National / International News

VIDEO: Jackson and Johannson on movies

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:34
Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson, who are appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have been speaking about how they choose movies, good causes, and middle names.

Game Of Thrones to have UK simulcast

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:13
The opening episode of the fourth series of Game Of Thrones will air at the same time in the US and UK.

VIDEO: Footage from inside a flying insect

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:08
Scientists use powerful x-rays to film the minuscule muscles inside a flying insect.

Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:00

The Obama administration and state health exchanges have been knocking themselves out to make sure people know they can't buy individual insurance after March 31. But most uninsured people don't know.

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Santander fined £12.4m by regulator

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:59
High Street bank Santander is fined nearly £12.4m by the UK financial watchdog over failures in investment advice in its branches.

SSE freezes energy prices until 2016

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:55
Energy supplier SSE says it will freeze domestic gas and electricity prices at their current levels until 2016.

More help call for obese children

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:53
Obese children are having to wait until they are adults to receive some treatments, according to a national assembly committee report.

Congress pledges 'growth for all'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:42
India's governing Congress party launches its election manifesto, promising "inclusive growth" if it returns to power in the general election.

Boy injured at Turkish Kurd rally

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:41
A boy aged 10 is critically injured after reportedly being hit by a police tear gas canister at a rally in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

VIDEO: Profits of £3.2bn for Lloyds of London

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:40
Chief Executive of Lloyds of London, Inga Beale, outlines its ''unique position'' as the market announces a 14% rise in profits for 2013 to £3.2bn.

VIDEO: Dramatic escape from building blaze

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:34
A construction worker has been rescued from a burning building in Houston, Texas moments before it collapsed.

Best man stole from bomb survivor

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:23
The best man of a soldier wounded in Afghanistan has been jailed for stealing from his friend weeks before his wedding day.

Jagger pays tribute at Scott funeral

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:19
Family and friends of fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend a private funeral in Los Angeles, with partner Sir Mick Jagger leading the tributes.

Letter revealed secret police tapes

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:17
A witness in a crime investigation, journalists and police officers themselves were among the people whose telephone calls were secretly recorded at Irish police stations, it is reported.

Facebook buys the future

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:07
Zuckerberg’s latest purchase ruffles virtual feathers

Pony contraceptive scheme at risk

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:06
The first trial of its kind in the UK to use contraception on hill ponies is at risk of failing, a charity says.

America's game of chicken

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:06

Where’s the beef?

As a nation, we might really need to know that. For the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef. Why is poultry taking flight?

"People are more conscious about health, and so they will eat red meat a little less often and white meat more often," says Ariane Daguin, CEO of D'Artagnan, which sells organic, free-range chicken to high end restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Her business is growing 15 percent per year, a lot of that is thanks to rising chicken demand.

But a lot of the reason for the rising popularity of chicken has to do with beef.

"The real trade-off that we’re seeing in consumption is escalation in poultry and decline in beef," says Don Close, cattle economist with Rabo AgriFinance. Beef prices have skyrocketed and are expected to jump by as much as 15 percent this year. (Here's a look at why that's happening)

"We saw pretty heavy substitution on the part of consumers, substituting ground beef for ground chicken and thereby driving up the prices of those products," says Ricky Volpe, economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chicken prices are expected to rise by about 10 percent this year. Even still, chicken will remain far cheaper than beef and pork. 

But even if beef prices come back down, Ariane Daguin doesn’t think Americans will go back to beef.

"It is not a trend," she says. "Trend means there is an end to it. There is no end to good food. People in America are more and more conscious that you are what you eat."

And right now, that’s chicken.

 

The sweet smell of King Digital's Candy Crush success

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:00

Look up from your phones, everybody.

The maker of the highly addictive puzzle game Candy Crush Saga goes public Wednesday. King Digital Entertainment racked up $1.8 billion in sales last year, largely using a "freemium" business model -- when you download a game for free, but spend on extras inside the game.

Analysts say King Digital's success comes from marrying good data analytics – understanding when casual gamers spend and why – with good game development.

 

 

Robo... traffic cop?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 01:00

Imagine pulling up to an intersection and seeing a giant, solar-powered, traffic-directing robot wearing 80's sunglasses. You might expect Marty McFly to speed by on a hoverboard, or the Iron Giant to take off into the sky as he blissfully declares himself, "Suuuperman."

If you're a resident of Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, these huge, man-like traffic signals might be part of your daily commute. So far, two of these robots have been installed, and in spite of their imposing apperance, the residents enjoy having them around. According to BBC reporter Maud Jullien, it's because the work of traffic directing is often done by policemen; a force not respected by the general public because of frequent harassment. One Kinshasa resident told Jullien that he actually prefers the robots to policemen simply because they do their job:

"The robot is better than policemen because it does its job according to the order. It doesn't bother us, ask for documents, or arrest us."

Traffic and unemployment are making you sick

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:52

Commuting can make you sick.  

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines health in the U.S. county by county, looking at less obvious causes of illness, including joblessness and traffic. 

“You might ask, what does that have to do with my health,” says Michelle Larkin,  assistant vice president of  the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “But think about it. When we’re in the car taking long commutes we’re probably in a heightened state of stress.”


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

And stress can lead to problems like heart disease. Turns out unemployment is unhealthy, too, because without a paycheck you can't buy good food, and may not be able to see the doctor when you’re sick.

It all adds up.  The premature death rate in the least healthy counties is twice the rate of the healthy ones.   Same thing for children living in poverty, and teen births.  

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