National / International News

VIDEO: Airport weapon check 'can be hacked'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:45
Airport security screening technology is vulnerable to hacking, a security researcher has warned at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

Celebrities call for Scots No vote

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:44
Public figures including Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench urge Scotland to say "No" to independence, despite not being able to vote in the referendum.

Liberia declares Ebola emergency

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:37
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declares a state of emergency as the country grapples with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

A third 'to access flexible pension'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:37
An estimated 130,000 retirees a year will take cash out of their pension pot under new flexibility rules, the UK tax authority has estimated.

Bake Off return attracts 7.2 million

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:34
The Great British Bake Off returned to TV screens, with its first episode attracting an average 7.2 million viewers.

Russia Gives Edward Snowden 3-Year Residence Permit

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:31

Snowden has been in exile for a little more than a year, after he leaked a cache of classified documents that revealed some of the United States' most deeply held security secrets.

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Tech activity 'overtakes sleeping'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:29
The communications regulator Ofcom indicates that on average, UK adults spend eight hours and 41 minutes of their day on media devices.

AUDIO: Mum: Why I left children in hot car

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:19
A US mother defends her decision to leave her two young children in a 'hot car' whilst she attended a job interview.

'Sexual fiend' jailed for life

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:16
A 46-year-old man who attempted to rape a nine-year-old girl and raped three women is jailed for life.

Obama hails 'a new Africa emerging'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:03
US President Barack Obama has hailed a new emerging Africa, on the last day of a summit in Washington DC with 40 African leaders.

Mexico ends Pemex's 75-year monopoly on oil

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:00

One of the biggest business and policy stories of the decade is emerging from Mexico, where the Senate there has approved the centerpiece of a new plan for the country's oil industry. The decision ends the 75-year long monopoly held by the state-owned company Pemex. In other words, privatization is on the way. León Krauze, anchor and longtime correspondent for Univision News, has been looking into the radical change for one of Mexico's most powerful institutions.

Click the audio player above to hear León Krauze in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Will the cash from the VA healthcare overhaul help?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:00

President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation that would pump just under $17 billion into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ struggling healthcare system.

The agency came under fire earlier this year over unacceptable treatment delays and after staff manipulated patient wait lists. The money from this legislation would go toward hiring staff — nurses and doctors — and to allow some veterans to get care outside the VA system.

It's a sign Congress wants veterans to get care, pronto.

That’s why the feds will cover private doctor visits for veterans who either live 40 miles from a VA medical center or have waited more than 30 days for a visit. But Disabled American Veterans Executive Director Garry Augustine says vets, by and large, like what they get at the VA.

“The VA knows how to treat the post-traumatic stress. The different type of spinal cord injuries. Those are done better in the VA than any place else,” he says.

Surveys dating back a decade concur. They show vets are more satisfied with the care they receive at the VA than patients are with what they get in private sector hospitals.

Former VA administrator Dr. William Duncan says the challenge is providing timely care and keeping vets tethered to the VA. He knows peeling people away – even temporarily – means connecting them to other providers who may even be less functional.

“There’s a lot of doctor’s offices that are not electronic. It depends on paper. Paper gets lost. It’s a mess,” he says.

Duncan hopes the money to hire more doctors and nurses will add capacity to the VA, but he warns this money will only be well spent if the VA can build smart systems to track and treat their patients, too.

Why, for many, the price of homes is too damn high

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:00

A new report shows homes in a third of the country are getting harder to purchase for many Americans. Thursday’s RealtyTrac report looks county by county at income and housing prices to find out how affordable homes are. While they’re still affordable in much of the U.S., many people in certain areas are increasingly finding it hard to own.

“Prices are getting out of touch with what folks can actually afford in those markets,” explains RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist.

In these areas, home prices are rising faster than income. This affordability problem is not so much because of a hot housing market, but rather a frosty job market. Many of those new jobs we hear about in monthly labor reports just don’t pay well enough.

“It’s particularly key in terms of first-time homebuyers that even though the rate of employment growth has gone up, the rate of wage growth hasn’t really gone up much,” says housing economist Michael Carliner.

Mortgage rates aren't likely to get much lower, so something’s got to give. Either the job market improves or home prices will hit the brakes.

Mark Garrison: The RealtyTrac report looks county by county at income and housing prices to find out how affordable homes are. They’re still affordable in much of the country, but many people in certain areas are increasingly finding it hard to buy.

Daren Blomquist: Prices are getting out of touch with what folks can actually afford in those markets.

RealtyTrac VP Daren Blomquist says in those areas, home prices are rising faster than income. This affordability problem is not so much a hot housing market. It’s a frosty job market. Housing economist Michael Carliner says all these new jobs we hear about don’t pay well enough.

Michael Carliner: I think that is key. It’s particularly key in terms of first-time homebuyers that even though the rate of employment growth has gone up, the rate of wage growth hasn’t really gone up much.

Mortgage rates aren’t likely to get any lower, so something’s gotta give. Either the job market improves or home prices will hit the brakes. In New York, I'm Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

Password breach renews focus on authentication

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:00

In one of the largest cyber thefts in history, a Russian crime ring has stolen more than a billion internet usernames and passwords. While it’s still not clear which businesses and individuals are affected, it is clear that many businesses are threatened.

 We spoke to Cyrus Farivar, Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, to talk keeping passwords secure. Here were his insights:

One potential solution to the problem of easy to remember/hard to hack passwords is a password manager, but even this requires remembering a master password to the manager.

Non-password based solutions such as eye scanners and fingerprint scanners are not yet in the consumer space (save the current iPhone), but they are in high security areas like banks and military installations.

Even so, the best advice going forward for consumers, according to Farivar, is the same it has always been: don’t use the same password for too many accounts, especially if one is substantially more important than others. 

Justice Department 'faces £47m cuts'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:53
Justice Minister David Ford says his department is facing a budget cut of at least £47m, once further cuts are brought in in October.

Your pictures: Railways

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:52
Readers' photos on the theme of "railways"

VIDEO: William Morris inspires new computer game

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:50
The Strawberry Thief collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the gaming industry is bringing William Morris online.

Johnson 'must come clean' - Clegg

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:47
Boris Johnson will have to "come clean" about his political ambitions if he returns to the Commons, says Nick Clegg.

Baby killer's sentence under review

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:47
The nine-year jail sentence of the man convicted of killing baby Alfie Sullock is being reviewed by the Attorney General after complaints it is too lenient.
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