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Scandal forces out top Colombia aide

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:41
Political strategist Juan Jose Rendon quits the Colombian president's re-election campaign amid allegations that he took money from drug dealers.

Judy Murray pays tribute to Baltacha

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:39
Judy Murray, mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, says former British number one Elena Baltacha was "an absolute gem".

I feel a climate change comin' on

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:28

The new National Climate Assessment released on Tuesday says the climate is changing, but when it comes to changing climate change, Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan, says President Obama has a tough audience.

There's the coal industry, and, some states -- like Texas.

"Attorney General Greg Abbot, perhaps the most likely person to be the next governor of Texas, routinely says, 'I wake up in the morning, I sue the federal government and then I go home,'" says Rabe, the director of the the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Rabe notes it's unlikely the administration will push for new legislation during President Obama's second term.

"It's not uncommon," he says, "for presidents, particularly when they move into their second term, to face growing difficulty working with Congress on major domestic legislation."

Apathy from the public is also a problem, says Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia's University's Center on Global Energy Policy -- and a past special assistant to the President and senior director for energy and climate change on the staff of the National Security Council.

"Admittedly climate change does not rate very high when you ask people about what their major concerns are," he says.

But, Bordoff says, public interest in climate change may be picking up. And he says while rules for new power plants already exist, the EPA is drafting regulations for existing plants, due in out in June.

The new rules should set a standard for many kinds of energy – not just coal.

Got! Got! Need!!!

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:25
The adults who get misty-eyed over Panini World Cup stickers

AUDIO: Tesco to launch own-brand smartphone

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:09
Tesco is to launch its first own-brand smartphone later in the year.

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 02:03

A Gallup survey suggests the factors that should be guiding decisions on selecting a college are not selectivity or prestige, but cost of attendance, great teaching and deep learning — in that order.

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Maternal deaths falling, says WHO

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:52
Maternal deaths have fallen worldwide, dropping by 45% since 1990, according to new figures.

VIDEO: Tips for getting your car through MOT

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:50
Most vehicles fail their MOT because of problems that owners could fix themselves.

Trojan Horse inspectors 'biased'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:49
A governor of a Birmingham school inspected as part of the probe into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, accuses Ofsted of being "biased".

'Doubt' over nuclear power contract

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:32
A leading academic warns that the contract for the UK's first nuclear power station in a generation might not be "valid".

Alan Bennett rejected 'gay label'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:17
Writer Sir Alan Bennett explains how he guarded his sexuality for much of his career to avoid being pigeonholed as a gay playwright.

Iran 'blows up replica US warships'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:06
Iran has been building replica US warships to practice blowing them up, an Iranian admiral says.

Not just another "chick with a ukulele"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 01:00

Before you start reading about Merrill Garbus and her latest album as tUnE-yArDs, why don't you take a second to dance a little:

Got that out of your system? Those infections beats and catchy melodies arrive via her latest album, entitled "Nikki Nack." Fans of Garbus will notice more of a pop music feel to this new release, and that's partly due to the singer's increasing familiarity and use of drum machines.

It's a new step for Garbus, who is primarily known for looping drum beats with a pedal and microphone as a sort of low-tech/high-tech one woman band. The singer/songwriter took a disciplined approach to this album, setting aside blocks of time to focus on improving both her abilities on analog and acoustic instruments:

"To me, there’s got to be a balance between computers and everything else. So for me that’s between computers and then actually having drumsticks in my hand and improving myself as a human player of musical instruments."

Garbus particularly enjoys when mistakes, be they human or computer, create quirky music. In using an iPad to record beats, the drum machine's difficulty in keeping up with her finger tips created an imperfect beat - one that she ended up using in the first track on the album.

This aspect of the flawed human-machine interaction is what interests Garbus most, and where she prefers to exist when making music with machines.

Rise in adults taking part in sport

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:55
The number of adults regularly taking part in sport or physical activity are at their highest levels, according to a survey.

College prepared to return NI tapes

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:44
Boston College says it would return interviews to former paramilitaries after some of the material was used to question Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about a 1972 IRA murder.

Thai PM in court over abuse of power

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:44
Thailand's prime minister appears before the Constitutional Court in Bangkok to defend herself against allegations of abuse of power.

Another Polish home attacked

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:40
Police are investigating the latest in a spate of hate crimes against Polish people in east Belfast.

Asset firm has no 'Yes' move plans

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:37
Aberdeen Asset Management, one of Scotland's biggest companies, says it has no plans to move its headquarters under independence.

China corruption campaign: On the trail of Zhou Yongkang

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:33
Does China's leader dare to bring down the former security chief?

Warning over unintentional file leak

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:25
People using file storage services like Dropbox and Box are being warned they are at risk of inadvertently leaking their own files.
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