National / International News

Budget's energy bills help for firms

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 08:35
Welsh businesses with very high energy bills, such as Tata Steel in Port Talbot, are in line for compensation under a key announcement in the Budget.

NI to get first enterprise zone

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 08:35
Chancellor George Osborne announces the creation of Northern Ireland's first enterprise zone in Coleraine.

Why A Sweet Tooth May Have Been An Evolutionary Advantage For Kids

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-19 08:29

Kids seem to crave more energy and sugar than adults crave because they're growing, researchers say in a new study. They found that kids who preferred sweet flavors were tall for their age.

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Key points of Budget: At-a-glance

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 08:22
An at-a-glance summary of the main points of the 2014 Budget.

Need money for school? Sue Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-19 08:07

Who hasn't been a student in need of money? Back in my day, we would pick up an extra shift at the library or clean petrie dishes for the biology department. But we were a simple people--easily delighted and distracted by things like carpenter pants and network TV. These days, students are much more sophisticated. 

Case in point: A group of students in California is suing Google. They claim Google's Gmail monitoring violates federal and state privacy laws. The story was written up by Mashable in fuller detail here.

The nine students who are bringing the case are focused on something called "Apps for Education." It's a collection of free, web-based education tools with around 30 million users. Many of these users are under 18 years of age. Therein lies the class action lawsuit: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, ensures the privacy of records of students under 18. Evidently, Gmail might be in violation of this. 

That could potentially mean Google pays out millions to Gmail users.  Not sure how any of it will pan out... I have a feeling that Google's lawyers are of the pelagic persuasion.

Still, hats off to the students for fighting the good fight. And, just in case they need money next semester, the NSA might want to send them a preemptive fruit basket. But seriously, hats off to the students. 

Air France Relatives Have Sad Bond With Malaysia Air Families

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:59

One group that knows about "days of utmost anxiety" reaches out to another. In 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic. Debris was found after 5 days. Bodies weren't recovered for 2 years.

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Aberdeen fans score Human League hit

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:55
A social media campaign by Aberdeen FC fans propels a 1980s hit by The Human League into the iTunes top 5.

Coulson 'urged silence on hacking'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:52
The former royal editor of the News of the World tells the Old Bailey editor Andy Coulson promised to give him his job back if he "kept silent" about phone hacking.

What is an annuity?

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:48
Annuities: What are they and how do they work?

Madeleine police seek sex attacker

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:42
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in Portugal between 2004 and 2006.

VIDEO: 'More generous' savings rules

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:36
George Osborne has unveiled measures to boost the income of pensioners and savers hit by low interest rates.

Pro-Russians seize Crimea naval base

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:34
Pro-Moscow activists take over Ukraine's key Crimean naval base in Sevastopol, a day after Crimea signed a treaty to become part of Russia.

Exam board to re-mark GCSE papers

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:33
Welsh exams board WJEC is to re-mark some of the new GCSE English papers taken in January following an internal review.

Pistorius 'on stumps when shooting'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:25
A key police ballistics expert tells the Oscar Pistorius trial the South African athlete was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he fired his gun.

Scotland's Hogg given three-week ban

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:23
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is suspended for three weeks following his Six Nations sending off against Wales.

Toyota in deal over US safety probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:12
Japanese carmaker Toyota agrees a $1.2bn settlement with US regulators after a four-year inquiry into its reporting of safety issues.

Alan Turing Institute to be set up

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:10
The Chancellor, George Osborne, announces in his Budget speech that an Alan Turing Institute will be set up to research big data.

French rogue trader to go to jail

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:04
French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who caused huge losses at bank Societe Generale, loses his appeal against jail but his fine is to be reviewed.

Mother and daughters found stabbed

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 07:01
Two sisters and their mother are stabbed in what police say is a "domestic incident" at a house in Birmingham.

Britain Plans New 12-Sided £1 Coin To Combat Counterfeiting

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-19 06:54

The new coin is being described as the most secure ever produced, but it won't be introduced until 2017.

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