National / International News

VIDEO: Passenger films 'faulty' Virgin plane

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:43
Virgin plane passenger Hardeek Desai films the Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 which was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering landing gear problems.

VIDEO: F1's best overtakes of 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:42
Watch some of Formula 1's most memorable overtaking moves of the 2014 season, featuring passes by Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

The year of living dangerously

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:40
There are signals that three al-Jazeera men detained in Cairo may find freedom, but too many journalists still work in all too dangerous times.

SNP defends talk of 'kingmaker role'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:39
The SNP rejects claims that it would be difficult for it to keep a future UK government in power if it did not include the largest party in England.

Cisse charged with violent conduct

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:36
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is charged by the FA with violent conduct after incident involving Everton's Seamus Coleman.

Rush Limbaugh and his 'black Bond' outrage

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:31
The prospect of Idris Elba as the next James Bond has conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh perturbed, which others see as racist.

2 Los Angeles Police Officers Attacked By Gunmen

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:23

Authorities say two suspects fired at a patrol car with a rifle. Both officers survived without injuries. One suspect was arrested.

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PODCAST: Walgreens goes global

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:17

This morning we try to see what's in store for the markets in last days of 2014, and look ahead to 2015 with Marketplace reporter Sabri Ben-Achour. Meanwhile, Walgreens is gearing up for a merger with Alliance Boots. We take a look at what's in store for the country's largest drugstore chain.

'The Interview,' Now Sony's Top Online Film Ever, Earns $15M

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:13

The film also earned nearly $3 million through screenings at 331 theaters. The comedy that was pulled from widespread release following threats was rented or bought more than 2 million times.

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US bishop admits fatal hit-and-run

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:10
Maryland's first female Episcopal bishop was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore, the diocese says.

Right-to-die campaigner Purdy dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:00
Debbie Purdy, a woman with progressive multiple sclerosis who fought to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died, her family confirms.

Eileen Fisher: Timeless design 30 years later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:57

Eileen Fisher started her clothing line in 1984 with $350 in savings and a few design ideas inspired by the kimono. Thirty years later, her company is thriving. She has 67 stores across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and she employs 1,200 people. Fisher supports women-run small businesses through grants and is collaborating with TakePart to share the stories of 30 female entrepreneurs in a series called "In Her Company."

Marketplace’s Adriene Hill talked to Fisher about the changes she’s seen in fashion and her company since she first began.

On how fashion has changed over the years:

What I’ve found that’s very interesting is that it’s sort of come full circle. We’re actually reproducing certain styles. We’re calling them icons that we did in the very first few lines that we designed.

We do watch the trends and we do think a lot about how our concept of timeless design belongs to the moment, so there’s an attention to trend while keeping in mind what will be timeless about this particular moment in time.

On her customer base:

I think our customer … I’d like to say she’s ageless and timeless and really a broad customer. In the early days, I would say she was an artist or therapist, maybe a teacher because there’s a certain creativity in how people wear the clothes. You put them together in a lot of different ways and also the idea of being ourselves, and therapists help us do that so therapists like the clothes.

Does Eileen ever use an alias?

With a few friends sometimes I do, but I won’t tell you what it is ... it’s funny because sometimes people will comment about my clothes or say something like … if someone takes my credit card they’ll say, “you know there’s a famous designer with your name,” and I’ll say, “Yeah, I know that” and I’ll just try to go anonymous [laughter] … because they don’t think that I would be her!

Egypt court bans Jewish festival

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:57
A court in Egypt bans an annual Jewish festival held in honour of a Moroccan rabbi that has taken place since 1979, citing "moral offences".

VIDEO: Glasgow police dogs among UK's first

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:48
Edwin Richardson trained Airedale terriers for the police in Glasgow before supplying canine recruits for World War One.

Rising sea to claim 7,000 properties

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:42
An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.

Obama: US now 'less racially divided'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:36
President Barack Obama has said race relations in the US are better than when he took office, despite nationwide protests over police actions.

VIDEO: Virgin plane lands safely at Gatwick

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:30
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane has carried out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".

Air ambulance takes man to hospital

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:19
An air ambulance flies a cyclist to hospital after he was knocked down in Aberdeenshire.

Students admit insulting Thai royals

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:11
Two Thai students face years in jail after admitting to insulting the royal family in a play they performed about a 1973 uprising.

Taliban declares 'defeat' of Nato

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:10
A Taliban spokesman declares the "defeat" of the US and its allies, a day after the coalition officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.