National / International News

Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 15:01

Indigenous children from Guatemala who arrive at the border speaking little or no Spanish present complications to officials and attorneys who are better primed to serve Spanish-speaking immigrants.

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Oldest tennis firm still got its swing

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 15:00
Why the oldest family firm in tennis remains a big hitter

VIDEO: Google's DIY virtual reality headset

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:41
Google has produced a cheap DIY virtual reality headset made solely of cardboard, embedded with two lenses.

VIDEO: Highlights: Belgium 2-1 USA (aet)

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:40
Belgium score two goals in extra time to beat USA 2-1 and book their place in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.

Why wildcard Kyrgios looks like a winner

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:19
Rafael Nadal's last two Wimbledon conquerors got lucky, says Tom Fordyce - Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios looks like he's got what it takes.

South Belfast crash kills two men

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:18
Two men are killed in a collision on the Milltown Road in south Belfast.

Nervous Messi feared Argentina exit

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:07
Lionel Messi says he feared Argentina would exit the World Cup before Angel Di Maria's extra-time winner against Switzerland.

Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 14:00

Tens of thousands of Central American children have been detained this year crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many will now enter a legal system where cases can take 18 months or longer to resolve.

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Hong Kong crowds rally for democracy

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:47
Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents hold a pro-democracy rally, days after an unofficial poll on universal suffrage in the territory.

Sarkozy held over influence claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:43
Nicolas Sarkozy is detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling - unprecedented for a former French president - and his lawyer is charged.

Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:37

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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Panama gangs get one-month amnesty

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:36
The new President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, gives criminal gangs operating in the Central American nation one month to disarm.

People don't conference call during the World Cup

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:33

Today's US-Belgium World Cup game arrived at a most inconvenient time, coming as it did just an hour before deadline here at Marketplace.

20 mins before showroll, is @kairyssdal stressing about the day's script, or the defense in the #USAvsBEL game? pic.twitter.com/W473rkEdaf

— Marketplace (@Marketplace) July 1, 2014

We got the first half in.

But anyway: From the files of Intercall, a conference calling company, this little nugget (which we found on Quartz):

Conference call volume last week during the US-Germany game  was off 11 percent. That's "volume" as in the number of conference calls, not "volume" as in sound.

And to be honest, we were kind of lucky to get the show on the air today.

Fans watch valiant US World Cup exit

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:29
Workplaces across the US emptied early as millions watched the national team exit the World Cup in a thrilling defeat to Belgium in Salvador.

Wall Street Market Report

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 13:28
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Aereo's competitors are itching to take its place

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 12:55

If you take a look at Aereo's website, there's a letter from the CEO that says the streaming TV company put its operations to a halt. The Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that Aereo's service was deemed illegal.

That ruling - bad as it was for Aereo - was an opportunity for its competitors. Mark Ely is the founder and CEO of one of them: Simple.TV.

Ely says his company does things differently from Aereo. In his mind, the ruling was about  "where that TV content is fundamentally captured." Aereo captured broadcast TV content from a central facility and streamed it out to their subcribers. Simple.TV?

"We put the capture point in the user's home, and by doing so...really sit it in the same place that your traditional DVRs and place shifting technologies sit. It turns out that where you capture the content - who's doing it - really makes all the difference." 

According to The New York Times, the number of households who subscribe to paid television is down seven percent from last year while the number of households who use internet or other streaming services is up 30 percent from 2013. Ely sees this as an opportunity to increase business, especially since one of his main competitors is on pause.

"What we see is a whole generation of people growing up on Netflix and Hulu and over-the-top streaming services. And see those kinds of traditional networks - ABC, FOX, NBC - and others as having great content but they're not willing to necessarily buy those in a large bundle of other expensive channels that they don't care about."

Listen to our full interview with Mark Ely in the media player above.

Competition in streaming TV spikes as Aereo is halted

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 12:55

If you take a look at Aereo's website, there's a letter from the CEO that says the streaming TV company put its operation at a halt. The Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that Aereo's service was deemed illegal. What it came down to is "where that TV content is fundamentally captured," says Mark Ely, the CEO of Simple.TV

Aereo captured broadcast TV content from a central facility and streamed it out to their subcribers. Ely says his company does things differently.

"We put the capture point in the user's home, and by doing so, kinda really sit it in the same place that your traditional DVRs and place shifting technologies sit, and it turns out that where you capture the content -- who's doing it -- really makes all the difference." 

According to The New York Times, the number of households who subscribe to paid television is down seven percent from last year while the number of households who use Internet or other streaming services is up 30 percent from 2013. Mark Ely is aware of this trend and sees the opportunity to increase business, especially since one of his main competitors is on pause.

"What we see is a whole generation of people growing up on Netflix and Hulu and over-the-top streaming services. And see those kinds of traditional networks -- ABC, FOX, NBC -- and others as having great content but they're not willing to necessarily buy those in a large bundle of other expensive channels that they don't care about. So we see ourselves as kind of a supplement to the whole generation that's growing up on internet video."

Israel holds teenagers' funerals

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 12:52
Israel holds the funerals of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank.

No prosecution over man's death

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 12:42
Prosecutors say there is "insufficient evidence" to charge anyone after the death of a West Midlands man detained under the Mental Health Act.

A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 12:38

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

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