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Italian director Francesco Rosi dies

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:32
Director Francesco Rosi, one of Italy's most acclaimed and influential film-makers from the 1950s to the '90s, dies at the age of 92.

German call to halt Pegida marches

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:30
Senior German politicians call for a halt to so-called anti-Islamisation rallies after the murders of 17 people in Paris by Islamist militants.

Meet The Classroom Of The Future

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:28

When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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Sean Quinn released from bankruptcy

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:25
The former billionaire businessman Sean Quinn to be discharged from bankruptcy on Friday.

Driving licence flag choice rejected

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:14
Calls to offer motorists the option of a Welsh flag on their driving licences are rejected by the UK government on grounds of cost.

Children's home boss jailed for abuse

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:12
The head of a children's home in Oxfordshire who sexually abused vulnerable children is jailed.

VIDEO: New video shows French siege police

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:09
New footage has been released of French forces at the scene of the two siege sites on Friday, as authorities announce extra security at 'sensitive areas'.

Experts pledge to control AI work

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:07
Scientists including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk sign a letter pledging to ensure artificial intelligence research benefits mankind.

Afghan unity government announced

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:04
An Afghan government of unity is announced after months of negotiations between new President Ashraf Ghani and defeated rival Abdullah Abdullah.

Kerry Announces Paris Trip, Brushes Off Criticism On Missing March

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:01

The Obama administration was criticized for not sending a high-ranking official to a unity rally in Paris. The British, German, Israeli and Palestinian leaders were all at the march.

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PODCAST: Golf greens go green

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:00

First up, we have a preview of the North American International Auto Show. Plus, the first-ever college football playoff championship game is played Monday under the most generic name possible: the College Football Playoff Championship Game. We look at the marketing strategy behind the non-name. And since the recession, hundreds golf courses have been closed in the U.S.—but what happens to all that green? Turns some golf courses are going even greener— in some cases they're getting turned into wetlands by conversation groups.

TV Wins At Golden Globes Hint At A TV Revolution

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:00

Transparent, a show about a man coming out as transgender, won two Golden Globes — the first wins for original programming by Amazon.

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Malaysia court sacks whistleblower

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:42
The Malaysian Air Force officer who leaked information to the media following the 2013 election is sacked by a military court.

Life sentence for 'loving' murderer

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:37
A man who was convicted of murdering a woman he claimed he "loved to bits" is jailed for life.

Rare shark birth captured on camera

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:23
Divers capture what they believe to be the first photograph ever taken of the live birth of an oceanic shark.

Concerns over counter-terrorism bill

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:12
Changes need to be made to the government's proposed counter-terrorism bill in order to protect the rights of British citizens, a Welsh MP says.

Lebanon prison raided after bombing

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:11
Lebanese security forces raid a prison after an investigation found detainees were connected to a suicide attack at the weekend, officials say.

Dead whale inspected for disposal

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:07
Environmental health officials are going to a Cornwall beach where a dead whale washed up to advise on how to dispose of the animal.

Hospital forced to chain toys to bed

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:05
A hospital in south Wales chains toys to children's beds in a bid to prevent them being stolen.

It's all about the hardware at Detroit auto show

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:00

The North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit this week. This year’s show is going to be all about showing off hardware after a year of booming sales, falling gas prices and growing consumer confidence. Trucks sales are expected to strong in 2015, especially small and midsize models.

“Pickup trucks in particular, from parts of the market that have not been well represented until now,” says Bill Visnic, Edmunds.com editor. 

While cheap gas may be driving sales of trucks and SUVS for now, automakers are doubling-down on fuel-efficiency.

“We’re living in this new trend where everything is going to be kind of environmentally responsible too,” says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “So those high performance vehicles and sports cars, they’re going to be hybrids, they’re going to be plug-in hybrids, they’re going to be electric.”

General Motors also hopes to make a splash with plug-in electric cars. GM has rolled out an upgrade to its hybrid-electric Volt, as well as new Bolt concept car. With a range of 200 miles and a cost of around $30,000 (including state and federal rebates), the Bolt would be a cheaper alternative to rival Tesla.

“We don't make $100,000 cars, this is what the [Chevy] brand is about,” says Stuart Norris, director of advanced vehicle design at GM. As with other automakers, GM is banking on a return to higher gas prices.

“This is a long-term vision. We can't have our electrification strategy being driven by local gas-price fluctuations," he says.

The Bolt is scheduled to hit the market in 2017.

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