National / International News

Qatar bid probe nears conclusion

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 08:10
Fifa investigator Michael Garcia plans to complete his probe of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process by 9 June.

An excuse for cat pictures all month

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:59

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, June 3:

In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on factory orders for April.

A Senate subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy discusses "Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate."

Have you been up to some spring cleaning? Maybe cleaning out the garage to make room for a new car? Automakers are slated to report sales for May.

Read some poetry in honor of Allen Ginsberg. He was born on June 3rd, 1926.

And pet proof your place. June is Adopt-a-Cat Month. That's pretty self-explanatory.

'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:48

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.

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'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:48

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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Google 'Courageous' For Admitting Diversity Problem, So What Now?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:48

Tech giant Google recently owned up to a lack of gender and ethnic diversity amongst its staff. Host Michel Martin is joined by two members of the industry to discuss what it means for the tech world.

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Should Getting High Stop You From Getting Hired?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:48

FBI director James Comey recently quipped that current marijuana policies make it hard to hire good people. Is this a sign of changing attitudes towards hiring and pot?

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Monday's gossip column

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:42
Mario Balotelli could return to the English Premier League, Cesc Fabregas and Frank Lampard might join Man City, plus more.

Harris video 'contradicts denial'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:39
The jury at the trial of Rolf Harris sees video footage said to contradict his claim that he could not have been at the location of one of his alleged assaults.

EPA gives states flexibility in cutting carbon emissions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:36

The Obama Administration unveiled the first-ever regulation aimed at cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants. The president is using his executive powers to go after the country’s biggest source of carbon pollution.

The draft rule aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the rule under the auspices of the Clean Air Act. The proposal also gives states flexibility in how they achieve their cuts.

“It doesn’t tell power plants exactly how to go about reducing emissions. It tells states to figure that sort of thing out,” says Jerry Taylor, who heads the libertarian Niskanen Center in Washington. “So it’s less command and control than one could imagine, but it’s more command and control than most economists would want to see in place.”

To meet their specific goals, the EPA is proposing that states could create compliance plans in which fossil-fuel burning power plants don’t bear sole responsibility for reducing emissions. In other words, states could reduce emissions by creating their own allowance trading programs, partnering with other states, increasing energy efficiency, or using more renewable energy.

The EPA projects that, in 2030, the rule “would result in net climate and health benefits” of up to $82 billion.

Durwood Zaelke of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development says the rule won’t solve the climate change problem, but it should spur innovation.

“This is also the best way to get experimentation. It may be that the state of New York, the state of Michigan, the state of California, finds the best way forward faster than another state,” he says.

That innovation, he says, will be crucial to combat climate change in the decades ahead. 

Children winched from stricken boat

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:35
A Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick rescues two children from a stricken boat in the North Atlantic.

Wife 'found decapitated after row'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:29
A mother of two found dead in her living room had been decapitated, the Old Bailey hears.

'Trojan' governor is Ofsted inspector

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:29
Tahir Alam, put in the spotlight by allegations of extremist takeovers in Birmingham schools, has himself been working as an Ofsted inspector.

City faces 'Trojan Horse storm'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:27
Birmingham faces schools going into special measures

'Times' Reporter Must Testify About Source, Court Decides

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:27

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Media outlets had hoped the court would grant greater protection to journalists.

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L.A. Kings Earn Shot At Stanley Cup With Win Over Chicago Blackhawks

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:15

The Blackhawks started off Game 7 with a 2-0 lead, but the Kings won it in a 5-4 thriller in overtime. Los Angeles will host the New York Rangers for Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final this Wednesday.

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Webster replaces Agar at Wakefield

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:11
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar steps down and is replaced by former assistant James Webster.

Japan Fukushima ice wall work starts

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:10
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant starts building a large underground ice wall to isolate toxic water produced by the plant.

Arrests part of UVF murders probe

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:03
Four men are arrested by police investigating loyalist paramilitary murders in north Belfast.

Libya clashes: 18 killed in Benghazi

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:51
At least 18 people have been killed in fierce fighting between Islamists and a renegade general in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics say.

Chemical Weapons Law Doesn't Apply To Jilted Lover, Supreme Court Rules

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:48

Federal laws that were meant to prevent the international use of chemical weapons can't be applied to a woman who tried to poison her husband's mistress, the Supreme Court says.

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