National / International News

Lindsey Vonn Races To A Bronze Medal In Downhill At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

NPR News - Tue, 2018-02-20 18:36

In her final event at what is probably her last Olympics, Lindsey Vonn hit speeds of nearly 70 mph as she scorched down the mountain.

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Winter Olympics: Great Britain into women's curling semi-finals after beating Canada

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 18:18
Great Britain beat Canada 6-5 to secure a place in the women's curling semi-finals at the Winter Olympics.

Gangster rapper Nissim Black on becoming an Orthodox Jew

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 17:13
Ex-gangster rapper Nissim Black, or 'D Black', has embraced Orthodox Judaism, changing his music to fit his new lifestyle.

Europe Saw 4-Fold Increase In Measles Cases In 2017

NPR News - Tue, 2018-02-20 17:08

In 2017, the disease affected 21,315 people, compared to 5,273 in 2016. Last year, 35 people died in Europe because of measles. The World Health Organizations says unvaccinated people are a factor.

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Apprenticeships: Eight things you need to know

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:56
What's been the consequence of changes to the way apprenticeships work?

Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:52
Simon Field might not be able to move but he can still communicate, by blinking.

'Counting every school shooting so it never seems normal'

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:43
Counting and remembering ever school shooting to stop US becoming 'desensitised'.

John Worboys case: Court to rule if police failed victims

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:48
The Supreme Court will decide if the police failed two women who reported attacks in 2003 and 2007.

The dirtiest place in your kitchen might surprise you...

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:38
Lots of us use wipes to keep our kitchen surfaces clean. But is it worth it?

Newspaper headlines: Charity sex claims and 'Queen of fashion'

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:32
Wednesday's papers cover fresh sex claims against charities and new FCA chief's tax affairs criticised.

12-Year-Old Crashes In Joyride In Mexico, Killing 5 Children

NPR News - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:29

The boy was driving more than 90 miles an hour in a car packed with nine other children. The case has drawn criticism of the boy's parents and a law that let's him go free while awaiting trial.

The cosmetics company selling Siberia to the world

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:27
How a Russian entrepreneur created a popular cosmetics brand based around using extracts from Siberian herbs.

Face to face with a crocodile while collecting its eggs

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:25
Australia's Djelk Rangers are paid to collect eggs from crocodile nests but it's a dangerous job.

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:19
AI could be used by rogue states, criminals and terrorists for malicious purposes in the near future.

FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:18
Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

Gender pay gap: Men still earn more than women at most firms

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:13
New figures show almost three in four small UK companies pay men more than their female workers.

Chelsea v Barcelona: Antonio Conte says Blues can do 'something incredible'

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:06
Chelsea will "try to do something incredible" by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, says manager Antonio Conte.

Dust storm blankets Australian town in orange

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:04
Locals describe a "wild few hours" after their outback community was hit by a storm.

Should credit card companies tackle gun sales?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2018-02-20 14:58
Andrew Ross Sorkin had an interesting column in the New York Times yesterday — a business and economic take on how to make mass shootings less common. PayPal and Square, Sorkin pointed out, decided years ago not to let people use their services to buy guns. What about Mastercard and Visa, he wondered. Or the big banks that issue credit cards? Why can't — or won't — they do the same? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

The turf war over taxes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2018-02-20 14:57
New polling shows that public sentiment is growing more favorable toward the recent tax law. Maybe chalk that up to the little extra money many people are seeing in their paychecks as a result of new tax brackets. But in Washington, D.C., there's still a fight going on about the new tax code — specifically, how to interpret it. It's between the IRS, a bureau of the Treasury Department, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.