National / International News

'Championship Sunday,' When Four NFL Teams Become Two

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 13:00

Cue the music — two more games determine which NFL teams will head to the Super Bowl. Melissa Block gets previews the Conference Championship games with Jane McManus of ESPN.

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US news sites hacked on Twitter

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:59
The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and United Press International (UPI) have been hacked with fake tweets on economic and military news.

Poor children, a new majority in public schools

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:57

We’ve passed a sobering milestone in this country. For the first time in at least 50 years, the majority of students in public schools are considered poor. That’s according to a new report from the Southern Education Foundation, which found that more than half of students in 2013 qualified for free and reduced-price lunch at school – a widely-used, if imperfect, measure of poverty.

“This is a defining moment,” says Steve Suitts, vice president of the foundation.

We tend to think of poverty as a problem concentrated in rural areas or the inner city, he says. Those boundaries are falling away.

“Even in the suburbs, low-income students are now 40% of the student population in the public schools,” Suitts says. “It’s everyone’s problem.”

Rosetta will prompt image rethink

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:56
The way some images have been drip-fed from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission at Comet 67P should prompt a rethink on data policies, the organisation's chief says.

WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:53

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.

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In 'Silk Road' Trial, FBI Paints Picture Of 'True Drug Empire'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:45

The Silk Road was an online anonymous black market for buying and selling illegal drugs. The FBI shut it down in 2013 and now the man accused of running that billion-dollar drug market is on trial.

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Satellite Photos Reveal Wider Destruction In Nigeria

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:40

Audie Cornish talks to Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations for Amnesty International, about the NGO's analysis of satellite photos taken over Nigeria.

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One Month After School Attack, Pakistan Remembers Victims

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:36

It has been a month since an attack in a school in Peshawar killed at least 150 people, mostly school children. On Friday, the country remembered the victims with vigils and demonstrations.

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Leicester 40-23 Scarlets

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:34
Leicester keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the Champions Cup knockout stages with a bonus-point win over Scarlets.

Google stops Glass production, at least for now

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:32

Google announced that it will stop the production of Google Glass … but is this the end for the glasses or the beginning of something bigger? Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson shares his thoughts.

“This is the perfect example of how Google’s design and product philosophy can fail,” says Johnson. “The company had this kind of incredible idea of augmented reality where you could put data in front of you sort of while you’re going through life. And we’ve been imagining this since, what, the first Terminator movie?”

When Google Glass came out, it wasn’t a fully developed product. Google delivered the technology, tethered it to your phone and expected people to make stuff for it. It was controversial, expensive and raised concerns about privacy. “I think it was a misstep for the company," Johnson says, "I think they should have developed it in-house, as Apple would have done.

"I mean, think about Steve Jobs when he released the iPhone. That piece of hardware was so perfectly finished. It was ready for prime time and everybody who touched it became an evangelist," Johnson says. "Everybody who touched the Glass did not become an evangelist, and I think that was part of the problem for the company.”

Although production is stopping, Johnson believes the technology is here to stay and will transform as Tony Fadell from the home automation company Nest takes over Google Glass.



US top court to rule on gay marriage

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:27
The US Supreme Court will rule this year on whether gay couples have a right to marry across all states.

Duke University Backpedals After Cancelling Muslim Call To Prayer

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

After criticism, Duke University allowed its campus chapel tower to be used in a weekly "call to prayer" for the school's Muslim community.

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Republican Retreat Meant To Bridge Divide Between House, Senate

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

House and Senate Republicans are wrapping up a two-day joint retreat to plot out their legislative strategy for the 114th Congress, the first all-GOP-controlled one since President Obama took office.

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Broad Anti-Terror Crackdown Covers France, Germany, Belgium

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

Police in France have made more arrests in connection with last week's terror attacks in Paris. Authorities in both Germany and Belgium also have been conducting security operations and detaining suspects.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether States Can Ban Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states can ban same-sex marriage.

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Saudi Blogger's Flogging Postponed For Medical Reasons

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

A follow-up on a story we covered Thursday about Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger and democracy proponent who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam." His second public lashing, scheduled for Friday, was postponed. Melissa Block speaks with Badawi's spokesperson, Elham Manea.

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Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

President Obama hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on Friday.

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Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

Those futuristic prototypes that cost millions to produce have re-emerged at the Detroit auto show. It's a sign that the industry has regained confidence amid an accelerating economy, analysts say.

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Duke Backpedals On Allowing Muslim Call To Prayer In Bell Tower

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

Earlier this week, the university said Muslim students could use the chapel bell tower — but then backtracked after getting threats.

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Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26

House and Senate Republicans spoke of the opportunity to talk with members of the opposite chamber and hear their views. But they remain divided on issues like immigration.

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