National / International News

French launch crackdown on smoking

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:37
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

Blasphemy Scot shot in Pakistan jail

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:28
A 70-year-old man from Edinburgh who was jailed in Pakistan on blasphemy charges is shot and wounded by a prison guard.

BB's Chantelle loses magazine battle

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:28
Reality television star Chantelle Houghton fails in a bid to force a magazine to reveal the source of a story it planned to publish.

France’s hostage nightmare

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:21
Shock and horror in France after beheading of Herve Gourdel

Obama Has Support For Syria Strikes, But Are They Legal?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:16

Many legal scholars say the White House lacks a legal justification for the strikes inside Syria. But the administration disagrees, saying its actions are covered by post-Sept. 11 legislation.

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'Deadly serious' new tech bug found

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:13
A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

Airstrikes hit ISIS-controlled oil refineries

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-25 07:00

The U.S. and its allies are pursuing a new target in eastern Syria. A wave of airstrikes is being aimed at modular oil refineries controlled by ISIS. The revenue from those small refineries is believed to be helping ISIS finance its operations in the region.

Click the media player above to hear reporter Noel King in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio. 

Armed raiders steal £250,000 watches

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:56
Four masked men who staged a daylight raid on several jewellers in Glasgow's Argyll Arcade escaped with £250,000 of watches.

France crisis talks after beheading

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:45
France's defence council is to convene after the beheading in Algeria of French tourist Herve Gourdel by militants linked to Islamic State.

'Sorry for algebra' say Muslims

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:40
The sarcastic hashtag that says 'Sorry for algebra'

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:40

The nation's first black U.S. attorney general had a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, sentencing reforms and battles with congressional Republicans.

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The numbers for September 25, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:39

After nearly six years as attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. will step down, according to several published reports. President Obama is expected to make the announcement Thursday. This is not a complete surprise. Holder had said earlier that he planned to step down before the end of the year. Word is he will stay at the Justice Department until a successor is chosen, even if it's not until 2015.

In the meantime, here's what we're reading — and the numbers we're watching.

$2 million

That's how much the Pentagon estimates ISIS makes every day from selling oil, now that the extremist group controls 60 percent of production in Syria. Last night, the U.S. and its allies hit about a dozen ISIS mobile refineries in an effort to choke that funding stream.


The number of television and movie companies expected to get Federal Aviation Administration permission on Thursday to use drones, the Washington Post reports. Commercial drone use has been effectively banned by the FAA for some time, but filmmakers will soon be able to use them for aerial shots in place of helicopters, saving money. 


 The average price on StubHub yesterday for a ticket to Derek Jeter's final game with the Yankees, which is now in danger of being rained out. According to Business Insider, that's bad news for sellers, who would have to return the money they made — as much as $12,000 for the best seats — if the game is called off and not rescheduled.

VIDEO: World's most advanced jet - in 60 secs

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:36
Recent strikes against IS militants have seen the deployment of a new breed of jet fighter.

VIDEO: Virtual aquarium on show in Tokyo

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:35
Children's drawings of sea creatures come to life on a projected wall in a virtual aquarium in Tokyo.

VIDEO: Can your skirt size be a cancer clue?

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:29
Women who consistently gain a skirt size every decade are increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research.

Nigerian evangelist 'to be sued'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:25
Two South Africans who lost relatives when a church hostel in Nigeria collapsed say they intend to sue evangelist TB Joshua - and call for others to join them.

Paraguay bishop fired over 'cover-up'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:23
Pope Francis dismisses the Right Reverend Rogelio Livieres Plano over his involvement in a scandal involving the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 06:12

The British billionaire and Virgin Group founder has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows.

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Boston bomb trial delayed two months

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:55
The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected to be one of the Boston Marathon bombers, has been pushed back by two months to January.

Grand Jury Won't Indict Officers In Ohio Wal-Mart Shooting

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 05:50

The Department of Justice says it will begin a review of police department procedures in Beavercreek, Ohio, where officers fatally shot a 22-year-old black man at a Wal-Mart store.

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