National / International News

Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:37

Pateros, a town of about 650 residents in north central Washington, emptied out Thursday night as wildfires continued to grow. One resident described it as looking like "the caldron of hell."

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Day in pictures: 18 July 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:35
24 hours of news photos: 18 July

New information in On the Runs cases

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:35
'Fresh information' has been discovered in a number of cases involving more than 200 republican On the Runs suspects, the PSNI says.

Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:15

The former Italian prime minister, who was sentenced to seven years last year for sex with a minor and an attempted cover-up, has been acquitted by an appeals court.

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Which conflict zones do planes fly over?

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:14
How often do planes fly over conflict zones?

Hollyoaks is now 'most violent soap'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 04:07
Hollyoaks has overtaken EastEnders as the UK's most violent soap, according to new research from media watchdog Ofcom.

VIDEO: Babies, divas: Putting on the Proms

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:56
Presenter Katie Derham tells BBC Breakfast about the highlights of this year's Proms

Dana's brother denies abuse claims

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:51
The brother of the Eurovision winner and former politician Dana Rosemary Scallon has been testifying in his trial for sex abuse.

Cook fails again against India

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:51
England captain Alastair Cook again fails with the bat, extending his run of innings without a Test hundred to 26.

An unhelpful epitaph for Gove

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:48
Chris Cook on the latest 'Trojan Horse' schools report

Women urged to fight for more pay

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:42
Women must push harder for pay rises, says a Lib Dem minister as she unveils proposals to close the gender pay gap.

Ben Whishaw cast as new Paddington

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:40
James Bond star Ben Whishaw is cast as the voice of Paddington in the upcoming film about the Peruvian bear.

Major A&Es miss target for 52 weeks

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:32
England's major A&E units have now missed the waiting time target for 52 weeks in a row, official figures show.

VIDEO: Islamic banking takes on incumbents

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:29
Islamic banking is growing quickly, and firms are developing products that comply with Islamic law, to access a burgeoning market.

VIDEO: La Plante on finding young Tennison

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:16
Crime writer Lynda La Plante plots to find an actress to play a young Tennison for new Prime Suspect series

Mandela memorabilia under the hammer

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:06
An auction of items signed by South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela raises $160,000 for charity - less than anticipated.

Man jailed for burning dog to death

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:00
A man who tied a friend's dog to a tree before dousing it in petrol and burning it to death after it had bitten him is jailed.

PODCAST: Pop up ads that work

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:00

In light of the airline tragedy in Ukraine, a look why there isn't a simple list of no-fly zones over world hot spots. Plus, what cap and trade has to do with acid rain. And finally, most people tend to ignore pop up ads, but a new study looks at what kind of ads perform better than others

Rules of thumb for staying informed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 03:00

I used to live with two packed suitcases: One at home, one at the office. Whatever I needed for a week on the road if a big story broke. When I left for the BP oil spill, I didn’t come home for four months.

Breaking news can exhibit a mysterious pull over those of us who do this for a living: the need to see things up close, ask questions, witness scraps of history.

In that life before Marketplace, one of the things I covered was aviation. And so I am sadly riveted to the story of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Exchanging emails with old sources, looking at debris, and imagining the cruel depths 298 families now find themselves in.

Layered on top of the Israeli military invasion of Gaza, so much tragedy and death can be overwhelming. As a prolific social media consumer, I have to say that this post from the satirical @thetweetofgod felt achingly poignant:

I have lost control of the situation.

— God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 17, 2014

Sometimes, at moments like these, we turn away for our own self-preservation.

I’d like to advocate against that.

We live in a remarkable time for storytelling. News outlets are experimenting with all sorts of ways to do journalism. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so many other services let us experience what other people see, think and hear. There is vitriol out there, sure. But there are opportunities for human connection and empathy.

So here are my rules of thumb for a moment like this:

1)     Trust the pros. Breaking stories move fast, and even the best news coverage is never perfect. But professional journalists will do their best to verify, distill, and double check.

2)     Never forget the watching witness. Abraham Zapruder captured perhaps the very first iconic piece of “crowd-sourced” video. A bystander or someone with a cell phone may witness history (I trust services like storyful.com to verify social content).

3)     Remember to be human. Take a moment to learn about those passengers. Each one was loved by someone – probably many someones. Every person on board changed lives, and indeed, at least one altered history.

Man killed in Ballyclare car crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:59
A man in his 20s is killed in a car crash on the Doagh Road near Ballyclare, County Antrim.

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