National / International News

Pulp's Common People subject found?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:39
Could the wife of the Greek finance minister really be the subject of the Pulp song Common People?

Top Al-Qaeda militant 'killed'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:36
Al-Qaeda in Yemen says a US air strike has killed Nasser al-Ansi, a militant who claimed January's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

From Cartoon Chubster To Handsome Hipster: McDonald's Revamps Hamburglar

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:36

Gone is the short, goofy burger thief of the 1970s and '80s. In his place, the chain has created a hunky masked man in skinny jeans and a fedora. An improvement? Tell us what you think.

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Pulling back the curtain on the manicure industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:31

The New York Times pulled back the curtain Thursday on a slice of the economy that's been hiding in plain sight.

It's a story about stolen wages, worker mistreatment, and the role the rest of us have in it:


On a morning last May, Jing Ren, a 20-year-old who had recently arrived from China, stood among them for the first time, headed to a job at a salon in a Long Island strip mall. Her hair neat and glasses perpetually askew, she clutched her lunch and a packet of nail tools that manicurists must bring from job to job.

Tucked in her pocket was $100 in carefully folded bills for another expense: the fee the salon owner charges each new employee for her job. The deal was the same as it is for beginning manicurists in almost any salon in the New York area. She would work for no wages, subsisting on meager tips, until her boss decided she was skillful enough to merit a wage.


After conducting a year-long investigation and interviewing over 150 nail salon workers and owners in New York City, Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir reveals the exploitation of workers at nail salons in New York City. Read more from our interview with Nir below.


On the racial and ethnic hierarchies in salons:


Koreans, typically young and beautiful women, are paid the most. Following them are Chinese, and below them are Hispanic women or men and other races ... I met Hispanic workers who only they were not allowed to speak a word for a 12-hour shift, while the Korean women could chat freely.


On conditions and housing:


So [the employees] wait on the street corners in the morning for these vans that pick them up and take them there, and sometimes they come back at night. Other times, when they are a little bit too far too commute, they actually sleep in a barracks provided by the salon owner, sometimes above or below the salon or in a house nearby – really piled up – and some of them even have to pay rent for this ... They live for weeks or even a month in these barracks and they see their family very, very sparingly.

Man 'flew drone over stadiums'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:29
A man alleged to have illegally flown a camera drone over packed football stadiums and London tourist attractions appears in court.

Jones had undetected heart disease

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:26
Wales and Keighley player Danny Jones died from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease, a post-mortem reveals.

Silver Found Off Madagascar Thought To Be From Capt. Kidd's Treasure

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 10:09

The Scottish sea captain was hanged as a pirate in 1701. He is known to have sailed to the small island of Sainte Maire off Madagascar in 1698.

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Rubik's brand sues European court

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:57
Delays at the European Court of Justice are so bad the court is now being sued by some of those firms kept waiting, including the boss of the Rubik's brand.

I felt like I was Fangio - Hamilton

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:51
Lewis Hamilton on driving the 1950s Silver Arrows with Stirling Moss, filming the new Zoolander movie & his hopes for Spain.

NYC pizzeria cocaine ring smashed

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:10
US and Italian agents dismantle a cocaine trafficking network run from a New York pizzeria, making several arrests.

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:09

The company says the yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection." Whole Foods hopes to begin opening the stores next year.

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Cavaliers Playoff Video Is Called 'Tone-Deaf,' 'Awful'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:04

The video, which was shown at the Quicken Loans Arena, is a spoof of a United HealthCare ad, but critics said it poked fun at domestic violence.

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England seek fresh start - Taylor

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 09:00
James Taylor says the England one-day team must make a "fresh start" when they meet Ireland on Friday.

Alonso fine with Barcelona return

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:56
Fernando Alonso is not concerned about returning to the circuit where he crashed in pre-season and suffered concussion.

On Saturday, The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Should Be Officially Over

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:44

On May 9 — 42 days after the last reported case — the World Health Organization will announce that the epidemic has ended in the West African nation. Its citizens are proud, sad and a bit leery.

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The genetic make-up of sport's elite

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:41
Does sporting ability depend on our genetic make-up? Gabby Logan and her family had DNA tests to find out for a BBC programme.

Ivory Coast bans skin-whitening cream

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:27
Skin-whitening creams - popular across Africa - are banned in Ivory Coast because of major health concerns, the government says.

VIDEO: Migrant mother gives birth on navy ship

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:19
A baby girl is born after her mother went into labour while being rescued from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean.

Saudi Arabia Proposes A 5-Day Truce In Yemen

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:06

Saudi Arabia says the ceasefire will help get much needed humanitarian aid into Yemen, but the offer is good only if Houthi rebels comply with the deal.

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Starting life on a migrant rescue ship

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-07 08:05
Baby Gift's arrival is greeted with cheers and hymns