National / International News

Call for details on principal pay

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 17:50
Universities are being urged to give more information about the way their principals are paid, as a bitter pay dispute continues.

VIDEO: World's biggest pork firm in $5bn float

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 17:36
The world's biggest pork producer, China's WH Group, is hoping to raise more than $5bn from an initial public offering in Hong Kong later this month.

Curbing wind energy to push up bills

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 17:15
Researchers say that plans to restrict wind farms to the seas around Britain will require significantly larger subsidies.

'Millions wasted' on flu drug

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:56
Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

British man shot dead in Bahamas

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:39
A British man has been shot dead by masked robbers who burst into his mother's home in the Bahamas, local police say.

'RoboClam' could anchor submarines

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:33
A new burrowing robot for anchoring miniature submarines has been developed, inspired by the Atlantic razor clam.

VIDEO: 'How about never - is never good for you?'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:32
The secret to the New Yorker's funniest cartoons

On the benefits cap front line

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:27
Panorama meets the families living with welfare reform

VIDEO: 'You can't afford to live in London'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:26
BBC Panorama followed council officers in the London borough of Brent for seven months to find out how the government's benefits cap is affecting families.

Some Ebola patients 'recovering'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:26
At least seven patients infected with Ebola in Guinea have recovered from the virus and been allowed to return home, a medical charity says.

VIDEO: Global solar-powered plane unveiled

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:23
Secrets of the solar-powered plane set to fly around the world

What's lurking inside the Bank of England's vaults?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:19
What's lurking inside the Bank of England's vaults?

Texas executes Mexican killer

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:17
A man who escaped prison while serving a murder sentence in Mexico is executed by the US state of Texas for a separate 1997 killing.

EU braces for Russian reaction

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:14
EU braced for comeback from Moscow over support for Ukraine

Rio 2016 promises 'great Games'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:01
Organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro respond to criticism about construction work delays, saying they will deliver 'great Games'.

Victim fury over 'corrupt Met plot'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:52
The victims of an alleged police kidnap and robbery plot speak of their outrage and say they now intend to sue the Met.

Mass stabbing at US high school

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:51
Twenty-two people are wounded in a mass stabbing attack at a Pennsylvanian high school, as a teenager is charged with attempted homicide.

What M&M's have to do with dog food

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:51

M & M’s, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way. They’re all made by Mars. In fact, most of us know Mars as one of the world’s biggest chocolate makers.

What you may not know is that Mars makes a lot more than chocolate. The company owns products such as instant rice, coffee, holistic remedies -- and even pet food.

In fact, if you feed your dog or cat Pedigree or Whiskas, or even “gourmet filets” made by the high-end Cesar brand, you are buying Mars products. And now, Mars will own even more of the names in the pet food aisle.

Procter & Gamble on Wednesday agreed to sell their Iams, Eukanuba and Natura pet food brands to Mars for $2.9 billion in cash. The deal is limited to markets in North America, Latin America and a few other countries.

“The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science,” Todd Lachman, global president for Mars Petcare, said in a statement.

Who knew Mars was a leader in “pet nutrition and veterinary science”?

Here are five brands you might also be surprised to know that Mars owns: 

1. Uncle Ben's Rice

 (Source: YouTube

2. CocoaVia 

3. Cesar

(Source: YouTube)

 4. Altoids 

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

5. Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape


BBC 'complacent' over IT failure

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:46
Confusion and a lack of planning were the reasons the BBC's £98.4m Digital Media Initiative failed, according to a report.

Mental health cuts cost NHS millions

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:44
Mental health cuts are costing the NHS millions long-term as reduced preventive measures mean more people are ending up in hospital, a report says.
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