National / International News

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:40

The nation's first black U.S. attorney general had a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, sentencing reforms and battles with congressional Republicans.

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The numbers for September 25, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:39

After nearly six years as attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. will step down, according to several published reports. President Obama is expected to make the announcement Thursday. This is not a complete surprise. Holder had said earlier that he planned to step down before the end of the year. Word is he will stay at the Justice Department until a successor is chosen, even if it's not until 2015.

In the meantime, here's what we're reading — and the numbers we're watching.

$2 million

That's how much the Pentagon estimates ISIS makes every day from selling oil, now that the extremist group controls 60 percent of production in Syria. Last night, the U.S. and its allies hit about a dozen ISIS mobile refineries in an effort to choke that funding stream.


The number of television and movie companies expected to get Federal Aviation Administration permission on Thursday to use drones, the Washington Post reports. Commercial drone use has been effectively banned by the FAA for some time, but filmmakers will soon be able to use them for aerial shots in place of helicopters, saving money. 


 The average price on StubHub yesterday for a ticket to Derek Jeter's final game with the Yankees, which is now in danger of being rained out. According to Business Insider, that's bad news for sellers, who would have to return the money they made — as much as $12,000 for the best seats — if the game is called off and not rescheduled.

VIDEO: World's most advanced jet - in 60 secs

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:36
Recent strikes against IS militants have seen the deployment of a new breed of jet fighter.

VIDEO: Virtual aquarium on show in Tokyo

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:35
Children's drawings of sea creatures come to life on a projected wall in a virtual aquarium in Tokyo.

VIDEO: Can your skirt size be a cancer clue?

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:29
Women who consistently gain a skirt size every decade are increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research.

Nigerian evangelist 'to be sued'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:25
Two South Africans who lost relatives when a church hostel in Nigeria collapsed say they intend to sue evangelist TB Joshua - and call for others to join them.

Paraguay bishop fired over 'cover-up'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:23
Pope Francis dismisses the Right Reverend Rogelio Livieres Plano over his involvement in a scandal involving the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:12

The British billionaire and Virgin Group founder has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows.

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Boston bomb trial delayed two months

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:55
The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected to be one of the Boston Marathon bombers, has been pushed back by two months to January.

Grand Jury Won't Indict Officers In Ohio Wal-Mart Shooting

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:50

The Department of Justice says it will begin a review of police department procedures in Beavercreek, Ohio, where officers fatally shot a 22-year-old black man at a Wal-Mart store.

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Cannibalism fetish nurse jailed

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:47
A nurse who fantasised about beheading a teenager with an axe and then eating her is jailed for nine years.

Baby killer dad jailed for 22 years

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:37
A father who admitted murdering his two-month-old baby daughter is jailed for at least 22 years.

Kayakers died in 'impossible' waters

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:32
Three members of the same family who drowned when their kayaks were swept over a weir on the River Tyne in Northumberland, faced an "impossible" situation, a coroner hears.

World leaders taught in UK education

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:31
Almost one in seven countries around the world has a prime minister or head of state who studied in a UK higher education institution, according to an analysis by the British Council.

Tesco made 'stratospheric' error

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:28
Tesco's profits guidance error was "stratospheric" and its executives may have to face MPs, the chairman of the Parliamentary Business Committee tells the BBC.

Worst part of Ukraine crisis 'over'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:26
The "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's conflict in the east is over, President Petro Poroshenko says, adding that his "peace plan will work".

Murray returns with win in China

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:15
Andy Murray beats India's Somdev Devvarman in straight sets in Shenzhen, China in his first match since the US Open.

VIDEO: Conference and recall clash 'cynical ploy'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:13
The recall of Parliament on the day of the UKIP conference is a "cynical ploy", says the party's deputy chairman.

Photoshopping Federer

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 04:57
Roger Federer doesn't have enough time to visit the whole of India. So his fans Photoshopped him into their cities.

Queen's horse Estimate disqualified

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 04:33
The Queen's horse Estimate is stripped of second place in the Ascot Gold Cup after testing positive for morphine.

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