National / International News

VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:43

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late-night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born to Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.

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Italy minister in racism help plea

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:39
Italy's only black cabinet minister calls for more support as she endures relentless racist attacks, and for laws to be used to counter rising racism.

Murder victim 'routinely went missing'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:28
A man accused of murdering his mother and dismembering her body tells the High Court in Edinburgh that she routinely went missing.

A legitimate argument?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:26
Stretching the truth about legal highs?

Growth demand for energy 'to slow'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:17
Global demand for energy will grow at a slower pace over the next two decades, BP predicts, despite rising consumption in developing economies.

Woman 'stabbed 40 times by partner'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 07:03
A woman was stabbed more than 40 times by her boyfriend but named him as her her attacker before she died, a murder trial hears.

Videos Show Asiana Crash Victim Was Run Over Despite Warnings

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:57

Emergency personnel had known a Chinese teenager was lying on the ground at San Francisco International Airport near the wreckage. But as they spread foam on the area, she was covered up. Tragically, two fire trucks later ran over the girl. A coroner says those blows caused her death.

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New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:55

The New Nordic chefs have helped make the flavors of Scandinavia — from reindeer to foraged fungi — among the most revered in the food world. But lately they've started talking about evolving their cooking beyond local ingredients.

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Dissident jailed over weapons find

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:42
A County Tyrone man is jailed for 10 years for having explosives and guns, and being in a dissident group calling itself the IRA.

Identities of police killers 'known'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:42
Police believe they know the identities of the men who planned the attack on Ronan Kerr and made the bomb that killed him.

Ofsted: Racism fear hit white pupils

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:40
Teachers have not paid enough attention to poorly performing white children for fear of being seen as racist, an Ofsted inspector suggests.

PODCAST: The Fed -- cash cow or sitting duck?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:38

President Obama has called on employers to stop passing over long-term jobless applicants.

As the NCAA gathers for its annual meeting, is it considering a first step toward paying its players?

When the Fed sends less money to the Capitol, it also loses some political capital.

Danish Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped, Robbed In New Delhi

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:37

The attack in the heart of the city is the latest bringing global focus to sexual violence in India. Police say the 51-year-old woman had asked for directions from a group of men, who lured her to a secluded place and then robbed, beat and sexually assaulted her at knife-point.

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Vigilantes clash with Mexican troops

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:33
Vigilante groups clash with Mexican soldiers deployed in western Michoacan state, where the "self-defence groups" are fighting a drug cartel.

Pupils 'flee to Dominican Republic'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:29
A teenage boy and girl boarding at a school in Lancashire are missing and are understood to have flown to the Dominican Republic, police say.

Sex offence web addresses screened

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:22
All new web addresses registered in the UK will be screened for terms that signal or encourage serious sexual offences, says Nominet, the organisation that oversees them.

Golden Temple SAS claims overlooked in India

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:15
Golden Temple SAS claims overlooked in India

VIDEO: 'Flour' thrown at Guatemala vice-president

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:13
Guatemala's vice-president Roxana Baldetti has powder thrown in her face as she leaves the capital's National Theatre after the Presidential State of the Union address.

Deadly shoot-out in Dagestan

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:12
Three members of Russia's special forces are killed and five wounded during a house siege in Dagestan, where four suspected militants also reportedly died.

Why does the NSA spy?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 06:12

The National Security Agency says it only spies to protect us from cyberattacks.  Or so it told the New York Times. A Times article says the NSA has inserted software in almost 100,000 computers across the globe.  Using them to spy. And launch cyberattacks of its own. 

Washington has repeatedly accused China of giving intelligence to Chinese companies, to give them a leg up on their international competitors. The U.S. says it never does that for American firms. The NSA told the Times, quote, "We do not use foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of…US companies."   

Endpoint Technologies founder and president Roger Kay says, don’t you believe it.

"It’s another instance of the pot calling the kettle black," he says. 

Kay doesn’t buy the NSA’s insistence that it never shares secrets with U.S. CEOs. He says it’s just too easy to let juicy stuff slip. 

"It would be easy enough to have somebody who knows how to do these things approach the company directly and just say, hey -- by the way, this might be of interest to you," he explains.

Kay says it would be of interest to the NSA because more and more, getting an advantage economically, is part of national security.

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