National / International News

Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Iranian General Advising Syrian Troops

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:38

When a general in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and several ranking members of Hezbollah were killed Sunday, they were within 10 miles of Israel's northeastern border.

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Algeria 3-1 South Africa

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:23
Favourites Algeria are forced to come back from a goal down before finally beating South Africa in their opening game.

On Championship Sunday, A Blowout, A Scandal Brewing And A Game For The Ages

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

The NFL's conference championships featured an instant classic between the Packers and Seahawks, as well as yet another accusation of cheating against the New England Patriots. ESPN's Jane McManus goes over the day's events with Robert Siegel.

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Obama Can Expect An Unfriendly Audience — But There's A History Here

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, he'll be speaking to a Congress dominated by Republicans. At least he can take comfort in the fact that the moment has precedent: Second-term presidents have often found themselves addressing a chamber stocked with the opposition.

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As Elections Approach, Greece Teeters On Austerity Question

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

Six days from parliamentary elections, Greece is weighing whether to continue its EU-imposed — and unpopular — austerity program. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou discusses the issue.

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What's Most Likely To Kill You? Hint: Probably Not An Epidemic

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

Noncommunicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease are now the biggest killers on earth. They account for 68 percent of deaths — and have an even greater impact in the developing world.

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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

The solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers in the U.S., up 22 percent from a year ago. But the industry's future is murky, as government subsidies are set to expire within two years.

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After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

In response to the 2012 theater killings, Colorado added clinics, hotlines and mobile units to support early crisis prevention. At the heart of the initiative are 13 walk-in crisis centers.

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As Students Go Back To School In Guinea, Ebola Fears Mix WIth Daily Routine

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

Schools in Guinea have been closed since the summer, when they were closed due to the Ebola outbreak. As schools finally re-open Monday, one family in the capital, Conakry, is striving to revive its early-morning routine.

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On Eve Of Bombshell Testimony, Argentinian Prosecutor Found Dead

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:09

Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor investigating Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has been found dead. He'd accused Kirchner and others of covering up Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Community Center. Haley Cohen of The Economist speaks with Robert Siegel about the story.

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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:07

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.

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NFL's Wilfork Lifts Driver Out Of Crashed Car, Hours After AFC Title Game

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:06

Massachusetts State Police say New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork stopped at an accident Sunday night and helped lift a woman out of a crashed car "with one hand."

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MPs back female bishops Lords bill

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:04
MPs approve legislation to help fast-track female bishops into the House of Lords over the next decade.

VIDEO: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:04
MPs take evidence on the administrative scheme for On the Runs.

Whistleblowers Say DOJ Grants Failed To Protect Kids Behind Bars

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:03

A Senate panel is investigating the use of federal grant money to states that incarcerated children alongside adult criminals. Whistleblowers have spent years flagging problems with the program.

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Teacher 'was sadistic sex abuser'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:53
A retired PE teacher sexually abused boys in his care over three decades and was feared as a "sadistic bully", a court hears.

Factory fire 'destroyed' facilities

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:49
The owners of a Peterhead fish factory say a major fire at the weekend destroyed two main areas of the facility.

Yemen rebels surround PM's home

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:31
Shia Houthi rebels surround the Yemeni prime minister's residence in the capital Sanaa, after a day of clashes followed by a truce, ministers say.

Want to track a snowplow? There's an app for that.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:22

When a couple of inches of snow fell a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., the new mayor took some heat – as mayors often do – for the poor condition of the city streets.

Now Chicago, New York and Seattle are among the cities to have smartphone apps that can be used to track snowplows in real time using GPS data, according to an AP report.

It is "a way to show skeptics that plow drivers are working hard and not just clearing the streets of the wealthy and well-connected," the report says.

But the data can be misleading. One woman in Chicago said the app indicated a snowplow had gone down her street. It had ... but the plow had its blade up.

Baby victim of Armenia shooting dies

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:17
A six-month-old baby who was the sole survivor of a gun attack in Armenia a week ago that killed six family members dies of his injuries.