National / International News

Woods all smiles after tooth is fixed

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:05
Tiger Woods admits it hurt to breathe after losing a tooth while watching girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in a ski race.

Murder charge over missing woman

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:02
The partner of a missing mother-of-four is charged with her murder.

Japan probes 'new IS hostage video'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:57
Japanese officials work to verify a video threatening to kill Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours unless Jordan frees an Iraqi militant on death row.

MP clarifies Somali pub comments

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:56
Communities Minister Stephen Williams defends his remarks in Parliament about the threat to pubs in his constituency from population changes.

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New Highs, Report Finds

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:47

The National Registry of Exonerations says 125 people were exonerated in 2014 after being falsely convicted of crimes. The number surpasses the previous record of 91, set in 2013.

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Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:44
The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.

Kosovo police clash with protesters

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:41
Police in Kosovo use tear gas and water cannon against thousands of ethnic Albanians protesting in Pristina against a Serb minister.

Joan Rivers' daughter sues clinic

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:31
Joan Rivers' daughter files a malpractice claim against the New York clinic that treated her mother days before she died.

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:30

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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Quiz: States pick up the tab for preschool

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:29

All but six states funded local pre-K programs in 2014-2015, according to the Education Commission of the States.

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Suspected burglar trapped for hours

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:27
Students describe the moment they find a suspected burglar dangling upside down from a window.

EDF to cut gas prices by 1.3%

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:26
EDF says it will cut gas prices by 1.3%, the last of the "big six" energy firms to do so

VIDEO: Outrageous 40-yard, five-second goal

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:20
Watch as FC St. Pauli's Julian Koch scores an amazing goal just five seconds after the opposition kick off.

High-strength drugs in holiday death

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:06
A woman from Swansea died on holiday in Bulgaria after taking high-strength drugs, an inquest hears.

Mr Men and Little Miss in film deal

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:00
Film rights for the Mr Men and Little Miss characters are secured by Fox Animation, the studio behind the Ice Age and Rio franchises.

'No top university' for many schools

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 07:00
Hundreds of schools and colleges in England do not send any students on to the UK's top universities, data shows.

Oldham turned against me - Montano

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 06:58
Former Oldham player Cristian Montano accuses the club of double standards in its attempts to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 06:51

On Sunday, this Massachusetts teacher will be up close with her favorite team — as a cheerleader on the New England Patriots squad.

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Net neutrality: Whole lot of drama in those two words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 06:43

In just 30 days, the entire FUTURE OF THE INTERNET will be revealed! 

Well ... maybe.

On Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission will rule on proposed rules regarding "net neutrality" and how the Internet can be used by consumers and Internet Service Providers.

"Net neutrality."  Could they have come up with a more boring term? It even has the word "neutral" in it. As in plain. Dull. Tedious.

Here's a quick and dirty explainer on "net neutrality":

The idea behind the term is that all data transmitted across the Internet should be treated equally, or neutrally. In theory, that's the way things work, but some cable companies and Internet Service Providers want to disrupt that model.

Perhaps the cable companies coined the phrase "net neutrality"? That would be genius. Just mention the two words, and the whole world switches off. It would free you up to have a conversation about how to make money off the Internet without facing too much opposition.

Not everyone has switched off. A handful of sleep-resistant lobby groups and consumer-rights advocates have teamed up with companies and set off alarm bells across the Internet. Consumers are bombarding the Federal Communications Commission and Capitol Hill with a simple plea regarding the FCC: Continue to require information to be transmitted equally across the Internet, without discrimination or prejudice.

Will the will of American consumers prevail? Or will the cable behemoths crush their resistance? Despite its ho-hum name, the battle over "net neutrality" has the makings of a dramatic saga.

Former head 'obsessed by spanking'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 06:43
A former head master "obsessed with spanking" carried out sex attacks at a Norfolk school, a court is told.