National / International News

VIDEO: Highlights from Google's I/O event

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:48
Richard Taylor details Google's new smartwatch, car and television initiatives as well as its new unified look for Android.

Was the Taj Mahal built out of guilt?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:43
A play suggests the Taj Mahal was built out of guilt

Legal delay to Robinson probe report

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:41
A legal challenge delays the publication of an official report into allegations about the conduct of First Minister Peter Robinson and his wife.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:40

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Utah's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision marks the first time that a federal appeals court ruled on the issue.

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Blow To Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:40

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals called marriage a fundamental right that shouldn't be determined at the ballot box. It marks the first time that a federal appeals court has ruled on the issue.

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VIDEO: Queen and Duke on Antiques Roadshow

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:35
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will appear in a special episode of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow after the team examined items from the collection at Hillsborough Castle.

Android Wear watches go on sale

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:22
Google reveals LG and Samsung are both making their first Android Wear watches available for pre-order and explains how they will work.

Deadly blast rocks Nigerian capital

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:21
A bomb attack on a busy shopping district in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, kills at least 21 people and injures 52 more.

VIDEO: Shaqiri wonder strike gives Swiss lead

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:17
Watch a great left-footed strike by Xherdan Shaqiri as he gives Switzerland the lead over Honduras in their final Group E game in Manaus.

Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

Tuesday featured an extensive slew of primaries across the U.S. To learn more about the results, and what they mean for the midterm elections, Audie Cornish turns to NPR's Ron Elving for more.

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Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A Win Against Tea Party Challenger

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

In a result that came as a surprise to some observers, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won the GOP nomination in Mississippi's Senate primary. The tight election, which also featured Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel, came down to a runoff decided late Tuesday night.

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Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

The U.S. Export-Import Bank now finds itself embroiled in controversy. New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his support for letting the bank's charter expire, and only days ago, news surfaced that four officials at the export credit agency are facing allegations of misconduct.

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Removing $765 Million Ceiling, NFL And Players Settle A Second Time

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

In January, a federal judge rejected a settlement reached by the National Football League and attorneys representing retired players. The $765 million settlement, which had briefly put an end to a lawsuit over players' concussions, was rejected as too low to cover all players and possible future injuries. On Wednesday, though, both parties agreed to revise the suit settlement by removing the monetary cap.

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ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

ISIS issues annual reports and launched a Twitter app, and its financiers track money flows on spreadsheets. It's professionalized its operations while inflicting more casualties than al-Qaida.

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Egyptian Court Deals Out Death Sentences To Nearly 200

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

An Egyptian court has confirmed death sentences for 183 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, including its spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie. For more on the sentencing, and the charges of violence on which they were convicted, Melissa Block speaks with Ziad Abdel Tawab, the deputy director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.

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In Landmark Case, High Court Issues Limits To Cellphone Searches

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled to limit law enforcement's right to warrantless searches of cellphone data. While the court left the door open to such warrantless searches in some emergency situations, the decision largely spelled a victory for privacy advocates.

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Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo, a TV streaming startup, is violating the copyrights of TV producers, marketers and broadcasters by offering subscribers the ability to watch and record broadcasts on any Internet-enabled device. It now appears that Aereo will have to shut down.

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As The Anchor Chair Turns: A Glimpse At ABC News Past And Future

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:15

ABC News has announced major shakeups in its anchor lineup, as Diane Sawyer steps down from her perch as anchor of the network's evening news. What does her replacement say about the state of TV news?

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The unheralded path to success: be invisible

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:05

The desk of David Apel, a senior perfumer with Symrise, a fragrance company in New York, is covered with tiny glass vials of perfume trials with names like Taurus, Top Gun, and Zeus. This is, after all, the culture of #SelfPromotion. And if you're a celebrity, an athlete, or just a Greek god, chances are you’ve had a product named after you

FYI, Apel describes Zeus,  in case you shouldn't have the chance to smell an actual Greek god, as a combination of bergamot, orange and mandarin, as "very ultra masculine, very rich, rugged, very sort of, king of the hill of fragrance.”

Unlike another tiny vial on his desk with the more feminine name of "Love Mist."

Love Mist, Apel notes, is not a name he conceived. And, none of these fragrances will ever be named after him. He says he doesn’t need public recognition.

"If I walk down the street and I smell a fragrance that I've created, I feel wonderful," he says. "I feel like someone is wearing my creation, I'm expressing myself through them. I smell it in the air, I feel a really great sense of satisfaction from that. But I don't think I would feel any different, certainly not any better, if  I knew that my name was on that. It's not about a name. In the world of scent, this is all invisible."

Besides, he says, when he began his career, he got a lot of satisfaction from being the go-to guy at his company. Someone his colleagues could rely on.

"I still like that kind of behind-the-scenes role," he says, "being sort of invisible." And "Invisibles" is the name of a new book by David Zweig -- it’s about workers like Apel. Zweig describes invisibles as "people who are highly skilled professionals whose work is critical to whatever endeavor they're a part of, but who go largely unnoticed by the public.”

The anesthesiologist, instead of the surgeon. The industrial engineer, not the architect.

"If you have your gall bladder taken out, you're never going to forget the surgeon's name, but you'll probably forget the anesthesiologist's as soon as you leave recovery," notes Zweig, yet anesthesiologists possess an enormous amount of responsibility, with your life, literally in their hands.

Zweig says he got the idea when he was working as a fact checker at Conde Nast. “When's the last time you've read a great magazine article and thought to yourself, man that was fact-checked beautifully?" he asks. "You know, never."

The better he did his job checking facts, Zweig says, the more he disappeared. Today, he notes, we tend to equate power with attention, but often the people with real power are in the background. Invisible workers, he says, can often be the most successful, but they view themselves as part of a team. Zweig says although today’s culture is focused on self-promotion, instead we should focus more on our work and less on tweeting about it.

“One of the people I interviewed in the book had this really great line where he said, having a lot of followers doesn't get you good work. Doing good work gets you a lot of followers.”

But at the same time, Zweig says, being an invisible isn’t about being meek and hiding in a corner. After all, there are times when promotion is necessary -- like talking about your new book to the press. It’s just, he says, that we should focus on our work more. Like the invisibles do. Zweig notes they share certain characteristics:  they’re meticulous, they savor responsibility and, they’re ambivalent about recognition.

Dennis Poon, a structural engineer who works on some of the world's tallest buildings for global engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, extolls the virtues of the construction workers who "sweat so much" on his firm's buildings, which he describes as team projects. He says they're the real unsung heroes. Poon has received many awards and honors over the years for his work. He keeps them stashed in a cardboard box under a cabinet behind his desk.

He doesn't like to brag, he says. "Who cares? Because when you die, who cares about all your awards? It’s the spirit that's left behind that counts, that’s how I look at it."

But Robert Bontempo, a professor at the Columbia Business School, says while the name invisibles might be new, the group itself isn’t.

“There's a very clear science that shows these are just stable individual differences -- these are just different types of people. Different people are comfortable with different levels of professional approach,” he says.        

And different types of people, notes Bontempo, self select into different types of careers.

“Extroverted, life of the party types, become marketers," he says. "They don't go into the lab. Detail-oriented people with strict attention to detail become accountants, they don't like self-promoting sales positions. It's just sort of human nature.”

Both Zweig and Bontempo agree -- you do have to promote yourself -- it’s just not clear how much.

"I think we all look forward to a world where things are just and fair and people get the rewards they deserve," Bontempo says. "But until that future comes, I think we all need to accept that a healthy dose of self promotion is going to be necessary for career advancement."  After all, he notes, "history is full of brilliant, hard-working people who did great work and are lost to history."

Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Tool Box

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:03

Boys are suspended — and drop out — at higher rates than girls. An Oakland, Calif., educator is trying to change that.

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