National / International News

AUDIO: New Sherlock gets mixed fan reaction

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:10
Sherlockology fan site editor David Mather says fans have shown a mixed reaction to the new episode.

TV news paywalls are coming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:01

Never paid for local TV news?  Well, that may be changing.  Cincinnati’s  WCPO-TV is going to offer local investigative stories behind a paywall.  It’s added 30 digital staffers.

“What they’re saying is, don’t think of us as TV, think of us as your best local digital news source,” says Ken Doctor, a media consultant.

The way WCPO-TV sees it, it’s go digital and dominate -- or die.  Adam Symson, who is chief digital officer for the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, says Cincinnati’s many TV and radio stations won’t all survive.  Symson is hoping a beefed up web presence will ensure market dominance.

“This is not just an investment in growing a digital audience,” he says. “This is an investment in the brand, WCPO, the television ratings and the digital audience.”

The question is, will people pay for something they’re used to getting for free? Other TV stations are watching WCPO’s web experiment closely, to find out.  

Man stabbed in neck in assault

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:55
A man is seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in east Belfast.

Hobbit tops 2013 most pirated films

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:39
The Hobbit was the most pirated film of 2013 with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained coming in second place.

VIDEO: Poison spray targets 'super-rats'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:38
Scientists have created a new way to control the rat population, a poison spray absorbed through the rat's skin

Apps to help keep your New Year's resolutions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:35

Today is the second day of the new year and if you haven't started with major life changes you are already a day behind schedule. You might be hoping to get some help from apps. Whitson Gordon, editor in chief of Lifehacker, joins us to offer some advice.

Click play on the audio player above to hear more.

VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:35

The 52 scientists and paying passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been stranded by ice since Christmas Eve. They've been flown by helicopter to an Australian ship in open waters. The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy are staying behind. It's hoped the ship will soon break free.

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Haass plan 'needs clear response'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:32
Stormont's parties must be clear in their response to proposals about contentious issues, says Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.

Cuban leader warns of 'subversives'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:30
Cuban leader Raul Castro says there is a subversive campaign under way to undermine the revolution on the Communist island and topple its government.

Migrants spark German coalition rift

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:26
Tensions surface in Germany's new ruling grand coalition over how to handle migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

Tech predictions for 2014: Software and startups

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:08

All this week we've been talking to people about their predictions for tech in 2014. Today we hear from Dave McClure, founding partner at the Venture Capitol firm 500 Startups. McClure traveled all over the world last year. We asked him what kind of software everyone everyone will be using this year. He says expect more growth in messaging apps around the world. Also, don't be surprised if online and mobile video sees a big boost in parts of the world where television is restricted.

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Hobbit and Frozen see off Bieber

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:00
Cinema audiences in the UK and Ireland spent the last weekend of 2013 watching the latest Hobbit film and Disney animation Frozen - but not pop star Justin Bieber's new documentary.

UK manufacturing recovery 'on track'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:00
The UK's manufacturing sector continued to see strong growth in December, according to a closely watched survey.

Drunk new year sea swimmer fined £90

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:55
A swimmer who sparked a rescue in stormy seas on New Year's Day is fined after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Policeman injured in knife attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:55
A police officer sustains injuries to his face after being attacked with a knife in north Belfast.

VIDEO: 'Refugees drinking dirty, bad water'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:47
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports from the Awerial refugee camp in South Sudan where tens of thousands of people are struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean water.

Concern over stolen car race in city

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:33
Hundreds of young people gathered to watch stolen cars being raced through west Belfast, according to Sinn Féin.

The tech of New York's new taxi cabs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:31

New York gets a new mayor this week -- Michael Bloomberg is being replaced by Bill De Blasio. And one of the things the new mayor will be looking at is the taxi of tomorrow:  A fleet of green Nissan vehicles that launched this fall, fitted with some custom technology absent in the usual yellow cab. Former mayor Bloomberg pushed hard for the new cars, but their future is uncertain. Nonetheless we hopped into one recently for a ride from Manhattan to the boro of Brooklyn, accompanied by Ted Mann, who covers transportation for the Wall Street Journal's greater New York section, to help detail some of the new cab's features.

India bus crash kills 27 near Mumbai

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:23
A bus plunges down a deep gorge in the western Indian state of Maharashtra killing at least 27 people, police say.

McIlroy wants two major wins in 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:19
Former world number one Rory McIlroy aims to make up for a disappointing 2013 by winning two majors this year.

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