National / International News

VIDEO: Local rugby club, 25,000-seat stadium

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 17:23
Why a local rugby club plays in a 25,000-seat stadium

Top 10 pop picks as TOTP turns 50

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 17:14
Top 10 moments from TOTP as the show turns 50

20 of 2013's most overused words

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 17:11
Selfie, twerk, project, robust - and 16 other overused words of 2013.

Digital boosts video and music sales

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 17:06
Digital services like Spotify, Netflix and iTunes helped boost sales of video and music in the UK in 2013, with Skyfall and The Hobbit among the biggest sellers.

Down but not out in Mississippi

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 17:01
Down but not out in Mississippi

Malaria threat to Galapagos birds

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:58
Malaria presents a new threat to Galapagos birds

Vitamin E 'beneficial' in dementia

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:46
Vitamin E has potential benefits for people with Alzheimer's, according to a study

A science news preview of 2014

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:44
As the new year begins, the BBC's science and environment journalists look at what we can expect to see in the headlines for 2014.

The Chinese farmer who amputated his own leg

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:43
The Chinese farmer who amputated his own leg

Will mining save or ruin Greenland?

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:41
Mining could bring huge wealth to Greenland - but not all its 57,000 residents are convinced.

Young referendum voters on 2014

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:31
Scots teens on exams, voting and sporting success

Scotland's year for decision begins

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:25
Countdown to Scots deciding on their country’s future

Act like Mandela, archbishop urges

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:24
People should try to emulate Nelson Mandela and change the world around them, the Archbishop of Canterbury says in his new year message.

VIDEO: David Cameron's new year message

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:20
David Cameron has urged voters to stick to the "long-term plan" for the economy in 2014.

PM to Scots: We want you to stay

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 16:08
Prime Minister David Cameron tells Scots "We want you to stay", as the UK enters the year in which Scotland will vote on independence.

Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 15:53

Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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VIDEO: Festive cheer onboard stranded ship

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 15:24
Despite being trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week, dozens of crew and passengers on board the Akademik Shokalskiy have celebrated the new year with good cheer.

McIlroy and Wozniacki to marry

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-31 15:05
Golfer Rory McIlroy and former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki are to marry, the pair announce.

2014 Resolutions: Destie Sprague

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2013-12-31 14:54

Happy New Year! In 2014, Marketplace Money will follow a few listeners from around the country who’ve resolved to make over their personal finance lives. We’ll be checking up on their financial New Year’s resolutions periodically throughout the year and see if they're achieving their goals!

Name: Destie Hohman Sprague
Family: Husband George Sprague, son Robert Sprague
Location: Bath, Maine
Resolution: “We are really looking to firm up some of our general mechanics of our finances, like readjusting our investment allocation. I think more importantly, handling our general cash flow and getting a better cash-management system and graphing our income and expenses. We’re thinking about doing a cash-only system, so we’re not pulling out that credit card or writing checks.”

The Spragues are happy with their current savings, but Destie did mention she’d like to turn her focus to something else: “I’m more interested in saving, driving down our expenses, and increasing savings so that potentially i could switch over into doing consulting work … it’s a longer term goal and it’s not very motivating in the day-to-day to going out to lunch at work.”

Carmen Says: “In order for us to actually turn our inertia into action, we need that kind of nudge, that little push over the edge, and part of that is really having a motivation that you feel connected to. You want to be a consultant, I would say, when would that happen? How much money would you need in the bank to make it happen? That’s going to be your cash goal.”

“Let’s say it’s $100 a month. Mark on your calendar four years out, take it every 30 days. This is the balance you have to have, one of the exercises I give people: Write down everything you spend. And that simple action will get you to process what you’re spending. You naturally will spend less, because you’re thinking about it .. it’s a way of making those decisions live.”

Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 14:45

Vitamin E has gotten a bad rap because of studies finding it increases risk of death. But people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease might be able to fend off symptoms for a while, a study finds. That could mean more a little more time to live independently, and less burden on caregivers.

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