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VIDEO: MPs quiz Pfizer boss on AstraZeneca bid

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:52
The head of US drugs company Pfizer is questioned by MPs about the proposed takeover of British rival AstraZeneca.

NBA apologises over Sterling remarks

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:39
The NBA apologises to former player Magic Johnson after LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticises him for contracting HIV.

Rugby youth face scrum safety tests

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:36
Research suggests that young rugby players should be tested for neck strength before being allowed to participate in the front row of scrums.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:30
Nick Clegg says new rules will force letting agents to be more transparent about their fees.

Former Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Gets 6-Year Prison Term For Bribery

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:28

In the first criminal conviction of a former Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert is punished for taking bribes related to a real estate deal. His sentence also includes a fine of $290,000.

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In pictures: Steve McCurry's Afghanistan

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:27
Exhibition on Afghanistan by celebrated photographer

Alien designer HR Giger dies at 74

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:20
The Swiss artist and designer of Ridley Scott's Alien, HR Giger, dies after falling down the stairs.

Airbus orders slump but profit rises

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:18
Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus says orders for its jets dropped sharply in the first quarter of the year, but profits nearly doubled.

Henson in Wales Probables squad

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:16
Bath utility back Gavin Henson is a surprise selection in the Probables squad against the Possibles for the Wales trial match.

Leeds teacher 'died from neck wound'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:11
A teacher who was attacked in her classroom died from "shock and haemorrhage" after being stabbed in the neck, an inquest hears.

Nigerian Woman Spots Her Daughter In Boko Haram Video

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:11

The video released by extremist group Boko Haram on Monday shows more than 100 abducted girls. Officials say they are open to negotiate.

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VIDEO: Blondie on 40 years of rock and roll

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 03:06
To mark the release of their 40th anniversary album, Blondie perform for Newsnight at the BBC's Maida Vale studios

Caroline Aherne has lung cancer

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:55
Award-winning TV writer and comedian Caroline Aherne is recovering following treatment for lung cancer.

Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:52

Soon, you could be watching political ads based on your television viewing habits and the information the political parties have collected about your gender, party registration and voting habits.

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In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:52

In Tuesday's Senate GOP primary, there's little ideological difference between the top candidates, and no one can lay exclusive claim to tea party support.

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Weak retail sales and the danger of discounts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:50

(Story updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014; 9 am P.T.)

A new report shows that April's retail sales increased 0.1 percent. That's a surprisingly weak report -- and follows a strong showing in March, when sales jumped 1.1 percent.

That followed dismal sales numbers earlier in the year, attributed to the nasty winter weather that kept shoppers in many states indoors. Syracuse University retail professor Amanda Nicholson says retailers she talks to are "much more hopeful. People are actually smiling occasionally because the warmth brings people out."

But nice weather only goes so far in making the sale. Many who follow the retail market are concerned that stores are being forced to aggressively slash prices.

"To get people enticed, it seems to take a lot more effort than it used to," says Morningstar economic analysis director Bob Johnson.

Now we all love deals, but stores having to resort to massive sales can signal troubling news about shoppers' lives. If consumers aren't buying until they see a 50 percent off tag, that could mean they're still hurting financially.

If consumer hesitancy affects retailers' bottom lines, stores could cut back on hiring, expanding and investing, affecting the larger economy.

Some retailers may be smiling a little bit more often as they enjoy the sunshine, but there will need to be several months of sustained retail strength before those grins become widespread.

Retail numbers and the danger of discounts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:50

UPDATE, 8:30AM ET April 15, 2014: A new report shows that U.S. April retail sales increased 0.1%.

Original story:

April's retail numbers could follow a strong showing in March, when sales jumped 1.1 percent.

That followed dismal sales numbers earlier in the year, attributed to the nasty winter weather that kept shoppers in many states indoors. Syracuse University retail professor Amanda Nicholson says retailers she talks to are "much more hopeful. People are actually smiling occasionally because the warmth brings people out."

But nice weather only goes so far in making the sale. Many who follow the retail market are concerned that stores are being forced to aggressively slash prices.

"To get people enticed, it seems to take a lot more effort than it used to," says Morningstar economic analysis director Bob Johnson.

Now we all love deals, but stores having to resort to massive sales can signal troubling news about shoppers' lives. If consumers aren't buying until they see a 50 percent off tag, that could mean they're still hurting financially.

If consumer hesitancy affects retailers' bottom lines, stores could cut back on hiring, expanding and investing, affecting the larger economy.

Some retailers may be smiling a little bit more often as they enjoy the sunshine, but there will need to be several months of sustained retail strength before those grins become widespread.

US planes search for Nigerian girls

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:48
The US reveals it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria to try to find more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Pinterest starts selling Pins to business

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:45

Pinterest, the social media site where people build collections, said this weekit will start taking paid ads for the first time. They're called "Promoted Pins," and look a lot like the other content on the site.

With millions of users, will this be Pinterest's golden ticket? For a company valued at nearly $4 billion, but still not making money, selling ads is a smart move, says Noah Abelson, CEO of Shareroot, which works with brands to promote themselves on Pinterest.

"You express yourself through what you're interested in," Abelson says.

And because Pinterest is about interests, he says, "It's very, very easy for a brand to be a part of that conversation."

General Mills, Target, and Banana Republic are among the companies buying promoted pins. The price could be more than $1 million, depending on how many people the ads reach. Pinterest has tens of millions of users.

"So if you're a cosmetics company or a fashion company, it could be very, very effective to advertise on Pinterest," says Karsten Weide an analyst with IDC. On the other hand, he says Pinterest has a limited audience: mostly younger women, with kids.

'Participatory budgeting' goes to the White House

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:40

Representatives from Vallejo, California are visiting the White House Tuesday to talk about "participatory budgeting," a unique democratic process where residents propose and choose city-funded projects.

Residents in this small San Francisco Bay Area city voted-in participatory budgeting after the city went through a bankruptcy in 2008. A small portion of the city's overall budget is allocated to the process, made available through a sales tax. This year, residents have $2.4 million to work with.

That pot of money has sparked ideas. On a weekday evening in February, about 60 residents broke up into small groups at Glen Cove elementary school for a brainstorming session. They proposed everything from more street lighting to a day-use center for the homeless. One 28-year old resident proposed an outdoor fitness center.

"Similar to Venice Beach, like a 'muscle beach' type, but at the waterfront," says Vincent Trujillo.

Other Vallejo residents want a public bank, more ice cream trucks and meditation classes to end student truancy.

"Often participatory budget events are quite cathartic," says Alea Gage, an administrative analyst at the city manager's office who acts as a liaison for the participatory budging process.

Gage says residents may even have fun while getting closer to government.

"At our final [brainstorming] assembly... we had Motown tunes on, and we even got some of our city council members to boogey a little bit," says Gage.

Vallejo residents are now in the process of wittling down 620 ideas. The projects go for a city-wide vote in October after nine months of work shopping. Last year, potholes and street repair got the most city-wide votes.

"Potholes represent a basic level of service, and they indicate quality of life," says Gage.

But participatory budgeting is not just repairing streets. City Manager Dan Keen says it's also restoring confidence.

"What we earned was some good will, from... a segment of the community that 'the city cares about us, they want to know what we have to say, and when we give them our feedback, they followed through and they did what we asked,'" says Keen.

Keen says at first, he didn't believe residents would show up for something as mundane as city budgeting.

"I was dead wrong about that," he says.

One city council member says residents need to use the process or they might lose it. Less than 600 people showed up for the brainstorming sessions.

The challenge for them is fitting their imagination inside city limits.

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