National / International News

VIDEO: Bees interrupt Obama story-telling

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 14:02
Bees prompted screams from children listening to President Barack Obama's story during the White House Easter egg roll in Washington.

Duke of Kent suffers hip injury

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:46
The Duke of Kent - the Queen's cousin - is in hospital with a hip injury, Buckingham Palace confirms.

Calls to exhume DR Congo burial site

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:40
The DR Congo government is urged to investigate more than 400 bodies found in an unmarked burial ground in the capital Kinshasa.

VIDEO: Yemen: Evacuees arrive in Djibouti

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:36
Thousands of people are fleeing the conflict in Yemen between Houthi rebels and government forces, with many of them arriving in neighbouring Djibouti.

Gertrude Weaver, World's Oldest Woman, Dies At 116

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:12

She had assumed the title last week. The cause of death was complications from pneumonia. The world's oldest person is now Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit area and was born May 23, 1899.

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Artists In Residence Give High-Tech Projects A Human Touch

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:04

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.

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Obama: 'Misjudgment' To Make Iran Deal Contingent On Recognizing Israel

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:01

In an interview with NPR, the president dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that Iran recognize Israel as part of a nuclear deal.

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'Visibly Pregnant' Girls Are Banned From School In Sierra Leone

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:00

The theory is that they could influence "innocent girls," says the minister of education. That's a belief that's held around the globe. Researchers have another idea.

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:58
Manchester City's hopes of retaining the Premier League title suffer another blow with a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Who might win Master's Green Jacket?

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:37
Who might deny Rory McIlroy Augusta's Green Jacket? Iain Carter rates the young guns, the old guard and players in their prime.

UN demands access to Damascus camp

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:30
The UN demands humanitarian access to "desperate" Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, amid an assault by Islamic State.

Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:08

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

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Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:01

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

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Woman dies following house fire

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:57
A woman in her 50s dies following a fire at a house in Antrim.

Will 'golden' California turn brown?

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:55
How will California enforce its strict water rules?

A Lesser-Known Human Trafficking Problem: Teenage Basketball Players

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:46

There is a lot of money to be made in bringing underage kids to the U.S. and trying to make them the next Kobe. But what happens to the rest of them?

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Reds 'must spend more to win league'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:45
Liverpool need to break their wage structure if they are to win the league, according to former player Ray Houghton.

VIDEO: 'I found my son's name in the mortuary'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:21
The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza reports from Nairobi in Kenya on the anguish and anger of relatives trying to trace their loved ones following the al-Shabab killings which left 148 people dead at Garissa University last week.

Rise of digital medial records leads to data theft

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:17

Consumers know to be careful about identity theft, but the growth of digital medical records has led to a rise in the theft of medical records.

Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer at TripWire, says that back in the day, hackers would just keep doing what they usually did: look for credit card and bank information inside medical records.

"But we've seen it evolve to target personal data much more heavily, and that's made medical records a much more attractive target," he says.

And then, they sit on it.

"Someone might have had their information stolen and sold to the highest bidder, and they won't know it's being used for another year, or two years, or three years," says Peter Robichau, an expert on health care information and security and author of "Healthcare Information Privacy and Security: Regulatory Compliance and Data Security in the Age of Electronic Health Records."

That's in contrast to what happens when a credit card number is stolen and used, since you often find out within seconds. Then there's the dark side of the whole question of medical data privacy concerning predictive consumer scores.

Frank Pasquale, a law professor at the University of Maryland, says data collected by devices and apps — and perhaps data stolen and resold — could end up in these scores, which, like credit scores, predict things companies might want to know about you.

"Their proclivity to commit fraud, their medication adherence score, their likely spend on healthcare score," Pasquale says.

These companies don't disclose how they calculate the score in this largely unregulated industry, Pasquale says, because they say it's a trade secret.

"They can say, 'look, we're not gonna tell anybody what's in there,'" he says.

How Do You Like Los Angeles' New Parking Signs?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-06 11:11

Over the weekend, the city rolled out a parking-sign template as part of a pilot program to try to simplify what can often be a very confusing parking process.

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