National / International News

Retailer fined over demand for keys

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:40
Rent-to-own retailer PerfectHome has been fined for making some customers hand over their keys before delivering purchases.

Steve Strange: The custodian of New Romantic pop

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:40
How pop pioneer Steve Strange shaped the 1980s

Carroll out for four to six weeks

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:38
West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be out for at least four to six weeks after tearing a ligament in his knee.

Chocolate is more expensive. Everything is terrible.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:30
100 lots

That's how many lots the city of Newark, New Jersey is selling for $1,000 a piece to couples of any sexual orientation as part of a special Valentine's day sale. As reported by, the loving land owners must agree to build a home and live on their new plottage. 

54 percent

While only 20 percent of Fifty Shades of Grey readers were male, 54 percent of buyers of a Shades themed Teddy Bear are men. Some say merchandising from the film subjects that were once taboo into marketable commodities. And pre-ticket sales are doing well, also. See our grey-shaded chart below:

20 percent

Speaking of Fifty Shades of Grey, back when details of the film were being disrobed, some were titillated by reports that a fifth of the film would be sex scenes. That may be unusual for the film industry, but as Quartz points out, its kind of old news for television.

$700 million

That's how much Americans are likely to spend on Valentine's day ... for Fido. We really do love our pets. Check out more not-so-sunny Valentine's day facts over at Time, including the quantifiable amount that love dies over time.


That's last month's price-per-ton for cocoa. As reported by the NY Times, that's higher than last year, partly due to greater global demand for dark chocolate, especially in Asia. So be prepared to spend more on sweets for your sweet.

Silicon Tally: Fly the friendly (and cheap) skies

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:30

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news.

This week, we're joined by Brian Kelly, otherwise known as "The Points Guy." Kelly prides himself on being "able to book exciting and extravagant trips for next to nothing through his hard-earned loyalty points and airline miles, flying first class."

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Naked fire bus-leap man 'doing OK'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:29
A naked man who jumped from a fire to the roof of a double-decker bus is recovering after hospital treatment.

I've played when concussed - Thomas

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:20
After debate following knocks to George North, ex-Wales captain Gareth Thomas admits he sometimes carried on while concussed.

Miliband did not avoid tax - Labour

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:13
Suggestions Ed Miliband avoided tax related to his parents' home are a "straightforward lie", Labour says after the claims appear in a newspaper.

VIDEO: Toxic orange cloud over Spanish town

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:12
A massive orange cloud forces tens of thousands of people to stay indoors in part of Spain after an accident at a chemical factory.

Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 01:03

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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Binge-drinking falls in young adults

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 00:59
Binge-drinking among young adults in the UK is continuing to fall, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 00:55

The U.S. is moving to digitize health care with electronic medical records, web portals and mobile apps. But as medical data goes online, it is becoming a hot commodity for hackers.

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Fighting erupts near Pakistan mosque

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 00:45
Police and gunmen exchange fire in the Pakistani city of Peshawar after explosions were reported at a Shia mosque.

Actor Hirsch charged with assault

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 00:27
US actor Emile Hirsch is charged with aggravated assault after allegedly choking a female film executive at last month's Sundance Film Festival.

German economy sees strong growth

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 00:27
The risk of Germany slipping into recession has eased after surprisingly strong growth of 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014, analysts say.

Ex-prisoner settles into family life

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-12 23:47
A 25-year-old man jailed in a notorious Indonesian prison for violating visa rules is settling back into family life.

Outmanned And Outgunned, Fighters Defend Yazidi Shrine Against ISIS

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 23:43

Led by a celebrated Yazidi fighter, a small band of Kurdish peshmerga survived a months-long ISIS onslaught. Unlike others in Syria and Iraq, this sacred place still stands, nearly unscathed.

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A Community Takes On Racial Tensions Once Hidden Under The Surface

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 23:33

People move to Austin's Mueller neighborhood to become part of a progressive community. But some black residents say they haven't always felt welcome — so Mueller decided to do something about it.

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Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 23:32

World Radio Day was created to celebrate the medium's ability to reach all corners of the globe, due to its affordability and portability. But how common are radios that still fit that description?

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Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-12 23:31

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.

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