National / International News

Labour pledges 'democracy portal'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 13:27
A new website is needed to help people learn about the electoral process and decide how to vote, Labour MP Angela Eagle has said.

Iraq officers fired over rebel gains

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 13:25
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki dismisses senior officers for failing to halt an advance on key cities by Sunni Islamist rebels, a government statement says.

How to hide a corporate jet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-17 13:09

In March 2014, Jos. A. Bank, the men’s apparel retailer known for its big sales and splashy advertisements, was bought by its competitor Men’s Wearhouse for $65 a share.

But it turns out Jos. A. Bank didn’t advertise all of its merchandise. Jos. A. Bank leases a Dassault Falcon 2000EX – a $24 million private plane that does not show up on any of the company’s financial statements.

"I thought 'If a company had a jet, it would show up somewhere,'" says Bethany McLean, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. "But as it turns out, it’s quite common that it doesn’t, and quite legal. Although, you could ask questions about whether this is following the letter of the law and violating the spirit of the law."

How does a company get away with leasing a private jet and not entering it on their records?

"This is possible because of a company’s so-called ‘perks’ or extra compensation," says McLean. "They only have to be disclosed when they’re personal use."

Jos. A. Bank says the jet is used 100 percent for business; therefore, it doesn’t have to be disclosed as executive’s compensation. The company is headquartered in Maryland, but the jet is hangered in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the former CEO Richard Wildrick lives.

If Wildrick uses the jet for his commute to and from Jos. A. Bank headquarters, then it’s considered personal use, right?

 "It would be," says McLean. "But the company very smartly set up a little office in Palm Beach, so therefore the office to office travel is business use and doesn’t have to be disclosed."

Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 13:06

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, did little to change the political polarity of the event.

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Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:59

Before NASA's New Horizons probe visits Pluto next year, scientists hope they can find another "icy body" at the edge of the solar system for a final flyby.

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India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:57

India's transgender community is on a roll. Known as hijras, they recently won court recognition as part of a third gender. Now they're starring in a popular video urging drivers to buckle up.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Brazil 0-0 Mexico

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:55
Brazil are held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their 2014 World Cup match in Fortaleza, after an inspired performance by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Ford to return to office after rehab

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:24
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells city officials he plans to return to work after a two-month stay in rehab for treatment of substance abuse,

Four die in tanker crash on A44

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:19
Two men and two women, believed to be from the same family, die in a collision involving a tanker, car and van on the A44 near Aberystwyth, say Dyfed-Powys Police.

UK defeat looming in Juncker battle?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:17
Hint of defeat in David Cameron's words on Juncker

Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms.

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Will The Trouble In Iraq Draw U.S. And Iran Closer Together?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Thomas Erdbink of The New York Times talks to Robert Siegel about the possibility that the U.S. and Iran will cooperate in response to Iraq's unrest.

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White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders

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U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

U.S. special operations forces have captured one of the men suspected of playing a key role in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi. Ahmed Abu Khatallah has been associated with one of the militias involved in the attack that killed four Americans. Currently being held outside Libya, he will face trial in a U.S. federal court.

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Settlement Brings An Early End To Apple's Price-Fixing Case

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with states' attorneys general and a number of other complainants over e-book price fixing. Apple had been facing some $800 million in damages.

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Philly Schools Teeter On Brink Of Layoffs, Struggling For Funding

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Philadelphia's school district once again needs tens of millions of dollars to avoid layoffs. With just a few weeks left before the district approves a new budget, school leaders are asking the city, the state and labor unions for help filling a $96 million budget hole.

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Between Two Tales, Kenyans Seek Answers For Latest Attacks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

In Kenya, two recent terror attacks have killed more than 60 people. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility, but the Kenyan president is laying blame with local leaders. Kate Linthicum of The Los Angeles Times is in Nairobi, and she offers more details on the attacks and the aftermath.

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The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Deborah Amos, author of Eclipse of the Sunnis, talks about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so.

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As Isis Strengthens Hold In Northern Iraq, Violent Reprisals Begin

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Sectarian violence continues to escalate in Iraq. The militant group ISIS is maintaining its gains in the northern regions, and suspected Shiite reprisals have dozens in the city of Baaqouba.

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Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.

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