National / International News

Leukaemia clue in breast cancer

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:42
Leukaemia research may lead to new drugs for difficult to treat breast cancers, say scientists.

Living a life in fear of laughter

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:30
The people afraid of laughter

VIDEO: Google demonstrates Android Auto

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:05
Andrew Brenner, product manager for Android Auto, demonstrates to Richard Taylor how he can use apps in a car.

The story of a 60-year-old hijacking

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:00
The little-known story of one of the world's earliest hijackings

VIDEO: Vote for your goal of the group stage

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:00
BBC Sport looks at eight of the best goals of the 2014 World Cup group stage.

Is tech saving the music industry?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:00
Is audio streaming saving the music industry?

World Cup weighs on Argentine economy

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:00
Why Argentina's World Cup success is bad for the economy

The long, dark walk to the toilet

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 15:00
How Indian women manage without toilets

Israel names two in hunt for teens

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 14:49
Israel names two suspects in the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers believed abducted in the West Bank earlier this month.

World Cup: Algeria 1-1 Russia

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 14:37
Algeria come from behind to draw with Russia and earn a place in the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup for the first time.

Amazon 'bullying' UK publishers

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 14:26
The online retailer Amazon is accused of 'bullying' smaller UK publishers in the latest round of contract negotiations.

GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:56

Some 33,000 Cruzes for model years 2013 and 2014 have been identified with a fault that could prevent their air bags from properly inflating.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Algeria 1-1 Russia

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:55
A controversial equaliser from Islam Slimani is enough to secure Algeria qualification for the 2014 World Cup last 16 at Russia's expense as the teams drew 1-1 in Curitiba.

VIDEO: Maliki: Russian jets purchased by Iraq

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:49
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.

Robbie Savage's weird & wonderful World Cup diary

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:39
BBC pundit Robbie Savage gives his 10 most memorable Group Stage moments from his weird and wonderful time in Brazil.

Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:33

At a time when Washington and its insiders are widely reviled, the late Senate majority leader will be remembered as a Washington insider who was widely revered.

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Wiggins and Pooley win national titles

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:32
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Emma Pooley win the British Cycling National Road Championships time-trial titles in Monmouthshire.

Why the Cruze recall won't hurt GM's bottom line

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:26

This story was updated at 6:15 p.m. PT on July 26, 2014 with details on the latest General Motors recall. GM is reportedly recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars related to metal parts in the air bag assemblies.

This might sound like a broken record, but General Motors is preparing to recall some 29,000 cars.

The Chevy Cruze is GM’s most popular passenger vehicle, second overall to the Chevy Silverado truck.

So is this finally the thing that will put a dent in GM sales? Probably not, analysts say.

GM has recalled 20 million vehicles this year, and auto analyst Maryann Keller says much of the public isn’t listening anymore. They’re too saturated with recall news.

“Consumers in general just sort of glaze over when they hear these things,” says Keller. “As long as it’s not, you know, not affecting a car that perhaps is in their driveway. Or a car that they wanted to buy.”

That’s one reason GM’s sales have just chugged along. Keller doesn’t expect this time to be any different.

GM told dealers to freeze sales of potentially problematic Cruze inventory. But Morningstar analyst David Whiston says there’s recent proof that temporarily halting sales might not matter.

Just last month, “GM did a stop delivery order on their large crossovers, like the Buick Enclave, GM Acadia, Chevy Traverse,” he says.

And you know what? GM still did well. Really well.

“In May, it was GM’s best month of sales since August of 2008. So honestly, GM’s product is just outstanding right now in all vehicle segments,” he says.

The stop-sale order won’t really hit GM’s bottom line, but the timing is bad for somebody, according to Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with

Even if it’s temporary, “that hurts the dealers,” she says. “Because the bulk of a month’s sales occur at the end of the month.”

It’s not just the end of the month, it’s also the end of the quarter. Now’s the time some dealers are trying to hit sales targets to get bonuses from GM. It’s a tough time to not be selling GM’s most popular car.

Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:22
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki tells the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.

Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 13:08

Results trump courtesies when a person's health is on the line, some people said. No, others responded, saying that proper treatment also requires a human touch.

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