National / International News

Child obesity rates 'levelling off'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:04
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three UK children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Guess everything costs more in New York City

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:03

We are, as you know, a show about business and economics, so we try to find the money in everything we do. But occasionally we struggle to find an angle.

Take, just for instance, the blizzard earlier this week. I mean ... can you really do a "what's the cost of snow" story?

Turns out, you can.

Over the past 12 years in New York City, snow and ice removal costs have averaged about $1.8 million per inch.

This according to a recent post-storm report from the City Comptroller.

Police corruption efforts criticised

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:01
Police forces in England and Wales lack the capability to investigate corruption among their officers and staff, says Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:00

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.

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Lynch finally opens up to the media

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:57
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finally opens up to reporters in the build up to the Super Bowl.

Friday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:48
Liverpool chase Ings, Chelsea close in on Cuadrado, Anderson could leave Man Utd, Spurs plan Everton exchange, plus more.

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:15

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the 'female husband' was a person of great interest.

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Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

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Djokovic & Wawrinka await semi-final

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:54
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka and world number one Novak Djokovic will meet for a place in the Australian Open final.

Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:51

The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.

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Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On Campus

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:44

The Ivy League school is also introducing a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for students. The steps are part of efforts to reform social life at the college.

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Labour peer backs private role in NHS

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:39
Former Labour health minister Lord Darzi tells BBC's Newsnight it is irrelevant whether NHS care is delivered by the private or the public sector.

Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:28
At least 25 people, including soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by suspected Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, state TV says.

Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:26

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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Amazon posts modest holiday profits

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:17
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:16

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:10

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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