National / International News

VIDEO: Blunkett: 'I was close to breakdown'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:47
The former home secretary David Blunkett tells the BBC how revelations about his private life in the News of the World almost caused him a nervous breakdown.

Student 'followed' before her murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:38
A man who may have "followed" a woman four days before she was murdered is urged to come forward by police.

VIDEO: Media scrum as Brooks leaves court

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:33
Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks leaves court having been cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:28

Democrats who didn't go to the polls for their own primary can vote in today's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination. That could boost incumbent Thad Cochran — or mobilize support for his challenger.

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U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Found Guilty

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:25

Former media executive Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all misconduct in a headline-grabbing trial revolving around tycoon Rupert Murdoch's British media empire.

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VIDEO: Balls and Osborne on Coulson verdict

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:20
The shadow chancellor tells MPs in the Commons about Andy Coulson's guilty verdicts in the phone hacking trial.

School staff lose out on redundancy

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:16
One hundred and twenty school staff, including teachers, who thought they were getting redundancy deals have now been told they must continue next term.

Fears hospital mistakes covered up

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:15
An analysis of reporting incidents shows 29 out of 141 hospital trusts in England are not registering the expected number of safety incidents.

Councillors to visit 'hobbit home'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:08
Councillors are to visit a "hobbit-style" eco house before making a decision on whether to grant retrospective planning permission.

Mental health services 'a car crash'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 04:05
Mental health services in England are "a car crash" and not prioritised by the health secretary, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists' outgoing president.

Putin 'scraps Ukraine military move'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:51
Russia's President Putin asks parliament to revoke the right of military intervention in Ukraine, where rebels have been fighting government troops.

VIDEO: Angelina Jolie joins fans in Japan

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:50
Angelina Jolie has been meeting fans in Japan as part of her worldwide tour promoting her latest film Maleficent, which is based on the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Costa quit 'for personal reasons'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:48
Helena Costa did not take up the role of head coach at French side Clermont Foot because of unspecified personal reasons.

Iraq toll 'more than 1,000 in June'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:44
More than 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq between 5 and 22 June, most of them civilians, the UN says.

VIDEO: Queen resists lure of Iron Throne

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:38
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit the set of HBO's Game of Thrones, on the second day of their visit to Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: Silent protest condemns Egypt ruling

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:30
Journalists gather around the world to protest against the seven-year jail terms given to three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

Kerry Visits Kurds To Urge A United Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:10

The Kurdish president tells Secretary of State John Kerry, "We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq." Kerry visited as a key refinery in Beiji fell to the militants after 10 days of fighting.

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Costa Rica expect England response

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:02
Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto expects eliminated England to show some pride when the sides meet in Belo Horizonte.

PODCAST: Specialty drugs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:00

Home prices are up, but not by as much as predicted - more on the context behind the numbers. Plus, a new angle on climate change is aiming to portray the issues as an economic problem. Also, 2015 will be the first year that health care costs are expected to rise since the recession. The reason? Specialty drugs. 

That's not a beach ball, it's radar equipment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 03:00

Vacations take many forms. Some even include an itinerary with a social conscience. But hotel guests at the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort are in for something entirely different.

Atop the hotel is what appears to be a very large beach ball. But upon further inspection, underneath that shiny, beachy veneer is military equipment.

More specifically, it's a rooftop station designed to receive radar signals. It also houses a secure conference room for meetings. 

To the vacationers, it's like any other resort, but to the military, it's Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5 -- The military allowed the new hotel to be built on its land to raise money in an era of tight Pentagon budgets. 

Though, guests probably won't notice anything out of the ordinary -- access to the beach ball will be limited to very few people.

At most, the giant beach ball/military base makes for an interesting photo op.



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