National / International News

Grace Mugabe 'should hand back PhD'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:52
Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove calls on Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe to hand back her PhD as students demand an investigation.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:44
Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.

VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:20
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:02
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.

VIDEO: Fry tells 'ugly truth' in new book

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 09:38
The award-winning comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has said his new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, reveals the "ugly truth" about his cocaine use in the 1980s.

VIDEO: 'Mr Nobody' ups UKIP offer to £1m

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 09:10
Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks has announced that he will donate £1m to UKIP.

Ex-ministers attack M4 relief road

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:49
Two former environment ministers criticise Welsh government plans for an M4 relief road south of Newport.

UK's Lord Hill meets his EU critics

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:29
Lord Hill tells EU why he's the man to oversee banks

Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:21
Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence, saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings.

Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:04
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group.

The numbers for October 1, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:22

The private sector added 213,000 jobs in September, according to an ADP payroll report out Wednesday morning. That's just ahead of expectations and a jump from the August report, which was revised down to 202,000 additions. Small businesses lead the way, with 88,000 jobs added to companies with less than 50 employees in September.

The government will release its monthly jobs report at the end of the week. As we wait for those numbers, here's what we're watching Wednesday:


Wednesday is Chinese National Day, and one human rights group estimates "nearly two dozen" people have been detained in mainland China for their support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The government has been moving quickly to scrub images of the protest from the Internet and tamp down small bursts of solidarity from the mainland, the New York Times reported, and Amnesty International said at least 60 people have been brought in for questioning about their support.

$1.5 billion

California's drought enters its fourth year Wednesday. An August study from the University of California at Davis estimated $1.5 billion in farm revenue has been lost, along with 17,100 jobs. A new report released this week linked climate change to many heat waves around the world in 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported, but could not draw a clear connection between human activity and the drought.

45 percent

That's how high fees can get for families sending money to incarcerated loved ones through JPay, a private vendor that handles money transfers for 70 percent of inmates in the U.S. JPay is at the center of an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity exploring the heavy, hidden costs put on inmates and their families. The second half of the series, focusing on no-bid agreements between big banks and corrections departments, will run Thursday.

VIDEO: How is China reporting HK protests?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:03
The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on how the Chinese media are reporting on the protests in Hong Kong

Public health officials: We're prepared for Ebola

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-01 07:00

Federal health authorities are working hard to reassure the public they’re ready to contain the Ebola virus after announcing the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. — a man who traveled from Liberia to Texas. 

Health workers are now trying to find people the infected man may have come into contact with. Those contacts will be monitored for 21 days.

“You’ve having to monitor all of those folks this person has been in contact with. And then that may expand to, you know, if one of those people is sick then you expand to trace all of their contacts,” says Jeanne Ringel, director of the population health program at RAND Corporation.

All that monitoring takes a lot of people and resources. Federal health officials tried to get a head start.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent checklists to hospitals with advice on containing the disease and protecting staff. The U.S. started beefing up bioterrorism preparedness years ago, after the anthrax attacks in 2001. 

Now, health officials say, all of that prep work is paying off.

“Our health system today is in much better shape than it was five or ten years ago to be able to identify and contain outbreaks like Ebola, even though that’s not exactly what we’re planning for,” says Dr. Paul Biddinger, chief of the division of emergency preparedness at Mass General Hospital. 

Dr. Biddinger says he’s not surprised that an Ebola case showed up in the U.S. He’s been preparing for it for months.  




VIDEO: Meet boy with a tax disc obsession

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:28
Jude Currie is a 12-year-old boy from Cobham in Surrey with a rather unusual hobby

Deadly attack on Donetsk school

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:20
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

Is Cameron more Thatcher than Thatcher?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:18
Is Cameron more Thatcher than Thatcher?

Your pictures: Amateur sport

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 06:16
Readers' photos on the theme of "amateur sport"

Airlines told to replace cockpit kit

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 05:49
The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank.

Day in pictures: 1 October

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 04:51
News images from around the world: 1 October

VIDEO: 'Yellow Umbrella Man' HK protest

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 04:16
Paul Zimmerman, who is a Hong Kong local councillor, explains why he took a yellow umbrella to protest at a China National Day reception in Hong Kong.