National / International News

Mexico 'leading drug lord' killed

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:52
Mexican police find the body of Aquiles Gomez, who was believed to be one of the top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel.

VIDEO: Catalonia: Scotland vote 'no setback'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:50
Catalonian President Artur Mas says Scotland's rejection of independence is "not a real setback" for the Catalan cause.

Red Bull 'can upset Mercedes fight'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:45
Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull could upset the Mercedes title battle in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:44

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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Is the Internet taking us back in time? The return of handmade goods

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:43

Jody Rice fell in love with needlework as a child. After an unfulfilling series of jobs in film, Rice decided to quit her 9-5 life.

Her online business of digital patterns may sound modern, but Jody feels her colorful, geometric graphics actually get back to where cross-stitch started, thousands of years ago. Jody lives off her business full time, and connects to an entire community who appreciate her reinterpretation of this ancient form of decoration. 

Click play above to hear her story

White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:41

In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Will Jack Ma’s quirkiness play in the U.S.?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:35

There’s no two ways about it. 

Jack Ma is a quirky guy.

From dressing up like Lady Gaga, to belting out the "Lion King" theme song, to revealing on CNBC that his hero is, the decidedly fictional, Forrest Gump.

Jack Ma is Jack Ma. 

And Jack Ma is not the buttoned up (or turtle-necked up) CEO that we’re accustomed to.

But don’t let his antics fool you.

"Everyone seems to underestimate Jack Ma," says Porter Erisman, former Alibaba VP and director of the documentary 'Crocodile in in the Yangtze.'

He calls Jack Ma "incredibly  innovative, very visionary."

Ma is also ambitious. And to achieve his goal of reaching an audience outside of China, some think he'll need to tone his antics down a bit.

"The particular quirky flamboyance that he has historically displayed seems to sell very well there," says Max Wolff, an economist at Manhattan Venture Partners, which helped institutional investors get Alibaba shares. "It won't sell quite as well for a global audience."

But Ma’s flash doesn't seem to be scaring off investors today. Even though the company is set up in such a way that Ma will be in control, not shareholders.

Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:32

Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.

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Police seize £350,000 cocaine haul

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:13
Police arrest a man after seizing £350,000 in drugs during a raid in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Is Diego Costa the real deal?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:11
Despite doubts in Spain about his talent and temperament, Diego Costa is already breaking records in the Premier League.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:52
The most efficient break is 17 minutes, and more nuggets

VIDEO: Glass ceiling sheds light on artworks

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:50
The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, has reopened after a £5m refurbishment.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:44
The week's big numbers visualised.

Thousands line up to exchange Ray Rice jersey

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:43

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a press conference today. He said, again, that he's sorry he handled the Ray Rice incident the way he did, that the NFL will do all it can to assist groups that fight domestic violence and that he hasn't thought about resigning.

But on a day when Apple fans lined up by the thousands to get their hands on the iPhone 6, so too did Ravens fans line up at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Also by the thousands.

To trade in their No. 27 Ray Rice jerseys.

This is not a line for the new #iPhone! Thousands line up to exchange @ravens #RayRice jersey at #M&TBankStadium

— Kelly Blanco (@KellyNBC6) September 19, 2014

Syrian heritage destruction revealed in satellite images

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:31
Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war

The Alex Salmond story

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:29
The life and times of Scotland's independence leader

Sarkozy announces return to politics

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:47
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party.

The power of a red dress

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:46
The power and allure of wearing red

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:43
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

The numbers for September 19, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:39

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is having a great morning. After a record-breaking IPO, the Chinese e-commerce company began trading Friday at $92.70, the New York Times reported. That price values the company at more than $228.5 billion.

While we calculate just how much human hair you could buy with that, here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Friday.

55 percent

In a much more decisive vote than expected, the majority of Scots elected to keep the country in the United Kingdom overnight Friday. The full results show a huge turnout, and the BBC reported that the vote has resonated around the world, from secessionists in Spain to state media in China. 


That's the number of people killed annually by issues stemming form antibiotic-resistance. The White House launched a new initiative to combat the public health threat Thursday, the Times reported, with a $20 million prize for the development of a better resistance test and a suggested $1.7 billion in funding for research and other initiatives.

$400 million

In an unprecedented sponsorship deal, Microsoft reportedly paid the NFL $400 million to get hundreds of its Surface tablets on the sidelines and in coaches booths for the next several seasons. But the Los Angeles Times reported that announcers keep accidentally calling the tablets "iPads," showing just how much Microsoft's key rival owns the tablet industry.