National / International News

Disappointing economic growth in China

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:30
7.4 percent

With a low not seen in a quarter century, China's economic growth dropped to 7.4 percent in 2014. As reported by the WSJ, some economists predict that disappointing numbers from 2014 are just the start of a global deceleration of growth.


That's about how many times Ronald Reagan used the word "freedom" for every million words in his State of the Union addresses, the Atlantic reported. He also lead the pack on "god." The Atlantic has an automatic tool showing frequently-used words by president.

50 percent

You may have noticed disparities in gas prices from station to station, but what about state to state? For example, a gallon of gasoline costs about 50 percent more in New York than Missouri. Turns out, there's a lot of factors that play into why you'll pay more or less for a tank of gas in different states.

46 percent

President Barack Obama's approval rating heading into Tuesday's State of the Union address. It's a bump up from the past year, the New York Times' Upshot reported, and it'll become more important in the homestretch of Obama's second term and looking to Democrats chances in 2016.

27 quadrillion

That’s 27 followed by 15 zeros, and it's also the number of calculations per second the Titan supercomputer at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can compute. And it's not even the fastest in the world. That title is currently held by a supercomputer in China. It's why Congress has begun funding supercomputing with gusto, pledging over $400 million to building Oak Ridge's next supercomputer.


That's how many of the world's richest people it would take to match the collective wealth of the poorer half of the population, Quartz reported. That's a sharp drop from 2010, when you would have needed 388 super-rich to do the same.


Jobs risk at aircraft engine plant

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:25
Up to 100 jobs could be lost at the GE Aviation factory in Wales following a drop in business.

Tributes to Corrie's Anne Kirkbride

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:24
The cast of Coronation Street lead tributes to actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap, after her death at the age of 60.

Odegaard: Europe's next wonderkid

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:12
Martin Odegaard is coveted by Europe's top clubs - here are 10 things you need to know about this 16-year-old sensation.

Boost UK-Iraqi Kurdistan ties - MPs

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:12
The UK must reinforce its diplomatic presence in Iraq's Kurdistan Region to help counter Islamist extremism, MPs say.

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:06

The IRS commissioner warns that congressionally mandated budget cuts are hurting the agency's ability to crack down on tax cheats, process timely refunds and even staff its help lines.

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Man remanded over Tesco murder bid

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 01:05
A man charged with attempting to murder a shopper at a Tesco store in Flintshire appears in court.

Coen brothers to head Cannes jury

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:58
Joel and Ethan Coen, the award-winning directors of No Country for Old Men and Fargo, will jointly head the 2015 Cannes Film Festival jury, organisers say.

Four face charges over Paris attacks

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:47
Four men are to appear before a judge in Paris on suspicion of supporting one of the gunmen behind the Islamist attacks in France that killed 17.

Ex Dragon quits uni over rape claim

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:46
An original member of TV's Dragons' Den quits as new chancellor of Teesside University after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

In pictures: Corrie's Deirdre

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:44
Pictures from the career of Anne Kirkbride

VIDEO: Four shots - four dives

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:30
Squash player, Kanzy El Defrawy, of Egypt, performs a series of diving shots in a desperate bid to win a rally against France's Camille Serme.

Impressive England thrash India

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:18
Steven Finn and James Anderson lead England to a morale-boosting nine-wicket tri-series win over India in Brisbane.

Will euro QE work?

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:12
How will we know if eurozone quantitative easing is working?

Rocketing vaccine cost warning

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:08
The price of life-saving vaccines has skyrocketed leaving some countries struggling to fully immunise children, Medecins Sans Frontieres warns.

Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:03

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt was the face of the unemployed worker. Elkhart's economy has recovered but Neufeldt is still struggling to bounce back.

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Farage predicts NHS insurance debate

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:48
UKIP leader Nigel Farage says the idea of replacing the NHS with an insurance-based system is "a debate that we're all going to have to return to".

Savers getting raw deal, says FCA

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:38
Millions of savers are getting a raw deal - particularly from the big High Street banks, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has concluded.

Analysts Watch For Impacts Of European Economic Weakness On U.S.

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:18

German automakers have several plants in the South, and Florida counts on European tourists. Analysts hope efforts to stimulate Europe's economy will keep investments in the U.S. from slipping.

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U-turn over paramedic hospital ban

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:15
A whistleblower paramedic, banned from two hospitals in Worcestershire, is given an apology and sees the restrictions lifted.