National / International News

Saudi con artists use photos of sick American girl to solicit donations

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:27
How Saudi con artists used photos of sick American girl

VIDEO: The artist who sold people's Instagram photos ... without asking

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:27
Other people's social media photos taken without permission and sold

How life in a caravan set us free

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:27
The teachers who gave up work to get more time

Occupation children shunned in post-war Germany and Austria

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:26
The babies Allied forces left behind in Germany and Austria

VIDEO: Singapore's equestrians hope for gold

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:24
Two Singapore horse riders and their trainer are hoping for gold at the South East Asian Games in Singapore.

Poor managers 'still rewarded' - CMI

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:07
A new report by the Chartered Institute of Managers finds that a third of "under-performing" managers were given bonuses in 2015.

Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-02 15:06

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.

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'Blatt's all folks' and 'Towers of Terror'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:56
Sepp Blatter's resignation as head of world football's governing body, the Alton Towers theme park crash and the death of Charles Kennedy all feature on front pages.

Barman Gayle 'signs' for South Devon

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:54
Somerset's former West Indies captain Chris Gayle 'signs' for South Devon and also helps out behind the bar.

The day my daughter was shot in front of me

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:52
The day my daughter was shot in front of me

'One of sport's most dramatic falls'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:23
Sepp Blatter appeared an immovable dictator and his resignation is a seismic shock, says chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

Early poll plan for Macedonia strife

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:10
The EU says that it has brokered an agreement for early elections in Macedonia to end months of unrest sparked by corruption allegations.

John Kerry's leg surgery a success

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:04
US Secretary of State John Kerry undergoes successfully surgery on a broken leg and will be "walking by Wednesday", his doctors say.

VIDEO: Kennedy 'never lost Highlands roots'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:37
The BBC's James Cook looks back at Charles Kennedy's career from the politician's home town of Fort William in Scotland.

Charges against NoW chiefs dropped

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:23
Prosecutors drop charges against two former executives of the News of the World newspaper, the Crown Office has confirmed.

Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:20

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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Hadron collider to turn on data tap

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:16
The Large Hadron Collider is about to pave the way to a new era in physics, as it begins scientific investigations once again after a two-year hiatus.

Blatter 'under investigation in US'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:03
Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by US officials as part of their inquiry into corruption, US media reports say.

Why do so many Chinese students choose US universities?

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:02
Why do so many Chinese students choose US universities?

A Boeing 747 pilot writes a love letter to flight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-02 13:00

Mark Vanhoenacker is a commercial pilot who flies a Boeing 747 from London to major cities all over the world. Although he has been flying planes for years, Vanhoenacker is still mesmerized by the wonder of flight. He poetically shares his experiences in his first book, "Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot."

On the scale of travel:

Pick a city on the front of the globe and a city on the other side, and imagine the distances between them are geographic but also historical and linguistic and cultural. The plane connects them. It takes people and ideas and goods and awareness between those places. That world of possibility is built into how we think of the planet. It’s built into modernity itself, but that doesn’t mean we should take it too casually or take it for granted.

On the idea of “place lag”:

Place lag is the best term I could think of for the kind of experience we have when we take a long-haul flight. There’s a kind of shock. When I fly to Singapore, the last hour of the flight is quite busy, and then we go through customs and immigration and get our bags. And suddenly we’re on a bus. I’m suddenly off duty for the first time in 16 hours, and I look around, and it’s just a regular afternoon in Singapore. Everybody’s going about their business. It’s all these people doing all these things that they would have been doing if we hadn’t flown there.

There’s this sense that planes show us that the whole world is going on at once. When we fly between places, we’re confronted with that. It’s a kind of wonder. Like jet lag, I think it’s something that we won’t ever get used to. And that’s probably a good thing for retaining that sense of magic.

On kids reading his book:

I’ve had a whole bunch of letters from kids, and I didn’t expect that. I wasn’t writing the book for children specifically or for early teenagers. I think that kids love looking up at planes or down from them, and the things that amaze children are usually a good guide to what we, as adults, may want to rediscover.