National / International News

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

NPR News - 10 hours 20 min ago

The Ferguson Public Library has become a refuge for community during a difficult time. In response, donations to the library have reached "several orders of magnitude" higher than ever.

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What's the best day to shop for holiday bargains?

Marketplace - American Public Media - 10 hours 24 min ago

Black Friday sales long ago jumped their 24-hour confines. And with good reason: American consumers spend a third of their annual retail expenditures during these last few weeks of the year.

But this year there are fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so retailers are pushing more deals than ever, according to Thom Blischok, a retail analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“It would be fair to say that this will be the richest holiday season with regard to the numbers of sales and the percentage of sales,” Blischok said. “And let’s not forget online shopping.”

That online shopping holiday, once known as Cyber Monday, is lately more like Cyber Week. This year Adobe Digital Index found that online shopping deals will peak on Thanksgiving, with an average markdown of 24 percent.

And if you’re wary of scouring Amazon while you’re basting your turkey, Adobe analyst Tamara Gaffney says there’s a reason you might want to reconsider.

“By Black Friday you’re going to have a two times higher out-of-stock when you shop online. When you get to cyber Monday, which is December first, it will be five times higher,” Gaffney said.

So analysts say the best days to shop will be Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It seems the advice is: shop early, shop often.

Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

NPR News - 10 hours 36 min ago

AAA says some 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving — the largest number since 2007.

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VIDEO: The longest-serving political leader in UK

BBC - 10 hours 39 min ago
Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.

Brandao jailed for Motta headbutt

BBC - 10 hours 44 min ago
A one-month jail sentence is given to Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao for a headbutt in a French league fixture.

OPEC is stuck between lots of oil and a hard place

Marketplace - American Public Media - 10 hours 52 min ago

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting Thursday, and with oil prices at a four-year low the group is at a crossroads.

Marketplace sustainability reporter Scott Tong says OPEC is facing a changed oil industry and a tough choice. They could cut production and sacrifice market share to other producers, namely the U.S., or they could stay the course and let prices keep falling.

There's no easy answer, and Tong says the cartel could be in for gridlock not unlike what we've seen in Washington. That's good for oil producers in the U.S. right now, but if prices get too low it could spell trouble for the fracking boom here.

Listen to David Gura's full conversation with Tong in the audio player above. Below, you can hear Gura's interview with Jamie Webster, who's in Vienna for Thursday's meeting.

Wilshere set to miss three months

BBC - 10 hours 57 min ago
Arsenal say midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for approximately three months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

VIDEO: 'She was anything but conventional'

BBC - 11 hours 5 min ago
The novelist, PD James, one of the most respected British crime writers, has died at the age of 94.

VIDEO: 70% of shop chicken contaminated

BBC - 11 hours 11 min ago
The Food Standards Agency has warned that 70% of fresh chickens sold in UK shops are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug.

Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

NPR News - 11 hours 19 min ago

Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they're among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.

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The sensitive aircraft carrier issue

BBC - 11 hours 20 min ago
The first fighters to operate from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier could be American, BBC Newsnight has learned. Mark Urban explores the sensitive nature of the aircraft carrier issue for the UK.

British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

NPR News - 11 hours 22 min ago

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

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Ubisoft apologises for Assassin bugs

BBC - 11 hours 24 min ago
The head of the games studio behind Assassin's Creed Unity emails players apologising for glitches in the game and offering compensation.

Ghana appoint Grant as new coach

BBC - 11 hours 34 min ago
Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Israel 'foils Jerusalem attacks'

BBC - 11 hours 35 min ago
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.

Phillip Hughes: How is the brain injured?

BBC - 11 hours 36 min ago
How is the brain injured and how is it protected from injury?

Offer Wales same powers, says Jones

BBC - 11 hours 38 min ago
First Minister Carwyn Jones calls for Wales to be offered the same powers as Scotland and accuses the UK government of a "piecemeal approach" to devolution.

VIDEO: Manhunt after pair stabbed to death

BBC - 11 hours 38 min ago
A manhunt is under way after the bodies of a couple in their 50s were found at a house in Surrey, as Duncan Kennedy reports

War and Peace to take over Radio 4

BBC - 11 hours 40 min ago
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.

How much do you know about migration?

BBC - 11 hours 40 min ago
Take this quiz to find out how much you know about current trends in immigration and emigration.