National / International News

'Holyman' abuser jailed for 13 years

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 03:12
A man said to be a "healer and holyman" has been sentenced to 13 years for the rape and abuse of a 12-year-old girl .

Topless sunbather pictured by drone

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 03:10
An Australian estate agent used pictures taken by a drone to market a property which included revealing images of a neighbour.

Wolff fears Hamilton car failure

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 03:00
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says it would be a "nightmare" if Lewis Hamilton's car failed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

PODCAST: Taxing marijuana

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 03:00

The people with their PhD's in economics were thinking wholesale prices would fall for October. How could they not with oil prices dropping and dropping? What happened instead today, an uptick in the producer price index. More on that. Plus, when choosing iPhone versus Android, you might see Apple and Samsung as rivals. But a deal is reportedly in the works for Samsung to once again supply most of the microchips inside Apple phones and tablets. And there's news that some cities in Oregon are looking at legal options to see if they can tax marijuana sales once recreational use becomes legal next summer. The ballot measure voters approved the other week says only the state can tax pot. 

Gay bull saved by Simpsons creator

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:59
Simpsons cartoon creator helps save gay Benjy from the abattoir

Day in pictures: 18 November 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:57
24 hours of news images: 18 November

VIDEO: Highlights of Alex Salmond's career

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:54
On the day he steps down as First Minister, BBC archives re-trace Alex Salmond's career in UK and Scottish politics.

Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue Leaves Four Dead

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:54

Assailants armed with guns, knives and axes attacked worshippers at a Jerusalem Synagogue during morning prayers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "with a heavy hand."

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VIDEO: Final days of Rochester campaign

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:38
Voters go to the polls in the Rochester and Strood by-election on Thursday, prompted by the defection of its MP.

Mali hostages in jihadist video

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:36
The daughter of a French hostage being held by jihadists in Mali has spoken of her shock after he appeared in a video clip pleading for his release.

VIDEO: Tania Clarence: Story behind the sentence

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:36
A mother who admitted killing her three young disabled children has been sentenced.

Man dies after serious crash on M74

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:27
A 60-year-old man dies following a crash between a car and a van on the M74 in Lanarkshire.

AUDIO: Tapestry to celebrate Magna Carta

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:24
A special tapestry is being created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Poor 'have fewer teeth' than rich

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:18
The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by the time they reach their 70s than the richest, a study suggests.

Men banned from 'approaching girls'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:16
Two men are ordered to keep away from young girls after a council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation.

Mother sentenced over child killings

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:15
Tania Clarence, mother who killed her three disabled children in London, sentenced at Old Bailey to hospital order

Forty arrested in Italy mafia raids

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:13
Anti-mafia police in northern Italy arrest 40 people after an inquiry in which mafia initiation rites were reportedly filmed for the first time.

Full-back Halfpenny in for Williams

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:07
Leigh Halfpenny takes over at full-back with Liam Williams on the bench against NZ while Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar return.

Four killed after Kenya mosque raids

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:01
Four people are stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, police say, hours after raids on two mosques accused of militant links.

Mapping New York's massive public wi-fi needs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

The number of pay phones New York City could replace with pylons providing free public Wi-Fi and domestic calls under a new proposal called LinkNYC. The program would be the largest of its kind in the country and, the Verge notes, would provide dizzying speeds many homes don't have access to yet. The plan would be funded by advertising on the kiosks, which are projected to rake in $500 million in 12 years. It's all very ambitious, with a long road ahead.

2.5 million

That's how many children in the U.S. experience homelessness annually, according to a new study. The numbers represent a historic high and the root causes are primarily economic. In states like California that have a high cost of living, families surviving on minimum wage can't afford the average two-bedroom apartment, which generally costs $28/hour in income.


That's how many satellites the U.S. has in orbit, more than a third of the at least 1,200 orbiting earth right now. Using data from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Quartz has compiled massive, beautiful interactive graphic showing them all. You can watch the pace of the satellites at varying altitudes and sort them by country, purpose and more.  

3.5 years

The portion of a life sentence Lindy Chamberlain served after being wrongly convicted for killing her infant daughter in the early 1980s. New evidence came to light showing Chamberlain's claim, that little Azaria has been stolen from the family's campsite by a dingo, was actually true. Chamberlain was released, but for decades she fought public opinion, which had long condemned her, and the state, which long refused to change Azaria's official cause of death. Her struggle went largely ignored as "a dingo took my baby" became a pop culture punchline completely divorced from the tragedy. The Retro Report has a new mini documentary on the case.

$10 billion

That's how much legal marijuana sales is projected to bring in by 2018. The family of Jamaican-born reggae star Bob Marley launched a first-of-its-kind global cannabis brand on Tuesday. The late performer could become a powerful messenger for the emerging marijuana market. As his famous quote goes: "When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself."