National / International News

The strangely enduring power of kitsch

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:04
Why kitsch is impossible to escape

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:02
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:57
Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.

Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:43

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Lost Disney Film, Featuring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Found In Norway

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:40

Archivists at Norway's National Library, at its vault in the Arctic Circle, found an almost complete version of Empty Socks, featuring the character who came before Mickey Mouse.

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China bans anthem from weddings

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:36
China is banning the national anthem from being performed at weddings, funerals, commercial and other non-political events, state media reports.

Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32

The number of students being held back has been cut nearly in half, and researchers have no idea why.

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Ebola-hit Leone bans Christmas events

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32
Sierra Leone announces it is banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations in order to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

Computer glitch hits Scots flights

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32
Flights to and from Scottish airports are hit by a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.

Labour reveals 'English laws' plans

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:21
Labour proposes what it calls a "sensible" solution to the question of MPs voting on matters that only affect England.

Premier League opens TV rights sale

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:21
The Premier League has opened bidding for the next tranche of television rights, for live games and highlights, for three seasons from 2016.

Week in pictures: 6-12 December 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 07:05
News photos from around the world

Pensioner bonds to pay 2.8% and 4%

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:55
New pensioner bonds are to carry market-leading interest rates, the government announces, with the products due to be launched in January.

VIDEO: 'Cat burglar' caught in the act

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:49
A cat from Vladivostok sneaked into a display of fish at a shop in Vladivostok International Airport.

Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:46

The southern sea pup, now known as Luna, was found on a beach in California in October and later transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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'Computer Failure' Restricts Airspace Over London

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:42

The UK's National Air Traffic Control Center experienced a mid-afternoon power failure that has grounded most of the air traffic over London.

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IT failure closes London airspace

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:41
All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol says.

SeaWorld CEO Steps Down, Amid Controversy, Drop In Attendance

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:30

SeaWorld has be under fire for years, over its treatment of Orcas. A critical documentary suggested the treatment led to the death of a trainer in 2010.

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Poo And You: A Journey Into The Guts Of A Microbiome

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:24

Quick and inexpensive genetic sequencing is offering a glimpse of the microbes inhabiting our bodies. One woman volunteered to have her microbes catalogued. Her mom, husband and dog did, too.

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VIDEO: Time capsule from 1795 recovered

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 06:12
A time capsule dating back 200 years to 1795 has been recovered from the granite cornerstone of the statehouse in Massachusetts.