National / International News

One man's mission to get 'comprised of' off Wikipedia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:07

I guess everyone has their pet peeves.

Medium profiled the Wikipedia editor "Giraffedata" on Tuesday. The prolific wiki-contributor — real name Bryan Henderson — has made over 47,000 edits, almost always to remove the common but erroneous phrase "comprised of."

For example: "The monthly jobs report is comprised of two surveys" should read: "The monthly jobs report consists of two surveys."

Henderson has the editing process down to a science, and most take seconds. Fellow editors and Wikipedia higher-ups have praised Giraffedata's commitment to his noble task.

Silk Road site's creator found guilty

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:01
The man accused of operating Silk Road, a deep web marketplace where illegal drugs were sold, has been found guilty.

What we learned at the first F1 test

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:59
Ferrari fastest? Sauber ahead of Mercedes? Andrew Benson studies the first F1 test to find first impressions can be deceiving.

CDC Director: 'Unfortunately, I'm Not Surprised' By Measles' Rise

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:58

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government's response.

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'Foreigners dead' in Libya oilfield

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:53
Unknown gunmen have attacked a defunct Libyan oilfield, killing at least 13 people including five foreign nationals, the oilfield's commander says.

Ross Ulbricht, Accused Of Operating Silk Road, Is Convicted Of Drug Charges

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:52

A New York jury took a little more than three hours today to convict the San Francisco man linked to the shadowy online marketplace that had been labeled the eBay of the drugs trade.

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Remote-Controlled Airport A Reality In Sweden

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:51

Sweden is the first country in the world to get a remote-controlled airport. That means flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

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Cameron 'may have blown Union apart'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:46
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns David Cameron that he could have "lit the fuse which ultimately blows the Union apart".

Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Liverpool

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:43
Late goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho give Liverpool a dramatic win over Bolton in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Seattle's Lynch escapes NFL fine

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:42
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch escapes an NFL fine for his behaviour during a Super Bowl media day.

'Deflate This': Patriots Fans Welcome Super Bowl Champs Home

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots back to Boston on Wednesday. Fans braved cold temperatures and stood in piles of snow along the parade route. Some held up posters saying "Deflate This" in reference to allegations that the team had deflated game balls to gain an advantage in the playoff game that landed them in the Super Bowl. Team members waved to the crowd from duck boats as confetti flew.

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Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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Jeb Bush Continues To Test Campaign Waters In Detroit

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't an official candidate for president yet. But his speech Wednesday to the Detroit Economic Club got his feet wet.

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Staples Takes Another Shot At Buying Rival Office Depot

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Staples is trying, for the second time, to buy its rival Office Depot. This time the landscape has changed and the company says joining forces will make for a stronger company.

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Thaw In U.S.-Cuba Relations Comes To Baseball

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

This week Major League Baseball smoothed the path for Cubans to play professional ball in the United States. The change in policy follows the recent decision by the U.S. and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations.

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Jeb Bush Continues To Test Campaign Waters With Detroit Speech

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't an official candidate for president yet. But his speech to the Detroit Economic Club is being closely watched.

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As Jets Roar Overhead, Jordan Remembers Its Fallen Pilot

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:32

Many Jordanians opposed joining the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. But at a funeral ceremony for the country's fallen pilot, mourners honored his sacrifice and called for the destruction of ISIS.

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