National / International News

'Orangefest' to be held in Glasgow

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 16:28
An Orange Order event - opposed by more than 28,000 people in an online petition - is to be held in Glasgow city centre.

Down's blood test 'would cut risk'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 16:15
A blood test for Down's syndrome can reduce the number of pregnant women needing risky tests, say UK doctors.

Cameron wants world corruption purge

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 16:08
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will urge world leaders at the G7 summit to take corruption more seriously in the wake of the Fifa scandal.

End of the line for rail vouchers

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:41
Millions of rail passengers who suffer travel delays will soon be able to claim refunds in cash, after a major policy change, the BBC learns

VIDEO: The intricate beauty of maps

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:08
The annual map fair is being held in London, but who collects maps and why are some of them worth so much?

'Banker bashing' and homework ban

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:03
An easing of the pressure on the banks and the prospect of a ban on homework at one of the country's top schools make the front pages.

How a couple’s photos became a meme

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:00
How one couple’s wedding photos went viral

The Mexican town 'governed by gangs' goes to the polls

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:00
Mexico mid-term polls in the shadow of drugs trade

Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar?

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:00
Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar?

How 1970s deodorant is still doing harm

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 15:00
How deodorant from the 1970s is still doing harm

VIDEO: Cuban baby crocodiles 'return home'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:45
Ten baby crocodiles have arrived a hatchery in Cuba after being transferred from a zoo in Sweden.

VIDEO: Should the UK be proud of Crossrail?

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:41
Newsnight's David Grossman asks if Britain can still boast of engineering prowess as Crossrail's 26 mile tunnel is completed.

Neymar hails Barca strikers' bond

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:40
Barcelona's Neymar says his friendship with fellow strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is the key to their success.

Billion could see Women's World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:22
The World Cup could reach up to a billion TV viewers as hosts Canada kick off the biggest staging of the tournament on Saturday.

The business of being naked

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:14

Nude tourism is an industry worth about $440 million every year, according to the American Association for Nude Recreation. Author Mark Haskell Smith saw — and bared — it all to write his new book, "Naked At Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World."

Smith did a lot of naked traveling himself for research. He went to a nudist resort in Palm Springs, California, one of 200 in the U.S.

"They're basically hotels with swimming pools, a lot of times with lakes and park spaces," he says.

He also went on a cruise on a chartered Holland America ship that had been "commandeered by nudists." Princess Cruises and other liners do the same thing.

"Basically, you've got a cruise ship that is rented by a nudist cruise company," Smith says. "For them, it's a big business."

In Europe, Smith visited towns where nude beaches drove tourism. In Vera, Spain,"the whole town is clothing optional," Smith says. He interviewed the mayor there and found out the visiting nudists were the prime economic driver for the whole area. 

Smith says it took a while for him to get comfortable in his own (bare) skin, but once he got used to it, he was able to embrace everything from nude hiking to grocery shopping. In a 60,000 person town in France where almost everyone is nude, Smith says, "trying to speak French was way more embarrassing than being naked."

Nude tourism is also expanding. Fifteen years ago, there were only two cruises, up to 45 this year. And the nude neighborhoods aren't just in Europe — in Pasco, Florida, there are housing developments just for nudists. "There's a whole real estate market of people who buy into these areas," Smith says. 

In "Naked at Lunch," Smith speaks to someone who thinks of nudism as a completely anti-capitalist statement. To some extent, Smith agrees, since it's all about being happy with — no pun intended — the bare necessities.

"They're rebels ... they stand up against all the rules of church and society, and even some of our laws, a lot of them risk a stigma that could cost them their jobs," he says. "They do it just because it feels good ... that is a completely anti-capitalist thing: you don't need to purchase anything to be happy."

Halibut Dumping Stirs Fight Among Fishing Fleets In Alaska

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:10

Last year, big fleets in the Bering Sea caught more halibut, by accident, than local fishermen caught on purpose. The big ships throw out that halibut; the local fishermen make their living from it.

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Baltimore Community Engagement Efforts Slowed By Crime Spike

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 14:00

Accusations against police of a slowdown has heightened longstanding mistrust of police. While steps are being taken to rebuild that trust, that's hard to do when police are out combating violence.

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Scotrail operator hit by scandal

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 13:51
Scotrail will not be affected by a scandal that has hit the Dutch company that runs the franchise , the Scottish government has said.

Wells won 1980 gold 'with honesty'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 13:44
Former British sprinter Allan Wells denies drug allegations and says he won his Olympic gold with "honesty and commitment".

Irish Soccer Details $7 Million FIFA Payment Over Handball

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 13:29

While earlier news has alleged hefty bribes over the awarding of the tournament, this case centers on a pivotal play in a World Cup playoff game that played in a key role in Ireland staying home.

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