National / International News

Quebec holds provincial elections

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 16:20
Polls have closed in the Canadian province of Quebec as the province's main separatist party ends its bid to win a legislative majority.

Artist creates personal map of city

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 16:19
The artist who drew a city by hand

The place where Chelsea Pensioners live

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 16:18
Why would a retirement home have rooms with no ceilings?

The ex-GP with an art treasure trove

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 16:15
The retired doctor with a world-class art collection

'I saw armed gang murder my family'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 16:09
A powerful story of one woman's terrifying ordeal

US warns Russia over Ukraine tension

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:53
The US voices "great concern" about tension in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia demonstrators seized government buildings in three cities.

Lottery funding for community groups

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:41
Almost 60 community projects are awarded a share of £10m in grants from the Big Lottery Fund to improve their facilities.

Top Lib Dem urges top tax rate cut

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:32
A former Liberal Democrat minister backs calls from Tory backbenchers for the top rate of income tax to be cut to 40%.

Mortier given posthumous opera award

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:30
Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month aged 70, is given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

Firms complain of high delivery fees

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:29
Hundreds of businesses in Scotland say they are having to pay more for deliveries because of their postcodes.

Slavery law 'must focus on victims'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:29
A proposed new law to combat modern-day slavery needs to be strengthened, with more attention given to victims, say MPs and peers.

Argument Over Requested Leave Preceded Fort Hood Shootings

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:27

Army officials say Spc. Iván López opened fire after a dispute over his request for leave. Within eight minutes, López allegedly fired 35 shots.

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Windows XP end puts firms in a fix

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:22
Windows XP demise gives small firms a tech dilemma

The Whole Foods way of engaging staff

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:06
The firm that believes in executive sleepovers

VIDEO: Are two heads better than one?

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:05
In the first of a new series, Steve Tappin, reports on US food business Whole Foods, which has two CEOs instead of just one.

Windows XP security deadline arrives

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:00
Cyber-thieves are preparing to target anyone still running Windows XP after security support ends on 8 April, suggest security firms.

BCC says recovery 'not yet secure'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:00
The British Chambers of Commerce says that while short-term growth prospects are good the recovery is "not yet secure".

VIDEO: US dark matter hunt at critical phase

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 14:55
The quest to find the most mysterious particles in the Universe is entering a critical phase, scientists say.

When to trust (cough) financial journalists

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-07 14:51

You know how we in the financial press will say "There is word of this big merger being negotiated" or "There are reports of that corporate aquisition in the works"?   Sometimes those stories pan out, sometimes they don't. Now, thanks to researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, there is a way to tell which deals are more likely to actually get done.   A key takeaway: Consider the source. Bloomberg has the most accurate reportage of mergers and acquisition: An astounding 80 percent accuracy rate. The New York Times is number six on the list, behind -- get this -- the New York Post.    Another guide: the bigger the company in question, the less likely it is that the story will pan out.    

Sick 1-Year-Old Rescued From Sailboat 1,000 Miles Off Mexican Coast

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 14:45

The parents activated a distress beacon from their 36-foot sailboat en route to the Pacific islands after the girl developed a fever and rash that wouldn't respond to medications.

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