National / International News

AUDIO: Joe Cocker's brother 'loved his music'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:45
Victor Cocker speaks about his relationship with his brother, the late singer Joe Cocker.

Day in pictures: 23 December 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:40
Images from around the world: 23 December

Couple challenge civil partnerships

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:37
A heterosexual couple is challenging the ban on members of the opposite sex entering into civil partnerships, which they say is a "basic issue of discrimination and equality".

Ibrahimovic fumes as Borg gets top spot

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:34
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy at finishing second to tennis legend Bjorn Borg in list of top sporting Swedes.

Carlisle 'very poorly' says wife

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:31
Clarke Carlisle's wife says the ex-footballer is "very poorly" but "stable" after suffering injuries in a collision with a lorry.

VIDEO: 'Lost' seal recovering at sanctuary

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:29
A seal that was found 17 miles inland in Merseyside has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary.

UK lives too high on the hog (again)

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:28
How worried should we be by the UK's record current account deficit, our inability to pay our way in the world?

Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:03

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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GP surgeries in NI 'at 24-year low'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:01
The number of GP surgeries in Northern Ireland at its lowest since 1991, a group of doctors says.

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a strong GDP report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00
5 percent

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of gross domestic product to 5 percent, up from the 3.9 percent reported last month. As reported by the New York Times, this is the fastest growth rate for the U.S. economy since 2003.

$30 million

Sponsoring a bowl game for college football can be expensive – some estimate it costs companies as much as $30 million. It could be a big reason why there has been a recent shake-up in bowl game sponsorships.

10 hours

The Internet went down Monday for 10 hours (some reports say nine) in North Korea, leading some to speculate that the outage was the proportionate response to the Sony hacks promised by President Barack Obama.

$16,000

WSJ reports that last week, police in Chongqing, China, raided a training session for Uber drivers. Officials say they will crack down on such car-hailing services, fining drivers as much as 100,000 yuan, or $16,000.

$5,000

If you're looking for holiday gifts for that special Scientologist in your life, Quartz has a link to a Christmas catalogue featuring L. Ron-approved holiday merchandise. Maybe you're interested in a $5,000 e-meter as a stocking stuffer?

PODCAST: It's expensive to pay for college...football

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00

First up, we talk the biggest economic growth for the U.S. in 11 years. And college football’s new playoff system is shaking up the game off the field too. Some of the big companies sponsoring bowl games defected to another game or dropped their support altogether. We look at why there's been such a large shake up. Plus, many industries have gotten the Silicon Valley treatment (i.e. disruption), so why not Wall Street? More of our conversation with IEX CEO and President Brad Katsuyama on bringing innovation to financial services. 

It's beginning to look a lot like...a strong GDP report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 03:00
5 percent

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of GDP to 5 percent, up from the 3.9 percent reported last month. As reported by the New York Times, this makes for the fastest growth rate for the U.S. economy since 2003.

$30 million

Sponsoring a bowl game for college football can be expensive—Some estimate it costs companies as much as $30 million. It could be a big reason why there has been a recent shake up of sponsorship of bowl games.

10 hours

The internet went down for 10 hours (some reports say 9) in North Korea on Monday, leading some to speculate that the outage was the proportionate response to the Sony hacks promised by President Barack Obama.

$16,000

WSJ reports that last week, police in Congqing, China raided a training session for Uber drivers. Officials say they will fine drivers using car-hailing services as much as 100,000 yuan, or $16,000.

$5,000

If you're looking for holiday gifts for that special Scientologist in your life, Quartz has a link to a Christmas catalogue featuring L. Ron-approved holiday merchandise. Maybe you're interested in a $5,000 e-meter as a stocking stuffer?

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:53
Al-Jazeera network suspends its Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, whose coverage angered Egypt's government and strained its relations with Qatar.

Beyond GDP: Well-being

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:38
The holidays are a good time to reflect on well-being. The ONS has done so, releasing an assessment of income that is intended to provide a more comprehensive picture of economic prosperity.

Apple automates bug update for Macs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:29
Apple rushes to fix new bugs with an automatic update for Mac computers around the world.

Algerian army 'kills top jihadist'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:26
Algerian special forces have killed the leader of a militant group that beheaded a French tourist in September, a local television station reports.

Wenger praises Austin's 'tenacity'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:19
Arsene Wenger praises Charlie Austin's "mental strength" and "tenacity" as Arsenal prepare to take on QPR on Boxing Day.

Legal adviser contacts health trust

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:13
Northern Ireland's attorney general contacts a health trust over its decision to withdraw home care packages from up to 550 people in Belfast, the BBC learns.

VIDEO: A sprout's tale from field to plate

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:09
The BBC travels to Lincolnshire to find out how Brussels sprouts make it from green field to dinner table in time for Christmas Day.

Scots tycoon death inquest opens

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 02:03
An inquest is opened into the death of Scot Young, a property tycoon who died after falling from his London penthouse.

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