National / International News

Why is Kim Jong-un always surrounded by people taking notes?

BBC - 16 min 35 sec ago
A newly released batch of photos of the North Korean leader show him surrounded by note-takers - who are they?

Feds Rescind Washington's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

NPR News - 21 min 22 sec ago

The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.

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Russia 'destabilising' Ukraine - US

BBC - 21 min 49 sec ago
The US accuses Russia of "deception and destabilisation" in eastern Ukraine, warning of further sanctions unless Moscow defuses the crisis.

Coalition's Church 'split' - front pages

BBC - 22 min 45 sec ago
Claims that the coalition is split over the role of the Church of England and interviews given by the girlfriend of the Duchess of Cornwall's late brother make headlines.

VIDEO: Take a tour of a million-dollar car

BBC - 32 min 4 sec ago
Since the age of five, Christian von Koenigsegg knew he wanted to create the world's fastest car. On the floor of the New York International Auto Show, he tells the BBC how he did it.

VIDEO: Did Pixar make Steve Jobs funny?

BBC - 55 min 23 sec ago
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, explains how Steve Jobs use of humour in presentations was influenced by his time at the animation firm.

Terrorism financing suspect arrested

BBC - 58 min 48 sec ago
Officers from the Metropolitan Police arrest a man in London on suspicion of financing and encouragement of terrorism.

Lifestyle quiz to secure a mortgage

BBC - 1 hour 3 min ago
Mortgage applicants will face tougher questions about their lifestyle from lenders, under new rules about to come into force.

Life of Margo MacDonald celebrated

BBC - 1 hour 5 min ago
Hundreds of people are gathering to celebrate the life of veteran politician Margo MacDonald, following her death earlier this month at the age of 70.

VIDEO: William and Kate - tour highlights

BBC - 1 hour 7 min ago
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the last two weeks touring Australia and New Zealand, but their tour is due to come to an end on Friday.

Kerry Says Window For Russia To Change Course In Ukraine Is Closing

NPR News - 1 hour 30 min ago

Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no question Russia is behind an effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine.

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Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

NPR News - 1 hour 41 min ago

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

NPR News - 1 hour 55 min ago

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. An uptick in new cases in Saudi Arabia has health specialists concerned that the virus could spread outside the region.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

NPR News - 1 hour 56 min ago

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Q&A: Ecclestone on trial - day one

BBC - 1 hour 59 min ago
The big questions from F1 chief's first day in Munich court

Probe over Hillsborough insult posts

BBC - 2 hours 4 min ago
The government says it is making "urgent inquiries" into reports Whitehall computers were used to make insulting comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

VIDEO: Obama plays football with Asimo robot

BBC - 2 hours 6 min ago
President Obama plays football with a humanoid robot in Tokyo as part of his four-nation Asia tour.

Bidding adieu to Ladies' Home Journal

Today, the Meredith Corporation, which owns Ladies' Home Journal, released its quarterly earnings -- and the earnings call was as good an opportunity as any, I guess, for the company to fire everyone on the magazine's editorial staff.   Yes, it's time to mark the passing of yet another periodical: "Ladies' Home Journal" will no longer be published monthly.    The first issue was printed in 1883. Back then, it was called "The Ladies Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper." Its slogan? "Never underestimate the power of a woman."   "It's not a consumer issue," a company spokesman said. "It's an advertising issue."

The threat of a football union has the NCAA talking

Scholarship football players at Northwestern University will participate in a historic vote Friday on whether to form a labor union. This vote, as well as lawsuits challenging NCAA rules for athletes, are already forcing the NCAA and big football schools to rethink the business model of college sports.

Until recently, schools were only allowed to feed their giant hulking college athletes a certain amount of food. “There were even rules in place over whether a bagel with cream cheese was a meal or a snack," says Andrew Muscato, producer of the documentary “Schooled – The Price of College Sports." The NCAA’s food rules, which classified a plain bagel as a snack, but with the addition of a spread made it a meal, were draconian, he says.

“And that was a rule that ultimately was changed, but it was changed because of public pressure, and the perception that these athletes are being taken advantage of considering how much revenue they’re bringing back to the universities," he says.

Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, says even if the union receives a yes vote tomorrow,  the decision would still have to be approved by regulators.

"At the end of the day, the actual demands that would seem to come out of the football players at Northwestern," he says, "are unlikely to be met via collective bargaining. And the most important element here is that they’re providing more momentum, more fuel for the fire of reforming the NCAA."

As of Thursday, the NCAA said its biggest conferences can now give more aid to their student athletes.

Yankees Pitcher Suspended Over 'Foreign Substance' On Neck

NPR News - 2 hours 29 min ago

An umpire threw Michael Pineda out of a game Wednesday after he noticed pine tar smeared on the pitcher's neck.

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