National / International News

As Cease-Fire Nears, Europe Warily Watches Fighting In Ukraine

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:24

Despite Thursday's breakthrough, "The enemy shelled positions of the 'anti-terrorist operation' forces with the same intensity as before," a Ukrainian military official said Friday.

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UN agrees negotiating text for Paris

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:16
Global climate talks in Geneva have ended with agreement on a formal negotiating text for the climate summit in Paris in December.

Germany remembers Dresden firestorm

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:16
Events are to take place in Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden which created a firestorm and left the city in ruins.

Farmer dies after kicked by cow

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:15
A farmer dies after being kicked in the neck by one of his cows, the National Farmers Union confirms.

California Health Exchange Considers Extending Enrollment Deadline

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:07

Plenty of uninsured people will discover they owe a penalty as they file their taxes over the next two months, and will also learn they could be locked out of buying insurance to solve the problem.

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Adding up the cost of childbirth

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 04:04
How much do women around the world pay to give birth?

Crash victim was planning retirement

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:54
A businessman killed by a runaway tipper truck was planning his retirement.

'Boasting' nightclub rapists jailed

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:38
Two men who "laughed and boasted" about raping a girl outside a nightclub are jailed for nine years.

Merkel's crisis management marathon

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:38
After a week of marathon diplomacy, including extensive travel and endless negotiations, Germans are asking how does Chancellor Merkel keep going - and when does she sleep?

HGV crash driver 'just passed test'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:34
The driver of a tipper truck that crashed in Bath, killing a child and three adults, passed his HGV test just days earlier, it emerges.

Composer John McCabe dies aged 75

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:25
Composer and pianist John McCabe, one-time director of the London College of Music, dies aged 75.

Teams set for start of World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:24
The 11th Cricket World Cup is set to start, with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand both playing on the first day.

Obama To Urge Companies To Share Data On Cyber Threats

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:13

The Obama administration promotes a framework for sharing information about data breaches, hoping to prevent or limit attacks like those that recently hit Sony and Anthem Inc.

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'No promises' on Savchenko release

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:08
Russia says it has made no promises to free Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, despite claims following the Minsk peace deal.

Police shut 2,000 'fake goods' sites

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:02
Two thousand websites selling fake luxury goods have been removed by UK police since the start of the year.

Bob the Bobby retires after 47 years

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:00
A man hailed as the country's longest serving police officer is being honoured as he retires just short 50 years of service.

PODCAST: The film industry heads south

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:00

A very interesting report to watch is consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan. This early February reading will be especially helpful after the oddly anemic retail sales report yesterday, given new jobs being created and low gas prices. We get to the bottom of this emerging economic conundrum. Plus, When it comes to North American film production, Hollywood, New York, and Vancouver, Canada are obvious hot spots. But they are not alone. Among regions that have been using incentives to lure production is Georgia.

CEOs skip cybersecurity summit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 03:00

President Barack Obama is in Silicon Valley Friday for a summit on cybersecurity.

He's trying to get more cooperation from tech companies in responding to massive data breaches. But some key players aren’t showing up.  

The CEOs of Google, Yahoo and Facebook are skipping the summit. They’re sending their information security executives to the summit instead. Only Apple’s Tim Cook will be there. 

Some analysts say the big tech dogs are staying away because of tensions between the White House and Silicon Valley.

“Most of it comes from the fact that the government wants to have their hands into everything," says tech analyst Jeff Kagan. "They want to control everything.”

He says specifically, the feds wants backdoor keys to software. The government says it needs the keys to, say, prevent a terrorist attack. 

But some Silicon Valley giants have protested. Kagan says more government control would hamper innovation.

“I think the government wants to have a hands on approach, and that’s something that  would be a death knell to the growth curve that we’ve seen over the last few decades. And that’s the struggle,” he says.

Kagan says it’s a matter of balance. President Obama is proposing a framework companies could use to share information during a major data breach, like we just saw at the insurer, Anthem. He thinks that could help.

The CEOs of American Express, Master Card, Visa and Walgreens are expected at Friday’s summit.





Weatherman Talbot guilty of abuse

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 02:59
Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot is found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher.

Ex-teacher, 91, jailed for abuse

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 02:56
A retired PE teacher is jailed for nine years for sexually abusing schoolboys nearly 60 years ago.