National / International News

When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 13:11

If you paid top dollar for a top phone, Asian vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show have a message: You paid for a brand, not quality. And this year, they want to sell to you.

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'Charlie Hedbo' A Provocateur, Challenging Status Quo

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:58

Melissa Block speaks with New Yorker editor Francoise Mouly about the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo and the larger landscape of satirical publications in France.

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VIDEO: Gerrard: Right time for LA Galaxy

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:56
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says his summer move to LA Galaxy comes at the "right time for a new challenge".

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:56

Brain imagery can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

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The rapidly changing Asian world

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:50
A trip to south-east Asia highlights why the 21st century is an Asian one, Katty Kay says.

Sorry, No Space Heaters: Hawaii Copes With Record Cold

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:50

As temperatures hit the 50s, some stores sold out of space heaters. Some residents turned to blankets, layers of heavy clothes and thermal socks to stay warm.

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Animal victims of Australian fires

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:47
The animals killed and maimed in Australia's bushfires

White House: Paris Attack An Evolution Of Terror Threat

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:33

In a statement on Wednesday, President Obama pledged support for the French authorities after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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Paraguay rebel leader 'killed'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:32
The leader of Paraguay's ACA rebel group, Albino Jara, is killed in a clash with special security forces in the north, the authorities say.

French Media, Public Rally Behind 'Charlie Hebdo'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:26

Three major media groups said they would lend staff and equipment to ensure the satirical magazine can continue publication after a deadly attack on its offices in Paris.

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Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver.

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Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

President Obama is touting growth in manufacturing jobs, but if they're low-wage jobs is that a good thing?

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NYPD Commissioner Is A Man Caught In The Middle

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

The ongoing work slowdown by the NYPD puts police commissioner William Bratton in a tough spot. Bratton was hired to improve relations between the NYPD and the community, as he's credited with doing in Los Angeles. But first, he will have to ease tensions between city hall and the department's rank-and-file.

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FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

FBI Director James Comey offered new evidence that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack against Sony. Some technology experts had been skeptical of the proof the FBI had offered before.

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Unemployment, Deflation Felt Acutely In Spain

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

Spain's jobless rate still tops 23 percent and salaries are stagnant or declining. The Spanish economy is technically out of recession but many Spaniards still aren't celebrating.

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Euro Falls To 9-Year Low Against U.S. Dollar

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

Europe may have a deflation problem. Eurozone consumer prices fell on an annual basis in December for the first time since the depths of the financial crisis five years ago. The decline was driven by a sharp drop in energy prices. The news is expected to increase pressure on the European Central Bank to come up with a more aggressive response to slow growth and high unemployment.

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In Midwest, Bitterly Cold Temps Keep Students At Home

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

In Chicago, a city that relishes their ability to deal with the harsh realities of winter the cold weather forced the closing of its schools on Wednesday. While classes were cancelled in over 100 districts, buildings were open to accept students who had nowhere to go and could not stay home alone.

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French Government Organizes Massive Manhunt To Find Gunmen

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

At least 12 people were killed after gunmen attacked the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris on Wednesday.

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A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:22

The eradication of smallpox was arguably one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But people had crazy ideas about the vaccine when it was created in 1798. A new exhibit tells the story.

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Alan Dershowitz: A high-flying lawyer's unwanted publicity

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:02
The fiery US lawyer in an unwanted spotlight

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