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Fink accuses Miliband of 'climbdown'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:27
Tory donor Lord Fink accuses Ed Miliband of backing down in a feud over tax avoidance but says the definition of the term is so broad "everyone does it".

Chapel Hill victims to be buried

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:25
The funerals of three Muslims shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be held in the neighbouring town of Raleigh on Thursday.

Manchester United revenues fall 12%

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:21
Manchester United sees its revenue fall by 12.2% to £194.4m for the six months to the end of December.

Hazard signs new Chelsea contract

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:21
Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard signs a new five-and-a-half year deal with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

VIDEO: Why are some people posting the same picture every day?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:20
Why thousands on Facebook keep posting the same image

Caption Challenge: Pretending to be snow leopard

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 04:03
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

64 jobs at risk at chemical factory

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:54
More than 60 jobs are at risk following an announcement a factory in at Holywell, Flintshire, which provides chemical development services could close.

Bob Simon, Veteran Of CBS News And '60 Minutes,' Dies In Car Crash

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:54

Decorated journalist Bob Simon, a correspondent for 60 Minutes known for his insightful reporting from far-flung spots around the world, has died in a car crash in New York City. He was 73.

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Fifth of sex victims 'not conscious'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:53
One in five serious sexual assaults is carried out on someone who is asleep or unconscious, and one in 10 victims report being choked, official analysis suggests.

ENO told to improve or face cuts

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:41
The English National Opera (ENO) is dropped from the Arts Council's national portfolio of organisations for 2015-18 and placed "under special funding arrangements".

Russian attitudes harden amid downturn

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:37
As details emerge of a ceasefire agreed in eastern Ukraine, the BBC's Bridget Kendall gauges the mood in Moscow amid growing economic hardship.

Ocean carbon leak 'ended Ice Age'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:35
Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests.

Devastation of crash victim's mother

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:32
A grieving mother from Swansea says losing her "wonderful son" in a crash in Bath is devastating.

Migrant tragedy in Med 'preventable'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:26
The drowning of more than 300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea this week could have been prevented with better EU lifesaving provision, experts say.

Drivers caught speeding at 146mph

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:25
The two fastest drivers caught by speed cameras in England and Wales in 2014, were both recorded travelling at 146mph on a motorway.

Brazil banker faces extradition

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:10
A court in Italy clears the way for the extradition of fugitive Brazilian banker Henrique Pizzolato, convicted as part of the Mensalao corruption trial.

Simonsen banned for gambling breach

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:10
Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen is given a two-match ban, one of which is suspended, for breaching SFA gambling rules.

FBI Director To Address Law Enforcement's Relationship With Minorities

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:06

James Comey will speak at Georgetown University today about police relations with minority communities.

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Expedia buys Orbitz – what it means for you.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:00

Expedia is going to buy rival Orbitz for about $1.3 billion.

The boards of both companies have approved the deal. Orbitz shareholders still have to give it the thumbs up. Assuming that happens, what’s in it for consumers?

You might be thinking you'll have to pay more for airline tickets. After all, the online travel site business is consolidating. Expedia bought Travelocity late last month.

“Certainly, there is one less independent choice, and anytime that happens, let’s face it, that’s not likely to push prices down for consumers,” says Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly.  

Kaplan says it might be a bit harder to find good deals. 

But not much, because Expedia still has lots of competition, from airline websites to more innovative sites like Hipmunk and HotelTonight.   

Kaplan says Expedia isn’t buying up its rivals to hike airfares. It’s trying to gain leverage with airlines, which don’t like allocating tickets to third party sites like Expedia. They’d rather sell their tickets themselves.

“Expedia, if it’s bigger, can go to airlines and say, 'Look, we control that many more millions of customers, and so you have to care what we think,'" he says.

Kaplan says Expedia wants lots of plane tickets to sell, because that’s what consumer buy first. Then we move on to rental cars and vacation packages, which are marked up more. That’s where Expedia makes its money. 

Expedia buys Orbitz - what it means for you.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-12 03:00

Expedia is going to buy rival Orbitz for about $1.3 billion.

The boards of both companies have approved the deal. Orbitz shareholders still have to give it the thumbs up. Assuming that happens, what’s in it for consumers?

You might be thinking you'll have to pay more for airline tickets. After all, the online travel site business is consolidating. Expedia bought Travelocity late last month.

“Certainly, there is one less independent choice, and anytime that happens, let’s face it, that’s not likely to push prices down for consumers,” says Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly.  

Kaplan says it might be a bit harder to find good deals. 

But not much, because Expedia still has lots of competition, from airline websites to more innovative sites like Hipmunk and HotelTonight.   

Kaplan says Expedia isn’t buying up its rivals to hike airfares. It’s trying to gain leverage with airlines, which don’t like allocating tickets to third party sites like Expedia. They’d rather sell their tickets themselves.

“Expedia, if it’s bigger, can go to airlines and say, 'Look, we control that many more millions of customers, and so you have to care what we think,'" he says.

Kaplan says Expedia wants lots of plane tickets to sell, because that’s what consumer buy first. Then we move on to rental cars and vacation packages, which are marked up more. That’s where Expedia makes its money. 

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