National / International News

Panama Canal work stops in cost row

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 10:30
The Spanish-led consortium working on a project to widen the Panama Canal confirms work has been suspended amid a row over cost overruns.

Wine Wisdom With A Wink: A Slacker's Guide To Selecting Vino

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 10:29

Bewildered in the wine aisle or staring at a wine menu? A cheeky infographic offers solid advice on getting the most bang for your buck, whether you're looking for wines to cook, date or get drunk with.

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Far Out Photo: Earth As 'Evening Star' Over Mars

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 10:09

The Curiosity rover has sent back an image that shows a tiny bright dot over the Mars horizon. It's Earth. Compare that to other famous photos of our planet taken from space.

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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:54
US military dogs are senior to their handlers and more nuggets

ICC opens CAR war crime probe

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:46
The ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says she has opened a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in the Central African Republic.

Evans into maiden ATP Tour semi-final

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:46
Briton Dan Evans reaches his first ATP Tour semi-final as he beats third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Zagreb Indoors.

Friday's gossip column

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:46
Chelsea interested in Liverpool's Suarez, Martinez on Arsenal list, Chelsea's Cole set to leave, plus more.

4 Gay Activists Arrested In Russia As Olympics Kick Off

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:38

The activists unfurled a banner quoting the Olympic Charter's ban on discrimination. Preceding the Olympics, Russia passed a ban on gay "propaganda."

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Man arrested after firearms search

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:36
A man is arrested after a police search for unlawfully-held firearms in a Gwynedd village.

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh To Replace Sen. Max Baucus

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:35

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed his number two, John Walsh, to serve out the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who was confirmed Thursday as U.S. ambassador to China. The appointment gives Walsh a brief incumbency advantage going into an expected tough fall battle.

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Cameron: Seven months to save UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:31
David Cameron urges the rest of the UK to tell Scots to reject independence in an emotional speech - but Alex Salmond accuses the PM of being scared to take part in a debate with him.

PODCAST: January jobs report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:30

The government's closely watched employment report for January looked very weak this morning. There were just 113,000 extra jobs recorded, when professional forecasters, already aware of the bad weather, were expecting something closer to 180,000.  Yet, the government found the labor force expanded slightly and the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent. Some of the difference here may be that the first survey comes from the government asking businesses: how many people you got on your payroll. And second is from the government calling people at home asking, who's working?

And, we talk to an actual human being behind the government statistics on the labor market that were released today. Last fall, we spoke to Maureen Cunningham, who at 51 recently moved to Florida, when her husband retired. Before the move, she'd arranged to keep doing a version of old job from the new location. But now she's stuck looking for work again and we wanted to check in.

Also, there will be some useful fine print when the Federal Reserve today releases what it calls it's G-19 Consumer Credit report. This obscure calculation will tellsus a couple of things: including how much credit is being extended to consumers, and how much debt we are collectively carrying. Marketplace's Noel King has more on how much debt is too much.

Forward guidance to be modified

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:29
The Governor of the Bank of England will next week unveil a changed framework for providing reassurance that interest rates are unlikely to be increased sharply any time soon.

West Ham fail with Carroll appeal

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:21
An independent tribunal upholds West Ham striker Andy Carroll's three-match suspension after the club threatened legal action.

Why I don't tweet

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:20
In which Adam Gopnik confesses his reluctance to participate in social media, but denies it has anything to do with technophobia.

Al-Madinah to end secondary classes

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:14
Secondary education at the troubled Al-Madinah free school in Derby will stop at the end of the summer term, the government announces.

Fraud ex-MP says 'I am like Roache'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:10
Former MP Denis MacShane compares himself to Coronation Street star William Roache as he is released from jail after serving six weeks of a six-month sentence for expenses fraud.

Budweiser ends FA Cup sponsorship

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:09
The Football Association confirms it is looking for a new sponsor for the FA Cup as Budweiser decides not to renew its £9m-a-year deal.

The Loop: Pip pip cheerio

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:08
Welcome to the Loop, the Magazine's weekly letters column, including the best of your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 09:08

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.

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