National / International News

'Syrian former imam' found shot dead

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 15:07
A man understood to be a Syrian-born former imam of a London mosque is found dead with bullet wounds in his car.

US boosts arms for Yemen coalition

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 15:01
The US says it is speeding up weapons deliveries to a Saudi-led coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Labour would scrap 'non-dom' status

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 15:00
Labour would abolish the non-domicile rule, where some wealthy people can limit the tax paid on earnings outside the UK, Ed Miliband is to announce.

Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:45

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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France side is in crisis - Dallaglio

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:42
Lawrence Dallaglio believes the success of French clubs in the Champions Cup shows the national side is underperforming.

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:29

Officer Michael Slager previously said he had followed procedure, but a video showed him shooting a man who was running away from him after a traffic stop.

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McIlroy primed for bid to join legends

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:08
Rory McIlroy is physically and mentally honed ahead of his bid to win at Augusta and join the list of Grand Slam greats.

An Edward Snowden Statue Was Replaced By A Hovering Snowden Image Last Night

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:48

After a bust of Snowden was installed in a Brooklyn park and then removed by authorities, some artists projected a photo of his face there last night, using ashes and light.

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Curiosity changed Brian Grazer's life

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:43

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer worked on films like “Apollo 13” and “Splash” but he’s also behind hit TV shows like “24” and most recently, “Empire.”

Grazer says much of his success comes from an expert ability to ask the right questions, and he’s put together a book with some of his best conversations. Called “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life,” Grazer's new book isn't so much of a how-to guide as it is a how-to-ask-the-right-questions guide.

When he was young, Grazer’s grandmother praised him for his curiosity and knack for asking good questions. “And I realized I should apply that to every part of my life,” he says. “It made me more than a nobody, it made me someone who was knowledgeable about a lot of different subjects.”

Grazer went on a quest to find experts he could learn from.

“Every two weeks, almost as a religion, or like a religion, I would go meet somebody who was an expert in any of those areas just to ask questions and dig inside what could be the truth of what they’re doing,” he says.   

Early on, he was able to make his way into the office of legendary studio executive Lew Wasserman.

“He went into his office and got a pad of paper and a 2H pencil, and said put the pencil to the paper and it has more value than it did as separate parts,” says Grazer.

Grazer took Wasserman’s advice and not long thereafter, he wrote “Splash.” 

Shell 'in talks' to buy BG Group

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:32
Oil giant Shell is "in talks" to buy gas producer BG Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, in what could be one of the biggest mergers of 2015.

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:21

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.

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France opens Rwanda genocide archive

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:20
France declassifies documents related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed at least 800,000 lives, the French president's office says.