National / International News

Court Stays Decision Striking Down Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 16:05

The appeals court decision puts a halt to gay marriages in the state pending an appeal of the lower court ruling.

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Metallica 'stay sober' for Glastonbury

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:50
Metallica's Lars Ulrich on the downsides of playing Glastonbury

The story of Brazil's 'sacred jersey'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:33
How Brazil came to wear its iconic golden yellow shirt

VIDEO: 111 cyclists perform in convoy

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:27
Eine Brise is a composition specifically designed to be played by 111 cyclists. It was recently used to open the Harwich Arts Festival.

'Citizen science' hits 50-year mark

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:20
The Biological Records Centre, which supports more than 80 of the UK's wildlife recording societies and schemes, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

UK facing 'major' sperm shortage

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:07
The UK is facing a major sperm shortage that may be tempting fertility clinics to accept poorer quality sperm, the British Fertility Society warns.

Increased protection for war wrecks

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:04
The huge number of ships sunk in World War One are to be offered increased protection under a UN agreement.

Dozens of fish killed in Glenavy

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:56
A number of fish have been found dead in the Glenavy River, County Antrim.

Ukraine Extends Cease-Fire With Pro-Russia Separatists

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:56

A hiatus in fighting was set to expire Friday, but Kiev says it's extending the deadline for three days.

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Woods misses cut in comeback event

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:48
Tiger Woods misses the cut as his comeback from injury ends prematurely at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

VIDEO: Century since death of Franz Ferdinand

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:38
The 28 June 2014 marks 100 years to the day since a young Serb nationalist shot dead the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Armed Drones Over Baghdad To Protect U.S. Forces, Pentagon Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:25

The decision to arm some of the unmanned planes flying over the city was made to protect American advisers deployed to assess the security situation.

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Ukraine extends ceasefire for east

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:18
Ukrainian President Poroshenko extends a week-long truce with pro-Russian rebels in the east for three days, hours after signing a landmark EU deal.

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:12

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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GM recalls 428,000 more US vehicles

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:10
General Motors is recalling nearly half a million vehicles in the US amid concerns over faulty air bags and other issues, the company says.

VIDEO: Meriam Ibrahim takes refuge in US Embassy

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:09
A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for marrying a Christian was overturned has been released from detention and has taken refuge in the US Embassy in Khartoum.

Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 13:52

After trying out online balloting in elections in 2011 and 2013, Oslo has concluded that it didn't improve turnout and might undermine the democratic process.

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Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-27 13:35

Europeans throw away about 90 million tons of food each year. A new German website aims to ratchet that number down a bit by connecting people with leftovers to spare with people who could use them.

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Are European banks feeling more heat than U.S. ones?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-27 13:26

According to the New York Times and other reports, next week the European bank BNP Paribas will pay almost $9 billion in penalties to U.S. regulators and plead guilty to criminal charges. That follows other recent actions against bankers at Credit Suisse. But why are actions like these seemingly so infrequent?

"It's not that the regulators are only focusing on the European banks. I think you could make the a strong case that the penalties that they're seeking are may be a little bit disproportionate to the crimes, at least if you compare them to how much as a share of profits the American banks are having to pay," says Cardiff Garcia with the blog FT Alphaville. "But I don't think it's that the regulators are singling out the Europeans. I think this is more just that the regulators sense a few issues where they can take some scalps and so they're going for it."

"It's kind of the shareholders, in many cases, that have been held to account and not so much the actual people who are making the bad-guy decisions," adds Catherine Rampell, a columnist and blogger for the Washington Post. "And I think that has a lot of people very angry and understandably so."

Bank penalties weren't the only thing being discussed on Wall Street this week, even though the business world slowed down as we approach the July 4 holiday. A terrible GDP report out this week had many wondering about economic growth in the U.S., especially earlier this year.

"Certainly things looked a lot worse in the end than they started in the beginning," says Rampell. "It could turn out that the quarter was better actually than we thought.... and there are a lot of other data points in the U.S. economy that demonstrate that actually we're doing better than the GDP number, at face value, suggests."

And what about all the American attention paid to the 2014 World Cup and the U.S. men's national soccer team?

" We're all just exciteable enough to get into it while the U.S. is winning, and yet the minute we lose or we get knocked out," Garcia says, "we'll just say, oh well, whatever, it's just soccer anyways."

Are European banks feeling more heat than U.S. ones?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-27 13:26

According to the New York Times and other reports, next week the European bank BNP Paribas will pay almost $9 billion in penalties to U.S. regulators and plead guilty to criminal charges. That follows other recent actions against bankers at Credit Suisse. But why are actions like these seemingly so infrequent?

"It's not that the regulators are only focusing on the European banks. I think you could make the a strong case that the penalties that they're seeking are may be a little bit disproportionate to the crimes, at least if you compare them to how much as a share of profits the American banks are having to pay," says Cardiff Garcia with the blog FT Alphaville. "But I don't think it's that the regulators are singling out the Europeans. I think this is more just that the regulators sense a few issues where they can take some scalps and so they're going for it."

"It's kind of the shareholders, in many cases, that have been held to account and not so much the actual people who are making the bad-guy decisions," adds Catherine Rampell, a columnist and blogger for the Washington Post. "And I think that has a lot of people very angry and understandably so."

Bank penalties weren't the only thing being discussed on Wall Street this week, even though the business world slowed down as we approach the July 4 holiday. A terrible GDP report out this week had many wondering about economic growth in the U.S., especially earlier this year.

"Certainly things looked a lot worse in the end than they started in the beginning," says Rampell. "It could turn out that the quarter was better actually than we thought.... and there are a lot of other data points in the U.S. economy that demonstrate that actually we're doing better than the GDP number, at face value, suggests."

And what about all the American attention paid to the 2014 World Cup and the U.S. men's national soccer team?

" We're all just exciteable enough to get into it while the U.S. is winning, and yet the minute we lose or we get knocked out," Garcia says, "we'll just say, oh well, whatever, it's just soccer anyways."

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