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Ladies do lunch to fight 'sexism'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:53
...on the Tube as a protest against 'sexism'

VIDEO: Shops willing to sell 'stolen' phones

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:51
An undercover investigation by BBC London exposes a black market of shops and traders who are willing to deal in stolen smartphones.

Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:49
Pro-Russian activists attack another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.

Casement social club row resolved

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:46
The dispute over the future of a social club in the grounds of the Gaelic Athletic Association's Casement Park stadium in Belfast is resolved.

French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:46

Investigators say they've run out of leads in the September rape at a high school in western France and are hoping that a mass sampling of male students will produce a suspect.

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IRA membership trial collapses

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:44
The trial of man accused of being a member of the Provisional IRA collapses at Belfast Crown Court.

SpaceX to launch supplies to station

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:42
SpaceX is set to launch its third commercial cargo re-supply mission to the International Space Station, and conduct another test in its programme to recover flown rocket parts.

Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:32

While the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its shortfall projections for the next few years, it warns that deficits will start rising substantially again unless policymakers act.

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Murder charge over woman's death

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:28
A 19-year-old man is charged with the murder of 51-year-old Isabelle Sanders and the attempted murder of her 85-year-old partner Norman Busby.

Clifford jury warned over other cases

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:26
Jurors trying publicist Max Clifford must ignore sex offence allegations against other high-profile figures, a judge tells the Old Bailey.

More than 70 killed in Nigeria blast

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:25
More than 70 people are killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital, Abuja, officials say.

Android devices await Heartbleed fix

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:24
One week after the Heartbleed bug was announced millions of Android devices remain vulnerable to the bug despite Google creating a fix.

Global trade to gain speed, says WTO

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:15
Global trade will pick up speed and will grow by 4.7% this year and by 5.3% in 2015, says the World Trade Organization.

The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:13

For many older men, life gets better and better — until it gets worse.

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Don't expect greenhouse gas emissions to change

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:12

A new UN report on climate change says greenhouse gas emissions rose faster from 2000 to 2010 than they did in the previous three decades, and the United States is one of the worst offenders.  

Part of the reason why is that the US and China still burn too much coal. In addition, emissions are rising faster because developing countries have joined the party.  

But don't expect things to change much: emissions are just too easy to ignore.

"Carbon dioxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas.  So it’s very easy to emit it without us noticing much or caring," says Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies at New York University.  

The report does say the cost of wind and solar power is going down.  But the US still needs to improve its power transmission lines. 

“There could be barriers and obstacles to getting the energy from where the sun is falling, for example, and getting it to large cities that need it,” says Union of Concerned Scientists senior climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel.

Of course, we could always conserve energy...  

The report says tightening efficiency standards for buildings and vehicles can really help.

 

America's greenhouse gas record isn't getting better

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:12

A new UN report on climate change says greenhouse gas emissions rose faster from 2000 to 2010 than they did in the previous three decades, and the United States is one of the worst offenders.  

Part of the reason why is that the US and China still burn too much coal. In addition, emissions are rising faster because developing countries have joined the party.  

But don't expect things to change much: emissions are just too easy to ignore.

"Carbon dioxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas.  So it’s very easy to emit it without us noticing much or caring," says Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies at New York University.  

The report does say the cost of wind and solar power is going down.  But the US still needs to improve its power transmission lines. 

“There could be barriers and obstacles to getting the energy from where the sun is falling, for example, and getting it to large cities that need it,” says Union of Concerned Scientists senior climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel.

Of course, we could always conserve energy...  

The report says tightening efficiency standards for buildings and vehicles can really help.

 

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:03

The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.

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PODCAST: Warm reception for retail

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:01

Americans bought a lot of stuff last month. So much, in fact, that retail sales rose more in March than they have in any other month in the last year and a half. Eugenio J. Alemán, senior economist at Wells Fargo joins us to discuss.

Over the weekend, members of Congress fanned out across the country for a two-week Easter recess. You're thinking Mai Tais on the beach? "Probably not," says Riva Litman, a staffer with the House Republican Conference. "Especially not in Eastern Washington." In an election year, breaks from the Hill are a key time to drum up support - and money - back home.

And, in France, companies and labor unions have come up with a plan to give certain employees a daily rest from emailing, texting or other electronic communication -- an 11 hour rest. If approved by the French government the limits would apply to about a quarter-million consulting, software and other workers. The BBC's Hugh Schofield has been following the development and joins us to talk about it.

Prosecution queries Pistorius' tears

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:59
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".

Clegg outlines garden cities plan

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:49
Up to three new garden cities with more than 15,000 homes each will be built, Nick Clegg announces.
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