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Day in pictures: 6 May 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:52
News photos from past 24 hours: 6 May

Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:51

Also: Edwidge Danticat on the real price of sugar; the winners of the O. Henry Prize.

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U-2 Spy Plane Disrupted Hundreds Of Flights, FAA Acknowledges

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:49

After the plane's altitude was misinterpreted, efforts to route airliners around it over California created havoc. The U-2 was reportedly flying at 60,000 feet, but computers thought it was far lower.

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'Complacency' leads to asthma deaths

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:48
People with asthma are dying unnecessarily because of complacency among both medical staff and patients, a national study claims.

DUP 'would have moved on Sinn Féin'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:44
Northern Ireland's first minister says his party would have tried to exclude Sinn Féin from government if it had not "corrected" its support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland following Gerry Adams' arrest.

Europe to tighten black box rules

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:43
Europe's aviation watchdog announces new proposals to make it easier to find flight recorders, known as black boxes, from missing planes.

US 'outrage' at Nigeria abductions

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:34
The White House says it considers the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants "an outrage".

Apple to pay ex-Burberry boss $68m

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:23
US technology giant Apple is welcoming its new retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, with a pay package which includes $68m in shares.

Threatened airport to shut next week

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:22
Manston Airport in Kent is to close with the loss of up to 150 jobs after it failed to find a buyer.

Jobseekers 'must take zero-hours'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:10
Jobseekers could be stripped of their benefits for turning down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason, the government says.

Ukraine Reports Dozens Killed In Slovyansk Fighting

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:09

Ukraine says its military has killed 30 pro-Russian separatists as government forces try to retake eastern cities near the border with Russia. At least four Ukrainian soldiers have died.

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Knife attack at south China station

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 03:01
At least six people are injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say, in the third such attack on a transport hub in three months.

Treasure found on 'US ship of gold'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:58
A US deep-ocean exploration firm recovers gold worth $1.3m on a reconnaissance dive to a historic Atlantic Ocean shipwreck, company officials say.

Spy plane causes air traffic chaos

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:48
A computer system misinterpreting the flight path of a spy plane was responsible for major air-traffic control issues in the US last week.

Google, Amazon compete on same-day delivery

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:47

Google is rolling out same-day delivery for online retail customers in West L.A. and Manhattan — offering products from a variety of retailers including Costco, Target, Walgreens and L'Occitane. Google has already been piloting the service in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amazon has just launched same-day delivery in parts of Los Angeles as well, along with San Francisco, Seattle and Phoenix. And the two giants aren't alone. Wal-Mart, eBay, Nordstrom and other retailers are also in the ring.

But, same-day delivery is expensive and complicated. Most people shop online after work, meaning the vendor has a very short window to deliver that must-have bottle of champagne or designer scarf — possibly through rush-hour traffic.

What companies need to make it work, says management consultant Andrew Schmahl at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company, a division of PricewaterhouseCoopers), is a densely-populated area full of well-heeled shoppers.

"People willing to pay more than free for a delivery," he says.

Which most consumers are not.

In a survey conducted by Schmahl, only 10 percent of consumers were willing to pay $10 or more for same-day delivery. And many don't even want same-day delivery at the end of the day — when they are having dinner, putting kids to bed, or possibly won't hear the delivery, leaving their package to sit on the front porch all night.

Amazon and Google are first testing the same-day delivery market in upscale neighborhoods in places like Manhattan, West Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Schmahl thinks Google might be plunging in to gather more data on online shoppers. For Amazon, he says, it's an attack on brick-and-mortar stores where you can get what you want, same-day.

"Instant gratification takes too long for most people," says Patty Edwards, managing director of investments at US Bank Wealth Management. "We don't want to have to wait, we want to have it right now. And yet we're too lazy to get it ourselves."

Edwards predicts that in time, same-day delivery will catch on in many urban and suburban areas around the country.

Where to get the best deal in the same-day melee 

by Tobin Low

With Google expanding its same-day delivery service in a growing market, it’s hard to tell who’s offering the best deal.

If you’re not in a big city, you’re mostly out of luck, as major companies like eBay, Amazon, and Google are mostly piloting their same-day services in larger metropolitan areas. That’s because the model largely depends on there being a high volume of vendors in a customer’s vicinity that sell the desired merchandise.

Still, it’s an appealing promise: order by a certain time, and have your items delivered to your doorstep that same day.

With each of the services charging about the same rate -- Google Express charges $4.99 an order, Amazon Prime members pay $3.99 an order, and eBay asks for $5 an order -- it's still too early to tell who will pull ahead in the same day ordering scheme.

For now, maybe try linking your Twitter account to Amazon, and tweet/purchase away.

VIDEO: Sally Field gets Hollywood Star

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:44
Sally Field has received the 2,524th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Scandal forces out top Colombia aide

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:41
Political strategist Juan Jose Rendon quits the Colombian president's re-election campaign amid allegations that he took money from drug dealers.

Judy Murray pays tribute to Baltacha

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:39
Judy Murray, mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, says former British number one Elena Baltacha was "an absolute gem".

I feel a climate change comin' on

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:28

The new National Climate Assessment released on Tuesday says the climate is changing, but when it comes to changing climate change, Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan, says President Obama has a tough audience.

There's the coal industry, and, some states -- like Texas.

"Attorney General Greg Abbot, perhaps the most likely person to be the next governor of Texas, routinely says, 'I wake up in the morning, I sue the federal government and then I go home,'" says Rabe, the director of the the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Rabe notes it's unlikely the administration will push for new legislation during President Obama's second term.

"It's not uncommon," he says, "for presidents, particularly when they move into their second term, to face growing difficulty working with Congress on major domestic legislation."

Apathy from the public is also a problem, says Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia's University's Center on Global Energy Policy -- and a past special assistant to the President and senior director for energy and climate change on the staff of the National Security Council.

"Admittedly climate change does not rate very high when you ask people about what their major concerns are," he says.

But, Bordoff says, public interest in climate change may be picking up. And he says while rules for new power plants already exist, the EPA is drafting regulations for existing plants, due in out in June.

The new rules should set a standard for many kinds of energy – not just coal.

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BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:25
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