National / International News

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:25

The ruling is the latest in a growing cascade of federal and state court decisions declaring a right to marry for gay couples.

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World's first gaming mag may close

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:24
Computer and Video Games, which in 1981 was the world's first magazine dedicated to gaming, is facing closure.

Catching up with the class of '79

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:23
How you helped trace the children who talked politics

Fashion sales boost for high streets

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:22
Fashion retailers were the star performers on the high streets last month as overall sales and footfall edged up, a report finds.

Strike ballot at Dundee University

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:21
Staff at Dundee University announce a ballot over strike action against potential job losses, with 120 posts threatened.

US 'in denial' over poor maths

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:18
US in 'denial' over world maths standards

VIDEO: The Loo Lady: Walking tours of London's toilets

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:06
Rachel Erickson run Loo Tours, showing tourists round London's toilets and toilet history.

Why it pays to complain via Twitter

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:02
Why it pays to complain via Twitter

Brain research 'needs new strategy'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:01
Animal models for Alzheimer's research are outdated and a more human-based approach is needed, say animal welfare groups.

French embarrassment over rail error

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:00
The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros are too wide for many regional platforms.

Balkan Floods Expose Deadly Mines From 1990s Civil War

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:58

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center says a decade of work to reduce the danger from land mines has been washed away by the rising waters.

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Morgan critical of England bowling

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:49
England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan criticises his side's bowlers following their nine-run loss to Sri Lanka at The Oval.

Street clashes force Farage no-show

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:33
Nigel Farage pulls out of a UKIP musical carnival after supporters clash in the street with protesters.

'Missing' Canadian dogs died in heat

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:18
A Canadian dogwalker admits six dogs in her care died of heatstroke in the back of her vehicle after previously saying they had been stolen.

Merkel and me, by Silvio Berlusconi

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:03
Berlusconi on friendship and fallings out with German leader

Is 'insourcing' enough to boost the U.S. economy?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-20 13:59

The White House opened its doors Tuesday to executives from some big companies. The occasion? Well, the Obama Administration is touting its record on what's known as "insourcing," companies making investments and expanding in the U.S. instead of abroad. The government says its SelectUSA program has helped win $18 billion in U.S. business investments so far.

But when it comes to growing manufacturing and getting the economy back on track, is insourcing going to be enough? “Our problem is that the administration seems to be clapping for investment with just one hand,” says Shaun Donnelly, with the U.S. Council for International Business. “Somehow inward investment is good and they’re absolutely silent on outward investment.”

The White House announced a second SelectUSA summit with global business representatives will be held in the Spring of 2015.

Obamacare Buried By Avalanche Of Negative Ads, Study Finds

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-20 13:57

According to an analysis of Affordable Care Act advertising, an unprecedented amount of money was spent on negative ads attacking the law. And very little was spent defending it.

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VIDEO: Martial law declared in Thailand

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 13:53
The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis "to preserve law and order".

Five guilty of Politkovskaya murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 13:51
A court in Moscow has found five men guilty of the 2006 murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Shocker: No one likes ISPs or cable providers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-20 13:43

In light of the Comcast-TimeWarner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mergers, the American Customer Satisfaction Index is out with its latest survey of the telecommunications industry.

To everyone's, ahem, surprise, internet service providers (ISPs) and cable TV services are at the bottom of the bottom. ISPs got a satisfaction score of 63 out of 100, citing complaints of "high prices, poor reliability, and declining customer service," and cable companies got a low of 65. 

They're doing surprisingly well, though - if the equivalent of a C-grade can be called "well" -- cell phone companies and wireless providers, who received scores of 78 and 72 respectively.  

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