National / International News

Action call over grocery pricing

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 15:00
Consumer body Which? demands action from regulator over "confusing and misleading" supermarket pricing.

Chilcot report release date uncertain

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:59
The official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War may not publish its long-awaited report this year, BBC Newsnight has learned.

Bingham repels Williams challenge

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:55
Stuart Bingham holds off a gutsy challenge from Robbie Williams to earn a place in the second round of the World Championship.

The tech that rocks the cradle

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:54
The tech that rocks the cradle

U.S. Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier To Coast Of Yemen

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:48

The move comes as fighting has intensified in Yemen between government forces and Houthi rebels allied with Iran. The U.N. has imposed an arms embargo on the Houthis.

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Utah woman jailed for killing babies

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:31
A Utah woman who admitted killing six of her own babies and hiding their bodies in her garage is sentenced to up to life in prison.

Solar plane aims for Chinese coast

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:15
The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, head to Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:12

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

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Man charged after republican speech

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 14:11
A 33-year-old man is charged with encouraging terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation.

VIDEO: Greek residents aid migrant rescue

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:54
Greek coastguards and locals have rescued around 80 migrants whose boat ran aground off the island of Rhodes.

VIDEO: Man hurt in London building collapse

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:48
A 56-year-old man is injured after a building in the Holborn area of London collapses.

UKIP wants BBC fee cut by two thirds

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:48
The BBC should be 'cut back to the bone' and the licence fee reduced by two thirds, according to UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Argentine Prosecutor Dismisses Accusations Against President

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:32

The prosecutor assigned to the case is considered closely associated with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. His decision essentially puts an end to the case against her.

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When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:27

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows let out into fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.

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NI midwives vote for strike action

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:22
Midwives in Northern Ireland vote to strike on 30 April, in a dispute over pay.

Labour plans nurses recruitment drive

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:19
Labour would launch an emergency recruitment drive to get 1,000 more nurses into training this year if they win the election, Ed Miliband will say.

Army supplies fall from helicopter

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:15
Army supplies including hot sauce and chewing gum fall from a Chinook helicopter into a Cardiff field.

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:08

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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Norway is the first country to kill FM radio

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:06

File this under: "Digital killed the radio star."

Norway says it's going to turn off its FM radio spectrum in 2017. You already know why, I'm sure.

The Ministry of Culture says going all ones and zeros will provide "access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality."

Also, it'll save the government $25 million a year.

Halliburton woes cause jitters in North Dakota

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:01

Scott Nyberg comes from a Halliburton family. His dad works for the oilfield services provider in North Dakota’s oil patch. So does Nyberg.

And his brother did, too, until recently.  

“It's unnerving. Made you a little nervous if you were next,” Nyberg says.

Halliburton, one of the nation's biggest oilfield services providers, took a hit in the first quarter of the year. Its profits dropped $643 million, thanks in part to a massive decline in oil prices, which has slowed demand for Halliburton's drilling services. Halliburton has responded to the slowdown by cutting 9,000 workers, some in North Dakota, the nation’s second largest oil producer.

Nyberg says Halliburton’s investment in his training soothes some of his fears of a layoff. The firm is sending him from his base in Williston, North Dakota. to Texas, where he’ll spend several months completing a training program. And unlike his brother, Nyberg has a mechanical engineering degree. He hopes that will help him stick around through the company's cost-cutting.

“There's still work to be had, and those who can endure and make those cuts and not just go belly up, will make it through,” he says. “And as bad as it is, when it turns around, there will be a mad rush of people to come back.”

But for now, the oilfield slowdown is spooking some workers, like Kevin Groener. He made a stop in Williston during a job scouting trip and quickly caught wind of layoffs around town. So he won't bring his girlfriend Billy Joe out for a look. They both need work.

“It's hard when you come out to an area like this and say, ‘Oh it's all going to be great and fine,’ ” he says. “I don't think I could grab Billy Joe here and make it great and fine.”

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