National / International News

Row over cross-border NHS treatment

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 23:09
An NHS patient in Wales with a life-threatening condition writes to the UK health secretary asking for treatment in England claiming she is being forced to wait too long.

VIDEO: Astronaut asks public to name mission

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 23:01
Astronaut Tim Peake has asked the public to propose a name for his mission to the International Space Station.

UK astronaut's mission needs a name

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 22:54
The European Space Agency asks people to choose a name for British astronaut Major Tim Peake's next mission.

Stress having big impact on teachers

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 22:52
Increasing workloads and stress levels severely affecting the work and life balance of Northern Ireland teachers, a union conference will hear.

VIDEO: How do gadgets track a plane?

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 22:16
As the search for the missing Malaysian airliner continues, Richard Westcott examines the gadgets used to track a plane in flight.

Diana's 'revenge' and nurses 'betrayed' - papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 22:14
Images of Diana, Princess of Wales, appear on many front pages after claims were aired in court that she gave a secret list of royal phone numbers to a reporter.

Jamaica music star guilty of murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 21:45
Popular Jamaican dancehall and reggae star Vybz Kartel is found guilty of murder, along with three co-defendants in a high-profile trial.

Credit checks to fight benefit fraud

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 21:44
Benefit cheats will be credit checked to see if they have any valuable assets which can be seized, ministers say, in a bid to recoup cash lost to fraud.

Man held after snooker club siege

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 19:36
A 10-hour armed siege at a Nottinghamshire snooker club comes to an end with a 20-year-old man arrested.

Dizzee Rascal to headline Wickerman

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 19:35
Rapper Dizzee Rascal is announced as one of the headline acts at this year's Wickerman Festival in south west Scotland.

Alonso top as Hamilton breaks down

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 19:24
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is fastest in the first practice for the Australian GP, after Lewis Hamilton stops on his first lap.

VIDEO: '40% will end up basic tax rate'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 19:23
Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lamont says the threshold at which tax is paid at 40% needs to be raised or it will eventually become the basic rate of tax.

Report backs Scottish film studio

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:58
Scotland should have its own film studio to cope with increasing demand, a report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise says.

Four killed in helicopter crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:50
Four people are killed as a helicopter crashes into a field in a rural part of Norfolk, close to a stately home owned by a Northern Irish peer.

UK ready for a gay PM, say leaders

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:33
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband tell Gay Times magazine they believe the UK is ready for a gay prime minister.

VIDEO: Homs: Living under siege

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:25
A video sent to the BBC by activist group Masarat, shows what life is like for people in the besieged city of Homs.

Landing gear collapses on US plane

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:22
Almost 150 passengers are evacuated from a US Airways flight after a Florida-bound plane's nose gear collapses on a Philadelphia runway.

Family finance lessons: Actor and contortionist Doug Jones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-13 18:10

The most important lessons and habits we learn about money aren't from our accountants or our radios, they come from our family. Actor Doug Jones tells us about the money tips he inherited from the people he grew up with.

Doug Jones is a very tall, very thin actor who's appeared in "Pan's Labryinth," "Hellboy," "Batman Returns" and even "Hook." Currently, he plays an alien on the science-fiction show "Falling Skies."

But you might not recognize him on the street, he's often covered up in either makeup or prosthetics.

"I'm shaped weird, which makes me an ideal pallette to build things on," Jones says.

The actor was born in 1960 and raised in the Midwest. "My household was very conservative — not only politically but also their relationship with money. They instilled in me the value of spending less than you make," says the actor.

Jones says his career choice makes that strategy difficult proposition.

"Acting is the most stupid profession to get into if you want something safe and solid. Every job I get is going to come to an end. And will I ever get another one? I don't know."

The actor and his wife live in a modest house in Santa Clarita, Calif. Prior to that, they lived in a condo that he paid off in one big lump after Jones landed a movie gig. "I got advice from [all] kinds of people, 'Do not pay your house off!'" he says, but he decided that rather than investing the extra money, he wanted the piece of mind knowing that no one could ever take his house away.

"People tend to spend based on what they think they're be making in the next year, and I've done the opposite. Wealth is not measured by how much money you earn but by how much you actually hang onto."

Eighth victim at New York blast site

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 17:55
Rescuers find the body of an eighth victim following a gas leak and explosion that demolished two buildings in Harlem, New York City.

US lifts BP government contract ban

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-13 17:40
The US lifts a ban on oil giant BP that prevented it from bidding for US government contracts.

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