National / International News

Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:48

Democratic Rep. John Conyers failed to submit enough valid signatures to appear on the August primary ballot, a campaign misstep that has some wondering if he's still up to the job.

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US Navy releases 'stealth' e-reader

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:35
The US Navy has released a special e-reader, dubbed the Navy eReader Device, with stripped-down features to avoid enemy detection.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:30
Michael Gove defends his free schools programme following a coalition row over funding.

S Korea honours ferry crew 'martyrs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:30
Three crew members who died saving passengers on the South Korean ferry that sank last month are recognised as heroes by the government.

Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:30

Expectant mothers are more likely to get into serious car crashes, a study finds. The risk is highest in the second trimester, when accident rates are similar to those for people with sleep apnea.

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Reports: FCC Chairman Revising Net Neutrality Rules

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:24

The chairman is weighing whether to allow Internet providers to sell fast lanes to content companies seeking faster delivery to its customers.

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There's more to chlorine than just swimming pools

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:21

It keeps your pools clean and safe, it's half of the compound that makes up table salt, and -- in its purest form -- it can kill you.

And those are only three of the things chlorine can do.

"There are something like 15,000 chlorine-based chemicals that are used in industry," says the BBC's Justin Rowlatt.

One of the best examples is PVC--polyvinyl chloride, the durable plastic that the construction industry uses heavily. Over 70 percent of PVC makes up basically everything: drain pipes, vinyl floors, roofing products, and double-glazed window panes.

There's a funny side effect to its ubiquity in construction: Demand is tied to property booms and busts.

And because the supply of sodium is tied to that of chlorine--remember, table salt is made of both--a collapse in the housing market could make staple products that rely on sodium, such as soap and paper, more expensive.

As for the chlorine in swimming pools, it's not actually pure chlorine. It's actually a chlorine compound called "chloramine," which is created when chlorine reacts with organic substances in the water.

Those organic substances? Let's just leave it at this: there's a reason why the chlorine smell in the pool is much stronger when the pool is full of kids.

AUDIO: Richard and Judy agree 'death pact'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:20
TV personalities Judy Finnigan and husband Richard Madeley have said they have agreed to an assisted death pact should one of them fall seriously ill.

'Nothing can stop glaciers' retreat'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:18
Key glaciers in West Antarctica are in an irreversible retreat over the next few centuries, adding at least 1.2m to sea level rise, scientists at Nasa say.

Brighton head coach Garcia resigns

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 09:17
Brighton accept head coach Oscar Garcia's resignation following their Championship play-off semi-final defeat.

Monday's gossip column

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:35
Chelsea's David Luiz flirts with PSG, Marco Reus dismisses Manchester United, three Premier League teams in for Xavi, and more.

More Cyclists Can Now Call AAA For Help

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:16

AAA sends mechanics and trucks to help cyclists on the road, in new programs from auto clubs in New England and Colorado. The service was announced in time for this week's Bike to Work Day

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Cannes to screen Strauss-Kahn film

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:12
Gerard Depardieu's starring role as a disgraced politician based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be shown for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival - but not as part of the official programme.

Dead kayakers from the same family

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:11
The bodies of three missing kayakers, who police said were all from the same family, are found by search and rescue teams in the River Tyne.

Swimsuit, camping gear, bug spray. A shopping list?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:08

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, May 13:

The 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery is marked with a wreath-laying ceremony, the first in a series of commemorative events.

Doing any shopping ahead of summer? Your purchases may be reflected in these numbers. The Commerce Department reports retail sales data for April.

The Senate Budget Committee discusses, "Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Families.

Ten years ago, after 11 seasons, the series finale of "Frazier" aired.

And one of the "Girls" has a birthday. Lena Dunham turns 28.

Miners worked 'near known reservoir'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:06
An investigator was "chilled" after seeing a plan which suggested colliers at a Swansea Valley pit where four died worked near a known underground reservoir, a court hears.

Pistorius has 'anxiety disorder'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:06
The trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius hears he has an anxiety disorder and prosecutors say he should be put under psychiatric observation.

Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:06

South Carolina Representative James Clyburn's new memoir Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black shares lessons learned on his way from the Jim Crow South to a top spot on Capitol Hill.

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Clouds Are Convenient, But Be Paranoid To Protect Personal Data

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:06

For many of us, data clouds like Google Drive and Dropbox have replaced clunky hard-drives and easy-to-lose USB sticks. But how secure is our data in these clouds?

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Asian-Americans Are Successful, But No Thanks To Tiger Parenting

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 08:04

Contrary to popular stereotypes, Asian-Americans don't achieve academic success just because it's just in their genes. These students perform well because of community resources and teacher support.

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