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Tulisa assault conviction upheld

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:03
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos loses an appeal against her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival.

Latest Charlie Hebdo will barely be distributed in US

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:00

The first issue of Charlie Hebdo published after last week's attacks hit newsstands in France today. The 3 million copies essentially sold out within hours.

Would-be readers in the U.S. will likely  have a tougher time finding a copy. They also might want to brush up on their French.

The magazine's distributor in the U.S. and Canada says just 300 untranslated copies will be sold here.

They'll arrive Friday morning on an Air France flight, CNN says.

VIDEO: British man left in Guantanamo Bay

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:45
David Cameron will raise the issue of the one British resident left in Guantanamo Bay when he meets Barack Obama.

Rate of sea-level rise 'steeper'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:42
The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.

Wilfried Bony: Ivory Coast's history-making striker

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:40
The trainee footballers hoping to emulate Man City's new striker

VIDEO: Muslims call for calm over magazine

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:36
Muslim leaders in the UK have called on their fellow Muslims to "remain calm and peaceful" when the English edition of Charlie Hebdo is published.

VIDEO: Searching for al-Qaeda clues in Riems

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:25
Al-Qaeda in Yemen claim responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks in a video posted online.

Charlie Hebdo’s challenge to old media

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:20

It’s yet another sign of the growing distance between old and new media.

Many of the established stalwarts — including The New York Times, NBC News, CNN and NPR — declined to publish an image of the cover of the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo,  the one featuring a  caricature of the prophet Mohammed holding a sign reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ under the words ‘All is Forgiven.’ The cover, of course, is a response to the terrorist attack against the satirical magazine one week ago that killed 12 people, including its editor and five of its top cartoonists.

Most digital news outlets, meanwhile, rushed the image onto the Internet yesterday, after the magazine released it a day ahead of publication. The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and were among the sites prominently displaying it.

“We didn't even consider not publishing the new cover,” says Max Fisher, director of content at the news site Vox. “These cartoons have major news value as they are an important part of this story, so we feel it's part of our jobs to provide them to readers.”

Marketplace editors determined that the cover was of significant enough news value to warrant publication on

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The split isn’t absolute:  The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal used the cover, for instance. But many old-media editors argued that the decision not to publish came down to a matter of taste.

“Many Muslims consider publishing images of their prophet innately offensive and because we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities, we have refrained from publishing these images of Mohammed,” a spokeswoman for The New York Times told Marketplace.

That decision was controversial within the Times itself.

“The new cover image of Charlie Hebdo is an important part of a story that has gripped the world’s attention over the past week,” wrote Margaret Sullivan, the newspaper’s Public Editor in a piece published online Wednesday morning. “The cartoon itself, while it may disturb the sensibilities of a small percentage of Times readers, is neither shocking nor gratuitously offensive. And it has, undoubtedly, significant news value.”

What’s behind the split?

“There’s no question that there is evidence of a digital divide between legacy news brands and digital first news in publishing the cartoons,” says John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. “I think the primary reason is due to the more bureaucratic, culturally cautious nature of older news brands versus the more aggressive and, in this case, principled stand that the younger generation of news brands felt free to pursue.”

What do the experts think?  “Personally, I think that this new Charlie Hebdo cover easily passes the test for a newsworthy image,” says Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. “Come on:  How Charlie Hebdo grapples with the murders of its editors and artists is of a matter of unquestionable political importance and cultural significance. It is also the truest test of satire--finding an image that is potent, compassionate and relevant in the face of unspeakable horror. This cover is news, pure and simple.”

After an initial print run of three million copies, partly funded by Google, Charlie Hebdo has gone back to press. The magazine is being distributed in 25 countries and translated into 16 languages, including Arabic. Charlie Hebdo’s normal print run is some 60,000 copies. 

Obama Pushes FCC To Expand Broadband Access

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:16

The president is asking the agency to address state laws that could inhibit competition for high-speed Internet service. The move could draw opposition from major cable and Internet companies.

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Prisoner cancer death prompts change

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:13
The death of a murderer whose cancer was discovered two days before he died has led to changes in prison procedure, an inquest hears.

Racial motive theory in store attack

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:02
A man is held on suspicion of attempted murder after a suspected racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Flintshire.

Highway splits in Mozambique flood

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:39
A major highway in Mozambique splits as floods kill 73 people and displace tens of thousands in the country and neighbouring Malawi, officials say.

Staff 'told to obtain illegal votes'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:32
Employees of Tower Hamlets Council were warned they may lose their jobs if they did not illegally obtain 100 votes for Mayor Lutfur Rahman, according to court documents seen by BBC London.

Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:21

Community groups getting federal funds to reduce hospital readmissions made improvements, an early evaluation finds. The experiment will run for five years.

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Testing 'better than badger cull'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:15
Stepping up cattle testing is a far more effective bovine TB control strategy than shooting badgers, according to computer modelling work.

Facebook expands into workplaces

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:10
Facebook releases an app offering office workers a private alternative to email, challenging Microsoft's Yammer, LinkedIn and others.

Woman dies after burger bar meal

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:05
An 18-year-old woman dies following a suspected allergic reaction after eating at Almost Famous Burgers in Manchester city centre.

Woman's body found in Cardiff river

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:02
The body of a woman is found in the River Taff in Cardiff city centre following a two-day search.

Xiaomi: A bluffer's guide

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:01
A bluffer's guide to smartphone upstart Xiaomi

Spain's ex-king faces paternity suit

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-14 08:51
Spain's top court agrees to hear a paternity claim made against the former King Juan Carlos, by a woman claiming she is his daughter.