National / International News

Snooker looks to big breaks in China

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:02
Snooker looks for big breaks in China

VIDEO: Drone flight over Gallipoli battlefield

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:01
The BBC News drone is flown over the major sites of the World War One Gallipoli campaign on the Turkish Peninsula.

Hope over child malaria vaccine tests

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:01
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.

English 'manifesto' and spending questions

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:55
Friday's newspapers highlight Tory proposals for an English manifesto, and questions about the economic plans already unveiled by all parties ahead of the election.

Delinquent Mines: Congress Revives Bill To Hold Mine Owners Accountable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:55

The measure, first proposed in 2910, would shut down mines if owners fail to pay fines for safety violations.

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A tale of two Camerons: Dallas and David

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:52
The prime minister shares a name with a social media superstar - and his Twitter stats show it.

VIDEO: Could a train revive Stoke-on-Trent?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:51
Officials in Stoke-on-Trent are fighting to get the HS2 route through their city. So does the transport infrastructure affect people's politics?

Russia and Argentina in energy deals

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:39
Argentina and Russia sign a series of framework agreements on economic and energy co-operation following talks in Moscow.

Inmates moved to safety in jail fire

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:37
A fire at Northern Ireland's high security prison leads to the evacuation of part of the jail while firefighters dealt with the blaze.

Clubs await draws for semi-finals

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:30
The draws for the semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League take place on Friday.

Root century gives England platform

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:28
A sparkling hundred from Joe Root puts England in a strong position to push for victory in the second Test against West Indies.

Maryland Governor Sends State Troopers As Protests Grow In Baltimore

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:14

Protesters took to the streets demanding justice, after a black man suffered a deadly injury to his spine after being arrested by police.

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Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:44

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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VIDEO: EU triples migrant rescue funding

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:41
European leaders commit extra ships, planes and helicopters to save the lives of migrants in the Mediterranean, as Katya Adler reports.

Time Warner Cable's CEO could be out $80 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:25

A couple of details on the likely demise of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.

Item number one: Comcast isn't going to have to pay the usual breakup fee — the 2 to 5 percent of the sale price that the would-be acquire-er normally pays to the would-be acquire-ee if things go south. It just wasn't in the original paperwork, says Fortune Magazine.

Also, Time Warner Cable CEO Robert Marcus would have gotten an $80 million exit package if the deal had gone through. Or, to look at it another way: more than a million dollars a day for the 45 days from the time Marcus took over to the day the merger was announced.

Sorry about that, Mr. Marcus.

SNP 'would nullify 40-seat Tory lead'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:14
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she would prop up a Labour government, even if the Tories finished the election as the largest party by up to 40 seats.

Zenit St Petersburg 2-2 Sevilla

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:11
Holders Sevilla survive a scare to book a place in the Europa League semi-finals after edging past Zenit St Petersburg.

New CCTV of bus stop rapist released

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:04
New CCTV footage of a man wanted for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds is released in a fresh appeal.

Imagining affordable housing in New York

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:00

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to build or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. And not a moment too soon. An estimated half of New York renters lack affordable housing, meaning they spend more than a third of their salaries on rent. That may be as many as 1 million people.

In unveiling his OneNYC plan this week, de Blasio said he'll attempt to lift 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty.

His office called it one of the largest urban poverty initiatives in U.S. history, and affordable housing is likely to be one of the major proposals.

De Blasio has also called for the creation of 160,000 units of market-rate housing over the next decade, an acknowledgement, some say, that all New Yorkers are affected by a housing shortage.

The stakes of the failing Comcast-Time Warner merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:00

On Thursday, the long-awaited acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast was reported to be on the rocks

But what's truly at stake for consumers in a $45 billion mega-merger between cable providers? 

Peter Carstensen, emeritus professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, says they're not competing for broadband customers—but they are competing when they buy programming.  A merger could have given them sizable market power, and Senator Al Franken says competing TV networks complained to him in private, fearing reprisals.

But industry analyst Ian Olgeirson at SNL Kagan says the effects on the end consumer of this merger — or any merger with Time Warner that takes place — are likely to be subtle.