National / International News

Bertha, The Giant Borer That Broke, May Be Sinking Seattle's Downtown

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

The machine, the biggest of its type, was digging a tunnel under the city when it went kaput. To get to and fix Bertha, workers are digging a 12-story pit, which some say is damaging nearby buildings.

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Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Leading Democrats and even some Republicans had kind words Tuesday for the Michigander, who was first elected to the House when Eisenhower was president. His wife was elected to his seat in November.

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State Department Feared Torture Report Would Spark Fury. Where Is It?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

The U.S. beefed up security at embassies ahead of the CIA interrogation report's release in anticipation of a violent reaction. But around the globe, the response was relatively muted.

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Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

The Senate's "torture report" finds that the CIA conducted brutal interrogations of detainees in the years after 9/11, misled elected leaders, and got little useful information from the harsh tactics.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. They could avoid the problem easily.

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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.

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VIDEO: Pele: I'll play for Brazil in 2016

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:45
Brazilian football legend Pele leaves hospital in Sao Paulo after being treated for an infection.

Dolly Parton joins Cleethorpes club

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:42
Country music star Dolly Parton accepts an invitation to join the Cleethorpes branch of the Rotary Club.

VIDEO: French hostage Lazarevic arrives home

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:37
France's last remaining hostage in Mali, Serge Lazarevic, has arrived home to a welcome from family members and French President Francois Hollande.

VIDEO: UKIP activist 'felt pressured' for sex

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:34
Full Newsnight interview with activist Natasha Bolter, who says UKIP boss Roger Bird was "lying" when he said they had a relationship, after he released messages which he said proved it.

VIDEO: Sir Paul: Pay young artists fairly

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:18
The former Beatle says it is harder than ever for young artists to make money from their music due to piracy and streaming.

Policeman fired over child sex abuse

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:18
A Cambridgeshire police officer is sacked for gross misconduct after admitting a string of serious sex offences against a child.

Ouch talk show 114: Christmas quiz

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:54
This and other questions in the latest disability talk show

Civil union couples become married

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:43
Ten same-sex couples convert their civil unions into marriages in Brighton on the first day it is allowed by law.

Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:43

Russian performers who have criticized the country's role in Ukraine have been denounced on TV programs and had concert dates abruptly canceled.

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Gale warning cancels ferry sailings

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:31
Liverpool's Mersey ferries and Irish Sea sailings to and from the Isle of Man are cancelled due to a warning of gale force winds later.

Paddington holds UK box office lead

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:27
Children's favourite Paddington maintains pole position at the UK and Ireland box office for a second week in succession.

Councils' final budgets to be set

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:15
Councils are to be told their final budget settlements for 2015/16 by the Welsh government.

Last French hostage back in France

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:09
France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrives home to a welcome from family members and French President Francois Hollande.