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How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:17

Tech and telecom companies stepped up with much-needed services. Facebook and Google offered tools to help those in the region let family and friends know they're OK. Other firms cut calling costs.

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Bank fines to 'fund apprenticeships'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:12
The Tories will use fines imposed on Deutsche Bank for its involvement in Libor rate-fixing to fund 50,000 apprenticeships, David Cameron will say.

Labour to pledge immigration action

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:07
A Labour government will set out the action it intends to take on immigration within 100 days of assuming office, Ed Miliband to say.

Pensions to feature on campaign trail

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:01
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson will say that her party will protect pensions with a "triple lock" as campaigning continues ahead of 7 May.

Funeral for murdered Cork student

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:01
A funeral for Irish student Karen Buckley, who was murdered in Glasgow earlier this month, is to be held in County Cork later.

Army at scene of explosion in Derry

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:01
Police and Army bomb experts are at the scene of an explosion at Crawford Square in Londonderry.

Pupils prepare to sit new Highers

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:00
Thousands of pupils are preparing to sit the new look Higher qualifications as the exams period gets under way in Scottish schools.

'Rose should be on honours list'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:56
An exemplary champion and superb ambassador, Justin Rose deserves wider recognition, writes golf correspondent Iain Carter.

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:47

The number of people using these services is growing fast. Find out what happens when a writer rents out his Mini Cooper and an Airbnb tenant learns something terrible has happened to his host.

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VIDEO: Scotland 'has put firecracker in election'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:46
The BBC's Jeremy Vine reports on Scotland's key battleground seats, as polls suggests support for Labour is crumbling, and the Scottish National Party is on the rise.

VIDEO: Thousands sleep on Nepal streets

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:33
Thousands of people are sleeping on the streets in Nepal, either because their homes are destroyed or they are too scared to return.

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:30

Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons responded, calling it the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?

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3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:18

The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. And even though Republicans are the traditional-marriage party, they just could welcome a pro-same-sex marriage ruling.

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Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:06

One estimate puts the reconstruction at more than $5 billion – or about a quarter of the country's GDP. Countries — and relief groups — are pledging to help.

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Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:02

Bartender Ran Duan will represent the U.S. in a Bacardi international cocktail competition. His specialty? "Father's Advice," a stirred-not-shaken cocktail that's a testament to his hardworking dad.

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Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:50

Google will allow patent holders to "tell Google about patents they're willing to sell at a price they set." Tech firms have been targeted by "trolls" who own patents and charge them licensing fees.

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Bosnia gunman 'kills police officer'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:48
A gunman attacks a police station in Bosnia, killing an officer and injuring two others before being shot dead, officials say.

On the ground from Kathmandu, Nepal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:36

Aid workers from all over the world are flying to Kathmandu, Nepal to provide services for those affected by Saturday's devastating earthquake.

Blackouts and scarce supplies are challenging, but the main concern is drinking water. If that shortage isn't addressed quickly, the government is concerned it could lead to the spread of disease, especially since people are already spending late nights out in the open. That, in turn, would present a whole new problem for authorities and aid agencies that are coming in.

The airport is packed with flights bringing workers, as well as commercial planes that have added trips to bring supplies into the region, and people out.

The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder is in Kathmandu, where much of the city was reduced to rubble.

"There are a lot of agencies on the ground," he says. "You can see them and identify them, but the scale of the problem is quite big, so of course, it’s never going to be enough…certainly not now."

There was a lot of political turmoil in Nepal in the past decade, and the region was not equipped with a disaster management plan. That’s why the government was very quick to accept that this was too much for it to handle.

Majumder is staying in a hotel, but he says no one is sleeping in their rooms because there have been a number of aftershocks that are frightening. He and the others in town are sleeping near exits, by the pool, or in the hotel lobby.

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:27

Saturday's 7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to other nearby faults. There's a 50-50 chance of a strong aftershock within a year.

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VIDEO: Police clash with Baltimore protesters

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:20
Seven police officers in Baltimore have been injured after clashing with protesters in Baltimore demonstrating over the death of Freddie Gray.