National / International News

Fun Fact Friday: The thirst is real in California

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:00

Amy Scott uncovers the week that was with Cardiff Garcia of the blog FT Alphaville and Linette Lopez of Business Insider.

What else did we learn this week at Marketplace?

Fun Fact: Agriculture accounts for nearly 80 percent of water consumption in California. 

This week Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory water cuts in California history. However, the mandate was directed towards urban use even though agriculture accounts for more than half of California's water consumption.

California drought prompts 25 percent mandatory cutbacks

Fun Fact: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow studied political science as a Rhodes Scholar in 1995.

The Rhodes Trust, organizers of the Rhodes scholarship program, announced plans this week to expand its reach to China. We took a look at the financial gains to be made by both the program coordinators and participants in China.

Rhodes Trust plans global scholarship expansion

Fun Fact: More than 150,000 international students are getting a degree in Germany today, including over 4,000 Americans.

It's a series you can't miss- in which we look at why a growing number of students are getting their degrees in other countries like Germany, where taxpayers pick up the tab for college tuition. Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free? Take our poll.

American students head to Germany for free college

Fun Fact: A new office layout could increase attendance to over 90 percent.

Amidst news that Facebook is planning to put thousands of its workers into one mile-long room, we looked at whether an open plan layout was in fact more conducive to a productive work environment. GlaxoSmithKline tried this out and saw their attendance jump from 40 percent to over 90 percent. But it's not all about the open plan office.

The rise of the open-plan office


Pope decries killing of Christians

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:50
Pope Francis condemns what he calls the "complicit silence" about the killing of Christians, at a Good Friday service in Rome.

Sarah Brady, Gun Control Activist, Widow Of James Brady, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:35

Brady, whose work helped passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act , died of pneumonia on Friday. She was 73.

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Explosion in Mali capital kills one

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:26
A blast at a house in the Malian capital Bamako kills one and injures two others, with suspicions that it may have been a bomb.

'Panic attacks' over school tests

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:18
A teachers' union says some pupils are self-harming and having panic attacks linked to the pressures of national tests.

Labour to pledge new homes fund

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:16
Ed Miliband is to unveil a Labour plan to encourage banks to fund 125,000 new homes for first time-buyers in England.

Houthi rebels pushed back in Aden

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:12
Shia Houthi rebels are pushed back in the Yemeni city of Aden while another port city, Mukalla, falls to al-Qaeda militants.

Public 'back tax rises to fund NHS'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:07
A majority of people in Britain support tax rises as a way of funding the NHS ahead of cuts to other public services, a poll shows.

Teachers boycott violent pupils

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:02
Pupils have been so violent or disruptive that on eight occasions last year teachers held a ballot to refuse to teach them.

VIDEO: Life in Luhansk after 'independence'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:02
Natalia Antelava tests the mood in the so-called People's Republic of Luhansk, several months after pro-Russian rebels declared the city's independence from Ukraine.

VIDEO: Welcome to the designer asylum

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:01
Why one artist has built the asylum of his dreams, a space he calls "a safe place to go mad".

VIDEO: Week one of the election campaign

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:01
BBC News looks back at the first week of election campaigning.

Teachers warn of unqualified staff

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:00
Teachers' unions and political parties are divided over the use of unqualified teachers in schools.

Man Utd can finish above City - Mata

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:58
Manchester United's Juan Mata says they can overhaul Manchester City and claim the Premier League runners-up place.

Sturgeon takes campaign centre stage

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:56
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is the centre of attention after the election debate, and the NHS and fox hunting also feature.

Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:33

Comics posing as chefs have written a book with sensational recipes and explanations of essential tools like the "spankler." It's designed to "spank the food if it does anything wrong."

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While Pay Holds Steady For Most, Low-Wage Workers Get A Boost

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:11

Some big U.S. employers are giving their lowest-paid employees a raise. That's helped make low-wage workers one of the only segments of the workforce seeing an increase in pay.

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Ferdinand on vans, loans & Harry Kane

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:10
Les Ferdinand reflects on a his rise from obscurity to England stardom, why reserve team football is undervalued and Harry Kane.

#NPRreads: Obsessing Over A Murder And The Times' Man In Tehran

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-03 14:01

This week, we go old school with an excerpt from the book Visiting Hours and then we cheat and go new school pointing to a New York Times video series about Tehran.

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Every player has his price - Mourinho

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 13:55
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says "every player has a price" after being asked about Raheem Sterling's contract situation.