National / International News

In Tense Ferguson, Mo., 2 Reporters Caught In Arrests

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:52

When SWAT officers swept through a McDonald's restaurant, they arrested not just locals, but journalists working for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, The Associated Press reports.

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VIDEO: The few female submariners in the US

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:45
The BBC's Sharanjit Leyl tours the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine which includes three women in its 170-strong crew.

Yolo added to Oxford online dictionary

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:33
Yolo, an acronym for 'you only live once', is among the latest new words added to the Oxford online dictionary.

Cancer-screening patients recalled

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:22
Thirty women are to be reassessed for breast cancer after cases of the disease developed in patients all screened by the same doctor.

Tiger Woods Won't Play In Ryder Cup, Will Rest Back Until December

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:04

The golfer says on his website that his trainer and doctors have urged him not to play or practice for the next several months.

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Chopsticks: A Japanese access issue

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:45
Why are chopsticks so important for Japan’s disabled?

10 days in Iraq: Aid drops, air-strikes and 200,000 new refugees

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:35
Aid drops, air-strikes and 200,000 new refugees

What's a viral cause worth?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:14

The Ice Bucket Challenge is enjoying significant social media success and raking in donations for ALS research, but it's hardly the first viral challenge for a cause.

Do these stunts actually raise any money, or are they hollow slacktivism? Here's a look at a few social media campaigns for good and how they worked out financially:

#nomakeupselfie: $8 million

If this raises cash or awareness, cool. #nomakeupselfie @CR_UK I donated here boys? Your turn!

— suzi perry (@suziperry) March 21, 2014

Not unlike the Ice Bucket challenge, this fundraiser leveraged an unrelated, but highly clickable hook into some real money. Cancer Research UK didn't start the #nomakeupselfie trend — that was author Laura Lippman, for reasons unrelated to cancer — but the craze evolved into an awareness campaign and the organization rode the wave to about $8 million in donations.

Sarah Palin and Planned Parenthood: $800,000

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In an age of hashtags and viral videos, a political email chain still has some power. During the 2008 presidential election, an email circulated encouraging donations to Planned Parenthood in the name of anti-abortion vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The Internet loves irony, so contributions poured in.

Kony 2012: $32 million

Kony 2012 made more money than the others on this list, but it's tough to call it a success. Invisible Children's viral video and awareness campaign spread blindingly fast, gathering up tens of millions of views almost overnight.

The backlash was immediate and came from all sides. Critics went after the video's accuracy, the group's finances and the campaign's motivations. Kony 2012's director had an ugly public meltdown and the effort's big "Cover the Light" event flopped. A recent profile found Invisible Children still struggling and looking for a new direction.

#OnlyGoodThings: $?

This effort is impossible to quantify, but it's notable because it was created in reaction to another viral stunt. "NekNominate" challenges involve filming oneself chugging a drink and then challenging others to do the same.

One YouTuber flipped the script on his own nomination, encouraging others to perform good deeds instead, like giving away sandwich while inspirational music plays. The trend got some traction, but failed to catch on the way #NekNominate did.

Pegg: 'We have no context for happiness'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:07
Simon Pegg asks what makes us smile in new movie

Chile axes security head after theft

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:06
Chile sacks the head of security of Santiago international airport after an "embarrassing" robbery of more than $10m (£6.2) at the cargo terminal.

Can you die from a broken heart?

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:01
Can you really die from a broken heart?

Mexico MP removed over 'escort tape'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:59
Mexico's conservative PAN party replaces its leader in the House of Representatives after a video showed him allegedly dancing with escorts.

VIDEO: Sci-fi film The Giver plays on memory

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:53
Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports from the world premiere of the new sci-fi thriller The Giver

Could Scotland vote change the debate on clocks?

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:53
Could a Yes vote in Scotland lead to UK clock change?

VIDEO: Young British Muslims debate Caliphate

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:51
BBC Asian Network reporter Catrin Nye has been speaking to young British Muslims about their views on the concept of an Islamic state, or caliphate, and what it means to them.

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq's Mount Sinjar Less Likely

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:41

A U.S. assessment team sent to the mountain concluded there were far fewer Yazidi refugees stranded there than previously thought, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

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Pesticide ban call to save bees

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:21
Renewed call for pesticide ban as MSPs prepare to debate plight of Scotland's bees

Action call over tourism support

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:18
Publicly-funded bodies need to work more closely together to help local tourism businesses in Scotland, according to a report.

VIDEO: The long road from Mount Sinjar

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:13
Caroline Wyatt reports on the refugees arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan after journeying from Mount Sinjar.

Obesity 'linked to 10 cancers'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 15:13
Being overweight raises the risk of developing some of the most common cancers, according to a study of more than five million adults in the UK.

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