National / International News

Pensioner admits killing neighbour

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 04:00
A 73-year-old man admits killing his neighbour at a sheltered housing complex.

Coalition: Who do you dislike least?

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:52
Nick Clegg launched his party's manifesto with talk of post-election deals with other parties but it is still perfectly possible that none will be needed.

Election 2015 in pictures: 15 April

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:51
Images from the campaign trail: 15 April

On 'One Boston Day,' City Marks Marathon Bombings' Anniversary

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:31

A moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 ET, the time when the first of two devastating bombs went off in the crowds gathered to watch the marathon in 2013.

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Indonesia protest at Saudi beheading

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:29
Indonesia's government summons Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Jakarta to protest against the execution of an Indonesian domestic worker.

Bank of New York Mellon fined £126m

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:25
The Bank of New York Mellon's London branch has been fined £126m by the City regulator for failing to protect client funds.

Police attack footballer avoids jail

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:18
A Scottish Premiership footballer avoids a prison sentence after admitting assaulting a police officer for the third time.

Venus withdraws from US Fed Cup team

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:05
Venus Williams withdraws from the United States Fed Cup team to face Italy on Saturday and Sunday for personal reasons.

Google accused of abusing its search engine dominance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

Authorities in the European Union have filed a complaint against Google claiming the company violated anti-trust laws. 

More specifically, there's accusations that Google has abused its search-engine dominance to steer people to other Google products and services. Authorities have also announced an investigation into Google's Android operating system.

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Tech guest host Adriene Hill in conversation with Marketplace's Molly Wood. 

PODCAST: IRS warns about a scam

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

Airing Wednesday, April 15, 2015: One week into the spring season for companies to reveal profits, losses and reveal plans for the future, we check in with our regular Brian Reynolds for the morning open. Plus, there is news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for January to March, and annualized it's down to a 7 percent growth rate. Magnificent by US standards but lackluster by China's standards which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands. Finally, we can't go without talking about tax day. And while people across the country rush to meet the midnight deadline to file or to file for an extension, the Treasury department is warning about a phone scam - where the caller impersonates an IRS agent and demands money.

A deadline extension

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

It's the income tax deadline day, unless you filed for an extension. Turns out that is a popular course of action. If you're getting an extension, I'm on your side, in a world of just-in-time worker scheduling, juggling little league games, the babysitter and bosses sending you urgent action email at 10:47 at night. But Marketplace's explainer in chief, Paddy Hirsch is more hard core than I, and apparently sees a nation of procrastinator here. 

Click on the above multimedia player to hear more on just why people put it off until the big day. 


Six hurt as car crashes into house

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:54
Six people, including three children, are taken to hospital after a serious crash involving three vehicles in Whitefield.

The first Bergen-Belsen liberator

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:54
The Bergen-Belsen liberator who pushed open the gates of horror with his tank

VIDEO: Guard falls outside Buckingham Palace

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:43
A Queen's guard falls over during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Shelly Sterling Wins Case Seeking Millions In Assets From V. Stiviano

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:43

V. Stiviano, the one-time companion of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, must return millions of dollars in gifts, a judge has ruled in a lawsuit that was filed by Sterling's wife, Shelly.

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Deaf schoolgirl gets hearing dog

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:34
Schoolgirl Poppy becomes the first to be given an official hearing dog in Wales, one of just 27 children to be partnered with one in the UK.

VIDEO: Police ram car into armed man

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:33
Andy Moore reports on a video released showing a police vehicle slamming into a suspect at high speed in Arizona.

EU accuses Google of search 'abuse'

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:06
The European Union's competition commissioner has announced details of its case against Google over its search engine.

Greece 'not considering snap poll'

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:03
Greek State Minister Alekos Flambouraris rules out early elections amid speculation over the government's debt negotiations.

Ivy League schools key into online courses

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:03

Yale University’s School of Medicine is deciding whether to create an online version of its physician’s assistant master’s program. Its first attempt failed because it couldn't get accreditation.  Yale says it’s “reviewing the matter” and may try again.

Yale’s partner in all this is the education technology company 2U, which has plenty of other customers, many of them Ivy League schools.

“There’s a lot of demand for us right now,” says Chip Paucek, CEO of 2U. He says universities want to enroll students online to address shortages of workers in some fields. But online degrees also bring in more tuition dollars.

“A university needs to figure out how to pay its bills and be sustainable," he says. "Just like any enterprise.”

But some degrees lend themselves more to online learning than others.

“So learning statistics or data science online, certainly learning some of the computer sense, skills and knowledge,” says Andrew Kelly, education scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Kelly says degrees that require hands-on training, like physician’s assistant’s programs, are more difficult, because universities have to find hospitals where online students can train.