National / International News

What's the future for Bagpuss?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:32
What's the future for Children's TV favourite Bagpuss?

The day the entire German fleet surrendered

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:30
Why did 270 warships gather peacefully in one place?

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:23

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.

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How can Wales end their NZ hoodoo?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:18
After 25 straight defeats in the past 61 years, how can Wales end the longest losing sequence against a fellow top-tier nation?

Labour's Thornberry quits over tweet

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:17
Labour's Emily Thornberry resigns from the Labour front bench over a tweet she sent during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign.

VIDEO: £3bn to fix crumbling Westminster

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:17
Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned.

Whelan sorry for controversial comments

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:15
Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologises for comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a controversial newspaper interview.

At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:12

After a successful 2014 election season, the nation's GOP governors gathered to talk about policy issues and bask in their victories. But President Obama's immigration plans dominated the discussion.

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Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:01
Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to be unveiled by President Barack Obama.

Obama Will Announce Relief For Up To 5 Million Immigrants

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:00

Defying congressional Republicans, President Obama will defer the deportation of the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and will also prioritize the deportation of criminals.

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Parliament repairs 'could top £3bn'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:31
Stopping Parliament becoming a "ruin" could cost more than £3bn, with the possibility of MPs and Lords moving out temporarily, Newsnight learns.

The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing Two Trillion A Year

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:30

Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll — two trillion dollars a year.

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JJB Sports boss guilty of £1m fraud

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:27
The former chief executive of JJB Sports, Christopher Ronnie, is convicted of accepting more than £1m in backhanders from suppliers.

Firefox Says Goodbye to Google, Hello to Yahoo

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:21

If you are a user of the web browser Firefox in the United States, your default search engine is about to change. Mozilla, the nonprofit that owns Firefox just announced plans to switch the default from Google to Yahoo.

Google was paying Mozilla $300 million a year for the privilege of being the default search engine. Those payments made up more than 80 percent of Mozilla’s income. 

Mozilla and Google are very different companies. Mozilla is a mission-driven nonprofit for starters. It's  built on 10 principles, one of which is "individual’s security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.”

Google has a slightly different take on privacy. "Google is of course, in the business on tracking users," says USC computer science professor Ellis Horowitz, "and Firefox has taken a very strong line on giving users the ability to not be tracked."

In its deal with Firefox, Yahoo has agreed to honor Mozilla’s "do not track" policy. In return, Yahoo gets all of Firefox’s default search traffic and some street cred with users who are concerned about their privacy. Just how much Yahoo paying is for that traffic and street cred hasn't been made public.

As for Google, it ultimately isn't losing a whole lot. "Many people just have the Google home page as the default page, so they don't really need the search engine to do their searching," says Horowitz.

Plus Google has its own competing browser, Chrome, which now has a much larger market share than Firefox’s. And as more and more web traffic shifts to mobile phones, Firefox has created its own mobile operating system. "The firefox OS which they call it, they are getting onto low cost phones around the world," says Liz Gannes, a senior editor with the tech site Re/code.

"Mozilla in some sense, has already moved on from the Firefox battle in that they are trying to take on the next big closed platform, which is mobile."

Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:18

The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.

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Tunisia police rape sentence doubled

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:11
Two Tunisian policeman convicted of raping a woman in a police car have their sentences more than doubled in a high profile court case.

Maidstone United 2-1 Stevenage

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:08
Frannie Collin's late header beats Stevenage and sends Maidstone into the second round of the FA Cup to face Wrexham.

Rochester and Strood: What's at stake?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:03
The BBC's Chris Mason looks at what impact the Rochester and Strood by-election result could have on the parties.

Polls close in Rochester and Strood

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:01
The polls close in the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent - as UKIP hopes to gain its second elected Westminster MP.

Journalists challenge police files

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:00
The comedian and activist Mark Thomas and five others are launching legal action against the Metropolitan Police for keeping them under surveillance.

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