National / International News

Micro-machines journey inside animal

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:55
In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic machines have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time.

Cameroon punished for taking on Boko Haram

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:51
The new kidnappings in Cameroon by Nigeria's Boko Haram militants suggest the crisis is increasingly becoming a regional one, the BBC's Will Ross in Lagos reports.

Athletes at fault finds drugs panel

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:49
Gareth Warburton and Rhys Williams were at fault or negligent says drugs panel report published into failed doping tests.

Redknapp to stay as QPR manager

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:47
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes says Harry Redknapp will remain as the struggling Premier League club's manager.

Tear gas at Kenya playground protest

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:41
Kenyan police fire tear gas at pupils of a Nairobi government school protesting about the sale of their playground to a private developer.

Saint Laurent fashion to go on show

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:34
The first major UK exhibition on the fashion of Yves Saint Laurent is to be staged at the Bowes Museum in County Durham later this year.

VIDEO: Mosque letters 'absolutely right'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:34
Prime Minister David Cameron defends a letter signed by ministers urging Muslim leaders to explain how Islam "can be part of British identity".

Life on the road - Kvitova's diary

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:25
Petra Kvitova talks about life on the road with Team Petra in the Wimbledon champion's first BBC Sport column.

Plane comes off airport runway

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:20
An aircraft with 47 passengers and two crew onboard comes off the runway at Inverness Airport.

VIDEO: Top Argentine prosecutor found dead

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:11
An Argentine federal prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up has been found dead at his home in Buenos Aires.

Saudis 'can cope' with low oil price

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:09
Saudi Arabia can cope with low oil prices for "at least eight years", Saudi Arabia's petroleum minister's former senior adviser has told the BBC.

New Haitian government announced

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:07
Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced the formation of a new government which is to be sworn in on Monday.

Growth industry: Preparing for a cyber attack

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

The U.S. and the U.K. plan to conduct cyber war-game exercises with each other later this year through a staged attack on the financial sector. The move is a first for the two countries even though simulated attacks are used often in private industry when companies concerned about becoming targets of hackers look to bolster their digital defenses. But the goals of businesses and nations differ.

"The government is more interested in infiltration and defensiveness than it is about process or remediation," says Joe Loomis, CEO of CyberSponse.

According to Loomis, the list of things private companies test for during cyber-attack simulations includes deciding what to do first after an attack, figuring out what data should be collected, determining how people in the company will communicate and checking to see if the network is compromised.

While cyber security is a growth industry, not enough businesses are running simulations, Loomis says.

"Companies have been doing terribly because they haven't been testing," says Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer of Co3 Systems. "Companies are realizing that this has been a hole in their security."

Global spending on information security is expected to grow 8 percent this year to $77 billion, according to research firm Gartner. The cost of digital crime is estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Resurgent U.S. economy to star at global summit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

The global corporate and political elite descend upon Davos, Switzerland, once again Wednesday for the annual economic summit.

This year, much of the talk will focus on the resurgent U.S. economy. The World Bank’s top economist has called it the “single engine” in the global economy.

Still, Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute of International Economics in Washington, D.C., says this year the American economy is simply winning a global “least ugly contest.”

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Addressing the obstacles facing female CEOs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

From time to time, one of America's top entrepreneurs stops in — Jules Pieri is CEO of the Grommet, a site that helps launch other companies' new products.

Pieri joined us to talk about obstacles facing female CEOs; why they suffer higher rates of depression, and how to combat the statistic.

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Davos participants gather amidst turmoil and growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

The global corporate and political elite descend upon Davos once again Wednesday, for the annual economic summit.

This year, much of the talk will focus on the resurgent U.S. economy. The World Bank’s top economist has called it the “single engine” in the global economy.

Still, Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute of International Economics, says this year the American economy is simply winning a global “least ugly contest.”

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So, who's behind the online black market Silk Road?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind Silk Road — the online marketplace that used bitcoin for transactions — is on trial this week. Ulbricht’s defense: he was set up by the real Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR, the site’s mysterious founder and administrator.

Who would that be? Mark Karpeles, according to the defense. That’s the former owner of Mt. Gox, a bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt in 2014.

Sarah Jeong, a tech policy journalist who has been writing about the case, says the defense is leaning on the fact that Karpeles had been a prime suspect at one point. She also says Jared Der-Yeghiayan, the agent from the Department of Homeland Security who arrested Ulbricht, is the one who suspected Karpeles.

Ulbricht doesn’t deny that he was involved. In fact, when he was arrested, he was logged into Silk Road on the account “Mastermind,” which showed the site’s finances in detail. But the defense is now claiming Ulbricht founded the site only as “an economic experiment," and that he later “handed it over to others” who lured him back to take the fall.

“The timeline is very odd,” says Jeong. “The same DHS agent who helped arrest Ross, who was undercover as a Silk Road moderator ... less than two months before he participated in arresting Ross Ulbricht, he swore in an affidavit that he had probable cause to believe that Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt. Gox was Dread Pirate Roberts. That is really strange.”

States play catch-up with sand mining

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

Fracking for oil and gas consumes about 100 billion pounds of sand every year, much of it from a few Midwestern states. The sand industry has grown faster than regulators can keep up in Wisconsin, which has more sand mines than any other state. Fines for pollution are modest, many mines have not received full inspections, and the state has failed to update its permit for sand mines, even though the old terms expired last year.

In December 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Justice settled its biggest case involving pollution from a sand mine. A company called Preferred Sands admitted to multiple air and water-pollution violations at a site in Trempealeau County. Most vividly, after a spring storm, discharge from the Preferred site went across a road and into a nearby home.

“This sort of mass of sandy, sludgy stuff literally went through an Amish family’s living room,” recalls Pat Malone, a University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension professor who works with local government. “I mean, it’s like waking up in the middle of the night going, ‘I don’t think I’d like to swim!’”

Six inches of discharge blocked the road. Workers spent three days clearing it. But given sand mining’s scale, the fine doesn’t seem very big: $200,000. Six months after the settlement, an investment firm put $680 million into Preferred Sands.

The pace of inspections appears slow. The state Department of Natural Resources says that at last count, just 37 percent of all active mines had gotten full inspections since mid-2013. It hopes to inspect the rest by July.

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout represents Trempealeau County. Asked if she thinks the state is understaffed, she says, “That is an understatement. The state is woefully understaffed.”

The department has enough people, says Deb Dix, who describes herself as the contact person for industrial sand mining at the DNR. However, she says, the state can’t do everything some people would like.

“We are governed by the authority given to us by the legislature,” she says. “I know, that sounds like trying-to-avoid, but it’s not. We have certain authorities for what we can and can’t do.”

One of the department’s responsibilities is to review the terms of permits for sand mines. The most recent terms predate the frac sand explosion — they were written for gravel pits — and staff decided to rewrite them, says Water Division Administrator Russ Rasmussen.

Meanwhile, the old ones expired last spring. New rules haven’t come out yet, but the department has issued some permits under the old ones; an arrangement that Rasmussen describes as “a gray legal area.”

 

Inviting a cyber attack

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 02:00

The U.S. and the U.K. plan to conduct cyber war game exercises with each other later this year with a staged attack on the financial sector. It's the first time the two countries have conducted such an exercise, but simulated attacks are used often in private industry where companies concerned about becoming targets of hackers look to bolster their digital defenses. But the goals of businesses and nations differ.

"The government is more interested in infiltration and defensiveness than it is about process or remediation," says Joe Loomis, CEO of CyberSponse.

Loomis says among the things private companies test when they run cyber attack simulations are: "As soon as you're attacked, what are you going to do first ... what data are you going to collect ... how are we going to communicate ... if the network's compromised."

While cyber security is an industry in growth mode, Loomis says there are still not enough businesses running simulations.

"Companies have been doing terribly because they haven't been testing," says Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer Co3 Systems. "So, I think companies are realizing that this has been a hole in their security."

Global spending on all information security is expected to grow eight percent this year to $77 billion, according to research firm Gartner. The cost of digital crime is estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Battle for Donetsk airport rages on

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 01:54
Rebels in eastern Ukraine reject the government's claim that its troops recaptured most of Donetsk airport, as fighting continues.

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