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University strike: What's it all about?

BBC - 9 hours 8 min ago
As university lecturers at 64 universities strike over pensions, we look at the issues.

Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings

BBC - 9 hours 16 min ago
The president also tells Florida shooting survivors he backs calls for improved background checks.

US: St Louis morning radio presenter gives birth on air

BBC - 9 hours 41 min ago
Cassiday Proctor, a morning radio presenter, gave birth by Caesarean section live on air.

Conference of African-American women offers platform for exercising economic and political power

This week, hundreds of African-American women will meet in Atlanta for Power Rising, a conference to talk about ways to make their voices better heard in politics, economics and other areas. Black women own about 1.5 million businesses in the country, according to the latest U.S. Census figures, generating more than $42 billion in sales in 2012. Conference organizers say they want black women to find ways to make the most of their political and economic power. Atlanta resident Labriah Lee Holt will be attending and speaking at the conference as a new entrepreneur. She bought a building last year in Atlanta’s west side so she could open up a blow-dry bar specifically for women of color. “As an African-American woman or a woman with textured hair, you don’t always have trust,” Holt said. “I can’t just walk into any storefront and say ‘Can you blow out my hair?’ or 'Give me a hairstyle,’ because they may not be familiar,” Holt said. To Holt, opening up a business geared toward other black women was more than just about stylists being familiar with black hair. The former lawyer said when she was researching the market for her business, she didn’t see a lot of black women ownership represented in big salon chains. “It just shows how so much money is spent on this stuff by our community and by women, and none of that money is really going back to our community,” Holt said. Holt will join other black women at the conference to talk about these issues, including business and the economy, politics, health, education and culture.  “We're looking to come out of the conference at the end with an action plan with some things that we can agree that we will do in the coming weeks, the coming months, to move forward our communities and our nation,” said Leah Daughtry, a Washington, D.C., area pastor and co-organizer of the conference. Daughtry, who was CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, said the idea for a conference of black women came from a Congressional Black Caucus women’s retreat after the presidential election. She said black women have consistently demonstrated the power of their vote, but that hasn’t always translated to being represented in politics. “But beyond that, our consumerism, the amount of money that we control in the American economy, the influence that we have on culture and on business — we are not represented in corporate boardrooms in the way that we should be,” she said. According to the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, African-American buying power will reach $1.5 trillion by 2021, up from $1.2 trillion in 2016. And a recent Nielsen report shows that black women are a big part of that growth. Black women are also one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the country, according to the National Women’s Business Council. Kimberly Blackwell, a member of the council, said despite that, there are disparities.    “Black women business owners continue to have annual receipts that are much less than the broader populations,” she said. “So a still a lot of work to be done there.” Related Why there still aren't a lot of black women executives Women CEOs outperform men, so why aren't companies giving them the top job? How African-Americans were 'shut out' of the American dream She said black women business owners can face particular challenges, like getting access to capital or finding a network of mentors.    One of Lee Holt’s challenges has been juggling a full-time job while trying to get her business off the ground. She’s been using her own money along with a small business loan. “I would love to see if there’s a way to create more support for black women who may be talented and have brilliant ideas who are just missing funding or potential access to potential funding revenue streams,” she said. Her salon, Sweetroots, is expected to hold its grand opening in May. 

Moment policeman catches falling child

BBC - 10 hours 15 min ago
He was guarding a bank in Asyut, Egypt, when he spotted the boy three floors above.

Supreme Court Gets Moving, Issuing As Many Decisions In One Day As It Has In 5 Months

NPR News - 10 hours 17 min ago

The high court put out rulings on everything from guns and whistleblower protections to plea deals and the damages someone could seek for a terrorist attack.

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From Bellingham to Tallahassee Students 'Walk Out' Demanding Gun Reform

NPR News - 10 hours 22 min ago

Students grappling with fear and frustration after last week's fatal school shooting staged peaceful protests mourning for victims and urging a ban on assault rifles.

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U.S. Biathlon Team Speaks Out For Gun Control

NPR News - 10 hours 42 min ago

The sport's athletes must ski across the course, then calm their breathing and use rifles to fire at a target. For biathletes, the fact that their sport involves firearms isn't always comfortable.

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After Long Drought, Has U.S. Olympic Long Track Speedskating Turned A Corner?

NPR News - 10 hours 52 min ago

On Wednesday, U.S. long track skaters won bronze in the women's team pursuit event — the first Olympic medal since 2010. Here's a look at what it's like for U.S. athletes to compete in this sport.

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Donald Trump Jr. Is Impressed By The 'Smile On A Face' Of India's Poor

NPR News - 10 hours 59 min ago

He may have thought he was paying the poor a compliment. India's poor, however, do not always have reason to smile.

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Brit Awards 2018: Five things we learnt on the red carpet

BBC - 11 hours 6 min ago
Newsbeat speaks to celebrities as they turn up for the awards ceremony at the O2 Arena in London.

Tanzania's Biggest City Finds Success With Region's First Bus Rapid Transit System

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

Dar es Salaam is the only East African city with a bus rapid transit system. It is a model for so many African cities that are growing at an intense pace, but don't have the kind of money they need to build more expensive infrastructure.

West Point Posthumously Admits Florida Shooting Victim Who Helped His Classmates Escape

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

Peter Wang died holding open a door to help his classmates escape last week's shooting in Parkland, Fla. It was his dream to go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Now, the academy's posthumously admitted him.

After Florida Shooting, Trump Meets With Students and Teachers

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

President Trump held a meeting today with students and teachers affected by last week's school shooting in Florida, as well as other prominent massacres.

Why There Will Likely Never Be Another Pastor Like Billy Graham

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

The pastor to presidents — that's how Billy Graham was known. He earned that role because he earned their trust, and there will likely never be another like him.

Famous Evangelist, 'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies At 99

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

Billy Graham, the most famous American evangelist of the 20th century, has died. He preached during a time when the U.S. was less polarized politically and culturally, and he was known as "America's Pastor." Largely silenced by illness in his final years, Graham was somewhat eclipsed by his son Franklin, who took his father's ministry in a far more conservative direction.

Kurds Asking For Help From Syrian Forces To Repel Turkish Attacks In Syrian War

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

The Syrian war has taken a new twist as Kurds have asked for help from Syrian forces to repel Turkish attacks. It's an area where the U.S., Iran and Russia are already on the ground backing various sides.

U.N. Calling For Ceasefire After Hundreds Of Civilians Killed In Damascus Suburb

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

A Syrian government offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus has killed hundreds of civilians. The United Nations and humanitarian groups are urgently calling for a ceasefire to little effect so far.

Students From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Rallying For Gun Control in Tallahassee

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to Florida's capital to push for gun control legislation. They're holding a rally and meeting with dozens of legislators.

Yale's Whiffenpoofs A Cappella Group Admits First Woman

NPR News - 11 hours 12 min ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sofia Campoamor, the first female member to be selected to for Yale's a cappella group, The Whiffenpoofs, since its founding in 1909.