National / International News

US Secret Service is too 'insular'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:49
The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.

Record 500,000 started university

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:47
Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.

Shrink ship bubbles ‘for climate fix’

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:26
Shrinking the bubbles generated by ships could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Testing Skype's real-time translator

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:16
Microsoft has launched a test version of the Skype Translator which decodes conversations in Spanish and English in near real time.

Quiz of the year pt 1: Who said that?

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:14
Do you remember who said what from 2014?

'Teen terror' and 'Xmas costs less' - the papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The West's struggle to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State militants features in some papers, while others are gearing up for Christmas festivities.

VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

Global debt: How worried should we be?

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:10
The BBC's Andrew Walker considers how big a problem global debt really is.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:09
Did Vladimir Putin gamble on high oil prices lasting for ever?

Budapest's underground escape craze

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:01
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

EU 'needs united strategy' on Russia

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:59
The European Union needs a "united strategy" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:57
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:47

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

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How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:25

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to oil historian Char Miller about Los Angeles' role in greasing America's economy with oil.

In 1892, the first oil well in Los Angeles was drilled and started an oil rush that first launched the city.

“I think the oil industry has really faded in Los Angeles in terms of its presence. You look up at old photos of Huntington and Seal Beach, up Santa Monica beaches until the '50s… they were littered with oil derricks," Miller says. "It was the symbol of the city and that’s all disappeared.”

Oil drilling is still going on though. About 3,000 densely placed pumps are still working underground, but the landscape of the city makes the oil industry invisible.

“The culture of the United States is driven by oil. The built landscape is created because of petroleum," Miller says. "And so Los Angeles, at once in its sprawl and its density is the perfect example of the petrol economy.”  

How an oil rush made LA

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:25

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to oil historian Char Miller about Los Angeles' role in greasing America's economy with oil.

In 1892, the first oil well in Los Angeles was drilled and started an oil rush which launched the beginnings of the city.

“I think the oil industry has really faded in Los Angeles in terms of its presence. You look up at old photos of Huntington and Seal Beach, up Santa Monica beaches until the 50s… they were littered with oil derricks," Miller says. "It was the symbol of the city and that’s all disappeared.”

Oil drilling is still going on though. There are 3,000 densely placed pumps still working underground, but the landscape of the city makes the oil industry invisible.

“The culture of the United States is driven by oil. The built landscape is created because of petroleum," Miller says. "And so Los Angeles, at once in its sprawl and its density is the perfect example of the petrol economy.”  

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:14
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:08

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:58
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

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