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Israel and Hamas attacks intensify

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:57
Palestinian militants fire more rockets at Israeli cities after Israel carries out dozens of air strikes on Gaza, amid intensifying hostilities.

Somalia's security chiefs sacked

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:49
Somalia's police and intelligence chiefs are sacked following militant Islamist group al-Shabab's assault on the presidential palace.

Government seeks Brooks row answers

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:48
Bodies involved in the row over US country singer Garth Brooks' five cancelled Dublin shows are called to appear before an Irish government committee, as details of how to get a refund are revealed.

Geese caused fatal helicopter crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:47
Investigators find "clear and convincing evidence" that "multiple bird strikes" caused a helicopter crash which killed four people.

Father jailed for baby shake killing

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:45
A father is jailed for eight years for killing his five-week-old daughter after being frustrated by her screaming as he played a video game.

VIDEO: Where are Gaza militants firing rockets?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:45
The BBC's James Reynolds reports from near Sderot - which has been targeted by rocket attacks from Gaza.

VIDEO: Clinton the musical bursts onto stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:39
The creators of Clinton the musical talk about writing the show and why they hope audiences will find it funny.

Brazil police hold Pele's son Edinho

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:36
Brazilian police take Edinho, the son of Brazilian football legend Pele, into custody following his sentencing in May for money laundering.

Ministers can protect farm wages

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:35
Welsh ministers can protect the wages of 13,000 farm workers, in light of a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Court bid to block named person plan

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:29
A legal challenge to the Scottish government's plan to appoint named guardians for every child in the country goes to court.

VIDEO: Video shows airstrikes on Gaza Strip

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:27
Footage shows buildings being blown up and Israeli Defence Force cockpit video of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip as tension in the region mounts.

Israel Strikes Gaza, As Hamas Rockets Show Increased Range

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:18

In a notable step, rockets fired from Gaza were being aimed at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, Israel launched air attacks on more than 150 targets in Gaza.

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UK sold sarin ingredients to Syria

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:13
UK companies were the sole supplier to Syria of three important ingredients in the production of deadly nerve agent sarin, BBC Newsnight learns.

Both candidates claim Indonesia win

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:09
Polls close in Indonesia's tight presidential race between Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo, with both claiming victory based on unofficial results.

A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:03

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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PODCAST: Keep on truckin'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:00

How Brazil's huge loss in its World Cup match against Germany could change the flow of public money in the Brazilian economy. Plus, more on citigroup's settlement, as well as Uber's plan to attract new users with lower fares. Also, a look at efforts to create more energy efficient big rigs

'Seinfeld' by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:00

Babies born the year "Seinfeld" premiered are now old enough to rent cars (Better get the insurance if you plan on beating the hell out of the thing). The "Show About Nothing" premiered 25 years ago this week. Back then, "The Seinfeld Chronicles," as they were called, introduced a comedian, his friend George, and kooky neighbor Kessler (Elaine wouldn't be added until later.) Watching the slow paced pilot episode, it's hard to believe that from such modest beginnings came one of the most critically and commercially successful, game-changing shows in television history.

"Seinfeld" not only made multimillionaires of creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld many times over, it continues to be a major revenue generator for distributor Sony and production company Castle Rock, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. New York magazine recently took a look at the economics behind the show. Here's a breakdown of "Seinfeld" by the numbers:

$40,000

The amount of money Jerry Seinfeld was paid per episode during the 1991-92 season.

$1 million

How much Seinfeld made per episode by 1997-98, the show's ninth and final season.

76.3 million

The number of people who tuned in to watch the "Seinfeld" series finale. 

$110 million

The price of Jerry Seinfeld's artistic integrity. After nine seasons, Seinfeld decided to call it quits, rejecting NBC's offer of $5 million an episode - $110 million for the season - to continue the show for a tenth year. 

$3.1 billion

The amount of money "Seinfeld" has made since becoming syndicated in 1995. Those reruns on TBS and late at night after the news on your local CW affiliate add up.

$400 million

What Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld will each make off the most recent syndication cycle.

TUV man queries 'graduated response'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 02:50
A senior TUV member breaks ranks with the main unionist parties over their joint response to the banning of a 12 July parade in north Belfast.

Apple loses Siri China patent case

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 02:44
Apple fails to have a Chinese rival's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid, threatening its own ability to sell Siri-enabled devices.

VIDEO: Benedetti on her Scottish roots

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 02:37
Violinist Nicola Benedetti joins BBC Breakfast to talk about her new music
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