National / International News

VIDEO: Red telephone box used as library

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:56
A new library - housed in a disused red telephone box in Lewisham - has celebrated two months of successful lending.

Joseph Kony Is Back In The News. Do Teenagers Still Care?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:53

American teenagers turned a 2012 video about the African warlord Joseph Kony into an Internet sensation. Two years on, it shows the possibilities and limitations in social media marketing.

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VIDEO: Inside a rain measuring radar

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:49
The BBC's Science Editor David Shukman takes a look at how rain in the air is calculated through a radar system.

Man charged with Hazel North murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:48
A man appears in court charged with murdering a Fife teenager whose body was found in a park in Kilmarnock.

Iraq's election commissioners resign

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:44
The board of Iraq's election commission resigns in protest at what it says is political and judicial interference ahead of next month's elections.

Health board chief to take new role

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:43
The chief executive of the health board representing mid and west Wales is named as the new head of north Wales services.

Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:43

McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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Pistorius 'had loving relationship'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:32
The lawyer of Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, denies the couple were unhappy.

Nations take nuclear security pledge

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:27
Thirty-five out of 53 nations participating in a summit on nuclear security in The Hague vow to turn international guidelines into national laws.

Ukraine far-right leader killed

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 08:20
A Ukrainian ultra-nationalist leader is shot dead in western Ukraine, in what officials describe as a special forces operation.

'Vulnerable' Syrians arrive in UK

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:59
The first group of Syrian refugees arrives in the UK as part of a government scheme to take in some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict.

Announce your Amazon Kindle e-book credits online

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:58

A few lucky Amazon Kindle users are getting extra-buying credits starting on Tuesday, thanks to a $166 million settlement (of this Apple e-book price fixing case) which returns a portion of money spent to customers who purchased e-books by one or more of five publishers.

"Illegal actions by these publishers forced consumers in New York and across the nation to pay artificially inflated prices for e-books," New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

The settlements come individually as credits to Kindle users via their Amazon accounts, in the following amounts (heads up, Minnesota – you’ve got your own payout table, because your state reached a separate settlement):

via Amazon

According to this Amazon table, if you're a Minnesotan who purchased one New York Times bestseller and one "other" e-book on your Amazon Kindle, your credit would total $4.87. That is, if you didn’t opt-out of the settlement prior to October 21, 2013. 

For a sum as large as $166 million, you might think hundreds of people would have already taken to the web to celebrate their hard-won (well, not exactly) rewards. A survey of tweets relating to “Amazon” “Kindle” “ebook” (with and without a hyphen) and “settlement” keywords show the total (including two Marketplace employees who reported credits) rings up to (drum roll please)…

…about $911.62.

RebelMouse helped Marketplace to create a custom collection of winnings as they are tweeted: up the math yourself as the tweets continue and tell us what you come up with. 

At this rate, how long will it take to sum up to $166 million dollars? Not everyone will tweet about their new earnings, and in fact, most people won't based on what we know of active Twitter users.

Still, $166 million passed out in increments of $0.73 is a lot of change at the bottom of a lot of e-purses.

Karl R. Thompson Tapped To Lead Key Justice Department Unit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:51

Thompson has been named acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, which approves executive branch legal arguments on armed drones, surveillance and other national security issues.

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'Move track cycling to Winter Games'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:48
Cycling's boss Brian Cookson wants an overhaul of the Olympics, with track cycling moving to the Winter Games.

VIDEO: HTC phone changes focus of photos

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:46
Rory Cellan-Jones tries out HTC's new flagship handset and asks the firm's co-founder if it is enough to turn around its fortunes.

Blakelock 'attacked in stab motion'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:43
The man accused of murdering Pc Keith Blakelock attacked him in a "stabbing motion", an anonymous witness tells the Old Bailey.

Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:36
Real Madrid eye Joe Hart, Monaco enter chase for William Carvalho, Yann M'Vila wants Premier League switch and more.

Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:35

The Taliban claim responsibility for an attack at the election headquarters in Kabul and have warned Afghans not to vote in the April 5 ballot to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

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Clifford 'exposed himself to girl'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:29
Publicist Max Clifford exposed himself to a 16-year-old who had confided in him about her abusive family life, Southwark Crown Court is told.

No charges after MP Bone fraud probe

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 07:29
Conservative MP Peter Bone will not face any criminal charges in relation to allegations of benefit fraud.

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