National / International News

Egypt seeks Libya intervention

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:20
Egypt calls for international military intervention in Libya, as it strikes Islamic State targets on its troubled neighbour's territory.

Presidents Day Deal: Pass Our Quiz, Win Nothing

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:14

They've all helped create our nation, but do you know who they are?

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Denmark gunman 'not part of cell'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:09
The gunman who attacked a free speech debate and a synagogue in Denmark does not seem to be part of a wider cell, the Danish PM says.

VIDEO: 'Skunk took me to a very dark place'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:07
Liaquat Zaman, a former skunk user who now helps people who have drug addictions, said that smoking skunk had lead to the break up of his marriage.

US monument 'shrinks' after survey

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:06
Fresh measurements show the iconic obelisk honouring the first US President actually stands 554ft, 7.34ins, which is 10 inches shorter than was thought.

Casual Vacancy tops TV drama ratings

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:54
BBC One's adaptation of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy beats Channel 4's Indian Summers in a head-to-head battle for Sunday night drama ratings.

President's Day: A celebration of two wheels?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:51

It's President's Day! And, it's a day and a weekend when car dealers sell a whole lot of cars. But, long before minivans were decked in red, white and blue balloons, before TV ads featured one car special after another, President's Day was all about bicycles. 

According to The Atlantic, in the late 1800's Washington's birthday was celebrated with two wheels. Bicycle races ... bicycle sales ... it was the day the newest models of bicycles were unveiled. 

Which means we've been buying these symbols of personal freedom for a very long time.

Nigeria 'retakes' town from Boko Haram

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:41
Nigerian troops, backed by air strikes, have reclaimed the town of Monguno in north-eastern Borno state from Boko Haram, the country's military says.

PODCAST: The biggest bank robbery of all time?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:36

We're still learning about a sweeping, year-long heist revealed by a Russian cyber security firm Monday. Hackers reportedly got away with up to $1 billion from the various banks by pulling little bits from about 100 banks over time. We chatted with one expert about how much a breach could have gone unnoticed. Then, the U.S. is trying to catch up on tech training, and apprenticeships could be the answer. Labor secretary Thomas Perez calls them "the other college, but without the debt." Finally: very few people buy movie tickets online, but industry watchers are looking to change that because the opportunities for data collection might be too good to pass up.

Armstrong hit with $10m damages bill

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:14
Lance Armstrong must pay a record $10m in damages after losing a lawsuit with Dallas-based SCA Promotions, Inc.

Athletics facing crisis - IAAF chief

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:55
World athletics chief Lamine Diack tells BBC Sport athletics is facing "a crisis" following allegations of doping by Russian competitors.

VIDEO: Close-up: Most powerful X-ray laser

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:26
Researchers in California have developed the most powerful X-ray laser in the world, as Pallab Ghosh reports

Civil service exit scheme to start

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:18
Finance Minister Simon Hamilton says the executive plans to launch a voluntary exit scheme for civil servants on 2 March.

Russell cited for tackle on Biggar

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:14
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is cited for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar in Sunday's Six Nations match at Murrayfield.

It's good to be a former president

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:14

That's what the U.S. Government's General Services Administration allotted President George W. Bush for Fiscal Year 2014, Vox reported. That total includes office space, health care and other services — on top of the $201,700 all four living presidents receive annually.

Courtesy:Vox 2016

Speaking of presidents, the New York Times has made a handy, interactive scorecard for likely 2016 candidates. It rounds up the each candidates progress and parses through the currently crowded Republican field. 


The number of banks implicated in a sweeping, year-long heist revealed by a Russian cyber security firm Monday. Hackers reportedly got away with up to $1 billion from the various banks. We chatted with one expert about how much a breach could have gone unnoticed.

$90.7 million

The predicted box office take for "Fifty Shades of Grey" from Thursday night to Monday, the New York Times reported. It's a strong opening – among the highest for an erotic film, an R-rated film and a film directed by a woman – and it has potential to shift attitudes in Hollywood about all three types of movies. Not bad for what was once "Twilight" fan fiction.

$44 million

That's how much Colorado made from taxing recreational marijuana in 2014, the Associated Press reported. The market is still in flux, and the state got a bump from tourism last year, but it's an encouraging sign for legalization supporters, especially taking into account the additional $32 million in taxes Colorado from medical marijuana.

$30 billion

The approximate value of chocolate company Ferrero SpA, the Wall Street Journal reported. Company founder and Italy's richest man, Michele Ferrero, died over the weekend at 89. Ferrero gave the world Tic Tacs, Kinder eggs and most notably Nutella.

O'Sullivan criticises Welsh venue

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:12
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan criticises the new Welsh Open venue for allowing fans to move around during play.

Spurs liable for player brain damage

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:11
A High Court judge rules Tottenham Hotspur Football Club breached its duties to a 17-year-old player who suffered a cardiac arrest and was brain damaged in his first game for the club.

Winter Storm Brings Rain, Ice, Snow Across Country's Midsection

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:11

After the storm rakes its way across the South and Mid-Atlantic, it will likely take aim at New England, which has already experienced a record-setting winter.

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Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:00
Scientists struggle to explain a vast Martian haze spotted in 2012 by amateur astronomers.

Spain priests abuse charges dropped

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:48
A court in the southern Spanish city of Granada drops charges against nine out of 10 Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.