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Could World Cup matches be fixed?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:15
Fifa's head of security, Ralf Mutschke, tells Ed Hawkins that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is not immune to match-fixing.

Help to Buy supports 7,313 sales

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:13
Some 7,313 homes have been sold so far in the UK under the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, the Treasury says.

Search For Flight MH370 Black Boxes Ends; 'Pings' In Dispute

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:10

Search and salvage teams will now assess where they should look next for the jet's remains, after Australian agency says the search area "can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370."

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Caption Challenge: Trombone man

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:09
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Help to Buy irrelevant to London bubble

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:05
Why Help to Buy is irrelevant to the London bubble

Drugs to treat alcohol top £3m

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 03:01
There were a million hospital admissions related to alcohol in England last year and £3.13m was spent on drugs to treat alcohol dependency.

Hosting the Olympics and coming away with a profit? Imagine that. Three cities that bucked the trend

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:59
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Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Coastal Cluster Olympic Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

With such high costs, it's seemingly miraculous that any chosen location manages to turn a profit. Yet, some manage to do so. Here are three cities that managed to come out of their hosting stint on top:

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1. Los Angeles - Surplus: $232.5 Million

The west coast city managed to end the games with a $232.5 million surpluss due to smart planning -- like revamping old facilities as opposed to building new ones -- and budgeting. The design teams also used cheaper materials typically associated with temporary tents. You can read more about how L.A. pulled it off here.

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2. Salt Lake City - Surplus: $56 Million

Salt Lake City donated about $30 million of their profits to the Utah Athletic Foundation.

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3.  Atlanta - Surplus: $10 Million

Aside from finishing in the black, Atlanta also benefitted from converting one of its Olympic stadiums into a facility for baseball.

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Barcelona squatters confront police

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:43
Police in the Spanish city of Barcelona clash with youths in the third night of violence over moves to demolish a well-known squat.

Colditz spy letters to be auctioned

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:40
Coded spy letters sent from a British prisoner held in German prisoner of war camps in World War Two are to be auctioned.

Archibald leads Scots' cycling squad

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:36
World team pursuit champion Katie Archibald leads Scotland's 30-strong cycling team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Sochi Effect and the unwanted Olympics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:36

The number of countries bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics is dropping fast. Call it the Sochi effect -- this year’s winter games hosted in Russia, which cost a crushing $51 billion. 

Poland was the most recent country to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Voters soundly rejected the idea in a referendum. Switzerland, Sweden and Germany were all former contenders, but they too have dropped their bids.

"It’s not like the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny just dropped a buttload of money in your lap," says University of Chicago’s Allen Sanderson says countries lose money because the games are run by a monopoly -- the International Olympic Committee. "Countries tend to lose money on these things."

Ukraine, Norway, Kazahkstan and China all say they’re still interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

But not all host cities come away from their hosting gig with massive debt. Here are three cities that bucked the trend

VIDEO: Dr Dre celebrates $3bn Apple deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:33
Apple has confirmed it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics.

Rajab urges serious Bahrain dialogue

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:33
Released activist Nabeel Rajab says he would talk to the government to end the political deadlock in Bahrain, but that it is not serious about dialogue.

The cost of concussions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:30

The White House hosts a summit Thursday about the perils of concussions in youth sports.

Researchers have been racing to find a fix, but gels and extra padding in helmets may not do the trick.

“Helmets stop skull fractures," says professor Dennis Molfese at the University of Nebraska's Developmental Brain Laboratory. "But we think it’s the primary rotation movement to the head that produces the concussion.” 

He’s working with electrodes to diagnose concussions. Other academics experiment with blood samples or voice patterns that can reflect brain damage. But it will be years before any reach the market.

Sports teams have an economic incentive to find a solution. The NFL is finalizing a more than $700 million settlement, which was rejected by a judge earlier this year, related to ex-players’ brain injuries. And experts anticipate more concussion-related law suits at all levels of the game.

Ex-Soviet economic union agreed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:23
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a deal with his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Belarus to create an economic union.

Maya Angelou was a 'real original'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:17
Author Toni Morrison says her friend, the late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou was a "real original" with "no duplicate".

Froome hits out at lack of drug tests

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:09
Tour de France champion Chris Froome is 'disappointed' by the lack of anti-doping tests at a training camp in Tenerife.

'Police did nothing' to stop stoning

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:04
The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family outside a Lahore court tells the BBC police did nothing to stop the attack.

Missing plane 'not in ping zone'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:52
The area where signals thought linked to the missing Malaysian plane were detected is ruled out as its final resting place, Australia says.

Skylon ‘spaceplane economics stack up’

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:38
A report commissioned by the European Space Agency finds the economics of the UK-conceived Skylon spaceplane to be feasible – assuming its technology development is successful.
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