National / International News

Npower customers face bill 'chaos'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:14
Customers of the energy supplier Npower have seen their finances "thrown into chaos", according to the consumer watchdog Citizens Advice.

Tougher penalties for dog attacks

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:14
Dog owners in England and Wales who allow their pets to attack people face longer prison sentences under new laws that have come into force.

VIDEO: Confronting racism face-to-face

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:10
The black woman confronting the KKK and Germany's far-right

Sega v Nintendo console war recalled

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:09
Flashback to Sega and Nintendo's console war

Labour wards 'not for regular births'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:08
Women having a straightforward pregnancy "should be encouraged to give birth in a midwife-led unit", official advice for England and Wales says.

VIDEO: Sega v Nintendo: 1990s console wars

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:08
The battle between Nintendo and Sega in the 1990s arguably laid the foundation for the future of the video game industry in the United States.

BBC Radio Ulster wins gold award

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:07
BBC Radio Ulster wins station of the year at the Radio Academy awards.

Car tech driving a greener future

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:05
Can technology make us more sustainable drivers?

China's answer to Warren Buffett?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:00
The man aiming to be the East's answer to the Sage of Omaha

VIDEO: China's answer to Warren Buffett

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 15:00
Fosun founder and chair Guo Guangchang is trying to transform his firm into a top asset manager, similar to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

'Arrogance' over need for sleep

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:59
Society has become "supremely arrogant" in ignoring the importance of sleep, leading researchers have told the BBC's Day of the Body Clock.

RBS US arm Citizens in share sale

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:50
The Royal Bank of Scotland announces plans for a public share sale of part of its US subsidiary, Citizens, later this year.

VIDEO: Egyptian doctor stands trial for FGM

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:46
For the first time a doctor in Egypt is to stand trial on charges of female genital mutilation, following the death of a 13-year-old girl.

'Idol' Aiken's US House rival dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:43
A businessman vying against one-time American Idol star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination for a US House seat dies suddenly in a fall.

VIDEO: A journey to Boko Haram territory

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:19
The Nigerian government is under increasing pressure to deal with Boko Haram militants who have been engaged in a violent campaign since 2009 which has claimed thousands of lives.

Keith Crisco, Congressional Opponent Of Clay Aiken, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:19

Crisco, a textile executive and former state official, died in an accident at home less than a week after apparently losing a close North Carolina primary race against the former American Idol singer.

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A star-studded plea for ad money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:07

Each year, the leading TV networks stage star-studded events displaying their best new programming and most reliable talent to advertisers. And while "The Upfronts," currently underway in New York City, can be great entertainment for those invited, they are also a competition for billions of dollars in ad revenue. On Monday, at the NBC upfronts, buzz surrounded the forthcoming show, "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl.

The formula: well-known movie star + popular genre (the national security spy thriller) = likely to pique the interest of advertisers. 

When the upfronts have finished, negotiations begin. 

"The advertisers meet with sales representatives of the networks and they negotiate how many commercials they're going to buy, [and] what the cost [is] going to be," said Brad Adgate, the Senior Vice President for Research at Horizon Media, who says more than $20 billion in ad revenue is at stake. 

The spectacle of the upfronts hasn't changed much over the years. But these days, due to competition from digital endeavors, advertisers are shying away from a quick committment. 

"It's really because of the TV marketplace in general," said Jeanine Poggi, who reports on television for Advertising Age. "We talk about the other digital opportunities that are out there. And the ability to shift some money out of TV and into digital." 

Digital producers like Maker Studios, Hulu and Buzzfeed, have grown so powerful that they now have their own version fo the upfronts, called the NewFronts, which took place last month. 

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Wigan (agg 2-1)

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:06
Charlie Austin scores twice as QPR come from behind to defeat Wigan after extra-time and reach the Championship play-off final.

In the U.S., a water main breaks every two minutes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:05

Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country's infrastructure a whopping grade of D+. That was actually a step up. It was a D in 2009, says Casey Dinges, senior managing director of public affairs at ASCE.

We have a rickety power grid, falling bridges and water mains that date to the 19th century.

"Nationally, there's a water main break every two minutes," Dinges says.

Groups as diverse as the right-leaning US Chamber of Commerce and the labor union AFL-CIO are spending a few days in Washington this week figuring out how to get more money and attention for our nation's roads, and bridges and everything else that makes the economy run.

They're calling it Infrastructure Week, and organizers say they want to highlight how important infrastructure is to the economy.

"Currently, the United States is investing less than 2 percent of its GDP on infrastructure," says Robyn Boerstling, director of transportation and infrastructure policy at the National Association of Manufacturers.

And, there's a more pressing issue. The nation's gas tax-funded Highway Trust Fund is running low on cash. That means the government could soon delay paying for highway repairs.

The gas tax hasn't changed in more than two decades, but Congress doesn't want to touch it during an election year.

"If not the gas tax, then what are we going to do to pay for it?" says Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

One measure of Infrastructure Week's success is if someone can answer that question.

Tale Of Two Billboards: An Ozark Town's Struggle To Unseat Hate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:56

In Harrison, Ark., residents troubled by the area's reputation as a hate group hotbed are working hard to make the town more inclusive. White supremacists say the effort amounts to "white genocide."

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