National / International News

A craze for 'loom bands'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 16:23
What's behind playground bracelet craze?

'No helmet' cycling ad ban reversed

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:51
A ruling against a safe cycling advert which showed a rider without a helmet is overturned by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Scot to have double hand transplant

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:45
Scottish woman Corinne Hutton is to be the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant, BBC Scotland reveals.

US special forces arrive in Iraq

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:37
The first US troops deployed to assist the Iraqi army in combating a growing Sunni militant insurgency have arrived, the Pentagon says.

Today at the World Cup: Your at-a-glance guide

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:37
Who is playing? How can you watch? Who does our expert think will win? Everything you need on day 14 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Suarez in World Cup 'bite' controversy

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:31
Uruguay's Luis Suarez appears to bite Giorgio Chiellini during a match which sees Italy knocked out of the World Cup.

Ivory Coast coach Lamouchi steps down

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:23
Sabri Lamouchi steps down as Ivory Coast head coach after the Africans fail to reach the World Cup last 16, losing to Greece.

VIDEO: When bees swarm, 'who you gonna call?'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:13
When bees swarm urban areas, the DC Beekeepers Alliance keeps both humans and bees safe. The BBC spoke to beekeepers and city dwellers who found an unexpected common bond over buzzing bees.

The Italian town with an English secret

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:10
The Italian town with an English secret

VIDEO: Where donkeys power the internet

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:10
Herdsmen in Turkey are using solar panels tethered to donkeys to power their internet sessions.

Methodists Reinstate Minister Who Officiated At Son's Gay Marriage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:10

Frank Schaefer, a minister with the United Methodist Church, has won an appeal and had his pastoral credentials restored.

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Does US really have most fans in Brazil?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:09
Why were most World Cup tickets outside Brazil bought in the US?

US acts in Sudan death row case

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 15:08
The US says it is working with Sudan to ensure a woman freed from death row there can leave, after she was detained at Khartoum airport.

How education tax breaks benefit the rich

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:54
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World Cup: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:52
Greece score a controversial penalty to beat Ivory Coast and move into the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time.

'Star Wars' Museum Lands In Chicago

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:50

Filmmaker George Lucas has selected the Windy City to house his collection of art and movie memorabilia. San Francisco had also reportedly been in contention.

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Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:46
A Nigerian man is sent to a mental institute in Kano state after declaring that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity.

VIDEO: Highlights: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:27
Georgios Samaras scores from the penalty spot to secure a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.

Survey says: Guilty of not filling out your survey

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:27

I guess I should be happy that JetBlue and American Express and Dividend Miles and my kids’ pediatrician, and my dentist, and the Hertz "Gold" program, which I signed up for, but never used, care about what I think.

But on a scale of one to five, with one being "I am respected, hear me roar," and five being "I feel ignored," I’m all the way at ten—as in, "What kind of sucker do you take me for?" Apparently it’s not enough that I give these businesses my money, now I’ve got do their market research, too—for free.

Oh, excuse me, to be fair, sometimes they do offer a tiny payment, or the remote chance of winning a prize—both of which are obviously designed to get me to use the product or service again, which in turn will trigger … another survey. I don’t see a living in it.

But the surveys are gaining on me. The country’s best-known survey platform, SurveyMonkey, is now processing survey responses at the rate of 2.2 million per day, up from one million a day in January 2013, and it recently introduced a mobile app, meaning clients don’t even have to be at their desks to create and zap off a survey. Look out, here comes one now!

We have the internet to thank for this, of course. Online technology makes it less expensive and easier to send surveys than in the past, when data analysis took longer, and at least the cost of stamps were a deterrent.  

But you know, there can be one thing worse than taking a survey: not taking it. At my sons’ local GameStop, the employees are so nice, and make such heartfelt appeals for me to fill out the Customer Experience Survey that I feel actual remorse when I don’t. Survey guilt—who would have thought it possible?

VIDEO: 'Baghdad will fall within a month'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 14:20
In an exclusive interview, Sunni fighters have told the BBC that they are determined to reach Baghdad within a month.

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