National / International News

Nestle Nudges Its Suppliers To Improve Animal Welfare

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:30

The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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Staffing call after 'choking' death

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:26
The death of a six-year-old girl from suspected choking while on holiday in Gwynedd prompts a call for increased ambulance staffing in rural areas.

Twitter wants to choose what you see

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:16

Twitter wants to grow its user base by exposing its users to new content. Their strategy, if you haven't heard already: Inserting tweets into your feed from people you don’t follow. 

"For example, I may not follow CNN, but I may start seeing tweets from CNN in my feed because people that I do follow like CNN, and they’re engaging with those tweets," says Kurt Wagner, who covers social media at Re/code. "It enables them to target you more efficiently with ads," says Wagner.

Judging from a somewhat scathing initial response, Twitter could risk losing some users. Many people enjoy using Twitter because they’re able to filter the content that they’re most interested in seeing, says Wagner.

"I think that’s going to rub some people the wrong way," adds Wagner. "They’ll feel like they’re losing control over what they see."

Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:12

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:11

Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.

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Barrow wins historic diving gold

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:03
Sarah Barrow wins Britain's first female individual European diving gold medal since 1927 with victory in the 10m platform.

Gay blame councillor escapes action

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:02
A former UKIP councillor will not face any action after he blamed the winter storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage.

VIDEO: 'I survived Islamic State massacre'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:00
A survivor of an Islamic State massacre in Iraq says that initially the militants had promised not to hurt the people in his village.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:54
The music that makes you spend most online and other nuggets

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:54
The week's big numbers visualised

Weekendish: Surrogacy confusion and tailgating

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:51
The best long reads for you to enjoy at your leisure

That joke isn't funny any more

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:48
Are jokes ever as funny the second time around?

PODCAST: Wyoming, the financial center of the universe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:44

We turn to Wyoming this morning, where the financial world is parsing through Janet Yellen's keynote speech for hints to when the Fed might raise interest rates. Then, famously neutral, Switzerland has not joined in sanctioning Russia and as such, they aren't included in Russia's retaliatory ban on European food imports.

Gas water leak repairs to take days

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:26
It will take several days to fix gas supplies to hundreds of properties in Blaenau Gwent after a burst main leaked into gas pipes, Wales and West Utilities says.

Why Europe loves Yellen's moves

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:25

This week, Janet Yellen is the star of the show at the Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That's where central bankers from all over the world converge to talk monetary policy...and possibly fly fishing techniques.

There aren't expected to be any major surprises from Yellen this year. The Federal Reserve is expected to stay its course with lots of stimulus and low interest rates.  

"I think everybody agrees, quantitative easing is essentially on auto-pilot," says Bill Stone, Chief Investment Strategist for PNC Wealth Management.

"Quantitative easing" is the Fed's now-famous policy of pumping billions of dollars a month into the U.S. economy. When the Fed first started the practice, central banks around the world voiced concern. But now Stone says Europe looks poised to take similar measures.

"Relative to Europe, we look like we’re kings in terms of economic growth," Stone says. "I don’t necessarily feel like anyone’s saying, 'You’ve stayed too loose too long,' anymore."

In fact, now Europe is worried the U.S. will taper the stimulus off too fast.

"There’s a real fear that the U.S. will raise rates more quickly and that they’ll see a money drain out of Europe," says Michael Farr, president of investment firm Farr, Miller and Washington

The worry is that if the Fed turns the spigot off and U.S. economic growth slows, we’ll buy fewer European goods, which would be a big blow to the struggling European economies.

Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:24
More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says.

VIDEO: Will South Africa go into recession?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:20
Lerato Mbele reports on whether South Africa will fall back into recession, ahead of the release of the country's latest GDP figures.

Mercedes duo needed 'hard words'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:20
Mercedes say they needed to calm the situation between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in recent weeks.

Three bids remain for bust shipyard

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:12
Administrators consider three bids for Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, which went bust last week.

Woman 'saw Congo colonel order rape'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:09
A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house tells a DR Congo war crimes trial she saw an army colonel give the orders.
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