National / International News

Plane battery ban over safety concern

BBC - 17 hours 41 min ago
United Airlines has announced that it will no longer carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries as new tests reveal they could cause fires.

VIDEO: Weasel on bird photo 'extraordinary'

BBC - 17 hours 45 min ago
Wildlife expert and BBC presenter Lucy Cooke explains what an extraordinary feat it was to have captured a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker.

Labour backs 'Turing' gay pardon law

BBC - 17 hours 49 min ago
Labour would pass a law, in memory of Alan Turing, to enable pardons for gay men convicted under historical indecency laws, if it wins in May.

VIDEO: Pebble launches smart straps scheme

BBC - 17 hours 49 min ago
Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is launching a programme for third-party developers to make sensor-equipped straps for its latest devices.

New Higgs detection 'closes circle’

BBC - 17 hours 54 min ago
Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.

'Pietersen needs to prove desire'

BBC - 17 hours 59 min ago
Former England captain Michael Vaughan challenges Kevin Pietersen to "prove" that he wants to play for England again.

NI air tax likely to remain in place

BBC - 18 hours 8 sec ago
An economic report for the executive says there is not a strong enough case for abolishing a £13 tax on the majority of flights out of Northern Ireland.

Day in pictures: 3 March 2015

BBC - 18 hours 2 min ago
Images from around the world: 3 March

With Iran's Help, Iraqi Force Pushes Toward ISIS-Held Tikrit

NPR News - 18 hours 14 min ago

A local source says that Iran, which has already been aiding Iraq with artillery and intelligence support, has sent fighters to help take Tikrit.

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Bank flags market abuse issues

BBC - 18 hours 21 min ago
The Bank of England has flagged 50 instances of potential market abuse following a shake up of how it operates.

Golf lake accident man critical

BBC - 18 hours 30 min ago
A man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after a vehicle rolled into a lake at the Celtic Manor Resort golf course in Newport.

Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

BBC - 18 hours 36 min ago
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on medical advice.

Wigan chairman Whelan steps down

BBC - 18 hours 42 min ago
Dave Whelan resigns from his position as chairman of Wigan Athletic but will remain as owner of the Championship club.

LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction

NPR News - 18 hours 43 min ago

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are calling for calm and patience, as three investigations are underway into the police killing of a homeless man Sunday.

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Lawyer assassinated in Mozambique

BBC - 18 hours 46 min ago
A prominent lawyer at the centre of a debate over Mozambique's constitution dies after being shot outside a cafe in the capital, Maputo.

Fierce clashes around Iraq's Tikrit

BBC - 18 hours 48 min ago
Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials say.

Formal end to NI child heart surgery

BBC - 18 hours 48 min ago
Northern Ireland's health minister has formally accepted proposals for a single, all-Ireland children's heart surgery centre, based in Dublin.

Hillary Clinton's email isn't necessarily insecure

Marketplace - American Public Media - 18 hours 55 min ago

In the controversies over Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email address for official correspondence as U.S. Secretary of State, one theme has been the question of whether, in doing so, she created a security risk. 

As important as records maintenance is, the possible lack of proper security/encryption is most troubling

— Nolan McCarty (@Nolan_Mc) March 3, 2015

However, Hillary Clinton wasn’t a typical worker using gmail to avoid a little hassle. She had her own email system. And unofficial doesn’t have to mean unsafe.

"Just the fact it’s not part of the government’s email system doesn’t mean its insecure," says Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute, which studies cyber-security.

Big institutions, with robust security budgets — think Target or Sony — haven't been immune from cyber-attacks.

Poneman says someone with enough money and motivation could create a good system. And smaller systems have advantages: Fewer users means fewer people who could slip up and compromise security.

"It could be very secure and make it harder for the bad guy to actually find it," says Poneman. "Because it's small, it becomes — not invisible, but it's not as easy to find it and basically do bad things."

PODCAST: The placebo (and price) effect

Marketplace - American Public Media - 18 hours 55 min ago

Yesterday, for the first time in 15 years, the NASDAQ composite closed above 5000. So what? Plus, the battle to be the smartest smart phone in the smart pay world. Apple is there. Now comes Samsung with its new GalaxyS6 with Samsung Pay. And, it could have an edge. Game on. And the placebo effect has always been a bit of a mystery to science. Give patients a pill filled with sugar or in this case -an injection of saline- but tell them it's medicine and a percentage of them will report feeling better. Now, a recent study in a handful of Parkinson's patients suggests you can boost the effects of the placebo even further by telling patients the drug costs a lot of money. 

India's Maharashtra state bans beef

BBC - 18 hours 55 min ago
The Indian president approves a bill which bans slaughter of cows and sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.