National / International News

Egypt awaits referendum results

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:49
Egypt awaits the results of a referendum on its new constitution, with the military-backed authorities saying it has been overwhelmingly approved.

Could name change benefit Hull City?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:48
Owner Assem Allam's plan to change Hull City's name has sparked outrage - but could it be a misunderstood masterstroke?

Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:43

VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.

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Woman 'feared rape' by DJ Travis

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:40
A woman feared she was going to be raped by DJ Dave Lee Travis when she was 15 at a Showaddywaddy concert in the 70s, his trial hears.

"We're sorry you got hacked": Target's letter to unlucky shoppers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:34

A Marketplace staffer / Target "guest" received this email from the beleagured chain this morning. They're offering victims a year of credit monitoring, deep regrets, and some (all-too-useful?) advice: 

Dear Target Guest,
As you may have heard or read, Target learned in mid-December that criminals forced their way into our systems and took guest information, including debit and credit card data. Late last week, as part of our ongoing investigation, we learned that additional information, including name, mailing address, phone number or email address, was also taken.I am writing to make you aware that your name, mailing address, phone number or email address may have been taken during the intrusion.

I am truly sorry this incident occurred and sincerely regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Because we value you as a guest and your trust is important to us, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all Target guests who shopped in U.S. stores, through Experian's® ProtectMyID® product which includes identity theft insurance where available. To receive your unique activation code for this service, please go to creditmonitoring.target.com and register before April 23, 2014. Activation codes must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.
In addition, to guard against possible scams, always be cautious about sharing personal information, such as Social Security numbers, passwords, user IDs and financial account information. Here are some tips that will help protect you:

• Never share information with anyone over the phone, email or text, even if they claim to be someone you know or do business with. Instead, ask for a call-back number.
• Delete texts immediately from numbers or names you don't recognize.
• Be wary of emails that ask for money or send you to suspicious websites. Don't click links within emails you don't recognize.
Target's email communication regarding this incident will never ask you to provide personal or sensitive information.
Thank you for your patience and loyalty to Target. You can find additional information and FAQs about this incident at our Target.com/databreach website. If you have further questions, you may call us at 866-852-8680.
Gregg Steinhafel

Chairman, President and CEO

Want to go shopping, anyone?

Trial Starts For Suspects In Ex-Lebanese Leader's Slaying

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:28

The four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors in Leidschendam, Netherlands, said Thursday they have pieced together mobile phone data allegedly used by the plotters. Hezbollah has denied any role in the killing.

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Ecclestone steps down from F1 board

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:25
Bernie Ecclestone stands down from the board of the company which runs Formula 1 while he faces bribery charges.

VIDEO: Meet the British producer of Gravity

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:22
The British movie Gravity is one of the front runners for the Oscars with 10 nominations

Is Pakistan ready for Grease?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:22
Is Pakistan ready for Grease the musical?

Fox News and Roger Ailes 'reversed the economics of TV news'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:20

Fox News and Roger Ailes aren't uncontroversial things to talk about. And we know you'll have some feedback on this interview. Click the button to right and give us your opinion -- in your own voice:

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As one surveys the American corporate landscape, there are few CEOs out there as successful, influential, or powerful as Roger Ailes, the founder and president of Fox News.

He started in daytime television with Mike Douglas, back in the 1960s, got into politics with then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and since starting Fox News in 1996, has built it into a multi-billion dollar business and a huge political force.

Gabriel Sherman covers the media for New York magazine and is the author of "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country." Sherman says he interviewed 600 sources for his book, but Ailes was not one of them.

"He has reversed the economics of the TV business by revolutionizing how TV is packaged. By using politics he's figured out a business model that has allowed his network to generate twice the ratings of his competitors, CNN and MSNBC. His profits exceed all of cable news and the broadcast evening news networks combined, so as a business story it is an unparalleled success."

Fox News: 'Recreated in Roger Ailes' image'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:20

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As one surveys the American corporate landscape, there are few CEOs out there as successful, influential, or powerful as Roger Ailes, the founder and president of Fox News.

He started in daytime television with Mike Douglas, back in the 1960s, got into politics with then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and since starting Fox News in 1996, has built it into a multi-billion dollar business and a huge political force.

Gabriel Sherman covers the media for New York magazine and is the author of "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country."

Rahul Gandhi to lead India campaign

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:18
India's governing Congress Party names Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign - but stops short of announcing him as candidate for prime minister.

VIDEO: Missing boy: UK-wide hotline launched

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:17
Superintendent Liz McAinsh from Police Scotland tells reporters there is no evidence that missing three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was taken - but officers are keeping an open mind.

Actress sues over Hollande 'affair'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:13
The actress linked to French President Francois Hollande, Julie Gayet, sues the magazine that published photos of their alleged affair.

Who is right on UK defence capability?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 09:12
Who is right on Britain's military capabilities - the US or UK?

Nigerian gets 20 lashes for gay acts

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 08:56
A Nigerian man receives 20 lashes after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted him of homosexual offences.

Council tax rise referendum proposed

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 08:56
A referendum on a council tax rise of 4.75% is proposed by Brighton and Hove's minority Green Party administration.

The etiquette of coffee shop lounging

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 08:54
What's the appropriate balance between taking advantage of free services and just taking advantage, asks Tom Heyden.

Egypt 'charges al-Jazeera trio'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 08:48
The three al-Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt last month are reportedly charged with using unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news.

Lords debate web's 25th birthday

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 08:48
The UK's ex-digital champion and founder of Lastminute.com Baroness Lane-Fox leads a debate on the 25th anniversary of the creation of the world wide web.

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