National / International News

Disney Announces Title Of Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Film

NPR News - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:15

It'll be called Rogue One, and it's coming to theaters Dec. 16, 2016. The film stars Felicity Jones, most famous for her Academy Award-nominated performance in The Theory of Everything.

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VIDEO: Joy as baby found after 17 years

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:14
A couple is celebrating being reunited with their long-lost daughter, 17 years after she was snatched from her mother's bedside as a baby in a hospital in South Africa.

Cheltenham jockey taken to hospital

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:13
Amateur jockey Tom Weston is airlifted to hospital following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

Frozen 2 confirmed by Disney

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:11
It's time to build another snowman - Disney bosses confirm that a Frozen sequel is in the works.

Federal government approves powdered alcohol for sale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:05

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that the federal government approved powdered alcohol for sale:

The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error. 

On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue told The Associated Press the issues were resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved. But Hogue noted that states can also regulate alcohol sales in their borders.

It's apparently freeze-dried alcohol packed in small easy to carry pouches. You can get it in vodka, rum, cosmopolitan, margarita and lemon drop flavors.

Left unexplained, is why — just kidding. I know why.



FCC releases 400-page net neutrality order

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:56

The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve new rules on Net Neutrality two weeks ago. On Thursday, the FCC released the 400-page document

Because the record overwhelmingly supports adopting rules and demonstrates that three 
specific practices invariably harm the open Internet—Blocking, Throttling, and Paid Prioritization—this 
Order bans each of them, applying the same rules to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet access

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Swatch counter-attacks smartwatches

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:46
Swatch, the world's bestselling watchmaker, reveals plans to install Bluetooth and near-field communication chips in its products.

Clifford in Operation Yewtree arrest

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:46
Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford - serving an eight-year jail term - has been arrested by Operation Yewtree officers, the BBC understands.

McCall relishing Rangers challenge

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:35
New Rangers interim manager Stuart McCall says it's "an honour and privilege" to be named Ibrox boss.

Historic abuse blamed for rape rise

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:34
Historic sexual abuse is fuelling the rise in the number of child rape cases being recorded in some parts of Wales, say two police forces.

New mystery 'suicide' in Ukraine

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:33
A former regional governor becomes the latest ally of Ukraine's deposed president to be found dead in mysterious circumstances.

After Rescue, Massive Sea Turtle Will Be Released In S.C. Thursday

NPR News - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:32

A rare 475-pound leatherback sea turtle "immediately responded to treatments" of fluids, vitamins and antibiotics after it was rescued in South Carolina on Saturday.

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Day in pictures

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:17
Images from around the world: 12 March

Lawro's predictions v Dermot O'Leary

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:10
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Comic Relief star Dermot O'Leary in the weekend Premier League games.

Cover for life-threatening 999 calls

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:10
Ambulance crews agree to respond to 999 emergency calls for cases that are life-threatening during Friday's planned strike.

Assembly no go for James Bond shoot

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:06
A request to film scenes for the next James Bond movie at the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay was rejected by the National Assembly for Wales.

Antivirus labels itself as malware

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:03
Two Panda Security antivirus programs marked corrupted files in their own systems as malign, causing them to stop working.

So How Did They Get That Crashed Plane Off The Runway In Kathmandu?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:03

It took four days, during which time the airport was closed to international traffic It involved a truck. It did not involve sacrificing a goat. Maybe it should have.

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Commerzbank in $1.45bn US settlement

BBC - Thu, 2015-03-12 09:59
Commerzbank agrees to pay a penalty to US authorities for violating sanctions against businesses in Iran and Sudan and for engaging in money laundering.

Alibaba is getting into Snapchat

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-03-12 09:59
$200 million

That's what Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is investing in Snapchat, Bloomberg reported, which would value the company at $15 billion. The disappearing photo and video sharing app had been reportedly fundraising at a valuation between $16 and $19 billion, but Snapchat's star is still rising fast.

24.79 million

Speaking of Snapchat, that's how many views one user's "Snapchat Story" got during New York's much-ballyhooed snow storm earlier this winter. The video was folded into a compilation feature Snapchat calls "Our Stories," which are pushed out to all users for 24 hours. Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson makes the case that "Our Stories" might just be the perfect mobile advertising platform, and a threat to Facebook, Google and broadcast television.


The average refund this tax season, according to the IRS. A recent survey found more people are saying they'll invest that money or use it to pay off debts than in the past. But when those checks actually arrive, more than the predicted 3 precent of people are likely to splurge.

$820 million

That's what General Mills paid for organic-and-natural food company Annie's last year. It's a bellwether for the food business in general, which is trying to pivot in the wake of customers' growing dislike of processes and packaged convenience foods.


The age of Google CFO Patrick Pichette, who just announced he would retire once a successor is in place. In the corporate world, Pichette is something of a rarity, Neil Irwin writes for the Upshot. When you're making seven or eight figures quality of life tends to plateau, making early retirement appealing. However, so few top businesspeople, athletes, or entertainers do because that's not the way someone at the top of their field tends to operate. And that's "the paradox of success."