National / International News

Plastic bag charge a 'complete mess'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 16:08
The proposal to curb plastic bag use in England by introducing a charge is far too complicated, say MPs.

The Nazi murder law that still exists

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 16:03
The Nazi law on murder that still causes injustice in Germany

'I played basketball for Gaddafi'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 16:01
When US basketball player Alex Owumi signed a contract to play for a team in Benghazi, Libya, he had no idea that his employer was the country's most feared family - or that it could cost him his life.

US sleepwalker statue rouses ire

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:56
A lifelike sculpture of a nearly-nude man walking in snow draws a decidedly mixed reaction from students at a Massachusetts college.

VIDEO: 'It sounded like a bomb going off'

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:56
Ten people have been injured in a gas explosion that "flattened" two houses on a street in Clacton, Essex. Robert Hall reports.

Woody Allen son rebuffs abuse claim

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:40
Woody Allen's adopted son, Moses, defends the filmmaker over claims he sexually abused his adopted daughter in 1992.

VIDEO: One family's experience of FGM

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:37
As the UK government announces hospitals are required to log information on patients who have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), three generations of one family scarred by the practice have spoken out.

A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 Million) On Bitcoin's Future

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:32

A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.

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Black Openly Gay Judge Would Be Federal Bench's First

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:30

President Obama nominated Florida Judge Darrin Gayles to serve on the U.S. District Court bench. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who blocked the president's last nominee for the position, says he doesn't plan to object.

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U.S. Warns Airlines Over Potential Explosives In Toothpaste Tubes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:28

Officials said they issued the warning for Russian-bound planes out of an abundance of caution. A Homeland Security official said the warning was borne out of new intelligence.

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Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:27

In a warming world, extreme droughts are predicted to become more common. Amid the historic drought gripping California and much of the West Coast, scientists are studying how states can manage with a lot less water in the future.

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VIDEO: Oldman on Robocop remake

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:21
After roles in Batman and Harry Potter, actor Gary Oldman stars in the remake of the 80's classic Robocop.

'Almost Otherwordly': The Sea Caves Of Lake Superior, On Ice

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:16

Thousands of people have walked out to the caves in recent weeks to inspect beautiful ice formations. It's the first time Lake Superior's ice has been thick enough to walk on in the area since 2009.

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Broadchurch picks up more TV honours

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:14
ITV crime drama Broadchurch wins best drama at the Broadcast Awards, where Channel 4's Gogglebox was another double winner.

Celebrities Turn Star Power Toward Political Stage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:11

Clay Aiken is the latest in a long line of actors, singers, reality TV stars and athletes to seek second careers in politics. But fame is no guarantee of success at the ballot box.

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More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:09

A broken stormwater pipe in North Carolina has sent the waste into the Dan River, which flows through Virginia and out into the Atlantic. Officials say the drinking water is safe, but environmental questions linger.

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Tube strike commuters endure delays

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:36
Tube passengers endure delays because of strike action, with Underground bosses now calling on unions to meet sooner to discuss the impasse.

Antitrust Settlement With EU Calls For Google To Tweak Results

NPR News - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:27

In Europe, Google will now show results from its competitors. The agreement allows the search giant to dodge billions in fines.

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UK storms destroy key railway line

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:25
Parts of Britain are battered by a storm which has washed away part of a railway line and seen homes evacuated - with more bad weather forecast.

Family scarred by FGM speaks out

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-05 14:05
A family affected by female genital mutilation, who speak against it

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