National / International News

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:59

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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FBI Formally Accuses North Korea In Sony Hacking

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:53

In a statement, the FBI said it was "deeply concerned" about the "destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity."

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Teen jailed over charity ride death

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:43
A teenager who crashed into and killed a cyclist during a charity bike ride is sentenced to five years in prison.

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:42
News photo from around the world

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:38

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

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A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:30

Patients escape. Long gloves, chlorine and toilets are in short supply. Despite promises of international aid, the essentials of medical care are still missing at one Sierra Leone treatment center.

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VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers 'fighting for their lives'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:30
Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:27
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:19
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:17
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

Flat intruder guilty of knife murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:16
An intruder who fatally stabbed a man at a flat in Glasgow faces a life sentence after being convicted of murder.

Blackberry shares drop on earnings

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 07:10
Shares in Blackberry drop nearly 6% as the troubled smartphone maker reports a larger-than-expected drop in revenue during the third quarter.

Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:57

The interim outline indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

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Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:47

Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.

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Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:43
The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre

Hazard set for new deal - Mourinho

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:34
Chelsea's Eden Hazard will sign a new contract and could become one of the club's greats, says Jose Mourinho.

Does this 90-year-old photo show the world's first 'selfie stick'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:27
Family photo reveals 2014's hot gadget in use in 1920s

FIFA Votes To Release At Least Some Of The World Cup Report

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:27

Soccer's governing body also announced that it would not revisit the bidding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, because there were no legal grounds to do so.

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MP received 2,500 racist tweets

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:25
An MP who received 2,500 racist tweets in three days calls for social media companies not to "host hate" on their sites.

Your Wallet: Indulgence

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 06:23

Around the holidays you indulge, or try not to indulge, in many things.

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