National / International News

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:41
The chancellor hails GDP growth figures but says the recovery cannot be taken for granted.

Fire death pair 'absolute treasures'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:41
Two children killed in a house fire in Sheffield were "absolute treasures", their head teacher says.

Mexico 'cartel ties' mayor detained

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:37
The mayor of Lazaro Cardenas, one of Mexico's largest port cities, is arrested on suspicion of having links with a drugs cartel.

Turkey to seek cleric's extradition

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:34
Turkey is to start extradition proceedings against the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

Too young for the Holocaust?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:27
How young is too young to know?

UK economy grows by 0.8% in quarter

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:26
UK economy grows 0.8% in first quarter of 2014, the fifth consecutive quarter of growth, according to the ONS.

Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:26

About 50 tornadoes were reported in the region in a 24-hour period, according to meteorologists. More severe storms are forecast for the Eastern U.S.

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In pictures: Fatal teacher stabbing

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:24
Community in shock after stabbing of Ann Maguire

Queen and Duke in Pembrokeshire trip

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:19
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit businesses in Pembrokeshire on the first of a two-day trip to Wales.

'Iron Curtain' sanctions rile Russia

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:09
Russia condemns the US for "Iron Curtain"-style sanctions that may damage its hi-tech sector, as the EU adds to its sanctions list over Ukraine.

Landing problem suspends flights

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:01
All flights in and out of East Midlands Airport are suspended after a cargo plane has problems on landing.

VIDEO: Is Ed Miliband likely to make PM?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 03:01
An unscientific test with plastic balls aims to find out if the Labour leader has what it takes to be the next PM.

Why do people take ayahuasca?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:58
Why do so many backpackers take ayahuasca in S America?

Which brand is bigger: Oprah or Starbucks?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:58

Starting Tuesday, you can stroll into Starbucks for a Chai Tea with Oprah’s name on it – Teavana Oprah Chai, to be exact. Oprah Winfrey's product and book endorsements used to send sales through the roof. But will the "Oprah Effect" hold, now that she's teamed up with a corporate giant?

"No," says marketing consultant Jonathan Salem Baskin.

He says it's been a while since Oprah was a TV regular. But he says any sales are a win-win for Oprah, since proceeds help her youth education work.

"The only potential downside exists for Starbucks," he says. "However sincerely they want to help Oprah support her schools, their goal is to sell a boatload of cups of tea."

Brand-building expert Denise Lee Yohn thinks Starbucks, known for its coffee, may have this incentive to use Oprah's name.

"Tea may be perceived as being more exclusive, more upscale," she says. Oprah's known for her taste, but, "she also has very mainstream appeal. So this may be a way for Starbucks to make tea seem more accessible and relevant to the average person."

Service held for stab death teacher

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:56
The fatal stabbing of a teacher in her classroom prompts condolence messages from as far afield as Australia as pupils attend a special Mass service.

England's Cookey to miss Glasgow 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:55
England captain Pamela Cookey will miss the Commonwealth Games after rupturing an Achilles, England Netball confirms.

Murder accused mum moved to hospital

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:52
A mother being held in prison charged with killing three of her children is remanded under the mental health act to a secure hospital.

Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:50

Cheng Chui Ping died of cancer in prison on Thursday. She made a career of smuggling thousands of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. and worked with a notoriously violent gang to enforce payment.

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Ballymurphy killings review declined

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:46
A call for an independent panel to examine 11 killings by the Army in Belfast in August 1971 is rejected by the NI Secretary.

Toyota of Texas

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-29 02:45

Toyota is moving its North American headquarters – all three of them. To Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas.

Right now the car company has its sales headquarters near Los Angeles, its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky, and another headquarters in New York.

The move is part of reinvention at the company, says Columbia Graduate School of Business professor Rita Gunther McGrath.

"With the problems following on their latest recall and all the problems they had with unintended acceleration, they were in the process of rethinking a lot of things that had been taken for granted in that company, including things like location," she says.

Moving a large company offers a rare opportunity to alter a business's "social architecture" says McGrath. "It breaks through inertia, shakes up existing power relationships, and it changes the way people share information."

Old rationales for being located in different places were no longer as relevant as they were before. Los Angeles for example, where Toyota has its sales and marketing headquarters, no longer has the draw it once did.

"Once upon a time," says Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer, "the coast of California was the closest part of the mainland U.S. to Japan physically and that mattered," whether for transfer of people or cars. Now, the bulk of Toyotas in the U.S. are built in the U.S., from West Virginia to Indiana.

But why Plano, Texas?

It's closer to Toyotas plants, including its newest, most expensive one in San Antonio. Texas has tried to brand itself as a business-friendly place, and there were undoubtedly economic incentives offered by some constellation of state and or local governments.

But it's not just about the business. Toyota has to convince 4,000 people with families and hobbies and lives to move as well.

"This is difficult – this is a life event for a lot of people," says Dave Sullivan with Auto Pacific. People have to move their families, find new school districts, it's stressful. When Nissan moved to Nashville in 2005, many employees did not follow, creating significant challenges for the company.

Plano, part of greater Dallas, is more palatable than other options.

"Its mild climate, central location, transportation, quality of education – all of that is very desirable," says Kelley Blue Book's Brauer.

Texas also has no state income tax, which, when combined with the lower cost of living than Los Angeles or New York, is a powerful incentive in its own right.

Toyota says offices will move in stages and gradually, and that the move won't be complete until 2017.

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