National / International News

Police let down hammer attack woman

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:47
A woman attacked with a hammer after reporting her partner for a previous attack was repeatedly let down by police, the Independent Police Complaints Commission says.

Suarez doing 'triple shifts' to be fit

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:37
Luis Suarez is working triple shifts as he attempts to be fit for the World Cup, says Uruguay team-mate Cristian Rodriguez.

Bride's ring stolen as she said vows

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:24
A bride is left "heartbroken" after her hand-made engagement ring was stolen from the church where she was getting married.

How (constantly) informed must we be?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:23

First of all, mad props to my colleague David Brancaccio for starting – and finishing – the 544-mile AIDS/Lifecycle ride this past week. 

Second of all, more and bigger mad props for having the guts to put a picture of himself in full biking kit – spandex shorts, shirt, the whole deal – on his most recent post about the ride. I once did a photo shoot for Runners World magazine in the Marketplace studios, and let's just say, I'm still hearing about it.

This is not, however, a gratuitous post about Marketplace hosts in fitness gear. It's about the point David made more eloquently than I could, so I'm just going to piggyback on it here and add some observations. It's important, he wrote, to unplug every now and then. To consciously unplug. And to take the time you get back to just... be.

Believe me when I tell you I'm not preaching at you here. I'm as guilty as the next guy of burying my nose in my phone; of tuning out my kid's tennis match to check my Twitter feed (Yes, I'm that dad). Part of it is my personality, part of it is my line of work, and part of it is habit. 

But seriously – how many different variations of the Hillary Clinton book-tour interview do we need to read to know she's running for president (Yes, there, I said it. Come talk to me in a year, we'll see who's right)? How many times do you have to click on a link about Donald Sterling and whether he will or won't sell the Clippers – I mean, fercryinoutloud – to know he's an unsavory individual? And don't even get me started on the damn missing plane.

Yes, there is real news out there every day. And yes we do have an obligation as citizens in a representative democracy to be informed. But c'mon. Just... be.

Okay, now I'm preaching. So that's it. That's all I got this week. That, and don't ever, ever wear a short suit. As in shorts, but in a suit.


VIDEO: Pupil dismisses Trojan Horse claims

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:14
A pupil at one of five schools in Birmingham criticised in an Ofsted inquiry has dismissed suggestions students were put at risk.

Gerry Kelly faces exclusion motion

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:04
MLAs will debate next week a motion to exclude Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly from the assembly for five days.

Sainsbury's sees sales fall again

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:01
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has reported a second consecutive quarter of falling sales as it faces increasing competition from rivals.

'Time for Cook to prove himself as captain'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:58
England skipper Alastair Cook starts the Test summer with questions to answer and doubters to silence, says Tom Fordyce.

Are video games becoming too scary?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:39
Are the new consoles' horror games too scary?

College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:37

The city is investing big in its kids, and other cities and states are taking notes.

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Woman hurt jumping from house fire

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:21
A woman is taken to hospital after jumping from the first floor of a burning house in Carmarthenshire.

Toyota adds to recall over airbags

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:18
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota adds 650,000 cars - all in Japan - to the recall it issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags.

VIDEO: Tour of soldiers' abandoned island

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:13
Historians are looking into why Cleenish Island was chosen as a location to resettle WW1 veterans.

Lineker's guide to the World Cup groups

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:11
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker reveals who he thinks will qualify from the eight World Cup groups in Brazil.

VIDEO: Mother explains online 'torment'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 23:01
The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life is warning about the pressures social media can have on vulnerable people.

VIDEO: Football fans fill sticker books

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 22:51
Football fans of all ages race to complete World Cup sticker book.

VIDEO: British boy trapped in Syria escapes

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 22:44
The BBC has spoken exclusively to the mother of a British boy who had been trapped in Syria for three years.

London braced for anti-Uber protests

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 22:27
Transport for London has warned of traffic disruption on Wednesday as black-cab drivers prepare to protest about rival service Uber.

VIDEO: E3: A date with Bungie's Destiny

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 22:23
The BBC's Richard Taylor shows off Bungie's new game Destiny and asks the developer if it expects it to become bigger than Halo.

Pisa skills 'key' to global success

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 21:55
Welsh youngsters need to show they have the skills they need to succeed anywhere in the world, the first minister will tell head teachers later.
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