter with Sports Business Journal.

Muret says the naming rights’ pricetags can vary depending on the market. He says the 2011 naming rights deal for the Met Life stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets, likely cost between $17-$20 million for a 25-year agreement.

The prospect of a superbowl can also boost the price, according to E.J. Narcise, a principal at Team Services, LLC, a marketing firm that specializes in sports. He notes that the Vikings stadium will host the Superbowl in 2018, and that likely had a lot of appeal for US Bank.

“Think of the exposure that a brand will get when in 2018 it's live from US Bank stadium, and that's going to be broadcast in 38 languages all around the world,” he says.

Narcise says if a stadium can also host big events like political conventions, the naming rights are even more valuable.


Cities rethink their future by looking to the past

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:00

Places that used to be industrial powerhouses have lately shot for a tech angle in their branding, jockeying to be labeled the next Silicon Valley. But increasingly, regions are rethinking their futures by looking to their past.

Ariella Cohen, editor-in-chief of a non-profit online publication called Next City, thinks it's a good thing. In a recent article titled, "Cleveland Wants to Make Sure the Next Wright Brothers Come From the Rust Belt," Cohen argues that moving forward can be about realizing what you're not.

"I think people are beginning to recognize that they're not Silicon anything," she says. Cohen points out that the legacy of manufacturing and the infrastructure that still exists in cities like Cleveland and Detroit make them more suitable for an industry that makes things.

"In all these cases, what's really important is that the business community is talking with the universities," she adds. Youngstown, OH, for example, has a community college that has built a makers' studio. The studio, in turn, provides job opportunities and training.

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The tool kit for negotiating with Iran

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 02:00

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Vienna for more nuclear negotiations with Iran. The deadline for a deal is June 30. 

Kerry has lots of tools at his disposal as he works with U.S. allies to convince Iran to curb its nuclear program. The sharpest tool is sanctions, which have taken a huge bite out of Iran’s oil exports. Iran still exports some oil to a handful of countries, but oil payments can’t go through Western banks. 

Gary Sick was on the National Security Council under presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. He estimates Iran is owed around $40 billion.

“It’s their money," he says. "They were paid that money to sell oil to these countries, but they can’t get their money.” 

Sick says Iran is definitely feeling the pinch, because the U.S. and allies in Europe, as well as China and Russia, support the sanctions. But that support could wither if Iran found a way to avoid Western banks, say some analysts.

“Presumably, the Iranians would sell their oil at a discount over the global price," says Jon Alterman, a senior vice president with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "And if you could save $6 a barrel buying Iranian oil, there are people who’d say there’s a lot of money in that.”

Alterman says the sooner a nuclear agreement is reached with Iran, the better.