National / International News

Benn 'could share Thatcher honour'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 03:11
Buckingham Palace has been asked to allow the body of the late Tony Benn to rest overnight before his funeral in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath Parliament.

Scottish unemployment falls by 6,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 03:11
Unemployment in Scotland has continued to fall, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

PODCAST: The dual mandate

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-19 03:10

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen can expect questions about interest rates and unemployment when the Fed wraps up its two-day meeting. The Fed had promised to keep interest rates near zero, at least until unemployment hit 6.5 percent. Unemployment is currently at 6.7 percent and dropping (and the Fed has said it will likely look at other factors, too). 

Yellen is known as a proponent of transparency – but she’s expected to say as little as possible  about what those other factors might be

Plus, April 8 is the last day that Microsoft will offer technical support for its 12 year-old operating system, Windows XP. Much of that support means fixing bugs. So after that date, any computer running XP will be considerably more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. But who is still using Microsoft XP? Lots of us apparently: 20 percent of computers worldwide use XP. It's the second most popular operating system behind Windows 7.


Drug trial hope for cancer patients

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 02:37
Terminally ill cancer patients in Devon and Cornwall are the first in the world to take part in a new drug trial, it is claimed.

Carroll shocked by Man Utd decline

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 02:30
Olympiakos goalkeeper Roy Carroll says he is shocked by former club Manchester United's decline this season.

VIDEO: BBC faces wall of police in Malaysia

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 02:30
Relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are forcibly removed from a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Guatemala ex-leader accepted bribes

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 02:16
Guatemala's ex-President Alfonso Portillo says he took bribes from Taiwan and pleads guilty to a money laundering charge in a court in the US.

China widens ship search for plane

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 02:16
China deploys ships to new search areas, as Thailand says its radars may have tracked the missing Malaysia Airlines plane shortly after it lost contact.

AUDIO: Britain's industrial rebalancing

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:59
The BBC's Evan Davis looks at the North East's subsea sector, visiting robotics manufacturer SMD.

New clues in Claudia Lawrence hunt

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:59
Detectives searching for missing chef Claudia Lawrence have found male DNA on a cigarette butt and unidentified fingerprints at her York home using new technology.

VIDEO: Mapping the stats of the UK economy

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:59
Ahead of the chancellor's Budget speech, the BBC looks at the UK economy with a range of statistics.

VIDEO: Missing plane relative dragged away

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:59
Relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 have been forcibly removed from a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Snowden is surprise speaker at Ted

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:53
Whistleblower Edward Snowden and web inventor Tim Berners-Lee chat about how to preserve the freedom of the net.

First ladies and U.S.-China relations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:49

Michelle Obama lands in China tomorrow, where she’ll meet with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan in Beijing before touring the country to speak about education. She’s not traveling alone. Her daughters and mother will accompany her on the visit, a detail sure to draw praise in a country that values filial piety.

The two women may have more in common than their husbands do. Both Obama and Peng are passionate education advocates, both are known for their fashion sense, and both have daughters. The trip will be a much-needed break from tense visits between officials of the two countries in recent years – Obama plans to focus her events on cultural exchanges between the two nations instead of discussing thorny topics like human rights or trade disputes. The trump card, however, will be who Obama is bringing with her. “The fact that she has two pretty daughters coming to China is a big sell,” says education reformer Jiang Xueqin, “the fact that she’ll be hanging out with the first lady is a big sale. The fact that she’s a rag to riches story – through hard work and schooling, she went to Harvard Law school and became first lady of the United States – that’s a message that’s very sympathetic in China.”

Obama will visit schools in Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu in her week-long visit. She aims to talk about the value of an American education, something the Chinese already understand. Most Chinese recognize the shortcomings of their test-based education system and those who have the means are sending their children to universities in the US in droves - there are now more than 200,000 Chinese students studying in the US, and US universities are establishing campuses all over China to meet a rising demand.

Zara owner sees modest profit rise

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:47
Inditex, the Spanish company behind the Zara fashion chain, says profits rose only slightly last year as a result of refurbishment costs and currency movements.

Pistorius betting ad 'broke rules'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:22
Bookmaker Paddy Power's ad featuring Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius brought advertising into disrepute, the UK's ad regulator has ruled.

Vietnam jails prominent blogger

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:19
A court in Vietnam jails a prominent blogger for 15 months for anti-state activities, the second sentencing of a blogger in recent days.

95 percent of U.S. ATMs run on Windows XP

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:00

April 8 is the last day that Microsoft will offer technical support for its 12 year-old operating system, Windows XP. Much of that support means fixing bugs. So after that date, any computer running XP will be considerably more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Who is still using Microsoft XP? Probably your aunt, your grandparents and probably your parents.

20 percent of computers worldwide use XP. It’s the second most popular operating system behind Windows 7.

Your kid almost definitely uses it. A recent study by AVAST  found that 96 percent of schools still use XP. 

Your uncle who works at Hill Air Force Base probably uses it. 10 percent of Federal government computers, including some classified military networks, still use XP. 

You use it all the time: 95 percent of all U.S. ATMs still run on XP.

Every week, Microsoft employees look for vulnerabilities in their software. When they find them, they create what’s called a patch to fix it. After April 8, Microsoft will stop offering patches for XP.

“Therefore, anybody running an XP system could fall prey to someone who is trying to exercise one of those vulnerabilities,” says Eugene Spafford, executive director of The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University. He says XP users had more than six years to prepare for the end, but not everyone has been proactive.

ATMs that haven’t been updated could be hacked in a number of ways. They could be programmed to spit out cash, keep cards or any other “mischief,” says Spafford.

Several major banks including JPMorgan have agreed to pay Microsoft for extended customer service on the outdated software. The good news is that customers will likely not be absorbing those costs, says Doug Johnson of American Bankers Association.

“I don’t see any pricing power in terms of trying to very directly pass off these costs to the consumer at the ATM."

Sony Pictures To Lay Off Interactive Group

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:00

Sony Pictures Entertainment will reportedly lay off its entire interactive marketing team — more than 200 employees. It's part of a cost-cutting trend by the major film studios.

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Is Organizing For Action Too Close To The White House?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-19 01:00

Organizing for Action, the social welfare group formed out of President Obama's campaign organization, has stumbled over its own fundraising rules. Now it's trying to clean things up.

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