National / International News

Pellet stuck in attacked cat's nose

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:19
A stray cat who sniffed a lot had a pellet lodged inside her nose which was only detected by an X-ray, the RSPCA says.

Superbug surge tackled by hospital

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:14
A surge in cases of the superbug Clostridium difficile has lead to extra cleaning at a north Wales hospital, officials confirm.

When does avoidance become evasion?

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:09
When does avoidance become evasion?

Ukraine ceasefire: The 12-point plan

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:09
Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine has scuppered a ceasefire deal agreed between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in Minsk on 5 September.

VIDEO: Ex-boss of HSBC: 'No comment'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:08
The former boss of HSBC Lord Green refuses to comment over allegations the bank helped wealthy clients to "tax dodge"

Ugandan runaways play rugby in Wales

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:04
Two Ugandan rugby players who disappeared after competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year are playing for a small Cardiff team, it emerges.

Baby ashes inquiry finds 60 cases

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:00
An inquiry into the failure of a Shrewsbury crematorium to return the ashes of dead babies to their families finds at least 60 cases over the last 15 years.

PODCAST: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits U.S.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 03:00

First up, planning for a financial disaster if Greece decides to abandon the euro. More on that. Plus, more on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit with President Barack Obama, and what tops the agenda for the meeting. We'll also take a look at Medolac, a breast milk company that pays $1 per ounce, and how their business may be affecting non-profits who offer the same service.

Klass reprimanded over presents row

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:56
Singer Myleene Klass is publically reprimanded by the head teacher of her daughter's school after mocking other parents online.

Ivory Coast celebrates with holiday

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:51
Ivory Coast declares a public holiday to celebrate its dramatic win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Woakes happy with new-ball role

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:50
England seamer Chris Woakes says he is "obviously keen to carry on" taking the new ball in the forthcoming World Cup.

Wenger in dark over Wilshere return

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:43
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not know when midfielder Jack Wilshere will return from his ankle injury.

Man guilty of OAP scissors murder

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:36
A 24-year-old man is found guilty of murdering an 85-year-old woman in her Edinburgh home.

Samsung warns about 'listening' TV

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:20
Samsung is warning people to avoid discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

Lee 'extremely hurt' by book claims

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:04
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is "extremely hurt" by claims she was pressured into releasing a "lost" novel, according to her lawyer.

Translink head quits to be preacher

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:02
The chief executive of Translink is leaving his £155,000-a-year post to devote his life to preaching.

Man shot by police after stabbing

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:01
A man is shot by a police officer after a woman was stabbed at a house in Kent.

As breast milk becomes a commodity, donations drop

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:00

When Alison Richardson’s baby was born prematurely, he weighed just 1 lb, 11 ounces.

“This is William Hague Richardson IV,” says Richardson, holding him carefully so she doesn’t tangle the wires, medical bracelets and oxygen tube that tethers William to the neonatal unit at Bronson Methodist in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Today, he’s wearing a baby blue onesie that says “Little Man.”

“He’s now 5 lbs, 13.9 ounces,” she says proudly.

A big reason Richardson says William is doing so well is that the hospital brought in donor milk when her own supply fell short.

For years, hospitals have gotten donor milk from non-profit milk banks.

But now, for-profit milk companies have entered the picture, like Oregon-based Medolac.

Medolac pays a dollar per ounce for the breast milk they get from moms, like Andrea Short of Newport, Michigan. Short’s youngest, Johanna, didn’t latch when she was born, so Short found herself with a freezer stuffed with frozen breast milk.

“She was probably four months old when I realized I had an overflow problem,” Short says.  

Selling her excess milk to Medolac helped her family pay bills, and it even got her breastfeeding Johanna longer than the year she’d originally planned.  

“It was a great incentive for me to continue, and make a little bit of extra money, and help some other babies who need it,” she says.

Over time, Short sold about 6,000 ounces of breast milk to Medolac.   

But before this, she was donating her milk to the nonprofit milk bank in Kalamazoo, Michigan—The one that supplies the hospital treating baby William.

Cindy Duff runs that milk bank. She says lately, their donations have dropped sharply enough that they've had to send some patients to other milk banks out of state.

And she's critical of Medolac for not disclosing exactly where it sends its milk. 

"My concern is that we want to be able to have the milk necessary to process for the babies in Michigan. And if the milk goes to a for-profit, and it's not even being dispensed to anyone in Michigan, that's concerning."

Medolac declined to be interviewed on tape.

But in an email, a spokesman says the company can't say which hospitals it sells to because of non-disclosure agreements.

The spokesman says all of the milk Medolac collects is given exclusively to sick infants.






German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits President Obama

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:00

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington D.C., visiting President Barack Obama. Their agenda runs the gamut from transatlantic trade to climate change, counterterrorism to the G7 Summit in June. But the highest priorities are likely to be seemingly intractable conflicts facing the European continent.

Jacob Kirkegaard, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says Chancellor Merkel and President Obama will discuss the worsening violence between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. 

Peter Sparding, transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund, says another subject may be a different conflict: The stand-off between the new Greek government, pushing back against the onerous terms of its bailout, and its European creditors.

Hacking into wired cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 02:00

A new Senate report released Monday says cars equipped with wireless internet could be a security risk, and could transmit personal information about a driver.  

The report, from Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, says automakers are short on safeguards that would keep hackers from, say, taking control of your car, and causing it to accelerate suddenly, or killing the brakes.

“This is a big deal,” says Dave Cole, chairman of AutoHarvest, which encourages innovation in the auto industry. 

Cole says cars with wireless internet could also transmit all kinds of data about their drivers. That could come in handy during, say, a hurricane evacuation, or maybe help parents.

“Do I want to track a teenaged son who might be doing something I don’t want him to do? But how about my everyday life? Do I want somebody checking on that all the time?” Cole wonders.

He says we might need federal rules to establish what information can be collected, and how it can be used.