National / International News

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.

Darling does ice bucket challenge

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:09
Alistair Darling takes the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.

Painkillers will be tougher to get this fall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:59

Starting this fall, it will be more difficult to get commonly prescribed painkillers, such as Vicodin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced a new rule that reclassifies drugs containing hydrocodone. That means most consumers will be forced to get their prescription in person — no more over-the-phone refills. 

Dr. Jeffrey Samet at Boston University says abuse of prescription painkillers is a devastating trend.

"It’s linked to addiction and transition to heroin use and people are dying from that," he says. "So, we need to do something."

The question is whether reclassifying the drug is too crude an approach.

The public health risk is clear: the CDC reports more than 16,500 people died from opioid painkiller overdoses in 2010. Mark Fleury, with the American Cancer Society’s lobbying arm, says when it’s harder to get pain pills because of addiction, it’s harder for people that really need pain pills to get them.

“A post-operative cancer patient who has some breakthrough pain from a surgery for example, you are in pain in the middle of the night and you really don’t want to get up and drive to a doctor’s office to get a prescription,” he says.

There is data that shows an increased risk for suicide when someone lives in chronic pain, Fleury says and regulators should use patient usage patterns to determine how easy it is to obtain pain pills instead.

Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:55
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".

UK won't work with Assad - Hammond

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:52
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

Researchers hack into Gmail app

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:47
US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone software.
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