National / International News

What Matters More To America: The Brian Williams Debacle, Or Jon Stewart's Departure?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 11:11

A new online survey shows only 27 percent of Americans can identify the NBC Nightly News anchor from his photograph.

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5 Things Jon Stewart Reminded Us About Politics

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 11:10

When comedian Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show that sound you heard was 2016 hopefuls breathing a collective sigh of relief.

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Two wheels make a comeback in Taiwan

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 11:04
Why bicycles are making a comeback in Taiwan

Lambert sacked by struggling Villa

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 11:04
Aston Villa sack manager Paul Lambert after the club dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

VIDEO: The captain who abandoned ship

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:44
The captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Why Hot Chocolate Might Be More American Than Apple Pie

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:43

George Washington drank hot chocolate for breakfast, according to historians. His version was flavored with chili powder, vanilla and allspice and contained less sugar than the cocoa of today.

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VIDEO: Vaughan's World Cup ones to watch

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:42
Former England captain Michael Vaughan picks some stars to look out for in the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2015.

Costa captain guilty of manslaughter

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:41
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino is jailed for 16 years for the manslaughter of 32 people who died when the cruise ship sank in 2012.

Strauss-Kahn angry with focus on sex

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:40
Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tells his pimping trial in France that he is annoyed with persistent questions about his sexual preferences.

Costa Concordia Captain Found Guilty Of Manslaughter

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:33

Captain Francesco Schettino was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the disaster in which the Italian cruise ship hit rocks in 2012 and sank, killing 32 people.

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More North Sea jobs under threat

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:51
Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag announces proposals to cut up to 500 jobs worldwide, including 230 North Sea posts.

Ukraine talks open with a handshake

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:46
Urgent talks on ending the conflict in east Ukraine - brokered by Germany and France - begin with the Russian and Ukrainian presidents shaking hands.

VIDEO: Living in fear in eastern Ukraine

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:43
The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from the rebel held town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where many residents are living in fear.

The states that don't play Powerball

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:43
Places in US where you can't win £300m Powerball jackpot

Dietary update: Cholesterol-rich foods aren't so bad

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:42

The government is set to withdraw warnings about cholesterol. According to the Washington Post, those dietary guidelines that we all know and love, the ones that provide rules for school lunches and nutrition advice and the same guidelines that tell us to limit our cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day are about to see a big change that could whip up business for the egg industry.

If we were writing a blockbuster movie about the egg industry – just bear with me – the villain would be cholesterol.

“It certainly has been an issue that has been on every single agenda, topic for every single meeting we’ve had in egg industry over the last 30 years,” says Kevin Burkum, a senior vice president of the American Egg Board. “Cholesterol is really the reason the American Egg Board was invented," he says.

In 1976, there was an egg crisis. American’s consumption of eggs had plunged from around 400 eggs a year in the 1940s to about half that a few decades later, and egg producers were concerned.

Phil Lempert, editor of, says the industry still hasn't completely recovered: “Fast forward to 2012, and it’s down to 250 eggs.”

After years of mixed messages about nutrition, even if the government does publish new guidelines extolling the virtues of eggs, it could be tough to persuade consumers that the product is actually considered healthy again, Lempert says.

“Because what we’ve seen before – whether it’s about obesity, or heart disease, or cholesterol, or sodium or sugar – is lots of confusion. This message has to be really clear," he says.

And heard, says Mark Cotter, CEO of the Food Group, a food marketing firm. If the government publishes new dietary guidelines they probably won’t have much affect on their own, he says.

“To be quite frank, the understanding of the dietary guidelines, in terms of awareness, is under 10 percent – in the country,” he says.

It’s up to the egg industry, says Cotter, to sell itself. Last year, egg sales increased by half a billion dollars, according to Burkum.  Consumers, he says, are already embracing the egg.

“The incredible edible egg – even more incredible,” he says.

What it takes to get a soldier's boots on the ground

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:42

President Obama wants Congress to authorize a U.S. military-led operation against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The president says he's not committing the country to another drawn-out, costly war. But getting just one pair of boots on the ground costs a lot of money.

It's not just bombs and bullets: It's all the civilian support required to sustain a deployment of any size for any period of time. In this case, the main weapon used may be airpower, and the footprint may not be as large as it was in Afghanistan or Iraq at the height of the war. But there will be plenty of work for civilian contractors.

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Falling asleep and other things you do during meetings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:42

This final note comes with this personal observation: I once had a boss in the Navy who only held meetings standing up — helped keep 'em short and on target, he said.

That wasn't a bad way to go, because a report from Atlassian had this to say about the average workplace meeting attendee:

- 39 percent slept during meetings.
- 45 percent felt overwhelmed by the number of meetings they have to go to.
- 73 percent said they did other work during those meetings.  


Sturgeon: 'The deficit is hugely important'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:25
The SNP leader aims to win votes in Scotland by wooing friends in London. The electoral arithmetic may work for her, but do her spending plans add up?

The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:05

Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.

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Discovery of largest genetic fat map

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:03
Scientists have uncovered more than 90 new gene regions that could help explain why some people are more likely to put on weight than others.