National / International News

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 14:51

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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Harvard Law Professors Say New Sexual Assault Policy Is One-Sided

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 14:44

A group of 28 law professors have written an open letter criticizing the university's new sexual assault policy, citing due process concerns and saying it gives victims more rights than the accused.

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VIDEO: How China limits access to foreign TV

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 14:41
For years China has sought to limit access to foreign TV and websites which broadcast and publish pictures and information which the government wants to restrict access to

How A No-Touch Thermometer Detects A Fever

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 14:03

Some U.S airports scanning passengers for Ebola are using hand-held infrared thermometers to help detect fever. The devices aren't perfect but do contribute to the safety net, health officials say.

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HBO to offer online-only service

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:56
The premium channel will offer streaming-only service in 2015. The move is seen a response to competition from Amazon and Netflix and a way to offer younger consumers more choice.

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:44

On Oct. 15, 1969, hundreds of thousands marched in Washington to protest the Vietnam War. But it was also Game 4 of the World Series, and NPR's Brian Naylor, then 14, knew where he had to be.

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Brazil prison hostage drama resolved

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:30
A two-day standoff at a jail in the southern Brazilian state of Parana ends after a group of prisoners free 10 guards they had taken hostage.

Texas College Rejects Nigerian Applicants, Citing Ebola

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:25

Navarro College in Corsiana, Texas, later apologized for the letter, saying it had sent "incorrect information" to some international applicants.

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You can buy ebola.com for $150,000

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:09

Yes, there's a market for everything, even ebola.com.

First of all: that domain name exists. But secondly: the guy who owns it, Jon Schultz, bought it six years ago for $13,500. The asking price today? $150,000, according to the Washington Post.

If that's too dour, Schultz also owns terror.com, fukushima.com, potassiumiodide.com and H1N1.com.

Yes, all of them are for sale, too.

 

 

 

IS 'retreating' in key Syria town

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:09
Islamic State militants are retreating in parts of the strategic Syrian town of Kobane, a Kurdish official there says, as air strikes intensify.

Immigrant Advocates Challenge The Way Mothers Are Detained

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:07

Ten plaintiffs are suing the government over policies and practices at a residential center in New Mexico, where 648 women and children are being held while awaiting the outcome of their asylum cases.

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Alonso is leaving - Di Montezemolo

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:06
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of this season, the company's outgoing president Luca Di Montezemolo confirms.

City in last 16 after extra-time win

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:01
Glasgow City overturn a 2-0 deficit against Medyk Konin to reach the the Uefa Women's Champions League last 16.

Czech Ebola error sparks Ghana row

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:43
Czech medical workers spark a diplomatic row after covering a Ghanaian student in black plastic and isolating him over unfounded fears he had Ebola.

VIDEO: Boris Johnson tackles young footballer

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:31
Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes on some players considerably smaller than himself at a football match near City Hall.

Ebola Evacuees: Who Are They, Where'd They Go, How'd They Fare?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:29

They caught the virus. Or had contact with a patient that put them at high risk. And they were flown out of West Africa for treatment — at a cost as high as $200,000 per person.

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VIDEO: How Ebola samples are processed

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:23
Government scientists from Wiltshire are calling for micro-biologists to volunteer in the fight against the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

Turmoil Continues In Financial Markets As Dow Plunges

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:22

Stocks took a beating on Wednesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 falling more than 2 percent before bouncing back slightly. Money flowed into safe haven investments such as U.S. Treasuries.

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HBO is cutting the cord. Will cable survive?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:08

HBO has announced that starting next year it will offer its online streaming service HBO Go to anyone willing to pay, whether they have cable or not.

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson says the move is an important about-face for entertainment giant Time Warner.

“The CEO [Richard Plepler] has promised that HBO wasn’t going to do this and now they’ve changed,” Johnson says. “I think that’s probably because there’s been a discussion behind the scenes about just what the lay of the land looks like.”

Access to HBO Go is widely shared, something Plepler has said he doesn’t mind. But last year HBO’s paid customer count was surpassed by Netflix, and Game of Thrones recently set a world record for piracy.

Johnson guesses HBO has been pressuring its parent company Time Warner toward this move for a while now.

“I think it’s kind of bad news for cable companies,” Johnson says. “By some estimates only like 3 percent of people are going to cut the cord next year, but those numbers are really growing fast for certain demographics and people’s behavior is really changing.”

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