National / International News

Account payment cost 'extraordinary'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:14
The amount a government accounting system spends to pay external suppliers is "extraordinarily high", according to Stormont's spending watchdog.

Pentagon OKs Manning Transfer For Gender Treatment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:52

Pvt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman.

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Yahoo buys messaging app Blink

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:24
Yahoo acquires Blink, a mobile application that allows users to share messages that self-destruct, in order to poach the talent behind it.

Eastern European jobs data expected

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:23
The first figures showing the number of Bulgarians and Romanians in work in the UK since restrictions on their movement were lifted are expected later.

A history of telecom mergers, charted

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:17

AT&T is reportedly close to making an offer to buy DirecTV in a deal that would value the satellite dish TV operator at nearly $50 billion.

According to the Wall Street Journal: 

"A deal could boost the flow of cash that AT&T could use to pay its dividend and fund a build out of its broadband Internet infrastructure, analysts have said. It also comes as AT&T increasingly views video—whether via pay TV service or delivered over the Web or its wireless network—as central to its future.

Adding satellite TV capabilities also could allow AT&T to free up valuable bandwidth on its Internet connections to customer homes."

The possible merger has us thinking about the history of media consolidation:

Report decries tobacco child labour

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:08
Why US children as young as 12 pick tobacco

Tea Party Favorite Captures Nebraska Senate Primary

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 19:39

The bitter race highlight fissures within the Republican Party. Also Tuesday, two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 18:35

Gay couples can begin to marry as soon as Friday morning unless an appeals court puts a stay on the decision. It was the second state in less than a week to have its ban wiped out by a judge.

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Jail 'overcrowded and needs repair'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:27
Inverness Prison is given an "overall good report" but it also highlights overcrowding and the need for a refurbishment of the building.

Hotel plan for threatened city hall

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:26
Perth City Hall, which councillors voted to demolish in December, could instead become a luxury hotel under new plans.

Food banks rise 'not due to reforms'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:25
UK Employment Minister Esther McVey says rising food bank use is not the fault of Westminister's welfare reforms.

At the top of their game

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:22
Competition winners in Belarus

Blakelock's widow in witness appeal

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:20
The widow of PC Keith Blakelock urges anyone who knows about her husband's murder during riots in 1985 to "search your heart and please come forward".

Forecast for deadly jellyfish blooms

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:11
The arrival of box jellyfish blooms could be predicted by monitoring ocean winds, a study suggests.

KLM aircraft makes emergency landing

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:02
A passenger aircraft makes an emergency landing at Norwich Airport after the pilot reports an electrical fault and fumes in the cockpit.

Brazuca: Secrets of the new World Cup ball

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 17:01
The Brazuca has been unveiled as the new ball for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but is it up to the task?

Elizabeth Arden shares slump on loss

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 16:59
Shares of US cosmetics-maker Elizabeth Arden plunge after it posts a surprise loss and hires an investment bank to explore its options.

Sats calculator ban 'backward step'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 16:57
Banning the use of calculators in this year's maths Sats tests in England is a "backwards step", academics warn.

VIDEO: US children aged 12 pick tobacco

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 16:47
A human rights group has released a report highlighting how US labour rules allow children as young as 12 to pick tobacco. The BBC went to North Carolina to hear from child workers and a tobacco farmer.

Oscar-Winning Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies At 36

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 16:46

Swede Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2013. He died in Stockholm.

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