National / International News

17 years for 'black magic' couple

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:56
A sadistic couple who bullied a schoolgirl into submission with "black magic" threats before she was raped are jailed for 17 years.

Nigeria urged to delay elections

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:55
Nigeria's security chief says the electoral commission should delay next month's poll to give more time for voter card distribution.

'No US charges' for Ferguson officer

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:54
The US justice department will not bring civil rights charges against a white Missouri officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, US media report.

Patient safety concern at busy A&E

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:46
An unannounced inspection of an under-pressure A&E unit at a north Wales hospital led to concerns for patient safety, a watchdog says.

Fred Talbot 'staged naked orgy'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:46
Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot staged a naked orgy involving 10 drunken schoolboys on a canal barge before later sexually abusing one of them on board, a jury hears.

Caption Challenge: Out of the bag

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:41
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Abandoned micro-pig needs new home

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:34
A lonely abandoned micro-pig believed to have been an unwanted Christmas present is in need of a new "forever" home.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Denies Knowledge Of Deflated Footballs

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:18

His comments come amid reports that 11 of 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were underinflated — an apparent advantage. The NFL is investigating the matter.

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The State of the (Film) Union

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:16

The Oscars debates are alive and well this year.

One of the most talked-about films of this Oscars season is "American Sniper," which — despite a $90 million debut weekend at the box office — is receiving mixed reviews from critics, including Grantland's Wesley Morris.

"I feel like there's a second half to the movie that is only hinted at," Morris said. "The intent is to complicate the automatic urge to turn a guy like [Bradley Cooper's character] Chris Kyle into a hero ... and the thing the movie sets out to do, it just doesn't achieve, I think in part because the script isn't that good."

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Morris acknowledges that Hollywood has a diversity problem, saying the Academy needs "to actively invite people of color." But, he says, it's not the sole issue surrounding the nominations. He points to the release timeline of the film "Selma."

"Selma opened on Christmas Day. It went wide on January 9. This is not really enough time to enter the collective cultural consciousness," he said. "It gives people who thought Selma was a possible Oscar front-runner time to mount a campaign against it."

Watch the trailer for "Selma" here:

VIDEO: Quantitative Easing - in 70 seconds

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:57
BBC News explains the concept of quantitative easing - in 70 seconds.

Ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:52
Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 at his home in London, his family say.

Blackberry seeks aid on app making

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:46
App makers should be required to make software for Blackberry handsets, says the boss of the phone company.

Stranded cargo ship heads for port

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:45
The Hoegh Osaka cargo ship which has been listing in the Solent since 3 January, is on its way into Southampton Port.

ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:44

Its chief said the European Central Bank will buy 60 billion euros worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or when inflation reaches about 2 percent.

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Classmates back ill boy's drugs plea

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:37
Classmates of a six-year-old boy who suffers from a rare medical condition back his appeal for funding for a drug to help with his illness.

Flogging of Saudi blogger postponed

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:33
Saudi Arabia has postponed the flogging of blogger Raif Badawi for the second week running on health grounds, according to a human rights group.

Tutankhamun's beard glued back on

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:32
Egyptian officials are investigating how Tutankhamun's beard came to be hastily glued back on after becoming detached from the priceless antiquity.

VIDEO: England and Wales 'record low' crime

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:23
Crime remains at record low levels in England and Wales, despite some increases due to changes in how police record incidents.

Newtown, Conn., Council Votes To Raze Sandy Hook Shooter's Home

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:11

The Newtown Legislative Council voted to tear down the 3,100-square foot home. The house is where gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother before his shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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Charities 'frightened' to campaign

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:07
Charities and campaign groups have been "frightened" into curtailing their public work because of a new lobbying law , warns the former Bishop of Oxford.