National / International News

NBA owners vote for Clippers sale

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 18:18
US National Basketball Association team owners move to force the sale of the LA Clippers following the race row that engulfed owner Donald Sterling.

Smashed Hits: Like a Rolling Stone

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 17:55
Bids of up to £1m are expected for the original hand-written lyrics of a song Bob Dylan described as a "long piece of vomit".

Windows XP users to get Explorer fix

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 17:28
Microsoft says users of its Windows XP operating system will also get the security update it has issued to fix a flaw in the Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft Releases Fix For Critical Internet Explorer Bug

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:44

The Department of Homeland Security had told Americans to stop using the browser until a fix was issued.

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Family finance lessons: Demetria Lucas listens to her mother ... eventually

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:40

The most important lessons we learn about money don’t come from our accountants or our radios. They come from our family.

Each week, we invite someone to tell us about the money tips they inherited from the people they grew up with.

Our guest this week is Demetria Lucas. She's the author of A Belle In Brooklyn and owns a blog of the same name. You might also recognize her from the Bravo reality series Blood, Sweat and Heels.

Demetria grew up in in a middle-class town near Washington D.C. that she says had lot of African-American professionals. 

"Sort of like a 'Leave It To Beaver' black version," says Lucas. 

Discussions about money happened early in Lucas' household. 

"My mother always taught me to put 10 percent away," says Lucas. "My dad would always talk about my grandmother. She was from Mississippi and she lived on a farm. When she passed away she had saved some ungodly sum of money and no one knew where it came from."

But when Lucas reached adulthood it took some time for her mother's lessons to take hold.

"[After] my very first paycheck, she reminded me of that 10 percent lesson. You know, I heard her and it went in one ear and out the other," says Lucas.

After about a year, though, Lucas got wise. She started cooking more, turning down invitations for nights out, and started setting aside as much as 20 or 30 percent of some paychecks.

Over time, she saved up enough to make a big jump.

"I decided I needed to leave my job to really pursue my blog and my [second] book to the best of my ability, and because I had a nice savings I was able to do that," says Lucas.

Though, she admits, the money from her first book helped a little bit, too.

When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:31

The White House is cracking down on colleges to improve how they handle sexual assault complaints. But critics say schools are in over their heads, and that these cases are meant for the courts.

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Scotland 'set for tourism boom'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:21
Scotland is in line for a huge increase in tourism, with the number of overseas visitors rising faster than the UK average, according to a report.

NBA Panel Moves Forward With Attempt To Oust Clippers Owner

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:11

The Advisory/Finance Committee voted unanimously to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" to strip Donald Sterling of his team.

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Ukraine reinstates conscription

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:10
Ukraine's acting president says he is reinstating military conscription to deal with deteriorating security in the east of the country.

Up close with Hollywood's biggest enemy

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:05
The BBC goes on the road with Kim Dotcom

Workers to tell children about jobs

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:55
A workers' army is being recruited to tell primary pupils in England how schoolwork relates to their future careers.

VIDEO: The first English 'world cup' victory?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:40
The Durham miners who beat the world's best

Baby helmets 'have no added value'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:40
Corrective baby helmets have virtually no effect on a baby's head shape, a study suggests.

Iraq: A proxy battleground in a regional war

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:29
How Iraq is becoming proxy battleground in regional struggle

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:20
Which supposed urban legend was proved true with a desert dig?

VIDEO: How politicians deal with an egging

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:10
As UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is egged by a protester, Newsnight looks back at a few similar incidents.

Man who inspired Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:05
The man who inspired The Great Escape, and others

Mass tests to track risk of dementia

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:05
A third of a million UK adults are to be asked to complete online reasoning and memory tests as part of a project to try to track dementia causes.

The cat-and-mouse world of US tax

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:00
The cat-and-mouse world of US tax

The best dyed cloth in the world?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 15:00
The best dyed cloth in the world?

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