National / International News

With Iran's Help, Iraqi Force Pushes Toward ISIS-Held Tikrit

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:41

A local source says that Iran, which has already been aiding Iraq with artillery and intelligence support, has sent fighters to help take Tikrit.

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Bank flags market abuse issues

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:34
The Bank of England has flagged 50 instances of potential market abuse following a shake up of how it operates.

Golf lake accident man critical

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:24
A man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after a vehicle rolled into a lake at the Celtic Manor Resort golf course in Newport.

Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:19
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on medical advice.

Wigan chairman Whelan steps down

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:13
Dave Whelan resigns from his position as chairman of Wigan Athletic but will remain as owner of the Championship club.

LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:11

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are calling for calm and patience, as three investigations are underway into the police killing of a homeless man Sunday.

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Lawyer assassinated in Mozambique

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:09
A prominent lawyer at the centre of a debate over Mozambique's constitution dies after being shot outside a cafe in the capital, Maputo.

Fierce clashes around Iraq's Tikrit

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:07
Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials say.

Formal end to NI child heart surgery

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 03:07
Northern Ireland's health minister has formally accepted proposals for a single, all-Ireland children's heart surgery centre, based in Dublin.

Hillary Clinton's email isn't necessarily insecure

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

In the controversies over Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email address for official correspondence as U.S. Secretary of State, one theme has been the question of whether, in doing so, she created a security risk. 

As important as records maintenance is, the possible lack of proper security/encryption is most troubling

— Nolan McCarty (@Nolan_Mc) March 3, 2015

However, Hillary Clinton wasn’t a typical worker using gmail to avoid a little hassle. She had her own email system. And unofficial doesn’t have to mean unsafe.

"Just the fact it’s not part of the government’s email system doesn’t mean its insecure," says Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute, which studies cyber-security.

Big institutions, with robust security budgets — think Target or Sony — haven't been immune from cyber-attacks.

Poneman says someone with enough money and motivation could create a good system. And smaller systems have advantages: Fewer users means fewer people who could slip up and compromise security.

"It could be very secure and make it harder for the bad guy to actually find it," says Poneman. "Because it's small, it becomes — not invisible, but it's not as easy to find it and basically do bad things."

PODCAST: The placebo (and price) effect

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

Yesterday, for the first time in 15 years, the NASDAQ composite closed above 5000. So what? Plus, the battle to be the smartest smart phone in the smart pay world. Apple is there. Now comes Samsung with its new GalaxyS6 with Samsung Pay. And, it could have an edge. Game on. And the placebo effect has always been a bit of a mystery to science. Give patients a pill filled with sugar or in this case -an injection of saline- but tell them it's medicine and a percentage of them will report feeling better. Now, a recent study in a handful of Parkinson's patients suggests you can boost the effects of the placebo even further by telling patients the drug costs a lot of money. 

India's Maharashtra state bans beef

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:59
The Indian president approves a bill which bans slaughter of cows and sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.

Bali Nine men to leave for execution

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:56
Authorities in Bali confirm that two Australian drug smugglers will be transferred on Wednesday to the island where they will be executed.

Charity 'sorry' about Blair award

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:52
Save The Children says it is sorry its decision to give Tony Blair a "global legacy" award "upset so many people".

Teen 'critical' after hammer attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:49
A teenager is critically ill in hospital after being attacked with a hammer, police say.

Stab death foster placement flawed

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:47
A fatal accident inquiry hears that the way a foster placement was sourced, for a child who later killed his foster mother, was not good practice.

The woodpecker and the weasel

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:37
An amateur photographer captures the image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air.

Ministers issue spaceport shortlist

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:35
Six aerodromes remain on the list to become the UK's first commercial spaceport.

Lawrence to play war photographer

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:24
Jennifer Lawrence will play war photographer Lynsey Addario in a film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Addario's memoir.

Sex gangs targeted hundreds of girls

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:24
As many as 373 girls may have been targeted for sex by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the last 16 years, a serious case review finds.