National / International News

Russell cited for tackle on Biggar

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:14
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is cited for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar in Sunday's Six Nations match at Murrayfield.

It's good to be a former president

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:14

That's what the U.S. Government's General Services Administration allotted President George W. Bush for Fiscal Year 2014, Vox reported. That total includes office space, health care and other services — on top of the $201,700 all four living presidents receive annually.

Courtesy:Vox 2016

Speaking of presidents, the New York Times has made a handy, interactive scorecard for likely 2016 candidates. It rounds up the each candidates progress and parses through the currently crowded Republican field. 


The number of banks implicated in a sweeping, year-long heist revealed by a Russian cyber security firm Monday. Hackers reportedly got away with up to $1 billion from the various banks. We chatted with one expert about how much a breach could have gone unnoticed.

$90.7 million

The predicted box office take for "Fifty Shades of Grey" from Thursday night to Monday, the New York Times reported. It's a strong opening – among the highest for an erotic film, an R-rated film and a film directed by a woman – and it has potential to shift attitudes in Hollywood about all three types of movies. Not bad for what was once "Twilight" fan fiction.

$44 million

That's how much Colorado made from taxing recreational marijuana in 2014, the Associated Press reported. The market is still in flux, and the state got a bump from tourism last year, but it's an encouraging sign for legalization supporters, especially taking into account the additional $32 million in taxes Colorado from medical marijuana.

$30 billion

The approximate value of chocolate company Ferrero SpA, the Wall Street Journal reported. Company founder and Italy's richest man, Michele Ferrero, died over the weekend at 89. Ferrero gave the world Tic Tacs, Kinder eggs and most notably Nutella.

O'Sullivan criticises Welsh venue

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:12
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan criticises the new Welsh Open venue for allowing fans to move around during play.

Spurs liable for player brain damage

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:11
A High Court judge rules Tottenham Hotspur Football Club breached its duties to a 17-year-old player who suffered a cardiac arrest and was brain damaged in his first game for the club.

Winter Storm Brings Rain, Ice, Snow Across Country's Midsection

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:11

After the storm rakes its way across the South and Mid-Atlantic, it will likely take aim at New England, which has already experienced a record-setting winter.

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Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 07:00
Scientists struggle to explain a vast Martian haze spotted in 2012 by amateur astronomers.

Spain priests abuse charges dropped

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:48
A court in the southern Spanish city of Granada drops charges against nine out of 10 Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.

Prime minister condemns IS beheadings

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:38
Libya should not become "a safe haven for terrorists" after the apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in the country, David Cameron says.

VIDEO: Who are the Coptic Christians?

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:35
BBC News has the essential facts about Egypt's minority Coptic Christians.

Deadly floods hit northern Argentina

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:26
At least six people are killed in flooding caused by severe rainstorms in the province of Cordoba in northern Argentina.

Recruiter 'naive' to not check guard

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:24
The woman responsible for hiring a security guard who murdered two colleagues in Iraq was "naive" not to check what turned out to be a forged medical certificate, an inquest hears.

X-ray machine opens new frontier

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:14
Researchers in Palo Alto in the US state of California are working with the most powerful X-ray laser in the world.

Tony Hart mourned twice on Twitter

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:10
The internet remembers Tony Hart, who died six years ago

Major Kenyan TV channels off air

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:09
Three of Kenya's main private TV stations are unavailable in most of the country due to a row over the switch from analogue to digital transmission.

Hedge funds not cutters - Miliband

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 06:02
Ed Miliband shrugs off Ed Balls's claim people should get a written receipt for cash-in-hand work saying he his is more interested in tax avoidance by hedge funds.

Historian John Davies dies aged 76

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 05:53
Dr John Davies, historian, teacher, author and broadcaster, dies aged 76.

New universal credit 'a nightmare'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 05:52
A universal-credit claimant who featured in a government film to promote the reform now says the system is riddled with computer problems and could make people destitute.

'I'm closer to a one-way ticket to Mars'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 05:49
We've put some burning questions to Maggie Lieu, the 24-year-old who wants to go to Mars - and never come back.

M1 fatal coach crash trio named

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 05:45
Three men from Buckinghamshire and London killed in a crash with a coach on the M1 in Bedfordshire are named by police.

Day in pictures: 16 February 2015

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 05:00
Striking images from around the world over the past 24 hours