National / International News

Twitter: Little blue bird's first financial flight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:56

Today was a big day for Twitter. The company released its first earnings report since it went public and it made more money than analysts were expecting, reporting an adjusted gain of $0.02 per share.

And Twitter’s monthly active users grew to 241 million, an increase of 9 million. But the problem that Twitter has always faced from the beginning is their users and how quickly they are acquiring them. Investors are paying close attention to user growth abroad, since they expect the U.S. market to become saturated.

Man arrested over £50K beer theft

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:44
A man is arrested in connection with the theft of "rare" beer worth about £50,000 from an Essex warehouse.

Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:30

Internal disagreements among Israelis and Palestinians can be just as sharp as disputes between the two sides. NPR's Emily Harris heard these conflicting views as she traveled through the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:29

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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Wales battered by storms and gales

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:21
Storms and gale force winds batter much of Wales with fallen trees causing chaos on many roads.

Pietersen 'could make £3m in IPL'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:18
Kevin Pietersen could make "up to £3m" playing in the Indian Premier League following the end of his England career.

Nazi stag-do Tory MP to step down

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:14
Conservative MP Aidan Burley, who was at the centre of a row over a Nazi-themed stag party, is to step down at the next election.

What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:10

In recent years, the Microsoft co-founder has pulled back from his work at the company to focus on his foundation — improving global health and reducing poverty. But his hands-on days at Microsoft are not over. Gates is stepping down as chairman but moving into a part-time role as technology adviser.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:06

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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Under A Hail Of Barrel Bombs, An Exodus Departs From Aleppo

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

For the last two weeks, the barrel bombing of the rebel-held area of Aleppo in Syria has intensified. Warplanes drop leaflets on neighborhoods warning civilians to flee — and it seems they're listening. Residents of Aleppo districts held by the regime say they are seeing an influx of families, while aid agencies working in Turkey say hundreds of thousands of the displaced are trying to get in.

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UN Report Raises Scathing Criticisms Of Vatican

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The United Nations watchdog for children's rights has accused the Vatican of caring more about its own reputation and members of the clergy than the victims of sexual abuse. The group is calling for the Vatican to immediately remove any priests suspected of sexually abusing children.

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Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:57

President Obama used an executive order to create seven "climate hubs" across the nation to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.

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US store chain to halt tobacco sales

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:52
CVS Caremark, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the US, will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, its chief executive says.

Eye operation for MP Owen Paterson

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:47
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to have urgent surgery for a detached retina and will no longer chair a government meeting on flooding.

Nuclear base workers vote to strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:42
Workers at the Faslane Naval base on the Clyde vote to take strike action in a dispute over pay.

CFPB's Richard Cordray to appear on Jeopardy ... again

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:42

This final note today.

Did you know there's a salt shortage? The kind that goes on the road. The bad weather across the country has driven up demand for road salt so that cities are actually starting to run out. For example, Morton Salt told Cleveland that they're going to run 23,000 tons short.

Who knew that Morton makes both table salt and the kind we use on roads?

And then, this answer.

This current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will appear once again on Jeopardy!, where he was a five-time undefeated champion in 1987.

Back then, he was a judicial clerk from Ohio.

The Question?

For $200, who is Richard Cordray, Alex?

Lizzie O'Leary, who once "totally choked" (her words, not ours) in Final Jeopardy, says good luck!

Which Way For Stocks? Investors Watch 'Worry Index' For Clues

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:39

The new year has brought much higher volatility to the market, with stocks bouncing up or down almost daily amid doubts about the global economic outlook. The closely watched Volatility Index has signaled uncertainty about the market's direction in recent weeks.

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Adult Swim attracts younger viewers into late night pool

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:36

In the past year, Adult Swim, a division of Turner Broadcasting, has become the number one viewing destination for the coveted 18 to 49 year-old male demographic -- a viewership which brings in premium pricing from advertisers, because they are hard to reach.

According to Whitney Matheson, creator of the Pop Candy Blog at USA Today, Adult Swim's edgy mix of cartoons and live action shows is well-suited for the "YouTube generation."

She says since the network's debut in 2001, Adult Swim's programming has been 15 minutes or less.

"A longer program like 'The Tonight Show' or 'Jimmy Fallon,' you know the highlights of that show are going to be online the next day," Matheson says. "So why waste your time sitting through the whole thing? You can switch over to Adult Swim where not only is everything short, but there is always something kind of odd and interesting going in."

Besides new shows with Chris Elliot and Patton Oswald, they will be adding another hour of programming.

VIDEO: Crew saved after ship splits in two

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 12:26
Twelve people have been rescued from an empty cargo ship after it split in half on a breakwater off the south-western coast of France.

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