National / International News

Ebola Vaccine Could Start Testing In Africa By January

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 14:08

The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.

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Sam released by Dallas Cowboys

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 13:49
Michael Sam, who hopes to be the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL game, is released by the Dallas Cowboys.

In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 13:30

Almost 50 U.S. cities and towns have banned pet stores from selling puppies. The laws are aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale breeders, but many store owners say the bans are unfair.

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VIDEO: Can pioneering paralysis therapy help others?

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 13:21
The BBC's David Shukman asks whether a pioneering treatment - which has helped a paralysed man walk using a frame - could help other people with spinal injuries.

Press freedom in Americas 'worsens'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 13:12
Press freedom in the Americas has seen a "marked deterioration" in the past six months, according to the Inter American Press Association.

Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 13:10
Didier Drogba scores his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they beat Maribor 6-0 - their biggest Champions League win.

My Son Is Doctors Without Borders' 1,000th Ebola Survivor

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:52

Liberian health worker Alexander Kollie lost his wife, daughters and brother to Ebola. Then his son tested positive for the disease. He survived, and now father and son are building a new life.

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For Healthy Liberians, Life Continues — With Some Adjustments

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:51

The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.

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VIDEO: Storm leaves one dead and four hurt

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:49
A woman dies after being hit by a falling tree in high winds in London, while three people are injured in a separate incident in West Sussex.

Yahoo profits surge on Alibaba sale

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:43
Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.

Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:27

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

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US appoints Gary Hart as NI envoy

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:26
US Secretary of State John Kerry sends former senator Gary Hart to act as his envoy at the multi-party political talks at Stormont.

Infant bodies found in Canada locker

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:15
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.

From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:09

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:05

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

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We can still qualify - Pellegrini

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:39
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side are not outsiders to progress from their Champions League group.

Watchdog: $7 Billion U.S. Effort Doesn't Dent Afghan Poppy Production

NPR News - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:35

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.

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VIDEO: Monument honours the Land Girls

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:26
A sculpture created in honour of women who served in the Land Army during World War Two - built with £85,000 in donations - is unveiled.

Can McDonald's regain its customer base?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:21

The Golden Arches are losing their luster - McDonald's reported that its profits fell by 30 percent.

McDonald’s problems right now are complicated, says Jennifer Bartashus, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. She says we should start by looking at the company's target market.

“The customer profile still remains people who are in the lower income, lower-middle-income bracket,” Bratashus says.

These folks haven’t recovered from the recession and are still looking for bargains. McDonald’s problem? Meat and cheese prices are rising, which means its prices are too.

At the same time, McDonald’s is also trying to respond to changing consumer tastes by adding healthier, more expensive options - like salads and parfaits - to its menu.

“They’ve tried to be something for everyone as opposed to being everything for some people,” Bratashus says.

Bob Goldin, an analyst with Technomic, says McDonald’s is also facing increased competition from “fast casual” restaurants like Chipotle and Panera.

“I think the perception among many consumers is that it’s a fresher product and better quality,” Goldin says of the rival chains. He adds that these restaurants often cost just a few bucks more than some of the meals you find at McDonald's.

John Gordon is an analyst at Pacific Management Consulting Group and he says McDonald’s is losing ground with another group: millennials. He says they like restaurants that let you customize your order. And McDonald's has missed this trend, in part, because of its corporate culture.

“They’re such an insular group,” Gordon says. “They tend to think more about what the corporation wants rather than maybe what the customer wants.”

McDonald's' CEO Don Thompson admitted the company has to play catch-up. It’s starting by piloting menus that let you build your own burger at a few Southern California restaurants.

As we discovered, McDona'd strategy has... changed... over time. These needed to go somewhere:

Ballerina Misty Copeland counts herself lucky

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:20

Age starting dance: 13

Height: 5 feet 2 inches

Bust: "Bigger than most"

At least, that's how ballerina Misty Copeland describes her numbers-defying career in dance. A soloist with the American Ballet Theater in New York, Copeland recently explained how she doesn't really fit into the traditional model for ballet, but still made it work.

“All of those numbers, they just don’t add up to create a classical dancer,” she says. "No matter what, I'm going to be who I am."

Listen to the full conversation from our live show in New York City in the audio player above.

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