National / International News

The Election Vocabularist pt I

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 01:08
The history of words we use at election time is often rich and sometimes surprising.

UK trade deficit widens in February

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 01:04
The UK trade deficit widened in February by more than expected, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-09 01:03

A bill that would require more children to get vaccinated is moving ahead in the California legislature. Though the state saw a large measles outbreak this year, the bill's final passage may be tough.

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'Unacceptable' care at hospital

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 01:02
A damning report criticises patient health and staff safety at Swansea's Cefn Coed Hospital.

Left your wallet at the airport?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-09 01:00
$615 million

This is the payment amount Greece made to the IMF today. Greece's government is caught between its promises to ease austerity, and the bills it owes international lenders. But this one milestone was just reached. However, the country's cash reserve may be running dry, according to Bloomberg


That's the ranking of United States on the Social Progress Index. This alternative measurement to GDP, conducted by the Social Progress Imperative, ranks the Unites States 16th out of 133 countries. Despite being the 5th in GDP per capita, the U.S. lags in areas such as health, safety, and even access to information. 

41 percent

That's the percentage of women in Harvard Business School's student body. The school has launched a new program to tackle this persistent imbalance. For a fee of $500, women can take a peek at the business school by trying it out for a weekend.

$31 million

That's how much a group of new Super-PACs associated with Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz expect to raise by the end of the week, Bloomberg reported. It's the making of a huge war chest, and Cruz has a history of big fundraising with political action committees. That said, the numbers are early and coming from an associate of Cruz, so take them with a grain of salt or two.

15 percent

The maximum discount John Hancock Financial will give life insurance policyholders who wear fitness trackers. They're the first insurer to tie coverage to the growing wearables market, just in time for Apple's foray into smart watches later this month.


That's how much travelers collectively left behind at airport security checkpoints in 2013, CNBC reported, and the change jar is growing. Any money left behind goes directly into the TSA's budget, and some airports have placed donation boxes for local charities in front of security so flyers can donate their spare change somewhere else.

VIDEO: LIVE: Fallon speech on defence plans

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:57
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon outlines the Conservatives' manifesto commitment to build four new nuclear missile-armed submarines.

VIDEO: Keeping tabs on basking sharks

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:49
Scientists are hoping to find out more about elusive basking sharks by tagging them in waters off Cornwall.

VIDEO: Live: Labour education plan launch

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:26
Labour unveils its education manifesto, including guaranteed individual careers advice for teenagers.

VIDEO: Dramatic cycling pile-up in Belgium

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:14
Watch as a number of riders are caught up in a major crash in the final kilometre of the Scheldeprijs race in Belgium.

UKIP candidate 'is veteran porn star'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:03
A UKIP candidate standing in local elections in Bristol is revealed as a veteran porn star with 40 years' experience in the adult film industry.

First new pylon type constructed

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:03
The first new design of electricity pylon in almost 90 years has been erected at a test site in Nottinghamshire.

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-09 00:03

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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Family 'stranded' due to air strike

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 23:52
A Northern Ireland family stranded in Spain due to the French air traffic controllers' strike criticise how their airline handled the situation.

Global education targets missed

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 23:41
The promise that all children globally would have primary education by 2015, pledged by world leaders in 2000, has officially not been achieved.