National / International News

'Teen terror' and 'Xmas costs less' - the papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The West's struggle to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State militants features in some papers, while others are gearing up for Christmas festivities.

VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

Global debt: How worried should we be?

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:10
The BBC's Andrew Walker considers how big a problem global debt really is.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:09
Did Vladimir Putin gamble on high oil prices lasting for ever?

Budapest's underground escape craze

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:01
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

EU 'needs united strategy' on Russia

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:59
The European Union needs a "united strategy" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:57
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:47

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

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How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:25

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to oil historian Char Miller about Los Angeles' role in greasing America's economy with oil.

In 1892, the first oil well in Los Angeles was drilled and started an oil rush that first launched the city.

“I think the oil industry has really faded in Los Angeles in terms of its presence. You look up at old photos of Huntington and Seal Beach, up Santa Monica beaches until the '50s… they were littered with oil derricks," Miller says. "It was the symbol of the city and that’s all disappeared.”

Oil drilling is still going on though. About 3,000 densely placed pumps are still working underground, but the landscape of the city makes the oil industry invisible.

“The culture of the United States is driven by oil. The built landscape is created because of petroleum," Miller says. "And so Los Angeles, at once in its sprawl and its density is the perfect example of the petrol economy.”  

How an oil rush made LA

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:25

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to oil historian Char Miller about Los Angeles' role in greasing America's economy with oil.

In 1892, the first oil well in Los Angeles was drilled and started an oil rush which launched the beginnings of the city.

“I think the oil industry has really faded in Los Angeles in terms of its presence. You look up at old photos of Huntington and Seal Beach, up Santa Monica beaches until the 50s… they were littered with oil derricks," Miller says. "It was the symbol of the city and that’s all disappeared.”

Oil drilling is still going on though. There are 3,000 densely placed pumps still working underground, but the landscape of the city makes the oil industry invisible.

“The culture of the United States is driven by oil. The built landscape is created because of petroleum," Miller says. "And so Los Angeles, at once in its sprawl and its density is the perfect example of the petrol economy.”  

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:14
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:08

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:58
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Predictions: Lawro v Olly Murs

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:50
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on singer Olly Murs in his latest Premier League predictions.

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:43

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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Carbon mission returns global maps

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:36
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:34
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Putin's news conference: Five things we learned

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:11
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the economy, Ukraine and his love life over the course of a three-hour news conference. Here are five things we learnt this year.

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