National / International News

Will Ed Sheeran play at royal wedding?

BBC - 14 hours 8 min ago
The singer responds to reports that he's performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Ancient Britons 'replaced' by newcomers

BBC - 14 hours 15 min ago
Britain's Stone Age population was almost completely replaced some 4,500 years ago, a study shows.

FACT CHECK: Why Didn't Obama Stop Russia's Election Interference In 2016?

NPR News - 14 hours 18 min ago

President Trump now accepts that Russia launched a wave of active measures against the U.S. but blames his predecessor for not taking any action.

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Frisbee the seal returns to North Sea after RSPCA care

BBC - 14 hours 21 min ago
The "minor miracle" for the seal left with "horrendous" injuries from a Frisbee-style beach toy.

Jennifer Lawrence hits back at dress critics

BBC - 14 hours 27 min ago
Jennifer Lawrence says the criticism is a "distraction" from real issues women face.

Syria war: UN plea to end 'hell on earth' Eastern Ghouta crisis

BBC - 14 hours 40 min ago
The UN Secretary General is calling for an end to the fighting so aid can enter the rebel-held area.

Sevilla v Manchester United

BBC - 14 hours 46 min ago
Paul Pogba is set to be left out of Manchester United's starting line-up for Wednesday night's last-16 Champions League tie at Sevilla.

Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

NPR News - 14 hours 47 min ago

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

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More Ways Than Ever To Watch The Olympics, But Fewer Americans Are Watching

NPR News - 15 hours 6 min ago

Prime time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

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More Ways Than Ever To Watch The Olympics, And Fewer Are Watching In Prime Time

NPR News - 15 hours 6 min ago

Prime-time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

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Florida House Declines Debate On Assault Rifles, Calls Porn A 'Health Risk'

NPR News - 15 hours 8 min ago

The lawmakers voted 71-36 against opening up debate on the bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, leaving it in committees that aren't scheduled to meet during this session.

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Great Yarmouth Charter Academy bans 'McDonald's' hairstyle

BBC - 15 hours 12 min ago
Boys with six styles deemed "extreme" will be put into isolation or sent home, the academy warns.

Why low unemployment might not lead to higher inflation

Marketplace - American Public Media - 15 hours 21 min ago
Our ideas about the relationship between the unemployment rate and inflation may be all wrong.  The latest jobs report revealed that the unemployment rate is at 4.1 percent for a fourth straight month — the lowest level since 2000. But that means that the economy may be heating up, which also means that the Federal Reserve may want to put the brakes on that by raising interest rates. The group at the Fed that regulates interest rates, the Federal Open Market Committee, is gearing up to release detailed records of their latest closed-door meeting — the last with Janet Yellen as chair. The Fed has already suggested it wants to hike interest rates three times this year, but the big question this time around is whether the Fed wants to hike them even more frequently. Chris Farrell, a Marketplace economics correspondent, joined us to explain why there's room for unemployment to drop even lower. Below is an edited transcript.  Sabri Ben-Achour: So, there is a general assumption out there that as the unemployment rate gets lower and lower, we flirt more and more with an overheated economy where there is too much inflation. You question that. Chris Farrell: Yeah. I mean, you can almost hear Karl Marx in the background muttering: "I told you, capitalism needs a reserve army of the unemployed." And yet there's the notion that more people working and more people earning money depreciates the value of the dollar, which is another way of saying "inflation." There's a lot of research that says that's a deeply flawed idea. Ben-Achour: Well, why is that? I mean, doesn't it kind of makes sense? You’ve got a pretty low unemployment rate, 4.1 percent — wouldn't you imagine companies would have to compete with wages? Farrell: Part of it is there's this idea that's out there called the natural rate of unemployment. It's the lowest rate consistent with stable prices. So when unemployment drops below that level, price pressures — you just can't contain them. And the relationship held up pretty well several decades ago, but it's broken down. The fundamental problem is no one really knows how low unemployment can go before inflation picks up. Ben-Achour: Are you saying, in other words, that even though we have an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, there's still a lot of slack out there? There's still a lot of people who still could work? Farrell: I think there is still a lot of slack out there. If you look at the employment to population ratio, it’s still below pre-recession levels. But here's really the key. Wages have been going up — and, by the way, this is a good thing — but there's fear that that's what's going to lead to inflation. But you have to ask the question: why are wages going up? And the reason seems to be right now that companies are doing better. And so what the higher wages reflect is a better economy. It doesn't reflect too much money chasing the same amount of goods.

Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

BBC - 15 hours 29 min ago
Some users claim right-wing beliefs have been discriminated against by the crackdown.

Billy Graham: Six things the evangelist believed

BBC - 15 hours 37 min ago
On civil rights, North Korea ties and dining with women, this is where the evangelist stood.

Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

NPR News - 15 hours 40 min ago

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

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NHS 'dangerously' short of 100,000 staff

BBC - 16 hours 2 min ago
Figures show one in 12 posts in England is unfilled - enough to staff 10 large hospitals.

Zak Hardaker: Castleford Tigers dismiss full-back for failed drugs test

BBC - 16 hours 10 min ago
Castleford Tigers dismiss full-back Zak Hardaker after he tested positive for cocaine in the lead up to October's Super League Grand Final.

Cavendish crashes in Abu Dhabi before race even starts

BBC - 16 hours 11 min ago
Britain's Mark Cavendish pulls out of the Abu Dhabi Tour following concussion sustained in a crash during the race's first stage.

Daniel Ricciardo crashes new Red Bull in first test

BBC - 16 hours 15 min ago
Daniel Ricciardo crashes Red Bull's new 2018 Formula 1 car during its first test, it has emerged.