National / International News

You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:20

Experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, research shows. And looking forward to an experience like a concert can feel much better than awaiting the latest smartphone release.

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Republic ease to victory over Oman

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:17
The Republic of Ireland warm up for their opening European Championship qualifier in Georgia with a friendly win over Oman.

VIDEO: 'No anger' over 30 years on death row

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:12
A man who spent 30 years in prison for rape and murder says he has "no anger" over his wrongful conviction, after DNA evidence proved his innocence.

Sturgeon: No tuition fees ever

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:12
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will never support bringing in tuition fees for Scottish university students.

Ebola death toll exceeds 1,900

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:07
The World Health Organisation says more than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, 40% of them in the past three weeks.

Guatemala prisons director arrested

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:06
Guatemala's Prison Service Director Edgar Camargo is arrested and charged with involvement in a lucrative extortion scheme in the country's jails.

CVS Quits Cigarettes, Adjusting To New Health Care Landscape

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:55

CVS has changed its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. On the very same day, the company has also fulfilled a promise it made earlier this year: No more cigarettes on its store shelves.

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Sen. Kaine: Strikes On Islamic State Must Be Approved By Congress

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:42

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., discusses the need for President Obama to seek Congressional approval before moving ahead with military actions against the Islamic State.

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Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:42

Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn't new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.

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Ashya 'so happy' at family reunion

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:38
Ashya King's father speaks of his family's joy at being reunited with the five-year-old at the Spanish hospital where he is being treated.

England beat SA to clinch T20 series

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:35
England clinch the women's Twenty20 series, beating South Africa by 42 runs at Northampton to lead the series 2-0.

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:31

The decision is the first break in a string of more than two dozen federal court rulings that have struck down same-sex-marriage bans in other states over the past year.

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Federal Regulators Impose Tough New Rules For Banks

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Federal banking regulators vote Wednesday on new rules that will require banks to increase their holdings of highly liquid assets. The new rules stem directly from problems experienced during the financial crisis, when banks found they couldn't quickly convert assets into cash.

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When NATO Comes To Wales, The Welsh Plan To Relish The Spotlight

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Foreign leaders are descending on Wales for this week's NATO summit, and the influx is a big deal for the small country on the western edge of the UK. Roy Noble of BBC Radio Wales explains just what this means for the region.

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From Estonia, Obama Talks Tough On Islamic State And Russia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

President Obama visited Estonia, in an attempt to reassure Estonians of the support of the U.S. and NATO. Estonia and its neighbors Latvia and Lithuania are all NATO members, but they have grown increasing concerned about a potential security threat from Russia.

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North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

The school board in Durham, N.C., voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America, after the current crop of teachers finish out their stints. Board members cited the lack of experience and the limited commitment of these young teachers in the district's "high-needs" schools. Education reporter Reema Khrais of WUNC explains the situation.

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Hong Kong's Drive For Open Elections Runs Low On Steam

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Earlier this week, China insisted that the people of Hong Kong would not be allowed to nominate candidates for the territory's next leader. Occupy Central, a local democracy movement, is threatening to shut down the city's financial district in protest — but organizers acknowledge that only 3,000 people have signed pledges to participate.

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Health Officials Warn Ebola Is Spreading Faster Than Efforts To Contain It

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

A high-level delegation from the World Health Organization is in D.C. this week for talks with U.S. leaders about the Ebola outbreak. The United Nations group is seeking commitments from donor countries to meet a projected need of $600 million to control the epidemic. Meanwhile, the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa.

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Fox urges air strikes against IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 12:11
Ex-Defence Secretary Liam Fox says the UK should launch air strikes against Islamic State "sooner rather than later".

UK-funded probe into IS atrocities

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 11:49
The BBC has learned that the British government is funding a team of international investigators to compile evidence against Islamic State fighters.