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A Closer Look At How Corporations Influence Congress

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 08:00

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.

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VIDEO: Asia Beats: Le Cat Trong Ly, Vietnam

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:51
Vietnamese artist Le Cat Trong Ly left her classical music studies to follow her passion for singing and song-writing.

Zhang wins women's 1,000m speed skating

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:37
Zhang Hong storms to victory in the women's 1,000m speed skating, winning China's first Winter Olympic gold in the event.

Pepper spray halts Indian parliament

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:31
Chaos breaks out in the lower house of India's parliament after an MP uses pepper spray to disrupt proceedings.

Appeal over Man Utd player's grave

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:30
An appeal has been made to restore the grave of Belfast footballer John Peden, who established the first playing connection between Ireland and Manchester United.

Stars at Roger Lloyd Pack funeral

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:30
Only Fools and Horses stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst are among the mourners at actor Roger Lloyd Pack's funeral in London.

Second Danish zoo may kill giraffe

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:28
The Danish Jyllands Park Zoo says it may have to follow Copenhagen Zoo in slaughtering its giraffe, also called Marius, despite the outcry.

Scrutiny meets Comcast bid for Time Warner Cable

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:23

Comcast is trying to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. Comcast, already the No. 1 cable provider in the U.S., will get 8 million more subscribers and 30 percent of the market. That figure includes a proposed divestment of about 3 million customers that Comcast is offering to assuage anti-competition concerns.

Comcast would get access to cable markets in Los Angeles and New York City, and together the companies would save $1.5 billion in operating costs, more than half of which would be saved in the first year according to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

It’s the latest in a multi-decade trend of consolidation in the cable industry, as alternate platforms from satellite to internet streaming to Netflix have eroded the viability of the cable business model.  

The merger will place Comcast in a stronger bargaining position with content providers, which have waged bruising battles with cable carriers over fees. Hundreds of thousands of Time Warner Cable customers last summer experienced a blackout of all CBS programming after the cable company refused to pay what CBS was demanding to carry its content. 

Though Time Warner Cable and Comcast CEOs have both brushed off any risk that regulators wouldn’t approve the deal, but such a high profile deal is certain to undergo significant scrutiny both by the public and by regulators. The Justice Department will review antitrust concerns, and the Federal Communications Commission will look at the deal from a public interest perspective.  

Comcast and TWC both argue that competition won’t be reduced because Time Warner Cable and Comcast don’t actually compete to begin with; their markets are geographically segregated.  That is not to say, of course, that competition for customers is vibrant. Within regions, there is little to no competition among providers which operate as local monopolies.

There is nothing in the deal that indicates consumer opinion would be tempered by the merger. Consumer surveys show Comcast and TWC as the two least liked companies in one of the country’s least liked industries.   

With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:21

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain. Even though the flu vaccine is less than perfect, getting a shot each year can make the illness less severe, doctors say.

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With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:21

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain. Even though the flu vaccine is less than perfect, getting a shot each year can make the illness less severe, doctors say.

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Pink Panther suspect held in Spain

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:14
Borko Ilincic, a suspected member of the so-called Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves, is arrested in Spain.

VIDEO: Former Afghan prisoners enjoy freedom

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 07:12
The BBC's David Loyn speaks to some of the 65 prisoners released from high security Bagram detention centre.

African states spurn ivory sales

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:57
The leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory.

MoD eyes nuclear sub waste sites

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:53
The Ministry of Defence shortlists five sites as possible locations to store radioactive waste from redundant Royal Navy nuclear submarines.

How Bad Is It For Fliers Today? Latest 'Misery Map' Shows

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:50

The more red you see on FlightAware.com's graphic, the worse it is for air travelers. The snow and ice storm that's moving up the East Coast has forced airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights.

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Car bomb explodes by Somali airport

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:47
At least six people die after a car bomb explodes close to the gate of the international airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police say.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:41
A leaked police email shows the "plebgate" incident was premeditated, a Tory MP claims.

Clear-up begins after 100mph storms

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:41
Work is under way to clear-up debris, fallen trees and other damage caused by the severe weather that battered Wales' coastline.

Kenya arrests over banned Oscar film

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:39
Dozens of pirate DVD traders have been arrested in Kenya for selling banned copies of The Wolf of Wall Street, Kenya's film censors tell the BBC.

Terror search after Syria death

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 06:36
A house in Manchester is being searched by counter-terrorism police after a British man died in Syria.

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