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Taliban declares 'defeat' of Nato

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:10
A Taliban spokesman declares the "defeat" of the US and its allies, a day after the coalition officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Tom Weir loch shore statue unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:06
A bronze statue of countryside broadcaster Tom Weir is unveiled at Balmaha Bay on the banks of Loch Lomond.

VIDEO: Ferry survivor: 'Floor started bubbling'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:59
Nick Channing-Williams, a passenger on the Norman Atlantic ferry off Corfu, has been talking about the moment he realised the vessel was on fire.

VIDEO: Good deed challenge almost complete

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:58
A man from Cheltenham is on the verge of completing a year-long challenge to keep his New Year's resolution of doing a good deed every day.

Virgin jet lands after emergency

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:56
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane carries out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".

Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:56

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

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"The Interview" makes history

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:53

“The Interview” seems like an unlikely film to be making history.  The screwball comedy is about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

But “The Interview” is reportedly Sony Pictures’ biggest-grossing online release ever.  The latest figures on how much consumers spent to download the film?  More than $15 million, and counting.  “The Interview” is giving a healthy nudge to a trend away from movie theaters.

“I don’t think a lot of people necessarily want to go to their suburban megaplex anymore and drop 12 bucks for a box of popcorn or whatever they charge these days,” says Dan Kennedy, who teaches journalism at Northeastern University.

It’s not clear how Sony shares the cash from “The Interview” with its online distributors.  But it usually splits ticket sales with theaters, 50, 50.   

Kennedy  doesn’t think the studios are cheering the demise of the multiplex.  He says if theaters go extinct, there will be one less distribution channel for films. 

But he says theaters could revive themselves with extras, like special audio effects, that would make going out to the movies a more high-end experience.

Pakistan Court Orders Conditional Release For Suspect In Mumbai Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:39

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi's lawyers argued that extended detention infringed on his rights because he had been granted bail by an anti-terrorism court. The Islamabad High Court agreed.

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Diversity In Space: Tracking The First Asian Pilot In The Star Wars Movies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:33

The Asian characters in the original Star Wars films are few, fleeting and often forgotten. But the Manager of the Holocron at Lucasfilm helps uncover their back stories.

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Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:31

In the village of Mereto, one imam is in favor of family planning while the other is not. Ngour Sen and his two wives, with a total of 11 children, knew which leader's advice they wanted to follow.

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Texted Reminders Help Parents Get Kids In For Flu Shots

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:30

It's hard enough to get kids in for one flu shot, let alone two. But when parents got texts that explained why the child needed a second dose, they were much more likely to get the job done.

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VIDEO: Edinburgh prepares for Hogmanay

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:10
Organisers of Edinburgh's hogmanay party are making final preparations for this year's event.

Army attends security alert in town

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:00
Army bomb experts are attending the scene of a security alert in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, with residents being moved from their homes.

Looking To 2015, Economists See Five Reasons To Celebrate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:54

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Network Rail boss 'may take bonus'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:49
Network Rail chief Mark Carne tells the BBC an internal committee will decide on what bonus he should have, following recent major rail disruption.

Coldest night of the year in Wales

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:47
Plummeting temperatures overnight see the coldest night of the year recorded in Wales with just two days of the year left to run.

VIDEO: The cost of Russia's New Year salad

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:46
Russia is on the brink of recession, but people there are still preparing for the traditional New Year's parties.

As Night Falls, Still No Signs Of Missing AirAsia Airplane

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:35

As the search for the missing airliner entered its second day, Indonesia's vice president said he feared the worst may have happened. Authorities said, the search are would be expanded on Tuesday.

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Rescued seal treated for pneumonia

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:26
A seal found exhausted in a field about 20 miles from the sea is is being treated for pneumonia, the RSPCA says.

Argentine leader suspends trips

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:25
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be able to travel abroad for a month after breaking her ankle on Friday, officials say.