National / International News

Arson family killers jailed for life

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:46
Two men are jailed for life and six others sentenced for their part in a 'botched revenge' arson attack that killed four members of a family.

VIDEO: Zero-hours workers given more choice

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:40
Employers are to be banned from stopping employees with zero-hours contracts seeking extra work elsewhere.

VIDEO: Woman set for double hand transplant

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:38
A Scottish woman is set to become the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:35
Liverpool to discuss Luis Suarez future, Chelsea in for Toni Kroos, Mick Jagger to blame for Italy exit, plus more.

VIDEO: Whisky process could be used for fuel

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:29
Scientists work on a process which could use whisky distilling by-products to create fuel for cars.

Jayden killer 'tried to strangle ex'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:29
The man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson repeatedly tried to strangle a previous girlfriend, a court hears.

VIDEO: No fans as England team touch down

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:28
England's football team return to Manchester Airport after their early return from the World Cup

Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:28

The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue. Aereo lets subscribers watch TV programming that it routes onto the Internet.

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VIDEO: Glastonbury throws open its doors

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:11
Thousands of people descend on Somerset as the Glastonbury Festival opens its doors for business.

Queen in Coleraine WWI ceremony

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 06:00
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Coleraine, County Londonderry, for the final engagement of their three day visit to NI.

How Connecticut's Change In Autism Coverage Could Make Waves

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:56

The state has defined autism behavioral therapy as a type of medical benefit not subject to the mental health parity law, a move that allows insurers more latitude in limiting benefits.

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Better ambulance service demanded

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:55
Ministers demand that the Welsh Ambulance Service demonstrate an "urgent improvement" in its performance, after it again failed to meet response time targets.

Murray makes quick work of Rola

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:50
Defending champion Andy Murray loses only two games as he beats Blaz Rola to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Can minor chords make you cry?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:47

On today's show I went in search of the sound of educational technology.

Turns out it is an upbeat sound, bright, often evocotive of childhood.  It is sound meant to make us happy.  Sound that moves us forward. That encourages us to connect to our devices and take action. Sound that inspires us.

Sound has the power to evoke all sorts of emotion.

Check out this very cool "Emotions of Sound" site.  And see how your emotional responses compare to those of other folks.

Juncker faces 'job on the side' jibe

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:44
The top candidate for EU Commission presidency, Jean-Claude Juncker, is criticised for speaking engagements for which he received thousands of euros.

Supreme Court pulls Aereo's plug

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:42

The following story was updated after the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo in a 6-3 vote.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo violates federal copyright law by retransmitting copyrighted programs without paying a fee, in a case that was watched closely by everyone from ABC to Google to the NFL.

The case involved internet start-up Aereo, which streams broadcast television – CBS, NBC, Fox, and the like – to consumers on their phones, tablets, and computers, but doesn’t pay those providers retransmission fees. Instead, the company charges a subscription of up to $12 a month for which subscribers receive a tiny antenna to stream and record broadcast TV.

If Aereo had won, cable providers might have argued they don't have to pay networks for the rights to show their programming. That means the networks would have lost billions, forcing them to live off advertising revenue exclusively.

Before the ruling, Harvard Professor Susan Crawford said a loss by Aereo could raise numerous copyright questions about services somewhat similar to Aereo; services that store movies and music in the cloud, for example.

She says ultimately Congress may have to get involved, meaning a long fight in Washington with a “mosh pit of special interests” battling it out.

Suarez Bite Controversy Pays Off For Gamblers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:39

A European betting service is paying gamblers who bet that Uruguay's Luis Suarez would use his teeth in anger in Brazil's World Cup.

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How England players rated at the World Cup

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:24
Who is "short of true international class"? Who seemed "too hyped up"? Phil McNulty assesses England's 23-man squad.

VIDEO: Best-Selling author backs bookshops

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:23
Best selling author James Patterson is giving £250,000 to help independent bookshops in the UK

Gary Glitter in court on sex charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 05:11
Former pop star Gary Glitter appears in court for a preliminary hearing ahead of his trial accused of a string of sex offences against two victims.

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