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Murder accused pensioner goes missing

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:56
An 81-year-old man who is charged with murdering his wife has gone missing, Cumbria Police say.

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:52
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.

Your pictures of the year 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:52
A selection of the best readers' photos

Mobile deal to reduce 'not-spots'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:47
Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.

Free school meals 'for 85% infants'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:46
An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.

With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:45

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:36

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Stars react to film cancellation

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:36
Hollywood stars react to Sony's decision to cancel The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:36

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:30

Iraqi security forces are training with the goal of reclaiming territory lost to the Islamic State. Police at a camp near the front line say such a battle would be personal.

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Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:27

Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson end their late night TV shows this week. Colbert is getting a boatload of attention as he moves to succeed David Letterman, but Ferguson deserves some too.

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Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:23
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Drivers Licenses For 'Dreamers'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 23:02

Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.

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'Rare' Victorian urinal is listed

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:48
A Victorian public urinal is listed by English Heritage for its "special historical interest".

VIDEO: 'Ice pancakes' form on River Dee

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:46
Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:41
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:40
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.

Putin to speak amid economic crisis

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:24
President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.

School minibus death inquest to open

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:21
An inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being hit by a school minibus is set to be opened on Thursday.

Third of uni research 'world class'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 21:59
Nearly a third of the research by Welsh universities is of "world-leading" quality, says the body which compares work by every university in the UK.

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