National / International News

VIDEO: Pistorius message on anniversary

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:30
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has spoken of his sorrow over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp exactly a year ago.

NME sales dip below 20,000 copies

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:29
Relaunched music title NME records its lowest sales figures yet as Good Housekeeping becomes the top women's monthly, according to ABC magazine circulation figures.

Glasgow rapist 'in Netherlands'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:23
Some of the UK's most wanted men thought to be on the run in the Netherlands are named by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

VIDEO: Do French labour laws harm economy?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:21
There are calls to reform the French labour market to boost the economy, as Nigel Cassidy reports.

New art find 'bigger than Munich'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:16
Paintings found at the Austrian home of a collector suspected of handling Nazi loot are even more significant than those found at his Munich flat, his lawyer says.

VIDEO: PM: 'Flood rumours are not true'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 02:12
Prime Minister David Cameron has told the BBC that a "massive national effort" is under way as stormy weathers returns to the UK.

VIDEO: Website matches singles wanting kids

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:59
A Danish website, which aims to hook up singletons anxious to start a family, eliminates "time-wasters" who are not interested in having children.

Cliff and Morrissey: Is it really so strange?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:57
Cliff and Morrissey are playing a concert together - but is it such an unlikely musical pairing?

President Obama could make it rain in California

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:49

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, California in order to help find answers to the statewide drought that has intensified the battle over who should get access to much-needed water in one of the country's largest states.

Farmers need water for their crops; fish need it because, well, they're fish; and the public needs it for various important things, too (like drinking and washing). While droughts have ooccured many times in California's history, a solution to prevent droughts has yet to be found and implemented. But there are still ways the government can provide relief, both in the short and long term. 

Federal assistance could be provided to farm laborers who are out of a job because of the drought as well as to farmers to help their businesses cover costs associated with lost crops and a lack of projected income, but that still doesn't solve the problem of the lack of water for other uses (see: fish, people).

"The federal government can't make it rain, but they can make it rain money," says Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. "Not to disappoint," Mount told Marketplace, "but it's mostly small-ball stuff that the federal government can do. Frankly, there's just not enough water here to go around no matter what."

Here's a longer-term solution: What the federal government can do to increase the water supply is invest in technology that captures waste water and storm runoff. 

"We don't capture it, we don't reuse it and there's a huge opportunity, billions of gallons in every rain storm," says Steve Fleischli, water program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

One more thing the federal government could do, Fleischli says, is tell states that if they want to receive drought relief funds from FEMA, they will have create policies that encourage more efficient water use.

VIDEO: Child 44 author on The Farm

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:48
Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith moves his drama from Russia to Sweden in his new book, The Farm

In pictures: London lovers

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:46
Rarely seen pictures at the Museum of London

Salmond hits back in currency row

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:46
Alex Salmond accuses the three main UK parties of "bluff, bluster and bullying" over their opposition to a currency union with an independent Scotland.

Virtual Bagel, Virtual Cat - who 'likes' you?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:41
Why there are still plenty of questions over 'likers'

Waltons star Ralph Waite dies at 85

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:40
Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing John Walton Sr - Papa Walton - in the long-running US television series, has died at the age of 85.

Why the Comcast-Time Warner deal would mean layoffs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:31

The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced this week has a lot of people wondering about customers' cable bills. But what about the two companies' thousands of employees? In typical corporate speak, Comcast says the deal will create about $1.5 billion in "operating efficiencies." Translation: layoffs are coming.

The companies will still need drivers and installers and sales reps in most of the same places. As Comcast CEO Brian Roberts put it, the companies don’t even operate in the same zip codes. Instead, a lot of the cuts will come at the top, says industry analyst Jeff Kagan.

"You only need one CEO, you only need one CFO, you only need one of all of the different heads of departments," Kagan says. "So there’s plenty of room for them to cut."

That doesn't mean layoffs aren't coming further down the chain, though. More and more people are cutting the cord and watching their TV on Netflix or online.

“I can’t imagine that there won’t be some cuts even at those lower levels, because we are talking about an industry that is under some threat,” says Batia Wiesenfeld, professor of management and organizations at NYU's Stern School of Business.

Wiesenfeld says the merger – if it goes through – may just speed things up, as management makes sure the new company is as lean as it needs to be, given shrinking customer demand.

VIDEO: Facebook to increase gender options

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:27
The social network Facebook has announced that its English language users will now be able to select a custom gender for their profile page.

VIDEO: 'Celebrity' callers review political week

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:25
BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire hears from a few 'celebrity callers' in a special Valentine's programme, as she reviews the week's political news.

Power cuts continue as storm awaited

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:22
Hundreds of homes in Shropshire remain without power following storms, despite 1,100 engineers working day and night.

Thai police clear some protest sites

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:18
Police deploy in the Thai capital to clear some of the sites occupied by protesters since they kicked off their anti-government campaign.

AUDIO: 'World attentive' to London Fashion

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:13
Designer Caroline Charles speaks to the Today programme ahead of London Fashion Week.

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