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VIDEO: Baton 'dropped' from helicopter

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:23
The Queen's Baton relay is in the final stages of its tour of Scotland, before arriving in Glasgow for the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

VIDEO: Manhole explodes in central London

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:21
Footage has emerged of a fire in central London, which started on Piccadilly on Wednesday evening.

Day in pictures: 3 July 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:17
24 hours of news photos: 3 July

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:16

This is the fifth consecutive month that American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs. Last month, the U.S. job market hit a milestone, finally surpassing pre-recession levels.

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VIDEO: One dead in Birmingham shooting

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:11
A man has been shot dead, and two injured, during disorder in Birmingham, police have said.

President Obama's job in 19 words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:00

Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal had the opportunity to ask President Barack Obama seven questions on Wednesday.

It took fifteen minutes or thereabouts for the entire interview.

In that same spirit of conciseness, Kai asked the President: "In five words or less, what's your job?"

President Obama answered: "My job is to keep the American people safe and to create a platform for hardworking people to succeed."

For those counting, that means the president used 19 words:

Kai has used the "5 words or less" question before. The first time was quite by accident, during an interview with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman in late 2012. Kai asked Whitman to cut the "marketing gobbledy-gook," to explain "what, exactly, HP is":

Whitman's answer wasn't particularly clarifying...:

...so a few minutes later, Kai tried again:

Eventually, Kai gave Whitman a word limit. At the very end, he tried asking what HP is "in five words or less". Whitman used 22 words, with the caveat that "it's a big, complicated company."

A month later, Kai interviewed AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong about his business. Armstrong also was unable to keep his company's mission to five words. He eventually whittled it down to 12:

In an interview with Stephen Friedman, the president of MTV, Kai tried the question again. Friedman got close - just six words:

Only one interviewee so far, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good, has managed to answer the question as succinctly as requested. Good described Duke Energy as: "Industry leading innovative energy company." Five words and counting:

Brevity is the soul of Marketplace. (...count 'em)

So, in brief: We want to see how many of our listeners can beat the President's word count. How would you describe your job in five words or less? Comment below, tweet @Marketplace, or send us an email at marketplaceweb@marketplace.org

Greek strike threatens power cuts

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:54
Many parts of Greece are facing power cuts, as electricity workers stage rolling strikes in protest at a government privatisation programme.

World athlete who began her career at 77

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:54
The athlete who started her career at 77

Caption Challenge: Dog's dinner

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:50
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Tighter security for flights to US

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:47
Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat".

Colombians get time off to see match

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:45
Government workers in Colombia are given Friday afternoon off to watch the national squad play Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.

TV sex and violence 'more accepted'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:42
The number of viewers who believe there is too much sex, violence and swearing on TV has fallen sharply, figures from media regulator Ofcom suggest.

Mortonhall council official resigns

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:35
A senior council official at the helm of a department involved in the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal has resigned.

Now A Hurricane, Arthur Steams Along Eastern Seaboard

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:22

Arthur is now packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph; it could bring hurricane conditions to North Carolina tonight.

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Does #LikeAGirl challenge sexism?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:11
What's the difference between an ad and a campaign?

Dog attack death partner spared jail

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:09
A man whose pregnant partner was killed by his two pit-bull-type dogs is spared jail.

Samsung ready to scrap plasma TVs

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:07
Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November.

AUDIO: 'How I bent car door to save driver'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:03
A Minnesota man who saved a driver from a burning car by bending the door with his bare hands is hailed a hero.

VIDEO: David Gray on his 'new' sound

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:02
Award winning singer David Gray joins BBC Breakfast to talk about his change in musical direction and why he wanted to make new music for his tenth album

PODCAST: Jobs are up for June

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:00

With the jobs report for June looking strong, more on how the last couple months became some of the strongest in recent memory for job gains. Plus, a look at a demographic of unemployed workers that are often overlooked: those over 55 who are looking to get back into the workforce. Last up, Kai Ryssdal interviewed President Barack Obama on the state of the U.S. Economy. Hear a preview of the full interview airing later today.

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