National / International News

AUDIO: Tapestry to celebrate Magna Carta

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:24
A special tapestry is being created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Poor 'have fewer teeth' than rich

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:18
The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by the time they reach their 70s than the richest, a study suggests.

Men banned from 'approaching girls'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:16
Two men are ordered to keep away from young girls after a council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation.

Mother sentenced over child killings

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:15
Tania Clarence, mother who killed her three disabled children in London, sentenced at Old Bailey to hospital order

Forty arrested in Italy mafia raids

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:13
Anti-mafia police in northern Italy arrest 40 people after an inquiry in which mafia initiation rites were reportedly filmed for the first time.

Full-back Halfpenny in for Williams

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:07
Leigh Halfpenny takes over at full-back with Liam Williams on the bench against NZ while Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar return.

Four killed after Kenya mosque raids

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:01
Four people are stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, police say, hours after raids on two mosques accused of militant links.

Mapping New York's massive public wi-fi needs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

The number of pay phones New York City could replace with pylons providing free public Wi-Fi and domestic calls under a new proposal called LinkNYC. The program would be the largest of its kind in the country and, the Verge notes, would provide dizzying speeds many homes don't have access to yet. The plan would be funded by advertising on the kiosks, which are projected to rake in $500 million in 12 years. It's all very ambitious, with a long road ahead.

2.5 million

That's how many children in the U.S. experience homelessness annually, according to a new study. The numbers represent a historic high and the root causes are primarily economic. In states like California that have a high cost of living, families surviving on minimum wage can't afford the average two-bedroom apartment, which generally costs $28/hour in income.


That's how many satellites the U.S. has in orbit, more than a third of the at least 1,200 orbiting earth right now. Using data from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Quartz has compiled massive, beautiful interactive graphic showing them all. You can watch the pace of the satellites at varying altitudes and sort them by country, purpose and more.  

3.5 years

The portion of a life sentence Lindy Chamberlain served after being wrongly convicted for killing her infant daughter in the early 1980s. New evidence came to light showing Chamberlain's claim, that little Azaria has been stolen from the family's campsite by a dingo, was actually true. Chamberlain was released, but for decades she fought public opinion, which had long condemned her, and the state, which long refused to change Azaria's official cause of death. Her struggle went largely ignored as "a dingo took my baby" became a pop culture punchline completely divorced from the tragedy. The Retro Report has a new mini documentary on the case.

$10 billion

That's how much legal marijuana sales is projected to bring in by 2018. The family of Jamaican-born reggae star Bob Marley launched a first-of-its-kind global cannabis brand on Tuesday. The late performer could become a powerful messenger for the emerging marijuana market. As his famous quote goes: "When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself."

Samsung and Apple: It's complicated

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

We’ve been seeing reports that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal for Samsung to supply most of the chips for Apple iPhones and iPads, starting in 2016.

There's no confirmation from Apple, but there’s no denying that Samsung has been a major supplier for Apple, which could be surprising, considering they’re competitors. 

Apple and Samsung have fought in court over patents. But, like many a squabbling couple, they find they need each other.

“It’s a complicated relationship,” says Jon Erensen, research director in the semiconductor group at Gartner.   

Erensen says Samsung needs Apple because it’s a big player, ordering lots of chips. Apple needs Samsung because it can reliably spit out lots of chips for Apple products.

“They want to make sure they don’t create a bottleneck in their supply chain for a key component,” Erensen says.

But how can they be so intertwined, when they seem to hate each other? It’s simple. Samsung has compartmentalized its relationship with Apple.

“It’s different parts of Samsung," says Michael Palma, the IDC research manager for consumer semiconductors. "Samsung is a huge corporation. The chip business is run separately.”

So, while the Samsung division that sells phones may hate Apple, its chip business found a way to Apple’s heart. 







































The number of homeless kids is on the rise

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

A new report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually.

The numbers represent a historic high and the root causes are primarily economic.

The study, published by the National Center on Family Homelessness, finds that as many as one in thirty children are homeless at some time during the year, an increase of 8 percent.

“The largest group is families that are doubled up and living place-to-place. They’re moving in with families and friends, and they’re kind of moving around a lot,” says Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

DeCandia says part of the reason for the shockingly high numbers is that previous studies on child and family homelessness often didn’t count families living outside the [homeless] shelter system.

High living costs are a particular problem in California, which accounts for more than one-fifth of all homeless children in the country, nearly 527,000.

According to the report, California's high cost of living means an average two-bedroom apartment in California costs $28/hour in income.

“Which means that that even if you had two parents working at minimum wage, they would still not be able to afford that kind of apartment,” notes Colette Auerswald, a pediatrician and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Minimum wage in California is $8/hr.

Auerswald says homeless children need to become a funding priority for state and federal agencies, much like chronically homeless adults and homeless veterans. 

'Infected' kidney op death inquest

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:58
An inquest into the death of two men who died after having a kidney transplant allegedly infected with a parasitic worm begins in Cardiff.

More English patients with Welsh GPs

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:57
More English patients are registered with GPs in Wales than vice versa, a top NHS official tells MPs.

Rochester campaign enters last days

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:55
The campaign for the by-election in Rochester enters its last 48 hours, as the BBC's Norman Smith talks to all candidates for the seat.

Baby loss mum wakes from 19-day coma

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:27
A woman, who ambulance crews had difficulty reaching in a locked high-rise building, wakes up from a coma 19 days after prematurely giving birth to twin girls who later died.

India guru devotees in police clash

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:27
Thousands of supporters of a controversial Hindu guru clash with police outside his ashram in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

Why is Japan heading to the polls?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a parliamentary election two years ahead of schedule. The BBC's explains why he chose to do this and what it might mean.

McCoy admits defeat in 300 wins chase

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:22
Champion jockey AP McCoy admits his quest for a record 300 season winners is likely to have been ended by injury.

House prices 'up 12.1% in a year'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:05
House price growth accelerated to 12.1% in the year to the end of September, official figures show, despite other surveys suggesting a slowdown.

Small teams want Abu Dhabi meeting

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:57
Formula 1's smaller teams want to meet boss Bernie Ecclestone to discuss how the sport's revenues are distributed.

VIDEO: S Club 7 on 'amazing' comeback

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:55
S Club 7 are back together after reuniting to perform on Children in Need.