National / International News

Prince Charles to visit Ireland

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:13
The Prince of Wales is to visit the Republic of Ireland next month for four days of engagements.

Russian economy shrinks 2% in slump

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:11
Russia's economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of this year under the pressure of sanctions and a weak oil price, Russian PM Medvedev says.

Carbon monoxide killed caravan pair

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:08
A couple in their 70s who died in their caravan at in Newcastle, County Down, earlier this year were the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Sam Smith up for Ivor Novello Award

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:07
Sam Smith, George Ezra and Clean Bandit are in the running for most performed work at The Ivor Novello Awards.

New Afghan cabinet after long delay

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:06
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani swears in 16 new ministers - nearly completing his cabinet after seven months of delay.

Residents rally to catch arsonists

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:05
Residents from communities across south Wales are rallying together to try and catch arsonists who deliberately start grass fires.

What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:03

Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

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VIDEO: Toxic diet pills 'a one-way trip'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00
The mother of a student who died after taking toxic 'diet pills' has said she had "absolutely no idea" her daughter was using them.

AUDIO: Ambulance called for dead squirrel

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00
An ambulance service urges people to think before they dial 999 after they received a call about a squirrel injured in a "hit- and-run".

Iowa farm the latest to suffer bird flu's toll

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00

Up to about 5 million hens will have be euthanized at a farm in Iowa due to an outbreak of the highly infectious bird flu. The virus has been hammering poultry producers in the Midwest, particularly turkey farmers in Minnesota.

Producers have had to destroy millions of birds. They’ve also ramped up biosecurity measures such as rinsing shoes in a disinfectant prior to entering a barn.

“Everyone had very tight biosecurity programs before, and I would say they're tightening the hatch even more,” says Mark Cook, a professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Cook consults with poultry producers on those biosecurity programs and usually does farm visits. But he recently tabled one such visit with a Minnesota producer.

“I don't want to track anything to them and they don't want me over there. And I don't want them over in my facility either,” he says. “In fact, our last visit with them was in a hotel halfway between Minnesota and Wisconsin within the past month.”

Scientists suspect wild waterfowl are spreading the virus through the feces they drop during migration.

The virus kills commercial poultry quickly. Once a case is identified, all other birds in a barn must be euthanized. The infected birds are kept out of the food supply. The threat to human health is considered low

It's not yet clear if the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys will cause a price spike for those products. If that happens, consumers may opt for other meats.

“What people do is switch,” says Mike Boland, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. He says so far there has not been a noticeable spike in turkey prices, though the Associated Press reports that Hormel expects to sell less turkey this year because of the flu outbreak.

Boland adds that any effect on egg prices will be tough to gauge. He notes that egg production and prices have fluctuated a great deal over the past five years.

“A lot of fluctuation is caused by food safety issues,” he says. “Some of it is caused just by demand for eggs is going up—people are eating more eggs.”

PODCAST: The business of reruns

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-21 03:00

First up, more on Google's new campaign to reduce our exasperation when thumbing through cluttered websites. And as regulators continue to weigh the potential Time Warner-Comcast tie up, the companies will reportedly meet with Justice Department officials Wednesday to talk about possible concessions that would keep the merger alive. We look at what concessions are on the table. Plus, this is the time of year when many television shows find out their fate: Will they live to see another season, or enter the realm of syndication, downloads, and streaming services? We look at how the afterlife of television shows is changing for TV lovers and advertisers.

New York Governor Cuomo visits Cuba

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:52
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Cuba, the first US state governor to travel to the Communist-run island since a thaw in relations began last year.

VIDEO: Ding forgets he is on for 147

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:46
China's Ding Junhui misses out on a 147 break at the World Snooker Championships after appearing to forget he was on for a maximum.

Egypt's Former President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:43

Less than two years after he was removed from office by the military, an Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for the arrest and torture of protesters.

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HBO Now users outside US 'cut off'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:42
HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its HBO Now service if they are viewing its shows outside the US.

Eurotunnel delay after power failure

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:40
There are severe delays to trains using the Eurotunnel following an electrical fault.

Banks face competition over accounts

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:36
The big four High Street banks are under pressure to offer current account perks as competition in the sector appears to be picking up.

VIDEO: Outside Sicilian migrant centre

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:35
The BBC's James Reynolds reports from outside one of the migrant centres where the survivors of the boat sinking off Libya have been taken to.

Major warns of Labour-SNP 'mayhem'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:27
Ex-prime minister Sir John Major claims that a Labour government backed by the SNP would be a "recipe for mayhem".

South Korea in turmoil over corruption

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:21
Allegations of corruption in South Korea have tainted the prime minister, and threaten to topple the president, says Stephen Evans.