National / International News

New approach to video games at show

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 17:01
Innovative video games including one exploring the death of Alan Turing go on show at the Abertay digital graduate show in Dundee.

Duchenne drug 'nears approval' in EU

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 16:55
The European Medicines Agency has given the green light to a drug for treating a particular form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects about 200 children in the UK.

VIDEO: Detroit cracks down on carjackers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 16:54
Authorities in the US city of Detroit have set up a special force to deal with the escalating problem of carjacking.

The actor with Down's syndrome tackling Dickens

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:50
The actor with Down's starring in BBC classic serial

What do John Wayne and Dracula have in common?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:45

From the Marketplace Datebook, here’s a look at what’s coming up Monday, May 26:

The markets and most government agencies will be closed in observence of Memorial Day.

But that needen't stop you from celebrating the birth of American actor, John Wayne, star of well over 100 westerns.

Or, you can spend the holiday re-reading Bram Stroker's Dracula, which was published on this day in 1897.

Judge orders serial rapist's release

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:31
A man who raped and assaulted at least 40 women has been ordered to live in a remote California community, despite objections from residents.

The man killed by an automaton

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:27
The moral of the tale, don't stand close to a clock.

Madrid rivals in European showdown

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:14
Divided loyalties as Madrid's teams face off in European Cup

Afghan notebook: Helmand homecoming

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:10
A reporter's emotional return to Lashkar Gah

Putin Says He'll Respect Ukraine Vote But U.S. Is Skeptical

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:04

The White House and State Department have called on the Russian leader to use his influence to stop separatists from disrupting Sunday's election.

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NI election counts still going on

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 15:00
Counting of votes in Northern Ireland's local government elections is continuing well into the night.

VIDEO: Conchita praises 'tolerant' Europe

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:59
Newsnight speaks to the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst, as countries across Europe head to the polls.

The world's worst stadium disaster

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:58
The world's worst stadium disaster - and one of the least known

Extradited pair remanded in US jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:54
A British couple who lost their fight against extradition are remanded in custody by a US court to face fraud charges.

Swim team, chess club, drones?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:45

Laptops, tablets, calculators.  For lots of high school students, technology has become pretty routine. Not so for students at three Illinois high schools.

Those students are building drones, as part of a program funded by the a  National Science Foundation, and created by Matthew Schroyer, an amateur mechanical engineer, and a  journalist who promotes using drones in investigative reporting.  

Schroyer, who is based at the University of Illinois, also trains teachers in how to incorporate creative science and tech education into their classes. If he had his way, he’d just be out there building drones with the kids all day.

"My favorite thing is to help the students just put those things together,” Schoyer said.

Students build the drones, and then use them in ways that benefit the local community.  One group did low-flight photography of local corn and soybean fields, to gather information about the plants for a biological survey. Another helped map out a local quarry, using the same aerial photography techniques.

Schroyer’s aim is to make drones an integral part of the science curriculum.  Students could build and fly very small drones indoors, he said.  

So if you catch your kid with aerial photos of your neighbor’s backyard someday, don’t be alarmed. He may just be doing his homework.

Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:44

Rep. John Conyers got off to a good start on his holiday weekend with a federal court's decision preventing Michigan officials from throwing him off the primary ballot.

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Teen suicide after Facebook threats

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:36
An inquest hears that a 17-year-old boy killed himself after receiving violent threats on Facebook.

VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new films

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:18
Film critic Mark Kermode reviews the week's film releases, including X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Heli and Fading Gigolo.

How To Stay Afloat In Your Infinite Stream Of Photos

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:01

In an age of smartphones, it's easy to take an overwhelming number of photos. NPR's picture editor, Kainaz Amaria, has some tips for creating a bounty of images without driving yourself crazy.

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What does HUD do?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 13:57

President Obama has nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

Now, if you wanna be HUD secretary, there are a few things you should know. No. 1: HUD doesn’t have a say in the biggest federal housing initiative, the housing deductions in the federal tax code.

“HUD has not traditionally been one of the most powerful cabinet agencies,” says Robert Van Order, a former HUD economist who now teaches finance and economics at George Washington University. Van Order points out a second challenge facing Castro: HUD’s budget has been cut. 

Still, Van Order says, housing is important, especially now when it’s so key to our economic recovery. 

“And so the secretary of HUD has to represent housing as a part of the discussions of what legislation ought to be,” he explains.

Henry Cisneros, who was HUD secretary during the Clinton administration, says the top boss at HUD still sets priorities for housing.

“A HUD secretary can make a difference," he says.  "Tweaking policy and budgets. Working with the Congress.”

And Cisnerso says, don’t forget the Federal Housing Administration , or FHA, is part of HUD. It insures housing loans for people banks pass over.  And during the housing crisis, it was "essentially the only source of credit for first-time homebuyers in particular, but minority homebuyers as well,” says Erika Poethig, who worked on policy development at HUD and left last year to join the Urban Institute. 

Poethig says Castro will have plenty of work to do as the housing recovery sputters along.  

That is, pending a Senate confirmation vote. 

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