National / International News

VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:24
Artist Hamilton Coelho, best known for gigantic whalebone sculptures, gives a tour of his studio and home at the end of the longest beach in the world, Praia do Cassino in Brazil.

Advice for foreigners on how Britons walk

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:23
Advice for foreigners on how Britons walk

Falklands residents' photos on show

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:21
Falklands residents' photos of their home

How to ask for $250m

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:21
The dos and don'ts of pitching for business investment

Is it anti-social to use barbecues in parks?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:19
The angry backlash against barbecues in parks

Child car seat installers 'failing'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:09
Many retailers who offer to install child car seats free of charge are guilty of "serious failings", according to a Which? investigation

VIDEO: Bill and Hillary Clinton's 52-year deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:50
Bill Clinton says he made a deal with his wife Hillary that after she supported his political career for 26 years, he would do the same whatever career she chose.

Manning to receive gender treatment

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:45
The US military will begin treatment for national security document leaker Chelsea Manning for her gender-identity condition.

Libya Asks U.N. For Assistance In Protecting Oil And Airports

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:42

Fighting worsened at the Tripoli airport and around the country. Libya's central government admitted it is too weak to protect infrastructure or control warring militia groups.

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Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:41

Americans throw out a lot of food. And a lot of meat. That means our waste has a bigger impact on the global food supply than vegetarian discards. Why? Blame it on hidden calories.

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Van Gaal unveiling ushers in new era

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:12
Louis van Gaal delivers an assured performance as he is formally introduced as the new manager of Manchester United.

Scottish Euro chances in balance

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:09
Scotland's three Europa League representatives all record draws in the first legs of their Europa League qualifying ties.

A Day Of Tumult, Tragedy And Violence In Europe And Middle East

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:57

A Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, possibly shot down by a missile. And in Gaza, Israel has launched a ground offensive against Hamas forces.

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Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:49
All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a Malaysian airliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack.

Yes, Facebook is sucking your soul

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:44

Once again, social science has done what it so often does: Proven that which we already knew deep in our souls.

In this case, it's that Facebook is bad for us.

In the June edition of the journal Computers in Human Behavior actual peer reviewed studies proved that thesis.

The first showed that the longer people are on Facebook, the worse the mood they were in afterward.

The second showed that that's in part because being on Facebook leaves people with a feeling - and this is a quote - "of not having done anything meaningful."

'Bad' housing numbers might reflect good news

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:44

The Census Bureau's new monthly report on housing starts shows they were down in June —  by more than 9 percent. Headlines asked, "where's that housing recovery?" But it's a big country, and housing trends vary a lot from place to place. That was especially true with these numbers: Housing starts actually rose in most of the country — except in the South, where they fell hard.

Experts weren’t sure why. “I think some of us are still scratching our heads over what this really means,” says Dave Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association.

He offers one possible reason: Building lots are harder to come by than they were in the wake of the financial crisis. For a while, banks had a big supply of land that had been poised for development. “The lots were pretty much ready to go,” says Ellis. “Now, in most markets, those lots have gotten pretty much worked through, and they’re beginning to develop land again.”

That’s in line with observations from Brad Hunter, chief economist for the housing-market research company Metrostudy. He thinks North Carolina’s harsh winter got in the way of development: the work that needs to happen before home construction in a new subdivision. “You have to create the backbone of the subdivision, pave in the roads, put in the electric and water— all that infrastructure,” he says. “So that is what really got slowed down in the winter.”

David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders, thinks the big issue is a shortage of labor, more than land. He talked with homebuilders in Texas and Oklahoma, where the energy industries— oil and gas— are taking every available worker. “They were just having an awful time getting labor,” says Crowe. “Texas is a big state anyway, and so movements for that state would affect totals for the whole South.”

So, bad news — fewer housing starts— sounds like good news from another perspective: lots of jobs.

QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:43

Combinations of batter, cheese, bacon and sugar at state fair food concessions seem to get more elaborate and outrageous every year. So we were inspired to put our state fair food sense to the test.

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Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:36

Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing workers may yet be lured back, but only with better policies.

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Should London skyscrapers be sponsored?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:31
Does it matter if a skyscraper is sponsored?

Banks set to face competition probe

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:29
Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to recommend a full competition inquiry into banks, the BBC learns.

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