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N Korea 'shells near South warship'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:06
North Korea fires shells into disputed waters near a South Korean warship, South Korean military officials tell media.

VIDEO: The men wearing the hijab in Iran

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:00
Iran's hijab debate takes an unusual twist

Sharp fall in early GCSE entries

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:58
The number of early entries for GCSE exams in England has fallen by 40% after changes to how league tables measure results.

Harris 'said teen liked his groping'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:57
Rolf Harris told the mother of a teenage girl he groped in Australia that "she liked it", Southwark Crown Court hears.

Ferrari back Alonso after criticism

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:56
Ferrari describe Fernando Alonso as "the best in the world" after he said he felt a lack of support from his "closest friends".

Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:53

Two days after declaring martial law — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.

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The most prolific video game voice actress ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:49

Jennifer Hale holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific video game voice actress. 

Check out the audio above to hear more on her career, her favorite sound effects while "dying," and how the industry has changed for female gamers.

Hale decided to lend her multiple voices to Marketplace Tech. Check out these three "characters" she brought into the studio:

The most prolific video game voice actress ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:49

Jennifer Hale holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific video game voice actress. 

Check out the audio above to hear more on her career, her favorite sound effects while "dying," and how the industry has changed for female gamers.

Hale decided to lend her multiple voices to Marketplace Tech. Check out these three "characters" she brought into the studio:

VIDEO: Ryan Gosling's directing debut

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:44
Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling talks about his directing debut which stars former Dr Who actor, Matt Smith

Best Buy's website is trying to take on Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:42

Best Buy announces its first quarter earnings Thursday. 

The retailer has struggled to compete online against companies like Amazon and Overstock.com, which matters more as more people shop online.

The University of Washington's Jake Thornock said traditional retailers like Best Buy are trying to take back what they’ve lost from e-tail companies.

“What we’re seeing at a higher level is unfettered competition in the retail space,” he said.

“There was this sort of fragmented perception that consumers would always go towards an online only company if they wanted to make an online purchase.”

But Ravi Bapna, who teaches information systems at the University of Minnesota, said it’s tough to compete against a digitally sophisticated company like Amazon.

“Best Buy being a traditional company, I don’t think it has that sort of mindset or that sort of infrastructure digitally to be at that level of sophistication right now,” he said.

Best Buy's website is trying to take on Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:42

Best Buy announces its first quarter earnings Thursday. 

The retailer has struggled to compete online against companies like Amazon and Overstock.com, which matters more as more people shop online.

The University of Washington's Jake Thornock said traditional retailers like Best Buy are trying to take back what they’ve lost from e-tail companies.

“What we’re seeing at a higher level is unfettered competition in the retail space,” he said.

“There was this sort of fragmented perception that consumers would always go towards an online only company if they wanted to make an online purchase.”

But Ravi Bapna, who teaches information systems at the University of Minnesota, said it’s tough to compete against a digitally sophisticated company like Amazon.

“Best Buy being a traditional company, I don’t think it has that sort of mindset or that sort of infrastructure digitally to be at that level of sophistication right now,” he said.

Book News: Sam Greenlee, Author Of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door,' Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:33

Also: Philip Roth schedules another interview; Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography.

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Caption Challenge: Puzzled primate

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:28
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Man Utd 'need six' to challenge

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:24
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wants the club to sign Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos to boost their title hopes.

Facebook announces listening feature

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
Facebook is to release a new feature on its mobile app that will listen to and identify your music and TV shows before publishing them in a status update.

Police bid to seize terrorist's home

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
A court hearing begins to decide if police can seize the family home of a man convicted of terrorism offences.

Anger over eBay hack delays

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:19
A day after a major security breach, online marketplace eBay is facing questions over how it has dealt with the incident.

Adrian Newey commits to Red Bull

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:19
Red Bull's chief designer Adrian Newey announces that he will stay with the world champions "for the foreseeable future".

Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:06

Bombs and cars were used in the attack at the outdoor market early Thursday. A witness says, "The air was full of the smell of gunpowder and the sound of sobbing." More than 90 people were injured.

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Syria 'breaks Aleppo prison siege'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:50
Syrian forces have broken a year-long rebel siege of a prison in the northern city of Aleppo, reports say.
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