National / International News

Welby: UK must keep looking outwards

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 15:25
Britons must not turn their backs on all the suffering in the world, the Archbishop of Canterbury will say in his new year address.

Front pages ring in new year

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 14:30
The UK's national newspapers greet the new year with images from around the world and a wide range of stories.

US 'concerned' about Cuba arrests

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 14:09
The US government says it is "deeply concerned" by reports that several high-profile Cuban dissidents were detained hours before a planned protest.

Rocket 'kills 15' at Afghan wedding

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:43
At least 15 people were killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province when a wedding party was hit by a stray rocket., officials say.

Van Gaal surprised by United support

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:41
Louis van Gaal thanks Manchester United supporters for helping him through his difficult early spell with the club.

We can finish above Arsenal - Koeman

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:36
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side can end the season higher than Arsenal in the Premier League.

A Haven In A Land Of Unsafe Abortions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:29

In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.

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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:19

In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.

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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:10

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:03

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.

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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.

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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.

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2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:24

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.

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Shanghai new year crush 'kills 35'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:11
Crush at New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai kills 35 people and injures about 42 others, Chinese state media reports.

Man City extend loan of Lampard

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:10
Frank Lampard's loan with Manchester City is extended until the end of the season.

Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 11:57

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.

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Oil prices end the year on a low note

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 11:49

Oil prices, perhaps fittingly, ended the year with another drop. The 1 percent decline came after news of (even) more supply than we expected and (even) weaker demand. For the year, oil prices are down by half.

"Let's say you bet on oil prices rising, you just got two more lumps of coal in your stocking as far as data," says Marketplace's Scott Tong.

Chinese factories appear to have slowed down, and they buy a lot of oil. And the amount of petroleum on the shelf in storage in the U.S. went up. The price of oil is at its lowest in five years. "And if we measure it in terms of gasoline, the last time it was $2.30 a gallon nationally was the summer of 2008," Tong says.

Last quarter, the U.S. economy grew 5 percent. So cheap crude can be seen as a good thing for those in the airline, travel and hotel industries. It also helps consumers who still carry cash in their pockets. "If we look globally, the emerging locomotives of China and India, they rely a lot more on energy to grow," says Tong. "This is a bigger boost for those countries than it is here."

But, there's also losers. Electric vehicles, alternative fuels and oil producing countries and companies are hurting right now.