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French life support removal blocked

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:33
French doctors must keep treating a man who has been in a coma for six years, the European Court of Human Rights rules.

Congo autopsies reveal 'executions'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:33
Autopsies on five bodies returned by Rwanda to DR Congo after border clashes show they were probably executed, a military source tells the BBC.

N Korea threatens war over US movie

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:31
North Korea says it will unleash "merciless counter-measure" on the United States if a Hollywood movie about a plot to kill Kim Jong-un is released.

VIDEO: Suarez incident: 'Bump' or 'bite'?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:27
Mixed reactions from football fans in Uruguay to Suarez's 'biting' incident during the team's final group game.

BBC apology over alerts sent in error

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:23
The BBC apologises after mistakenly sending two test breaking news alerts to millions of Apple iOS subscribers to the BBC News app.

Day in pictures: 25 June 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:22
24 hours of news photos: 25 June 2014

Scores killed in Afghanistan clashes

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:14
Scores of Taliban militants, civilians and soldiers are killed during heavy clashes in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, local officials say.

Suarez 'bite': Social media reacts

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:12
The top Suarez "bite" trends from social media

GP access: A story that is here to stay

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:09
Will waits to see a doctor be a key issue in run-up to election?

Scotland's Parks calls time on career

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:03
Former Scotland fly-half Dan Parks announces his retirement from rugby at the age of 36.

Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:03

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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Ferry survivors return to school

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:01
More than 70 South Korean high school students who survived April's ferry disaster return to school.

Belfast plane in emergency landing

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:00
A Belfast flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Cork on Tuesday night because of a broken fuel gauge.

Climate change could be good for those who sell seeds

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:00

Agriculture was one focus of a new report called "Risky Business" that looks at the economic impacts of global warming, and its findings could be good for companies like Monsanto, which sells seeds to farmers around the world.

Global warming will produce winners and losers in farming: If Iowa gets too hot to produce corn, North Dakota will warm up enough to grow it. A company like Monsanto could be a winner.

"If they can solve the problem of developing crops that are resistant to these types of extreme temperatures, they’re going to make a lot of money," says Solomon Hsiang, a Berkeley economist who co-wrote the “Risky Business” report.

Monsanto already benefits from warmer weather. Lewis Ziska from the U.S. Department of Agriculture looked at trends in pesticide use from north to south. The south’s warmer, shorter winters don’t kill off as many weeds and bugs.

"Farmers are, of course, not stupid," Ziska says. "They simply have to use more pesticides to get the same yields."

Monsanto makes a lot of those weed-killers and bug-killers. 

"As the climate of Missouri or Iowa becomes more like the climate of Louisiana, then that’s going to be reflected in terms of the chemical usage," says Ziska.

But pesticides, like antibiotics, tend to become less effective over time, especially when over-used. Monsanto would have to earn its money by creating newer, more-effective chemicals.

 

Silicon Valley comes to Oakland

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 03:00

First there was Silicon Valley. Then, the tech industry surged up into San Francisco. Now, it has hopped across the bay into Oakland.

Kisha Richardson runs her start-up out of the Impact Hub, a new co-working space near downtown Oakland. Her app is called CleanME. It helps people manage home cleaning services. In a lot of ways, Richardson is a typical tech entrepreneur: she played with Legos as a kid, loves to build things, and geeks out over code.

But in a lot of ways she doesn't fit the profile -- She's a woman, she's African American, and her start-up is in Oakland.

“This is where it is at,” Richardson says. "When you have artists and creatives and engineers all clustering into one area, magic happens.”

Richardson says she came to Oakland because it feels like Brooklyn. It's close to the big city, cheaper, and has a different vibe.

Mitchell Kapor is trying to grow that vibe. He has a venture capital fund in Oakland, and part of its mission is to support minority and female entrepreneurs. He thinks Oakland could be a hub for that diversity.

“Oakland is the next cool place,” he says. "It has a certain gritty and resilient character that I think are going to be a positive influence on the tech community that is formed here.”

The tech industry is being criticized for its lack of diversity. Google just released data showing that about ninety-one percent of its employees are either Asian or White, and seventy percent are men. The company is working to improve its image in Oakland. It has donated $500,000 to a charity that teaches low-income youth tech and business skills.

But not everyone is impressed. 

“It's tokenism. It's marketing. It's public relations," says Olis Simmons, the chief executive officer of Youth Uprising, a community center in Oakland.

Simmons says what the city really needs is serious investments in schools and social services. Unemployment hovers around twenty percent in her neighborhood, and the school next door still doesn't have reliable high-speed internet.

“The truth is,” she says, “if you don't invest, then over the long haul, what you do is you transfer ownership of your city to a group of people that are new.”

And new people are pouring into Oakland. The last census shows there are now more white residents than black for the first time since the 1970s.

Call for questions on uni franchises

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:49
Questions over university franchise arrangements need to be answered following alleged visa fraud at Glyndwr University, an AM claims.

National to stage 'hacking play'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:47
A new play about the press, politics and the police is to be staged by the National Theatre in the wake of the phone-hacking trial.

Smashed Hits: Aquarela do Brasil

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:47
Analysing ITV's World Cup song.

VIDEO: Wonga used fake lawyers to chase debt

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:41
Payday lender Wonga must pay £2.6m in compensation after sending letters from non-existent law firms to customers in arrears.

Wonga chased debt with fake lawyers

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:31
Payday lender Wonga must pay £2.6m in compensation after sending letters from non-existent law firms to customers in arrears.
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