National / International News

Smartphones 'changing our brains'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:03
Our brains are adapting to touch screen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

Boy, 9, death treated as suspicious

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:01
The death of a nine-year-old boy in Lincolnshire is being treated as suspicious by police.

North Korea struggles to stay online

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:57
Internet services in North Korea continue to be unstable, with significant periods of downtime, according to reports.

Agbonlahor red card overturned

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:48
Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor wins his appeal against the red card he received against Manchester United on Saturday.

For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:42

Cooking in 100-degree weather is no fun, which is why many Australians ditched roasts and other holiday mainstays long ago. Except for Christmas pudding, a tradition steeped in history – and alcohol.

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New York's Rep. Michael Grimm Expected To Plead Guilty To Tax Charge

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:41

It's been quite a year for Rep. Grimm, who in January threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony. The tax evasion charge stems from a restaurant he owns.

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Ivory smuggling suspect arrested

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:32
A Kenyan businessman suspected of being behind an international ivory smuggling ring has been arrested in Tanzania.

Irish Court Weighs Ending Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:25

Both the woman's parents and her partner want life support removed. The case has reignited the debate over abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the procedure is banned.

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VIDEO: Tsunami: Sri Lanka 10 years on

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:13
This week, the BBC is revisiting some of the areas that saw some of the worst devastation. Yogita Limaye has been to the south of Sri Lanka to see how people are getting on there.

Being Thin Doesn't Spare Asian-Americans From Diabetes Risk

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:07

Guidelines just out from the American Diabetes Association say Asian-Americans with a typically healthy body mass index can still be running a substantial risk for developing diabetes.

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Minibus crashes into River Lagan

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:02
A minibus crashes into the River Lagan in south Belfast.

The woman poised for power in Kashmir

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 07:02
The BBC profiles Mehbooba Mufti, who led her People's Democratic Party to win most seats in state assembly elections in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:56

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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Oyston must quit Blackpool - Belokon

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:51
Blackpool president Valeri Belokon says Karl Oyston should quit as chairman after sending abusive texts to a fan

UKIP's Roger Bird to leave post

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:49
UKIP general secretary Roger Bird has been cleared of wrongdoing over his relations with ex-candidate Natasha Bolter, but will leave his post early, the party says.

Arter faces 'surreal' Parker battle

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:48
Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter will go head-to-head with brother-in-law Scott Parker of Fulham on Boxing Day.

Syria strikes 'kill 1,100 militants'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:43
Three months of US-led air strikes have killed at least 1,171 people, mostly Islamic State militants in Syria, a UK-based monitoring group says.

Kurds Put Their Independence Dreams On Hold

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:40

When Iraq was rapidly fracturing this summer, the Kurds started talking about independence that they've been seeking for a century. But now, the priority seems to be battling the Islamic State.

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In The Village: Wilbur Goes Home

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:36

Knock knock. Who's there? It's YouTube star Wilbur Sargunaraj, wondering if he might come in for a house tour? Check out his video visit to variety of homes, from simple to "gigantic."

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Man in disabled bay tow stand-off

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 06:33
A driver who parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham is in a five-hour stand-off with the council after refusing to get out of his car to stop it being towed away.