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LA Clippers President To Take Indefinite Leave, NBA Says

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 16:07

Andy Roeser will step down effective immediately. His leave comes a week after Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league for making racist comments.

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Letter from Africa: Signs of our times

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 16:00
Which African country has the rudest public notices?

'Most non-Scots firms' back Union

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 15:51
Most businesses outside Scotland want the nation to remain in the UK, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.

Good times will return - Giggs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 15:13
Ryan Giggs says "the good times will come back" to Manchester United, although his future at the club remains uncertain.

Introducing the Star Trek scanner

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 15:10
Tiny device that claims to reveal chemicals in your food

Can we control how we age?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 15:07
Could we all be doing the high jump at 95?

VIDEO: Big changes in the smallest room

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 15:02
Is it possible to reinvent the toilet?

Manchester United 3-1 Hull City

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:58
James Wilson scores twice on his Manchester United debut to help beat FA Cup finalists Hull City.

LA Clippers president to step down

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:50
The president of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team has taken an "indefinite leave of absence" as the league prepares to force a sale.

Eight more Nigerian girls abducted

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:44
Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped eight girls in northern Nigeria, following last month's mass abduction, police say.

Jones has X-ray on shoulder injury

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:41
Phil Jones awaits the results of X-rays after sustaining a shoulder injury in Manchester United's victory over Hull.

Monica Lewinsky breaks media silence

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:40
The one-time White House intern who had an affair with then-US President Bill Clinton writes in a US magazine that their relationship was consensual.

Legal challenge to 'prison book ban'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:30
Emily Maitlis reveals the "prison book ban" could be challenged.

VIDEO: 'Nazi art' hoarder Gurlitt dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 14:07
German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt has died aged 81, with no definitive answer on what will happen to his secret collection, which included many Nazi-looted pieces.

VIDEO: Woman survives five day car ordeal

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:54
A woman has survived at least five days trapped in her wrecked car without food or water at the top of a mountain pass.

Fulham 'paid price' over Jackson statue

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:53
Former owner Mohamed Al Fayed believes Fulham's removal of their Michael Jackson statue caused their relegation.

Extra nurses brought in to RVH

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:45
Fifteen extra nursing staff are brought in to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital's emergency department to deal with the number of people waiting to be treated.

VIDEO: Sanctions ahead of S Sudan talks

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:44
The US has announced sanctions against individuals on both sides of the conflict in South Sudan, where violence has flared in the past few days as government forces try to take back the key oil town of Bentiu.

What do meteorologists think about climate change?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:37

President Obama is sitting down with eight weather people today—from NBC’s Al Roker to local forecasters—to promote the National Climate Assessment. That’s the new report that shows climate change is affecting all areas of the country and economy.  

That makes sense; many Americans trust their local weathermen for all things weather. 

Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, says Obama is smart to use weather people to promote the National Climate Assessment. “Unlike climate scientists, they already have the eyes and ears of the American people,” he says.

According to his research, many meteorologists are climate skeptics. “While almost all of them understand that the climate is changing,” he says, “they’re not all necessarily convinced that human activity is driving the change.” 

And some don’t even go that far. Among the most prominent of the unpersuaded is Joe Bastardi. He spent much of his career at Accuweather and is now chief meteorologist at He goes on shows like Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor often to dispute climate science.

“The weather was far worse in this country in the 30s, 40s, and 50s,” Bastardi says. “In the end, I think this is much ado about nothing. I think it will wind up on the ash heap of history.” 

According to Maibach’s research, a full quarter of TV weather people said they don’t believe climate change is happening, in the most recent survey in 2010. About an equal number said they weren’t sure. 

Some may be skeptical because they see how often their computer models don’t produce accurate short-term forecasts. 

“They translate some of that into having some concerns about using the similar kinds of models to project the climate out for many, many years,” says Keith Seitter, executive director of The American Meteorological Society, which supports the President’s report.  

Obama is now trying to get more TV weather people who believe the long-range forecast to spread the word. 

Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 13:30

The perennially undermanned U.N. "blue helmet" peacekeepers could get a boost from a contingent drawn from neighboring countries.

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