National / International News

Met settles with 'targeted' officer

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:30
The Met Police agrees a final settlement with a police officer it discriminated against.

The Other Chocolate Tries For Sweet Redemption

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Some say white chocolate has a bad reputation because of its history of poor quality ingredients. But aficionados say its mellow sweetness can bring out flavors that bitter dark chocolate smothers.

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With New Cardinals, Pope Aims To Widen Horizons Of Church Leadership

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

In a formal ceremony, 20 prelates became princes of the Catholic Church. The new cardinals mark a shift in the church under Pope Francis toward poor nations — and away from Europe.

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Fighting In Ukraine Appears Untouched By Peace Deals And Cease-Fires

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has continued despite a peace deal and a cease-fire set to begin Sunday. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Weaver of the Financial Times from Donetsk.

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Pope Welcomes 20 New Cardinals

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Twenty Catholic prelates become princes of the church on Saturday. Many of them come from poor countries, reflecting the pope's focus on ministering to the impoverished.

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Embattled Oregon Governor Says He Will Resign

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he'll resign next week, just months after re-election. He had been under pressure to resign amid ethics investigations related to his fiancée's consulting work.

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Video Made The Internet Star: YouTube Turns 10

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

YouTube was registered as a domain name 10 years ago today, and yes, it's gone viral. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a decade's worth of cat videos, politics, self-help and everything in between.

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Buried Boston Copes With Piles Of Snow

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Boston has been buried under piles of snow this winter. The streets are covered and there's more snow on the way. Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi talks to NPR's Scott Simon about how the city is coping.

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Not Everyone Agrees On How To Tame Obama's Cyber 'Wild West'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

President Obama wants to stop cyberattacks by getting companies and law enforcement to coordinate. He signed an executive order that could pave the way, but some in the business world are skeptical.

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Valentine's Day Has Another Side: Fighting For Freedoms For Women

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:03

The V-Day Movement aims to fight unfair laws that abuse and discriminate against women. In Malta, for example, a man can abduct a woman and get away with it if he marries her.

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Body of AirAsia flight Briton found

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:51
The body of a British man who died when an AirAsia flight crashed in the Java Sea in December has been found, according to the Foreign Office.

England thrashed in World Cup opener

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:24
England suffer a 111-run defeat by Australia in their opening World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Bolt to retire after London 2017

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:21
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says that he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London.

How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:03

New research confirms that even after a victim dies, viral cells on the corpse can infect others for as long as 7 days.

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Ramsey could be QPR boss next season

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00
QPR owner Tony Fernandes says Chris Ramsey will be given the chance to remain as the club's manager for "a very long time".

From the Hills to the Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00

Next week, we are launching a new series! It’s called From the Hills to the Valley. And yes, that would be Hollywood and Silicon Valley, respectively.

In some ways, the two industries could not be more different. Hollywood was born and then flourished for over a century because of the technology of the movie screen. It still revolves around that screen. Silicon Valley happened decades later. It was the product of computing, and often emerged in garages in Palo Alto.

But, how different are venture capitalists investing in tech from heads of major hollywood studios? And how similar are artists making content for youtube to the stars who appear on big buck productions? Whatever the differences, they are growing. As Amazon and Netflix get deeper into the entertainment industry, and as Hollywood studios and Google trade accusations, the two industries seem at odds with each other now than ever before.

We are going to take a look at the tensions and parallels that exist in these two parts of California. Where does Hollywood meet Silicon Valley? And where do they diverge?

We have a great line-up of interviews, from YouTube star Hank Green talking about how he thrives outside of the traditional studio model to writer and actor, Issa Rae, on her transition from producing a web series to piloting a show on HBO.

And much more. The series begins on Monday with New York Times Magazine staff writer, Jenna Wortham, who talk about why the culture of technology resists Hollywood narratives.

Here's YouTube star Hank Green in a popular video about how to pronounce "gif":

And here's a video from Issa Rae, promoting her new book "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl":

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:58
Boko Haram Islamist militants have attacked the north-east Nigerian city of Gombe, residents say.

'Anxious calls' as 600 jobs face axe

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:48
A union says it is expecting "anxious calls" from Cardiff council staff after Wales' largest authority said nearly 600 posts could go.

Bus driver marries his passenger

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:22
A bus driver marries a former passenger after she proposes at a bus stop.

30 vehicles in M40 fatal crash

BBC - Sat, 2015-02-14 01:05
About 30 vehicles are involved in a fatal crash on the M40 in Oxfordshire.