National / International News

Extremism in Birmingham schools?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:53
Investigating claims of Islamic "takeovers" of schools

Independence 'risks defence jobs'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:50
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

VIDEO: Tackling the world's coldest marathon

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:46
The world's hardest, and coldest, marathon has taken place at Russia's Barneo Ice Station in the geographic North Pole.

VIDEO: Anfield falls silent for anniversary

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:45
Crowds at Liverpool's Anfield stadium have held a minute's silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people died.

Pistorius 'heartbroken' over body

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:38
Oscar Pistorius tells his murder trial he was "heartbroken" at seeing the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as the cross-examination ends.

PODCAST: Google's drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:35

Millions of people in developing countries still don’t have access to the Internet. Google would like to change that, which is why it’s acquired Titan Aerospace, manufacturer of solar-powered drones. The world's most famous search engine plans to send the drones up to hover high in the atmosphere, beaming the internet down to earth.

Heartbleed continues to dominate the news and scare the daylights out of all of us. The massive data flaw has thrown a huge curveball to millions of companies and the collective fix is a big, expensive deal.

The deadline to file income taxes is April 15. For many businesses, deductions on things like labor and rent help to keep tax bills low. But that's not the case for marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized medical or recreational use. Many licensed marijuana business owners file taxes. But because of an Internal Revenue Service code known as 280E—originally written for illegal drug traffickers—they can't write off retail expenses associated with the business.

Privacy fears over FBI database

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:33
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

The men who saved European rugby?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:31
A combination of TV experience and rugby relationships was key to reaching agreement, RFU chairman Bill Beaumont tells BBC Sport

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:24
A video of a mysterious black ring in the sky over Leamington Spa has left people scratching their heads. Just what might it have been?

Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:10

Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:09

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

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Villa suspend Lambert's assistants

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:08
Aston Villa suspend assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and coach Gary Karsa pending an internal investigation.

Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:06

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:05
Fernando Torres wants Atletico move, Arsenal interested Mandzukic and Manchester United want Barcelona midfielder, plus more.

In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:43

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, thanks to a weak economy. He's hoping to eke out a win using policies and strategies favored by the president.

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Final approval for EU banking reform

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:21
MEPs back rules for a banking safety net to minimise the risk of further EU taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:18
The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

India court recognises third gender

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:15
India's Supreme Court recognises transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling which orders the government to provide key amenities.

Heartbleed may 'slow' web speeds

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:13
The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug could make web browsing speeds slow to a crawl, warns net monitoring firm Netcraft.

Parents 'baffled by Inset days'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 05:07
Parents are often baffled as to why schools in England close for in-service training days , or 'Inset' days, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says.
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