National / International News

Is Ben Stokes England's new hero?

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:57
After his century and bowling inspire a thrilling win over New Zealand at Lord's, have England found a new hero in Ben Stokes?

Premier League best in the world? Season's key stats

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:54
Who ran the furthest? Who got the best value for money? Which managers made the biggest impact? BBC Sport looks at the season's key numbers.

Banking stocks weigh on FTSE 100

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:50
The FTSE 100 falls, with worries over the eurozone hitting banking shares following gains for anti-austerity parties in Spanish local elections.

Man admits caravan park murder

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:39
A man pleads guilty to murdering 17-year-old Conner Marshall in an attack at a caravan park.

FCA seeks £80m 'death bond' fines

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:38
Three men are facing fines of nearly £80m from the City regulator for misleading thousands of investors into buying so-called "death bonds".

At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

NPR News - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:18

From Houston to Dallas and into Oklahoma torrential rains led to violent floods, which killed at least five and left 12 missing in Texas. The bad news? More rain is in the forecast.

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Bournemouth sign goalkeeper Boruc

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:16
Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc signs a one-year deal at promoted Bournemouth after his release from Southampton.

Charter takes over Time Warner Cable

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:16
Charter Communications agrees to buy Time Warner Cable media giant in a cash and shares deal worth $78.7bn.

Sectarian graffiti sprayed on church

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:15
Police are investigating an incident of sectarian graffiti sprayed on a Catholic church in West Lothian over the weekend.

Boy guilty of Austrian terror plot

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:13
A 14-year-old boy is convicted of terrorism offences in Austria, including a bomb plot potentially targeting a railway station in Vienna.

'Stop treating cups as distraction'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:13
Former Newcastle captain and BBC pundit Alan Shearer on what the future holds for the Magpies after a season to forget.

VIDEO: What is the Queen's Speech?

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:10
Ellie Price delivers a quick guide to the Queen's Speech.

Internet used by 3.2 billion in 2015

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:09
Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

UK retail sales 'bounding ahead'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:09
Retail sales growth accelerated strongly in the year to May, according to a survey from the CBI.

Jony Ive's promotion

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:05
The man behind the design ideas that made Apple the world's richest company has got a new job.

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

NPR News - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:03

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.

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India heatwave toll nears 800

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:02
The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India reaches nearly 800 with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas.

PODCAST: Beers and board games

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:00

The guy behind the guy at Apple gets a promotion. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explains. Plus, Bernie Sanders officially kicks off his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency on Tuesday. The senator from Vermont describes himself as a “Democratic Socialist”.  We report that while some see socialism as an improbable platform for a U.S. presidential run, socialist candidates have done better than one might think historically. And there are a handful of these types of pubs starting to open up around the country.  They are basically a bar where you can play board games, video games, party games, etc. and they’re part of what seems to be a growing industry around gaming and broader nerd culture.

Charter moves to acquire Time Warner Cable

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-05-26 03:00

Charter Communication and Time Warner Cable announced today that the two cable providers plan to merge merge in a $55 billion deal that values Time Warner Cable at nearly $79 billion

Charter is also buying a smaller provider, Bright House Networks, which has 2.5 million customers. The three companies combined under the Charter banner will have roughly 24 million customers — just under the 27 million customers of rival Comcast.

Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, says a larger Charter “can negotiate more favorable terms with broadcasters,” possibly creating savings.

“They’re going to argue this is really great for consumers,” says Rob Frieden, a professor of telecommunications and law at Penn State University. But, Frieden predicts that the new competitive landscape would stymie a possible “maverick” company from emerging.

“You also have a situation where two operators control 80 percent of the broadband marketplace,” he says.

The deal may go more smoothly than the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, partly because Charter could now serve as a competitive check to Comcast.

Chester returns for Belgium game

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-26 02:58
Defenders James Chester, Paul Dummett and Adam Matthews are included in the Wales squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.