National / International News

VIDEO: Roman jewellery found beneath shop

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:57
Roman jewellery has been discovered during excavations at an Essex department store.

VIDEO: Obama's support for Baltic states

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:47
President Obama has urged members of the Nato alliance to send an unmistakable message backing Ukraine, in the face of what he called "brazen aggression" by Russia.

Botham calls for IPL to be scrapped

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:30
Sir Ian Botham says the Indian Premier League is "changing the priorities" of world cricket and "shouldn't be there at all".

A beacon for peace, ready for war

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:12
Belfast's Carl Frampton and his mentor Barry McGuigan

'We Will Emerge From This Ordeal,' Slain Journalist's Family Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:04

The remarks by Steven Sotloff's family come a day after the Islamic State group released a video that showed a militant beheading the freelance journalist.

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Polish family attacked in hate crime

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 14:01
A Polish couple and their five children living in County Londonderry say they are being harassed out of their home because of their nationality.

Eight charged with child sex abuse

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:56
Eight men are charged with sexually abusing girls under 16 by police investigating child sexual exploitation in Buckinghamshire dating back to 2005.

Deep sea 'mushroom' is a breed apart

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:43
A mushroom-shaped deep sea animal discovered off the Australian coast has defied classification within the tree of life.

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:40

Perdue Farms, one of the country's largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it "a big step" forward.

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Carbon in soil vulnerable to warming

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:32
The huge stores of carbon locked in the world's soils are more vulnerable to rising temperatures that previously thought.

Colorful snippets from the Fed's 'Beige Book'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:27

I actually enjoy reading about "The Beige Book," the Federal Reserve's regular look at regional slices of the American economy.

I know this makes me sound incredibly dull, but bear with me.

The latest installment came out today, and so we know (thanks to The Wall Street Journal):

-  Theme-park attendance in and around the Atlanta region was soft, because family vacations were delayed due to snow-day makeups at the end of the school year.

- Aerospace manufacturers near San Francisco are worried about titanium supplies, because of sanctions on Russia.

- A mildew outbreak in North Dakota may reduce sunflower yields. My personal favorite.

C'mon... fascinating, right?

Under Armour makes its fashion move

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:25

How do you add more than $590 million to the value of your company in just one day? Hire Gisele Bundchen

That’s what Under Armour has done. The athletic apparel company has been aggressively marketing itself — it even tried to steal away one of Nike’s most popular endorsers, NBA star Kevin Durant (he stayed with Nike).

Under Armour has traditionally appealed to male jocks, but it’s trying to broaden its customer base to include more women. For a company that started out in the mid-'90s catering to male football players, Under Armour has come a long way. Its sales rose 34 percent in the second quarter, and the company is on track to pull in $3 billion in revenue this year.

That’s still peanuts compared to Nike, but Under Armour is flexing its marketing muscle. A host of celebrity athletes have signed on to endorse its products, including ski racer Lindsey Vonn and ballerina Misty Copeland. “The fact that they’re willing to put money behind these celebrities signals to others that, yeah, we’re going to be playing against the big guys,” says Amna Kirmani, a business professor at the University of Maryland.

Kirmani says Under Armour has always had a good reputation among serious athletes, but now the company needs to broaden its appeal with “everyday individuals.”  That includes people who may never step foot near a gym. Matt Saler, director of sports marketing at IMRE,  says active sportswear is becoming more of a mainstream fashion trend.  “Under Armour’s really at the forefront of it with Nike and their competitors. They’ve really established their place in the category as one of the leaders.” 

Celebrity photo hack puts a cloud over Apple

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:24

This is the view from Apple headquarters this week:

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Twitter was full of celebrities tweeting about how they felt violated when nude photos from their iCloud accounts were posted online after they were apparently hacked

The story led to speculation about weaknesses in iCloud security, and all this less than a week before a major announcement from Apple, likely the unveiling of an iPhone 6.

“It’s a hit to Apple,” says Colin Gillis, a senior technology analyst at BGC Financial. He says Apple should be looking forward, and presenting consumers with new security tools like biometrics — requiring a fingerprint instead of just a password to access accounts.

“They will offer you solutions that you’ll have, you know, extended on new iPhones to help prevent these types of things," Gillis says.

So, just buy a new iPhone and everything will be fine, right? 

Not quite, because the celebrity nude photo dump is so much more personal than a credit card data breach.

“It’s like someone, you know, going through your personal trash," says Jeff Howe, head of the media innovation program at Northeastern University. "I think it absolutely engenders a sense of violation.”

That could make consumers more wary of sharing personal stuff online. Could something like that happen to our data in the cloud?

Cathy Boyle, a senior mobile analyst at eMarketer, said she's definitely noticed more wariness from consumers.

“But I think if you tell them that if you share a certain amount of your information with us in exchange for something valuable, then people seem to be more accepting of sharing their information,” she says.

So companies would have to offer us a discount or special treatment for our online data.  Otherwise, hey — stay off my cloud. 

You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:20

Experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, research shows. And looking forward to an experience like a concert can feel much better than awaiting the latest smartphone release.

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Republic ease to victory over Oman

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:17
The Republic of Ireland warm up for their opening European Championship qualifier in Georgia with a friendly win over Oman.

VIDEO: 'No anger' over 30 years on death row

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:12
A man who spent 30 years in prison for rape and murder says he has "no anger" over his wrongful conviction, after DNA evidence proved his innocence.

Sturgeon: No tuition fees ever

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:12
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will never support bringing in tuition fees for Scottish university students.

Ebola death toll exceeds 1,900

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:07
The World Health Organisation says more than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, 40% of them in the past three weeks.

Guatemala prisons director arrested

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:06
Guatemala's Prison Service Director Edgar Camargo is arrested and charged with involvement in a lucrative extortion scheme in the country's jails.