National / International News

Can tobacco shed its 'toxic brand'?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:59
Can the tobacco industry shed its "toxic brand"?

Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:43

At a closed-door conference, the attorney general made his case for reducing some drug sentences and opening up the clemency process.

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Overweight total tops 2.1bn globally

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:43
The number of the world's population that are obese or overweight has topped 2.1 billion, latest figures show.

Laser hope on root canal treatments

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:41
Lasers have been used to regenerate parts of damaged teeth and could one day be used to prevent root canal treatments, claim US researchers.

American Said To Have Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:22

Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group, says a U.S. citizen known as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki helped carry out a suicide attack on Sunday.

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Cane toad relative hits Madagascar

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:04
A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar and could cause ecological disaster, scientists warn.

US approves Venezuela sanctions bill

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:46
The US House of Representatives approves a bill to introduce sanctions against Venezuelan officials involved in human rights abuses.

Apple agrees to $3bn Beats deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:40
Apple confirms it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.8bn).

Entrepreneurial gap 'must be closed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:38
Businessman Sir Tom Hunter calls for Scotland to "close the gap" on the US and Canada in early-stage entrepreneurial activity.

VIDEO: Was a spy the key to Mid-East peace?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:26
How a US spy almost brokered peace in the Middle East

Growing up in the shadow of the mafia

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:13
The boy who chose door-to-door sales over a life of crime

'Vicar' of rugby union tends to player flock

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:06
Boss of rugby players’ union tackles the sport’s big issues

VIDEO: Cotillard comes to 1920s Manhattan

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 15:03
Marion Cotillard speaks to Talking Movies' Tom Brook about her role in the new film The Immigrant.

VIDEO: Looking back at Maya Angelou's life

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:37
US author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

Bin cleaner bets £2 for £1.3m win

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:34
A wheelie bin cleaner from Nottinghamshire is one of Britain's biggest betting-shop winners after scooping more than £1.3m on a £2 bet.

VIDEO: 'Police did nothing to stop stoning'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:22
The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death in broad daylight outside a Lahore court says police stood by and did nothing to stop the attack.

Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:21

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than free-standing emergency rooms.

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Robinson backs Islam row pastor

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:20
Northern Ireland's first minister comes under fire after defending a pastor who made controversial comments about Muslims.

In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:15

Miles and Lyle Thompson are finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's highest honor. Either would be the first Native to win it — an irony for a sport created by Natives.

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Apple confirms it will buy Beats for $3 billion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-28 14:00

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the previously-reported acquisition of Beats Electronics for $3 billion. The deal will make Dr. Dre even wealthier.

And the $3 billion price tag for the headphone and streaming music company is also the equivalent of...


Beats Studio headphones.


 Apple ear buds.


Copies of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" available on iTunes.

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