National / International News

Nadal loss hurts French Open seeding

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:16
Rafael Nadal loses to Stan Wawrinka at the Italian Open as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer reach semis.

Should doctors be allowed to nap on the job?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:15
Why some medical students aren’t ashamed of snoozing

VIDEO: Pregnant woman who survived the quake

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:13
Few stories from the Nepal earthquake are more dramatic than that of a pregnant young woman trapped in the ruins of her house.

Leader contenders set for debate

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:09
Prospective leaders of the Labour Party will face questions from the public later, in the wake of news that Chuka Umunna has bowed out of the leadership contest.

Inside world's most remote film festival

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:08
World's most remote film festival keeps struggle alive

The metal that brought you cheap flights

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:04
Air travel is affordable partly because jet engines are efficient - and for that the world must thank a cheap dull metal that helps makes some superalloys.

Hamburger icon: How these three lines mystify most people

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:02
The hamburger button has become a common symbol on our smartphones, tablets and computers. But what is it?

New Budget planned for July

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:00
Chancellor George Osborne says he will deliver a new Budget on 8 July which will "entrench stability and security".

Kerry to urge China 'sea restraint'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:57
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in China to urge Beijing to halt what is seen as its increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea.

Investigators Examining Whether Amtrak Train Was Struck By Object

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:38

An assistant conductor on the train that derailed Tuesday says she heard a radio transmission from the engineer that the locomotive had been struck. The derailment killed eight people.

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Tuilagi actions 'disgust' Dawson

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:17
Ex-England players Matt Dawson and Jeremy Guscott say they are "disappointed" by Manu Tuilagi's assault conviction.

Farage should 'take break' - Carswell

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:42
UKIP leader Nigel Farage "needs to take a break now", the party's only MP Douglas Carswell says.

USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:34

The government runs organic and antibiotic-free labeling programs, but has stayed out of the non-GMO labeling fray. That is, until a food company asked the USDA for help, and the agency obliged.

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She's Not A Candidate, So Why Do So Many People Have An Opinion Of Her?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:31

Emily Farris is not running for anything and has no national profile or political aspirations. Yet, a quarter of GOP primary voters in one poll had an opinion of her. What's going on? Pseudo-opinion.

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Change is in the air traffic control tower

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:30

Momentum is growing for major changes to the U.S. air traffic control system, which, believe it or not, uses radar, not GPS, to land planes.

Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice present for policy at Airlines for America, says getting rid of radar would increase efficiency.

“It would enable us to put planes closer together and be more accurate in our prediction in weather and working around weather,” she says.

But American skies are already some of the safest in the world. So why the urgency? The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget has become a political football in Congress, and that's rattled air traffic controllers.

“They want to see stable, predictable, long-range planning and funding to modernize the system,” says Jim Burnley, who was transportation secretary under Ronald Reagan.

The union, he says, “has now made very clear in the last couple of months that it is willing to look at serious alternatives to the present structure of air traffic control.”

But proposals are still vague. Some want to reform but keep the agency inside the government, others want it privatized. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, says the Pentagon has told him it's weary of giving airspace control to a private group.

“Do we want to do the same old thing, maybe try to patchwork it in place?” he says. “Or do we want to do something iterative and say, 'OK, we’re going to make a major change to try and solve some of the long-term problems with this agency'?”

Man Utd have De Gea replacement list

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:30
Manchester United have already drawn up a list of replacements for keeper David De Gea in case he opts to leave the club.

Politics Rewind: Between Iraq And A Hard Place

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:10

Jeb Bush's shifting positions on the Iraq War gave an opening to Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. And will Hillary Clinton answer questions directly on her trip to Iowa next week?

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Homeless families forced out of town

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:04
Social housing tenants moved as London boroughs struggle with costs