National / International News

Botham helps launch salmon season

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 06:16
The salmon season gets under way on some of Scotland's rivers, with new measures designed to stop the decline of spring salmon and sea trout.

Travel warning for 100,000 fans

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 06:13
Some 100,000 fans heading to major rugby and football matches in Cardiff are being urged to plan their travel carefully.

O'Brien burden 'must be shared'

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:58
Ireland's entire pack must shoulder the "unbelievable" burden carried by absent Sean O'Brien, says coach Joe Schmidt.

VIDEO: Philippines typhoons inspire musical

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:50
A musical about the devastating effects of flooding in the Philippines has opened in Manila.

Morsi in court over protest deaths

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:39
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appears in court in the capital, Cairo, for trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters.

Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:38

The men videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

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Sudan orders Red Cross to halt work

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:24
The Red Cross is told to suspend its work in conflict-hit Sudan, with officials citing "technical issues relating to its humanitarian plans".

Umar Akmal arrested after warden row

BBC - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:21
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal is arrested in Lahore after being accused of assaulting a police warden.

Tainted Heroin Warnings Blanket Pa. As Overdose Deaths Swell

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Pennsylvania public health officials say at least 22 have died from using heroin laced with a more powerful drug called fentanyl.

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British Royal Household Needs To Beef Up Reserves

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

The British royal family is in financial trouble, according to a report by members of the British Parliament. Castles are crumbling and the family is down to its last million in reserves. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with London correspondent Ari Shapiro about ways in which the royals could bring in more money.

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State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

The Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal cleared a significant hurdle Friday. The State Department concluded the project would not significantly worsen the problem of climate change. The decision has angered environmentalists, who don't want the project to go through.

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Ex-Aide: Christie Knew About Lane Closures As They Happened

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Former Port Authority Director David Wildstein says there's evidence to show that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge while they were in place. Christie has said he didn't know about the politically motivated closures until later, as Monmouth University Polling Institute's Patrick Murray tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Republicans Retreat To Regroup On Immigration, Debt Ceiling

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

A year ago, House Speaker John Boehner used a Republican retreat to make peace with the Tea Party caucus. This week's retreat saw Boehner bring up for discussion two divisive issues — the debt ceiling and immigration — with much more self-assurance. Political correspondent David Welna joins NPR's Scott Simon to explain the transformation.

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Obama Pushes Employers To Consider The Long-Term Jobless

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Long-term unemployment is one of America's most pressing problems, with 4 million people out of work for six months or more. That number has remained stubbornly high, even as the overall unemployment rate has fallen. President Obama met with business leaders at the White House on Friday and urged them not to overlook qualified job applicants just because they've been out of work for a while.

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U.S. Figure Skaters Are Underdogs In These Games

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are just days away, and some 230 athletes will be representing the United States. Representing team NPR is Sonari Glinton. He gives NPR's Scott Simon a rundown of who to watch on the ice.

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Foreigners Still Vulnerable To NSA Snooping

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Mikko Hypponen is a "white hat" hacker in Finland who breaks into security systems to test network safety. Hypponen tells NPR's Guy Raz of the TED Radio Hour that Americans may be protected under NSA reforms, but foreigners like himself aren't.

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Finding The Sum Of True Love On The 88th Try

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Mathematician Chris McKinlay wasn't having any luck finding love, so he used an algorithm to crack the dating website OkCupid. After a mountain of data mining and more than 80 first dates, he finally met his fiancée.

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The High Cost Of Testing For College

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

You think college is expensive? How about the cost of SAT and AP tests? Ben Tonelli, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal complaining about the costs. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tonelli about the sticker shock.

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Will A Military Leader Become Egypt's New Strongman?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 05:00

Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rose to power swiftly after the Arab Spring ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. Al-Sisi, who is the head of Egypt's military, appears to be next in line for the presidency. Middle East expert Samer Shehata tells NPR's Scott Simon that Egyptians find another military leader reassuring, but his election wouldn't bode well for democracy.

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Kerry: 'Disturbing' Trend Of Authoritarianism In Eastern Europe

NPR News - Sat, 2014-02-01 04:57

The secretary of state singled out Ukraine as an example of a growing trend of governments willing to "trample the ambitions" of their people.

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