National / International News

New GCSE tests 'could be compulsory'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:44
New National Reference Tests to help set GCSE grade boundaries could be made compulsory for thousands of pupils in England.

Dunblane set for Murray wedding

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:40
Dunblane gears up for Murray-mania ahead of tennis star Andy Murray's wedding to Kim Sears in the town on Saturday.

VIDEO: Mother of charged officer speaks

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:37
The mother of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder after shooting an unarmed black man has spoken to US TV.

SNP the wrong choice, says Miliband

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:34
The SNP's economic plans would have a "devastating" effect on Scotland, Ed Miliband says, as polls suggest the nationalists still have a huge lead over Labour.

Newry to host famine commemoration

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:31
An annual commemoration of the Irish famine when 1 million people died is to be held in Northern Ireland for the first time.

VIDEO: Dolphins stranded on Japan beach

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:29
Nearly 150 melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, have become stranded on a beach in Japan.

Is this cat moving up or down the stairs?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:27
Is this picture the next "golden dress"?

VIDEO: How cameras can measure plant health

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:15
How hacking a digital camera could help farmers and gardeners monitor the health of their plants.

Huge Tornadoes Tear Through Illinois And The Midwest

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:05

The tornado was so massive and the damage so extensive that in some areas, plows had to push debris off the streets so emergency crews could reach survivors.

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PODCAST: GE's new direction

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:00

Airing on Friday, April 10, 2015: General Electric likes to be known for its power plants, it's cat scanners, it's fridges, but less so for its massive real estate holdings. There's news just now that GE is going to refocus on its roots in manufacturing. Plus, LinkedIn, the social networking tool, is purchasing, an online business skills training company. The price tag? $1.5 billion. We look at why LinkedIn would want to spend that kind of money. And in a lot of cities in Mexico, it's not that easy to get safe drinking water - and a lot of folks reach for a soda pop instead. The Mexican government is trying to change that. 


VIDEO: What matters to a walks guide?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:57
Cath Lee from the Peak District in Derbyshire runs a guided walk company, and feels an active lifestyle can have major benefits for the country.

Armed standoff man could be jailed

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:55
A 22-year-old man who was involved in an 11-hour armed standoff in a Denbighshire village is warned he could be jailed.

VIDEO: What matters to an electrician?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:55
Tony Levy, an electrician from the West Midlands, will vote for any party which would increase defence spending.

Poland remembers Smolensk air crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:52
Poland remembers the 2010 Smolensk air disaster which killed its president and top officials - a crash not yet fully explained.

Woman's killer 'may never be freed'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:49
A man who broke into a woman's home and stabbed her to death in front of a six-year-old child is jailed for at least 26 years.

Police step up patrols after trouble

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:44
The PSNI deploys extra officers and makes two arrests after residents complain about ongoing disturbances in the Galliagh area of Londonderry.

Mumbai 'mastermind' freed in Pakistan

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:36
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, is released on bail in Pakistan, drawing a protest from India.

'Bending down' man hit by Tube train

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:36
A man who is believed to have been hit by a rush-hour Tube train while bending down to pick up a bag sustains life-threatening head injuries.

McCoy win could cost bookies £50m

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:34
AP McCoy could cost the bookmakers £50m if he wins the Grand National, while Nina Carberry is hoping to make Aintree history.

Women to make Boat Race history

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:30
Female crews representing Oxford and Cambridge will row the same Boat Race course on the same day as the men for the first time.