National / International News

Baby girl killed by pet dog's bite

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:31
A six-day-old baby girl died after being pulled from her pram and bitten by the family's pet dog at her home, an inquest is told.

Dowler killer wins attack payout

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:27
Serial killer Levi Bellfield, whose victims include schoolgirl Milly Dowler, wins a £4,500 payout after being assaulted in prison.

Ramsey in Arsenal squad for Everton

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:27
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns to the Arsenal squad for Sunday's match against Everton after three months out injured.

US TV host Letterman to retire

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:18
Veteran US late-night TV host David Letterman surprises his audience by announcing that he is to retire in 2015 after 33 years as a talk show host.

Erdogan criticises Twitter ruling

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:08
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticises a ruling by the constitutional court which lifted a controversial ban on Twitter.

'Culture of fear' in Met Police

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:53
There is a "culture of fear" in the Met Police due to the "draconian" use of performance targets, says the group that represents officers.

Ousted Guinea-Bissau leader dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:51
Guinea-Bissau's former President Kumba Yala, who was ousted in a coup in 2003 after three years in office, dies at the age of 61.

VIDEO: PM hails Dawlish 'orange army'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:42
The main railway line through Dawlish in Devon has reopened after part of the track was destroyed during winter storms.

Glastonbury releases latest line-up

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:42
Sunday night headliners Kasabian, Jack White, Elbow, Rudimental and De La Soul are among 87 new acts announced to play Glastonbury Festival.

Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:34

It's been the home of the Cubs since 1916, and in all that time, the team has never won a World Series. So why do fans keep showing up? Locals say Wrigley's hallowed status isn't just about baseball.

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New French cabinet under Valls meets

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:16
French President Francois Hollande chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, led by ex-interior minister Manuel Valls and including the president's ex-partner.

Can Muslim mums stop radicalisation?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:05
The terror attack victim fighting radicalisation

Union urges UK help over refinery

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:04
A closure-threatened oil refinery should be saved by the UK government to meet the nation's energy needs and preserve the 400 jobs at the site, says a union.

Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:11

After only 11 days on the job, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned on Thursday. Controversy arose earlier this week when it was discovered that Eich had contributed to the 2008 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California. Eich initially defended his position on same-sex marriage, arguing it would not affect his leadership role at the company. 

Many Mozilla employees began to voice concerns their new CEO was not fit to head what is seen as a progressive company. And dating website OKcupid earlier this week asked Firefox users to stop supporting Mozilla because of its CEO's politics. 

"In the past couple of days, there's been mounting pressure from people all over the Mozilla community urging him to resign," said Casey Newton, who has been reporting on this for The Verge. "The argument they're making is that he can't be an effective leader when his values opposing same sex marriage oppose those of Mozilla as an organization."

Eich does stand out from a tech community that largely supports gay rights. Jeff Bezos donated heavily to a 2012 campaign in Washington to approve same-sex marriage. However, Newton added that Mozilla as a company stands out from the tech company for another reason as well.

"Mozilla is a really unusual case because it has this policy of openness. And it actually encouraged its employees to get on the Internet, to write blog posts, to tweet about how they felt. So you had this extraordinarily public discussion that would be unimaginable in almost any other company," said Newton.

Forget the wearables: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 23:13

In this week's edition of Silicon Tally, the numbers we're discussing involve set-top boxes, billions in loose change and just how many of us actually wear wearables. Will Oremus, tech blogger for Slate, runs the following numbers:

$70 billion

The amount Americans spent on gift cards last year. (Marketplace)


The percentage of wearable computer consumers that end up abandoning their devices after six months of their purchase. (Guardian)


The price of Amazon's new set-top box, the Fire TV. (USA Today)


The amount of non-work related expenses claimed in 2013 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for travel on the company's private jet. (Business Insider)

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