National / International News

Hedgehog 999 call 'irresponsible'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 00:11
An "irresponsible" emergency services call about a hedgehog killing slugs in a garden is released by police in Manchester.

Tributes paid to singer Joe Cocker

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 00:06
Musicians including Sir Paul McCartney pay tribute to singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70.

Thorntons issues profit warning

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:42
Chocolate firm Thorntons' shares fall 25% after it warns that annual profits will fall this year because of poor sales in some supermarkets.

Opec oil production 'will not fall'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:42
Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, says the Opec cartel will not cut oil production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.

A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:30

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Baby Thrives Once 3D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:29

Michigan doctors used 3D printing to custom make a splint to prop open Garrett Peterson's defective windpipe last January. He's home with his parents this Christmas, as "normal life" begins.

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VIDEO: 'Cordon hides scene of devastation'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:28
Police are carrying out investigations at the scene of a fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow - a cordon now hides the "scene of devastation" reports Laura Bicker.

Reporter Offers Free Cab Rides For Stories From 'Streets of Shanghai'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:24

NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi. He's gone back to his former job, offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities.

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California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:19

The state is expecting 1.6 million undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses when a new law takes effect Jan. 1. The DMV is adding 800 employees to help handle the influx.

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VIDEO: 'The Fat One' lottery grips Spain

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:17
Christmas has come early for thousands of lucky winners in Spain's famous lottery - "El Gordo" (the Fat One), the BBC's Tim Allman reports.

Rise in Australia 'terror chatter'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:12
Australian PM Tony Abbott warns that there has been a "heightened level of terror chatter" since the siege at a Sydney cafe last week.

VIDEO: Disquiet in Dresden at anti-Islam rally

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:56
A record 17,500 people turn out for the latest "anti-Islamisation" rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates.

Robbie Savage's guide to Christmas

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:53
From Scooby Doo to hospital visits and deserted hotels, Robbie Savage gives BBC Sport his guide to a footballer's Christmas.

VIDEO: The first selfie stick? - 15 secs

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:46
Was the trend for strapping a camera to a pole invented 90 years ago?

VIDEO: Sydney bids farewell to siege dead

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:42
Sydney remembers the victims of the Lindt cafe siege, with the funeral of manager Tori Johnson and a memorial service for barrister Katrina Dawson.

Number of abandoned pets 'alarming'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:31
The number of abandoned pets in Wales is 'alarming' say the RSPCA, as the latest figures show more than 700 were dumped this year.

VIDEO: Author visits 'brutal' IS heartland

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:12
A German author given unprecedented access to territory controlled by Islamic State tells the BBC that IS is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he had expected.

Funeral for pupil hit by minibus

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 22:01
The funeral of a pupil who died after he was hit by a school minibus driven by a teacher is due to take place.

The film where a game decides a woman's future

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 21:40
A film that depicts rural Afghan life with an unflinching eye

Museum resignation is investigated

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-22 21:33
An investigation is taking place into the sudden resignation of the chief executive of Northern Ireland's museums, the BBC has established.