National / International News

Pakistan rally marches on parliament

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 11:16
Anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan advance towards parliament, using wire-cutters and cranes to breach a designated secure "red zone".

150 years of college football

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-19 11:11

Even if you aren’t much of a football fan, you have to admit that there's something special about a Saturday afternoon and college football. Maybe it’s the whole excuse-for-quality time-on-the-couch thing, or maybe it comes down to the pizza and chicken wings. But, there's definitely something about the excitement of it all that makes millions of Americans look forward to it every week.

"No other nation in the world can even fathom the notion of attaching a prominent moneymaking athletic operation to a university," says Michael Weinreb, author of "Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games". "The fact that college football has existed for nearly 150 years, and the fact that it remains one of the most popular sports in America, must say something about who we are."

Weinreb says college football represents America’s evolution politically and culturally, from race to economic status.

"Everything we argue about in America is essentially in there in the mix in college football," says Weinreb.

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

Fresh unrest shakes riot-hit US town

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 11:08
US police and protesters clash again in Ferguson, Missouri, as President Barack Obama urges calm over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager.

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 11:01

In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Lehman bankers win pensions battle

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:38
More than 2,400 former Lehman Brothers bankers will have their pensions paid in full following a six-year legal battle.

NY weighs charges in chokehold death

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:37
A New York grand jury weighs criminal charges against a police officer in the death of a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold.

Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:35

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

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Exiled SA writer's remains go home

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:31
The remains of renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in the US in 1965, are returned to South Africa for reburial.

VIDEO: Women 'duped in dating site fraud'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:22
Four people have gone on trial accused of conning a number of women out of tens of thousands of pounds through an internet dating agency,

Calls to reinstate Trojan heads

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:17
Three head teachers who left schools in Birmingham involved in the alleged Trojan Horse plot should be reinstated or given compensation, a union says.

'Nurse ratio' key to stroke survival

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:00
The number of nurses available at weekends - but not the frequency of doctors' ward rounds - affects stroke survival, according to a recent study.

VIDEO: Life as a 'little person' in a big city

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:44
The online hit showing prejudice against dwarfism

Venezuela arrests 13 for smuggling

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:39
Venezuela says it has made 13 arrests and seized tonnes of food since launching a major anti-smuggling operation along its border with Colombia.

VIDEO: McIlroy takes on ice bucket challenge

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:39
One Northern Ireland couple has a novel take on the ice bucket challenge, the latest internet craze involving people pouring cold water over themselves and posting their videos online.

Ebola drug-test doctors 'recovering'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:25
Three doctors in Liberia with Ebola who have taken an experimental drug are showing remarkable signs of improvement, a minister says.

Tornado fighters collide in Italy

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:22
Two Italian military fighter jets collide and crash during a training exercise near Ascoli and the four people on board are reported missing.

Google removes 12 BBC News links

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:17
Google has now removed a total of 12 BBC News stories from some search results in response to controversial EU "right to be forgotten" laws.

To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 09:17

Food prices are higher at the grocery store this summer, thanks to drought in Texas and California. But at least the drive to the store won't cost as much: Gasoline prices have been falling lately.

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VIDEO: Farage offers couple 'mega apology'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 08:53
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has visited a Thai constituent to apologise after one of the party's MEPs described her as a "ting tong from somewhere".

Coach crashes down ditch on M5

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 08:52
A coach carrying 53 adults and children on a trip to the seaside crashes down a ditch off the M5 near Stroud, Gloucestershire.
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