National / International News

VIDEO: Fear and terror in Damascus camp

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:52
The United Nations Security Council has demanded urgent humanitarian access to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

Sen. Rand Paul Poised To Announce 2016 Presidential Run

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:32

The Republican senator from Kentucky looks to get a jump on what is likely to be a crowded GOP field in 2016. Polls show him in a three-way tie for third place for his party's nomination.

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Daily Mirror journalist trial delayed

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:31
The trial of former Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box Turnbull is delayed pending a review by the Crown Prosecution Service.

What to watch at the Grand National

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:25
Cornelius Lysaght looks at where the big talking points will come from in this year's Grand National at Aintree.

Two detained in attack on team coach

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:18
Turkish police have detained two people suspected of being involved in a gun attack on Fenerbahce's team coach.

PM makes pre-election visit to NI

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:05
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Northern Ireland for a pre-election visit as part of his 24-hour visit to each part of the UK.

Rand Paul, Can A Libertarian Win The Republican Primary?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:03

As Rand Paul embarks on a presidential campaign, he doesn't fit into the mold of either party neatly. Especially on foreign policy, the Kentucky senator faces a challenge.

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In Reclaimed Tikrit, Mass Graves From ISIS's Brutal Occupation

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:03

As many as 1,700 people are believed to be in mass graves that have been unearthed near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base.

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'Racism' put US man on death row

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:01
A man released from prison after nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama says he blames his conviction on being black and poor.

PODCAST: A Matzo empire leaves New York

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 03:00

Airing on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015: Today we get an updated picture on consumer credit - that is, how much Americans borrow, not counting mortgages. A preview on that. Plus, Vice President Joe Biden is speaking at a conference hosted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development today. Traditionally, HUD has partnered with private business and nonprofits to build housing for people without much money, and the need for these kinds of public-private partnerships is on the rise while funding for them is harder to come by. Plus, an estimated 40 percent of domestic matzo--unleavened crackery bread central to the Jewish celebration of passover--is produced by a single, family-run business that has been operating out of New York's Lower East Side since practically the dawn of time. But it's moving out of New York this summer. 

Police end Clarkson 'fracas' inquiry

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:58
Police say there is "no need for further action" against Jeremy Clarkson in their Top Gear "fracas" inquiry.

Kenyans rally against al-Shabab

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:53
About 2,500 people march in Kenya's Garissa town in a show of defiance against al-Shabab following its deadly assault on a university.

Turkey threatens Google with ban

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:32
Turkey threatened to ban Google unless it removed links to controversial images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

Duke of Kent 'to leave hospital'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:32
The Duke of Kent - the Queen's cousin - is expected to leave hospital later following successful treatment for a dislocated hip, Buckingham Palace says.

VIDEO: Lost boy rescued after five-day ordeal

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:31
An 11-year-old Australian boy who went missing during a family camping trip five days ago has been found alive.

Former Olympic champion Liu retires

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:12
China's Olympic gold medal-winning 110m hurdler Liu Xiang announces his retirement from athletics.

Starbucks CEO wants us to Learn Together, too

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:02

Since last summer, Starbucks has been paying for college for some of its employees. Now that program is going from Tall to—what shall we say—Grande?

CEO Howard Schultz has just announced that the Starbucks education money for online degrees through Arizona State University will now kick in for the early years of college, not just the last two. It's just one of a number of projects at the company that are more about social change than coffee, tea and muffins. A few weeks ago, the company tried to foster a national discussion about issues of race that proved controversial.

Click the media player above to hear Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talk about expanding the company's education initiative, as well as the lessons learned from the previous campaign.


Greece makes huge claim for Nazi era

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:00
Athens says Germany owes Greece nearly 279bn euros in war reparations for the Nazi occupation in World War Two.

A group of Atlanta educators caught cheating

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:00

Eleven educators in Atlanta’s public school system were convicted last week in what’s being called the largest cheating scandal in American history. The group included teachers, testing officials and school administrators in the state of Georgia.  

The cheating was discovered through an unrelated data analysis by state officials in 2009. They examined standardized tests from schools across the state and found that an overwhelming number of Atlanta’s public schools reported tests where the wrong answer was erased and replaced with the right answer.  

“What the takeaway is, as state prosecutors just proved, is there was a district wide conspiracy to  cheat on these standardized tests,” said Rose Scott, a reporter and co-host of A Closer Look on WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station.

It’s still unclear, said Scott, whether teachers influenced students to change test answers or changed the answers themselves. “It’s a combination of both according to state officials and state investigators,” she added.

The analysis was fair overall, said Scott, because the state officials had not singled out public schools in Atlanta.

“But when the data came back, it showed that there was a high number of wrong to right erasures,” she said.

The cheating has raised other questions about the Atlanta public school system - for example, 80 percent of the students in it are at or near the poverty level, said Scott.   

“A huge percentage of them need additional resources for taking this test, but those additional resources did not mean teachers changing answers just to pass them on to the next grade or teachers changing answers to meet a high standard that was set by the district to begin with,” said Scott.


Alcoa faces pressure to cut cost

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 02:00

Alcoa reports earnings this Wednesday. The aluminum manufacturer is hoping to boost earnings by producing less aluminum, or smelting. Increased competition, especially from China, is pressuring Alcoa to reduce costs, close smelting plants and focus on more sophisticated finished aluminum products. This part of a strategy to compete against China, which once produced 5 percent of the world’s aluminum. Now it produces 50. And it’s being exported. 

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