• Finding Argentina’s stolen babies

    Finding Argentina’s stolen babies

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Estela de Carlotto has been fighting for decades to reunite stolen babies with their biological parents Estela de Carlotto is a 85-year-old Argentine activist and the president of The Grandmothers...
  • Moyes wants second chance in Europe

    David Moyes would be open to managing another club in continental Europe, despite his first experience ending with his sacking from Real Sociedad. The former Everton manager, 52, was dismissed earlier this month a day...
  • Kabore elected Burkina Faso president

    Kabore elected Burkina Faso president

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Kabore (centre) was prime minister under former strongman Blaise Compaore Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won presidential elections in Burkina Faso, the electoral commission says. It says Mr Kabore,...
  • LTA a waste of my time

    LTA a waste of my time

    Media playback is not supported on this device Re-live GB’s Davis Cup journey Andy Murray says talking to the Lawn Tennis Association about the future of British tennis is a waste of his time. The...

Headline News

  • Too hard for Californians to get into public universities: report

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Insufficient funding and tighter admissions standards have made it too hard for California high school students to win admission to the state’s public university system, a new report says. The report by the Campaign for College Opportunity comes as the California State University system and the 10-campus University of California promise to make room for more in-state students as businesses in the state prepare for an anticipated shortage of more than 1 million people with bachelor’s degrees. “It really goes to show how far behind California is in terms of sending students directly into four-year campuses to get a degree at a time when obviously more and more jobs require that level of education,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group. Despite the job market’s higher demand for skilled employees and more students interested in going to college, only 11 percent of Californians between 18 …

    November 30, 2015 9:00 pm


  • After seven months, Senate approves Obama USAid nominee

    WASHINGTON The Senate on Monday confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection of Gayle Smith to be administrator of the country’s main humanitarian aid organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, seven months after her nomination. Smith, a long-time White House adviser on development issues, was confirmed by a vote of 79-7, with strong support from both Obama’s fellow Democrats and Republicans. Obama nominated Smith in April, but her nomination was delayed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a contender for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, as a protest over the nuclear talks with Iran that led to the international agreement announced in July. With the world’s attention focused on humanitarian crises, including the millions of Syrians fleeing the long war in their homeland, the Senate’s Republican leaders agreed earlier this month to allow a vote on Smith’s confirmation. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bernard Orr)

    November 30, 2015 6:39 pm


  • AT&T raises price for grandfathered unlimited data plans

    ATT customers lucky enough to hang on to their unlimited data plans are going to have to pay more next year. It will cost another $5 per month, bringing the monthly price up to $35. That’s in addition to charges for texting and calling services and other fees. ATT (T, Tech30) stopped offering uncapped data plans in 2010, but people who signed up for the plans before they were banished have been able to hang on to them. The company said the price hike will start in February, and that it’s the first price increase to grandfathered unlimited data plans in 7 years. The plans are beloved for offering unfettered web browsing and video streaming — no Wi-Fi needed — without facing overage fees. The current monthly rate for grandfathered unlimited plan holders is $30. For that price, new ATT customers would get 2 GB per month. Big data users clog networks, so wireless providers …

    November 30, 2015 9:20 pm


  • Moyes wants second chance in Europe

    David Moyes would be open to managing another club in continental Europe, despite his first experience ending with his sacking from Real Sociedad. The former Everton manager, 52, was dismissed earlier this month a day short of his one-year anniversary at the Spanish La Liga club. Asked about coaching in other leagues, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “I’m open minded and Spain whetted my appetite. “If the right opportunities came up in the major leagues I’d be interested.” When Moyes left Sociedad, the club were 16th and only above the relegation zone on goal difference. Of the 42 games he coached, he won 12 and lost 15. Despite a disappointing end to his tenure, Moyes said he enjoyed his experience in La Liga, which he believes has superior teams than those in the Premier League. “I think the experience will help me,” added the ex-Preston boss. “I gained great knowledge from my time there. …

    November 30, 2015 9:00 pm

World News

  • Finding Argentina’s stolen babies

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Estela de Carlotto has been fighting for decades to reunite stolen babies with their biological parents Estela de Carlotto is a 85-year-old Argentine activist and the president of The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organisation that reunites biological grandparents with people that were snatched as babies in prisons and clandestine detention centres by the 1970s military junta. Last year, after nearly four decades looking for him, Ms de Carlotto was reunited with her own grandson Guido. She talked to BBC Mundo’s Ignacio de los Reyes about the experience. On 5 August 2014, after 36 years looking for him, a judge told me my grandson Guido had been found. When I first saw a picture of him as a baby, at a time when he was being raised by another family, my heart broke. Why couldn’t I have taken care of him? Why couldn’t I have seen that cute …

    November 30, 2015 9:01 pm


  • Six ways nature has inspired technological innovation

    Media captionWATCH: The puffin inspired microbot which can swim, fly and hover Whale fins and cow udders, wasp appendages and gecko feet – just some of the natural phenomena that have inspired technological innovation over the years. The field, known as biomimicry or biomimetics, has already given us well-known practical applications, such as cats’ eyes for the road and Velcro for our fastenings. But more recent examples include superstrong mini-robots and prototype surgical needles. Evolution has had hundreds millions of years to perfect its designs, whereas engineering has only been around for a nano-second, relatively speaking. But studying nature’s mechanics is helping us produce ever better man-made materials and structures. Mussel muscle Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sea shells’ armour plating is being copied to make impact-resistant materials Nacre, also known as mother of pearl, is found in the inner layer of the shells of molluscs such as mussels, but also in cat skin …

    November 30, 2015 7:00 pm


  • Study suggests bees aren’t the be all and end all for crop pollination

    Related images(click to enlarge) Farmers who used pesticides that spared bees but sacrificed killed other insects might be ignoring important sources of crop pollination, according to an Australian-led international scientific study. University of Queensland plant ecologist Dr Margie Mayfield said many crops –including mangoes, custard apples, kiwi fruit, coffee and canola –depended on non-bee insect pollinators such as flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, ants, and thrips. “Scientists haven’t much broadly explored the role of non-bee insects in crop pollination,” said Dr Mayfield, who is the Director of the Ecology Centre in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences. “The global reliance on honeybees for pollination is a risky strategy given the threats to the health of managed honeybee populations due to pests and diseases such as Varroa mites and colony collapse disorder. “Non-bee insects are an insurance against bee population declines. “We are trying to get the message out there to use scientific findings such as these …

    November 30, 2015 9:40 pm


  • Exercise as young adult tied to heart health decades later

    (Reuters Health) – Young adults who exercise may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher survival odds decades later than their peers who aren’t as active early in life, a U.S. study suggests. Fitness has long been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease in older adults. The new study, however, offers fresh evidence that workout routines started years before cardiovascular problems are generally encountered may help keep them from developing in the first place. “Each additional minute a person could exercise on a treadmill in early adulthood was associated with substantially lower likelihood of risk of dying or developing cardiovascular diseases over 25 years later,” lead study author Dr. Ravi Shah of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said by email. The study included about 4,900 adults aged 18 to 30 who performed treadmill tests in 1985 and 1986, with roughly half of them repeating the …

    November 30, 2015 6:19 pm


  • Donald Trump & Black Pastors Meeting: Trump Called Gathering ‘Amazing’

    Donald Trump met with black pastors in New York City on Monday. The GOP presidential candidate said in an interview afterwards that the gathering at Trump Tower was “amazing.” Last week the businessman’s campaign announced a meeting between Trump and a “coalition of 100 African-American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP front-runner after a private meeting.” Following the meeting Donald Trump had with the black pastors, he was pleased. “This meeting was amazing,” Trump said. “Amazing people. We must have had more than 100 people in the room. We all thought it was such a good meeting … and we have many, many endorsements that came out of the meeting.” CNN reports that several black pastors invited to the event backed out when it was originally scheduled for Sunday. Due to the controversy, the meeting was postponed and closed to the media. Trump’s meeting with the African-American pastors lasted about 2.5 …

    November 30, 2015 6:40 pm


  • Thankful Nation: How Operation Christmas Child changed my life (in Romania)

    ‘Tis the season when most of us with children begin to steel ourselves for the onslaught of not-so-subtle hints from our kids about what they hope to find beneath the Christmas tree this year. And while most of us are happy to see the excited looks on our children’s faces on Christmas morning as they tear open gifts, we are often left wondering whether our little ones are truly thankful for that new toy or nifty gizmo. Of course, it’s fun to give our children good things, and it’s one way we communicate our love for them. But what if we could give them a gift that would last much longer – say, a lifetime? There is a priceless gift we can offer our children this year and every year: the spirit of generosity. As a child living in communist Romania in the midst of food shortages, persecution and upheaval, I had a hard time …

    November 30, 2015 9:00 pm

Odd News

  • Woman pleads guilty in South African court to trying to sell baby online

    JOHANNESBURG A mother pleaded guilty in a South African court on Monday to having tried to sell her baby on the Internet for 5,000 rand ($346), the online news service News24 said. “I admit that my actions were wrongful, unlawful and intentional. I have no defense,” the 20-year-old woman was quoted as saying by News24. Police said the woman was arrested in October following a tip-off from a member of the public who said that a baby was being sold on the website Gumtree. She was freed on bail and placed under house arrest. Sentencing will be carried out on Feb. 29 at the Magistrates Court in the eastern town of Pietermaritzburg. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

    November 30, 2015 1:57 pm