National / International News

NHS could dominate Autumn Statement

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:59
It is something for a health minister to admit there is a funding gap for the next financial year and if it's not filled the NHS "could crash", says Hugh Pym.

Activists beheaded in eastern Libya

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:54
The beheaded bodies of three abducted Libyan activists are discovered in the eastern city of Derna, which is held by Islamist groups.

PC dismissed for shoplifter punch

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:44
A Metropolitan Police officer who punched a suspected shoplifter before pinning her to the ground is dismissed from the force.

A Glimmer Of Hope In The Fight Against Hunger In America

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:41

The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be starting to get back on track for some.

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Countdown to historic comet landing

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:36
The European Space Agency says all systems are currently “go” for Wednesday’s audacious attempt to land a small probe on a comet.

'Beasting' inquest to be reopened

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:35
An inquest is being reopened into the death of a soldier who collapsed and died in Wiltshire in 2006.

Spotify defends itself against Swift

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:23
Streaming music service defends its business model after pop star Taylor Swift accuses it of unfairly compensating artists and composers.

For Dyslexics, A Font And A Dictionary That Are Meant To Help

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:16

A designer who has dyslexia has created a font to avoid confusion and add clarity. And two English researchers are making a dictionary that favors meaning over the alphabet.

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Lamb: NHS 'needs a cash injection'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:14
Up to £1.5bn of extra funding for the NHS in England should be found ahead of the general election to prevent a "crash" in services, according to the Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb.

On Armistice Day In U.K., A Sea Of Red Poppies Remembers The Fallen

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:14

The first of 888,246 ceramic poppies — one for each soldier from Britain and its colonies who died — was planted Aug. 5 at the Tower of London; the last today. The site has had 4 million visitors.

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VIDEO: 'Revenge porn' victim faces arrest

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:00
Ugandan musician Desire Luzinda, who has become a victim of 'revenge porn', should be arrested, the minister for ethics says.

VIDEO: Federer defeats Nishikori - five shots

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:47
Watch five of the best shots from Roger Federer's straight sets victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The Burden Of Colon Cancer Shifts From Rich To Poor

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:40

Rates of colorectal cancer have dropped nation, thanks largely to better screening. But people who don't have access to health care are more likely to miss out on screening, and face increased risk.

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Former Secretary Robert Gates on recruiting veterans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:38

Unemployment rates for veterans, both men and women, who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan is still relatively high. But companies like Wal-Mart, Uber, and Starbucks are putting great effort into their recruiting and hiring vets.  

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is no stranger to the military's training programs. Having served as Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, he's now on the Starbucks board.

"There’s transition training that the troops have to go through," Gates says. "More and more employers are actually going on to bases to meet with military people who are facing transition out of the military."

There are many steps the military is taking to help give young people a smooth transition over to the civilian workforce, Gates says, and many employers are being a lot more aggressive in providing guidance for vets, as well.

"I know that the ideas at Starbucks came from a couple of people in the management chain who had been in the military," he says. "I think it’s actually been self-generated often in these companies by young veterans who have been hired and then are telling their own management 'you guys need to get more involved.'"


Appeal over bus wheelchair ruling

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:33
First Bus appeals against a court ruling, won by a disabled man from West Yorkshire, that the firm's wheelchair policy is discriminatory.

India sterilisation deaths inquiry

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:24
The Indian state of Chhattisgarh orders an inquiry into the deaths of 11 women after botched sterilisation surgery at a state-run health camp.

Mind-controlled gene switch made

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:15
A study shows that human brainwaves can wirelessly activate light-sensitive genes implanted in mice.

Hamilton's title to lose - Mansell

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:09
Former world champion Nigel Mansell says Lewis Hamilton has "one hand" on the World Championship going into the final race.

Putin Puts Shawl On China's First Lady, And Censors Leap

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:08

When Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to place a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping, he set off alarm bells.

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VIDEO: Drone tour of Tower poppies

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:07
A remote controlled drone has captured close-up images of the Tower of London ceramic poppy installation.