National / International News

Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:30

Lack of sleep contributes to depression in teenagers, two studies find. Lack of exercise and lots of time online don't help, either. The solution, researchers say, is for parents to make sure their children are getting a good nine to 10 hours of sleep a night, even in high school.

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Thursday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:26
Juve set to move for Man City target, European trio chase Vidic and Man City plan stadium expansion, plus more.

'Insect bullying' of 'rape' soldier

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:25
A soldier who hanged herself two years after claiming she was raped had a box of live crickets released in her room in a bullying campaign, an inquest hears.

European officials to consider new trade with Cuba

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:24

European foreign ministers this month are meeting with officials in Cuba to work out a new agreement on trade and investment. What might this mean for Cuba's still tenuous relationship with the U.S.?

Enrique Acevedo, a Miami-based reporter and anchor for Univision joined us to help answer that question. Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

Opinions on Cuba, of course, vary widely.  Enrique's network is just finishing up its surveys for a nationwide poll on the attitudes of Americans toward Cuba, which Univision plans to release next week. 

When tech jobs don't last forever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:08

There are job cuts and there are companies that announce plans to cut jobs. The outplacement firm Challenger Grey and Christmas keeps a monthly tally of the latter, and there's news just now these layoff announcements surged in January. A combined total of 45,100 jobs will eventually go, including many jobs from the supposedly screamingly-hot world of technology.

John Challenger is CEO is the company that commissions the survey and said that while the tech industry has seen a lot of growth, it's also subject to a lot of volatility. Companies like Intel and EMC are shifting their business strategies to account for the mobile market.

Many of the announced layoffs are part of a trend we've been tracking in recent weeks, with retailers like Target, Sear's, Macy's laying off after the holidays.

"The cuts that occured in retail came from two sources," Challenger says, "They looked at their store operations and cut unprofitable areas of their businesses post-holiday rush, but also tens of thousands of workers, year-in-year-out, leave their jobs -- they've been hired during the holiday season -- and then when the season's over, they go back to their full-time jobs or second jobs. Those jobs literally disappear when the season's over and come back in the following year."

The government's monthly tally of employed and unemployed comes tomorrow, a report that experts say could be distorted by the weather and people falling out of the labor force after their unemployment benefits were curtailed.

What Do You Want To Know About The Sochi Olympics?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:08

Are people excited about the Winter Olympics? Don't figure skaters get dizzy? Those are some of the questions being answered on Quora, the "knowledge sharing" site. We'll highlight interesting questions during the 2014 Winter Games.

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Ditch corroboration plans, say MSPs

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:04
Holyrood MSPs suggest ditching controversial plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration from criminal justice legislation.

US warns of Sochi 'toothpaste' bomb

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:53
The US advises airlines flying to Russia for the Winter Olympics that explosives hidden in toothpaste tubes could be smuggled on to planes.

How To Watch All Of The Games: Step 1, Prove Yourself Worthy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:51

Like to get your Olympics fix the old-fashioned way in prime time? NBC-TV has that covered. The network is also putting more than 1,000 hours of its coverage online, live. The catch: You need to show you're a cable TV or satellite TV subscriber, so have your credentials at hand.

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Flood risk as more rain lashes Wales

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:49
Further heavy and persistent rain is hitting parts of Wales bringing the risk of more flooding misery.

Stolen US Stradivarius 'recovered'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:49
Authorities in the US state of Wisconsin say they think they have recovered a rare Stradivarius violin valued at $5m (£3m) stolen last month.

House blast victim feared for life

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:43
A woman who lived next door to a house that exploded in an Essex street says she feared she was "going to die".

Boris Johnson v Bob Crow

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:35
How different are the two men at loggerheads over tube strike?

Oh, So That's What Goes Into A McDonald's Chicken McNugget

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:32

Allegations of mystery meat have long dodged the fast-food giant's crispy chunks of chicken. Now, McDonald's Canada is taking a viral approach to dispelling the rumors with a video that reveals exactly how its McNuggets are made.

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Teacher admits part in composer fraud

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:21
The ghostwriter of "Japan's Beethoven" admits that he composed music which Mamoru Samuragochi passed off as his own work.

ECB refuses to explain Pietersen exit

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:16
Selector James Whitaker declines to divulge the reasons behind England's decision to end Kevin Pietersen's international career.

New York's Fashion Week spreads out from its uptown hub

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:14

In New York today amid the grey slushy snowbanks will be a crush of Lincoln town cars and Uber Limos, as Fashion Week officially begins. Fashion week is spreading out from its fancy, uptown hub and one of the people responsible for that is Jenné Lombardo, the co-founder of MADE Fashion Week which helps promote more up-start designers. She joined us to talk about how that is happening.

Click play above to hear more.

After the interview, Lombardo shared her thoughts on some of her favorite designers. Though hse is a fan of many New York designers, there are two that stand out: 

“Jeremy Scott and the Blonds are really a show. I mean, the audience is just as entertaining and interesting as are the clothes. So at the end of the week when you’re absolutely exhausted, to be able to go to their shows, it’s pretty thrilling.”

The Blonds:

 

Jeremy Scott:

 

GM Posts Disappointing Fourth-Quarter Earnings

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:13

The Detroit automaker's earnings fell far short of Wall Street expectations and were in sharp contrast to its chief rivals, Ford and Chrysler.

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Moeen & Parry in England squads

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:11
Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry are named in England's one-day squad for the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Who, What, Why: How do you measure a wave?

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 06:08
A wave measured off Penzance, Cornwall, could be the biggest ever recorded near the UK's coast. But how do you measure a wave?

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