National / International News

Shadow Events Hope To Skim Some Attention From U.S.-Africa Summit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

While the U.S.-African Leaders Summit has aimed to facilitate meetings between American companies and African leaders, it's also provided an opportunity for smaller investors to make contacts and for human rights workers to try to get their voices heard.

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As Moscow Beefs Up Its Border Presence, What's Driving Putin?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

NATO estimates that some 20,000 Russian troops have massed along the border with Ukraine, just days after the U.S. and EU ratcheted up sanctions on Russia. Melissa Block asks David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, about the possibility that Russia will invade Ukraine.

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As Gaza Settles Into Cease-Fire, U.N. Takes Stock Of Damage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

Audie Cornish talks to Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, about what the organization is calling a "health and humanitarian disaster" in Gaza.

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In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:17

The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.

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Bishop quizzed over 'sex assaults'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:12
The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Michael Perham, is interviewed under caution by police investigating two allegations of indecent assault dating back more than 30 years.

Google pulls more Gaza-Israel games

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:09
Google deletes a further two Android video games from its Play store that were linked to the Gaza-Israel conflict.

AUDIO: Futurist: Moon mining 'is possible'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:08
A futurist says it is "possible" the Chinese could start mining for fuel on the Moon.

Flight MH17 crash victim identified

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:00
The family of a man who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 say they are "happy and relieved" after his body is formally identified.

AUDIO: Pupils dig up 'priceless' hair tress

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:46
A group of Cumbrian schoolboys have discovered a rare golden hair tress thought to be 4,000 years old.

VIDEO: Royals 'plant' Tower poppies

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:40
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have "planted" ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of World War One.

Gaza truce holds as Israel withdraws

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:30
A 72-hour humanitarian truce is holding in Gaza after Israel withdrew ground forces, with hopes for a longer deal now resting on talks in Cairo.

PC denies 'helping uninsured flirt'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:22
A police officer denies turning a blind eye to an uninsured Porsche driver because he had flirted with her.

Ebola outbreak risk to US 'very low'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:15
US National Security Advisor Susan Rice says the risk of the Ebola virus spreading in the US is low, as a second infected American arrives for treatment in the country.

Ukraine Forces Near Rebel City As Russia Escalates Border Exercises

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 11:13

Government troops and separatists have been fighting for months for control of eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian leaders say Russia has been supplying the separatists — a charge Moscow denies.

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VIDEO: Family appeal for stolen war medals

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:59
The family of a WW2 RAF pilot whose medals were stolen from a house in Kent appeal for their return.

Stem cell scientist found dead

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:58
A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:56

As early as 2015, firms with more than 200 employees may have to automatically enroll their workers in a company health plan. Though workers can opt out, some still find the provision patronizing.

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Military jet escorts passenger plane

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:52
A passenger is arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after military jets are scrambled to escort a plane to Manchester Airport.

Five European golds for Great Britain

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:47
Golds for Susie Rodgers, Ollie Hynd, Hannah Russell, Steph Millward & Sascha Kindred at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Wasn't the US going to start using the metric system?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:37

There was a point not all that long ago when schools taught the metric system because it was "just a matter of time" until the United States ditched pounds, miles and inches.

Well, this adaptation has yet to happen, and who knows if it ever will?

"One thing that shocked me was that the first measure that was completely decimalized was the U.S dollar," says John Bemelmans Marciano, author of "Whatever Happened to the Metric System?". "And we largely have Thomas Jefferson to thank for that."

President Jefferson suggested the use of a decimal currency in 1782.

"It took about 100 years for decimals to catch on for everyday transactions," says Bemelmans Marciano. 

Hear the full conversation in the audio player above.

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