National / International News

Young people 'nothing to live for'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 16:25
As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.

VIDEO: How Vermeer painted perfect pictures

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 16:10
Tom Brooks meets the documentary maker who looks at how the Dutch painter Vermeer created his most famous paintings.

VIDEO: How rip currents work

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 16:08
Researchers in Australia have found that treacherous ocean currents are the nation's deadliest natural hazard ahead of bushfires and floods.

Record deals changing for digital age

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 16:04
Do major record labels need to change for digital age?

Ethiopia aims to create entrepreneurs

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 16:00
Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs

Deadly car bombs hit Mogadishu hotel

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 15:46
Two car bombs kill at least 10 people at a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, in an attack claimed by al-Shabab Islamist militants.

Torch-lit far-right march in Ukraine

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 15:34
Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party holds a torch-lit procession through the capital Kiev, to mark the birthday of a WWII-era partisan leader.

'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 15:12

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

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Van Gerwen wins PDC world title

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:58
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins the PDC World Championship by defeating Scotland's Peter Wright 7-4 in the final.

Moyes furious over referee's decisions

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:10
David Moyes says it is "scandalous" that Manchester United were not awarded a penalty during their 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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Greece takes over as EU president

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:16

Today, Greece takes over the presidency of the European Union, at a time when 27 percent of Greeks are out of work. The country's not winning the award for the most popular member of the EU anytime soon.

For the next six months, Greece will organize meetings, conferences and set policy priorities. Greek politicians say they want the EU to focus on the economy and jobs.

Mark Lowen, the BBC's Athens correspondent, tells us what to expect.

Fresh Prince actor James Avery dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:14
American actor James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith's uncle in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died aged 68, his publicist confirms.

UN calls for truce in South Sudan

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:04
The UN demands an immediate ceasefire after more than two weeks of fighting in South Sudan, as the warring factions prepare for peace talks.

Foiled by foil: The latest weapon in credit card theft

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 13:02

This final note comes by way of Businessweek:

The FBI says criminals have found a new way to use stolen credit cards. They scale the roof of a store and wrap aluminum foil around antennas. Stores use antennas to communicate with credit card companies. That foil blocks the transmission, which means stores can't verify whether a card is legit or stolen. 

Businesses figure the connection's down temporarily, which happens every once in a while, and approve the transaction.

By the time a business finds out what the card was stolen, the criminals are long gone with the merchandise they bought and the stores ... are on the hook.

In pictures: New Year's Day deluge

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:42
2014 begins with a deluge and fresh flood warnings

New York's new mayor sworn in

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:31
Bill de Blasio pledges a liberal agenda as he is formally inaugurated as mayor of New York City, the first Democrat to hold the post in more than 20 years.

Three arrested over boxer's murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:27
Three people are arrested over the death of an amateur boxer who suffered serious injuries at a New Year's Eve party.

Angry fan rips linesman's flag apart

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:14
An angry Millwall fan ripped a linesman's flag from its pole following a goal-kick decision during a defeat by Leicester.

Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 12:07
New Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood earns a memorable win at Manchester United as his side move up to sixth in the table.

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