National / International News

Stones tour off after Scott death

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:22
The Rolling Stones postpone their tour of Australia and New Zealand after the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott, the band says.

VIDEO: Lenny Henry in TV diversity call

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:16
Lenny Henry says funds should be set aside to boost the presence of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the broadcasting industry.

Jones criticises Clwyd's NHS attacks

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:14
First Minister Carwyn Jones criticises Labour MP Ann Clwyd for her attacks on the state of the Welsh NHS.

American businesses wary of sanctions in Russia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:12

Large American companies like GE, Boeing and Pepsico do billions of dollars worth of business in Russia, and, in some cases, have spent the past 20 years building infrastructure and relationships with Moscow. They fear that if the U.S. imposes sanctions that are too tough, competitors in Europe and Asia could take advantage and step in. Meanwhile, U.S. businesses with operations in Crimea are facing a quandary of their own: whether to accomodate to Russia's absorption of Crimea or to sell, likely at a loss, and get out. 

Report: NSA Can Record, Store Phone Conversations Of Whole Countries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:11

Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Washington Post reports the U.S. has the capability to record "100 percent" of a country's phone calls.

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VIDEO: Mapping racism in Tokyo

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 11:07
How Google Maps is being used to fight racism in Japan

Woman 'left to die' in shop basement

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:48
A grandmother was "shown no mercy" and was left to die alone after being thrown through a hatch into a basement, a court hears.

VIDEO: Veronese exhibition opens in London

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:48
A rare collection of Veronese paintings goes on display at The National Gallery in London.

Bank of England shake-up unveiled

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:36
The Bank of England is to have two new deputy governors - Ben Broadbent for monetary policy and Nemat Shafik in charge of markets and banking.

Why Fifa must revisit bidding process

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:35
Fifa must revisit World Cup bidding process, says David Bond

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:31

Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.

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Boyd charged over Hart 'spitting'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:29
Hull City's George Boyd is charged with misconduct by the Football Association after allegedly spitting at Manchester City's Joe Hart.

Two dead in Seattle helicopter crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:26
Two people were killed when a news helicopter crashed in central Seattle at the foot of the landmark Space Needle, fire officials say.

Extra nurses bid to improve A&E

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 10:06
Forty extra nurses are to be appointed after a review of staffing levels at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Ambulance watch: a day in the life

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:46
A day in the life of three emergency call centres

Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:43

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the Republican Party hasn't changed at all since its 2012 losses and continues to alienate "huge swaths of voters."

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VIDEO: Original James Bond cars go on show

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:27
More than 50 vehicles from the James Bond films are on display at the London Film Museum as part of a Bond in Motion show.

Qatar defends bid after payment claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:21
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers defend their bid for the tournament in the wake of fresh corruption claims.

Google unveils Android for wearables

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:19
Google has announced a version of its Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices such as smartwatches

Wal-Mart will buy your used video games now

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:00

Starting next week, you can take your old video games to Wal-Mart and get store credit for them. According to Carl Howe, Vice President of Research at the Yankee Group, it's a smart move for the superstore.

"I think what the retailers have found is that there’s a very robust secondary market for games. They’re expensive enough and the demographic that buys games is young enough that they’re pretty cost sensitive."

The used game market in the US is worth more than $1.5 billion, which is not great news for game publishers. Companies like GameStop and Best Buy, however, have deep roots in the used game market.

Wal-Mart does have size on its side. Its hired an outside company to handle refurbishment of the old games that come in, and plans to start selling them at Wal-marts by the end of the year.

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