National / International News

Bristol set for 'biggest ever' game

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:15
Bristol captain Grace McCatty says the Champions League quarter-final with Frankfurt is the biggest in the club's history.

Electrician to return Picasso works

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:12
An elderly electrician is ordered to return more than 200 pieces to Pablo Picasso's family after a court finds him guilty of possessing stolen goods.

Suicide attacks hit Yemen mosques

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:11
Suicide bombers have blown themselves up at two mosques in the centre of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 16 people, reports say.

VIDEO: Nigel Farage: 'I was deeply shocked'

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:11
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he was shocked to find out about allegations of a "serious financial nature" against UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson.

Brigade fined over firefighter death

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:11
The Scottish Fire and Rescue service is fined £54,000 after admitting health and safety breaches that contributed to a firefighter's death.

Australia hold nerve to reach semis

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:09
Australia withstand a pulsating spell from Pakistan's Wahab Riaz to set up a meeting with India in the World Cup semi-finals.

Tunisia president to address nation

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:06
The president of Tunisia is to address the nation, two days after the museum attack that killed 23 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Blackpool fans to watch AFC Blackpool

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:02
Blackpool fans plan to protest against the club's owners, the Oyston family, by going to watch AFC Blackpool on Saturday instead.

PODCAST: A grande race relations conversation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-20 03:00

An announcement from Tesla in the I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it category. More on that. Plus, Starbucks said this week it wanted to use its big retail footprint to foster a conversation on race in America. It hasn’t gone as planned, as critics have panned the effort as ham-handed. We look at ways companies have had success in talking about diversity and inclusion. And women with limited education beyond high school, especially single working mothers, earn less than men. They’re often shunted into minimum-wage unskilled jobs—in the Wendy’s drive-through or behind the register at Rite-Aid. At the same time, the skilled trades are begging for new recruits: electricians, welders, machinists. There are initiatives to bring women into these traditionally male-dominated professions (by labor unions, community colleges, employer groups). But it’s not an easy gig to work—with a bunch of men on a building site or a machine-shop floor.

Solar eclipse finishes in NI

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:59
A rare eclipse of the sun in Northern Ireland which was visible to many ends.

VIDEO: Moment of total eclipse over Svalbard

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:57
Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have observed spectacular scenes as the Moon passed between the Earth and the Sun.

'Cash dash' fear in pension overhaul

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:53
Pension policyholders have been warned not to be tempted to "dash for the cash" when the new rules come into effect in April.

VIDEO: Anonymity sought for sex crime suspects

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:44
People arrested for sexual offences in England and Wales could have their identities protected if a cross-party group of MPs get their way.

Contraceptive implant for girl, 11

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:37
An 11-year-old is among more than 600 girls under the age of 16 in Northern Ireland given contraceptive implants in the last five years.

VIDEO: Six Nations meets Game of Thrones

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:28
The Six Nations gets the Game of Thrones treatment, with everyone asking 'who will wear the crown'?

Indian train derails killing many

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:06
A passenger train derails in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 30 people and leaving dozens injured.

Tax receipts cut government borrowing

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:06
Britain's public finances improve in February with government borrowing down by a third from a year earlier thanks to a pick up in seasonal income tax payments.

Michelle Obama promotes girls' education in Asia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:00

First lady Michelle Obama is traveling in Asia this week to promote a new initiative with the Peace Corps aimed at closing the education gap for girls. Around the world, an estimated 62 million girls between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school. The Peace Corps plans to recruit and train at least 650 new volunteers to help remove the barriers to education in developing countries like Albania, Cambodia, Georgia, and Uganda.

The economic payoff can be significant, says Sarah Lynch, a senior director of the global charity Care, which will help train volunteers. "Investments in girls' education have proven to go further than any other spending in global development," she says.

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Tesla plans to launch 'autopilot' feature this summer

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:00

Tesla announced a few software updates it’s planning for its electric vehicles on Thursday, including one where the car tracks its distance from charging stations to try to alleviate driver anxiety about running out of juice. CEO Elon Musk said that the company could push another update — autopilot — to its Model S fleet as soon as June.

While Musk said cars would be technically capable of getting from place to place without a driver having to do anything, initially this feature limited to use on highways, as neighborhoods pose safety issues given their many obstacles and variables. Eventually, drivers could also summon their cars or let the vehicles park themselves.

Mike Wall, an auto analyst at IHS, says this move echoes steps taken by other car companies and that driver-less technology is advancing faster than regulations that will govern its use.

Michelle Krebs, an analyst with AutoTrader, says driverless cars could be on the road tomorrow, but manufacturers are holding back because of regulatory concerns and questions about who’s to blame if there’s an accident. Tesla believes its autopilot feature meets current regulations. 

Michelle Obama promotes girls' education in Asia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-20 02:00

First lady Michelle Obama is traveling in Asia this week to promote a new initiative with the Peace Corps aimed at closing the education gap for girls. Around the world, an estimated 62 million girls between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school. The Peace Corps plans to recruit and train at least 650 new volunteers to help remove the barriers to education in developing countries like Albania, Cambodia, Georgia, and Uganda.

The economic payoff can be significant, says Sarah Lynch, a senior director of the global charity Care, which will help train volunteers. "Investments in girls' education have proven to go further than any other spending in global development," she says.

Click the media player above to hear more.

 

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