National / International News

Great robotic missions to explore space

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:58
Pallab Ghosh picks out five robotic missions which have inspired us and changed our perception of the Universe.

Murder arrest after baby girl dies

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:38
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a baby girl in Greater Manchester.

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:37

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.

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Designer smash-and-grab gang jailed

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:32
Seven men involved in robberies on high-end shops across London are jailed.

US baby gets lifetime hunting permit

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:32
Daylen Brickley, a baby from the US state of New Hampshire, is the proud owner of a lifetime permit to hunt and fish - the first license holder under a new program.

50 years of Medicare, by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:22

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law 50 years ago Thursday, subsidizing health care for millions of seniors, low-income families and people with disabilities. Both programs were highly controversial and have undergone many changes over the past half-century, and today they cover about a third of all Americans, according to the Associated Press. Let's do the numbers:

July 30, 1965

The official signing ceremony in Independence, Missouri, at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that Truman, an advocate for expanded health care during his presidency, was the first person to enroll. Coverage would begin about a year later.

55 million

That's about how many people are covered by Medicare, according to the federal government, starting from just over 19 million in 1966.

71.6 million

That's how many Americans are enrolled in Medicaid, including 75 percent of children living under the poverty line and 64 percent of people living in nursing homes.

$505 billion

Total Medicare spending in fiscal year 2014, or about 14 percent of the total federal budget, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After a slowdown this decade, spending is expected to accelerate through 2024, when spending is projected to reach $866 billion.

July 2, 1964

The date Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a little more than a year before Medicare. NPR points out the administration used one act to help the other: Hospitals that discriminated were in danger of losing federal dollars, and thousands desegregated as a result.

Experts: MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:05

An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 11:02

Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.

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Plea for help over Calais crisis

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:59
Police and social services in the UK say there are seeking urgent support as the Calais migrant crisis continues.

Man's body found in city centre

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:59
The death of a man in his 50s in Belfast city centre is being investigated by police.

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:59

A 2013 investigation resulted in the indictment of "25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers" on racketeering and drug charges. Nearly 20 more faced other charges.

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VIDEO: RAF 'intercepts Russian aircraft'

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:57
The Ministry of Defence has released footage which it said shows RAF Typhoons intercepting 10 Russian aircraft.

Big Orange wins Goodwood Cup

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:46
Big Orange wins a thrilling three-way finish to take the Goodwood Cup, while Richard Hughes wins in last Goodwood festival.

Kim takes one-shot British Open lead

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:45
South Korean Kim Hyo-joo shoots a seven-under-par 65 to lead the Women's British Open at Turnberry after the first round.

Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:39

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

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IMF wary of third Greek bailout

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:29
The International Monetary Fund is wary of any financial contribution to a third Greek bailout and is unlikely to provide funds at the first stage.

Comet yields 'rich array' of organics

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:08
The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.

Finn puts England on brink of win

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:07
Steven Finn takes 5-45 to reduce Australia to 168-7 in their second innings on the second day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Robot can leap from water's surface

BBC - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:03
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

NPR News - Thu, 2015-07-30 10:03

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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