National / International News

Report: Violence Against Children Runs Rampant In Nigeria's Northeast

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

A group that tracks violence against children is reporting "grave violations" in Nigeria's fragile northeast. Violence there is getting worse, the group says, despite a state of emergency in some states and the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign that raised awareness of the children kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram.

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Response In Ukraine Could Prove A Crucible For NATO's Future

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

To learn more about the NATO summit in Wales this week, Melissa Block speaks with Admiral James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and former supreme allied commander at NATO.

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World Leaders Descend On Wales To Help Decide NATO's Way Forward

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

President Obama is attending the NATO summit in Wales, which some people are calling the most important in decades. On the agenda are Russia's intentions in Ukraine and the threats posed by the Islamic State.

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Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 12:11
Television host Joan Rivers, best known for her acerbic wit, has died in New York, says her daughter, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal cords.

Remembering Shacki: Liberia's Accidental Ebola Victim

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-04 12:03

Shacki Kamara went out to buy his aunt some tea. Then she heard from the neighborhood kids: "They shot Shacki." He died the next day. Eva Nah is still asking why.

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Woman stabbed to death in New Forest

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 11:40
A mother of five found dead in a field in the New Forest was stabbed to death, police say.

VIDEO: Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 11:34
The comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, her daughter has announced.

In pictures: Joan Rivers

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 11:15
New York queen of comedy has died

Doctor Who 'beheading scene' edited

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 11:03
The BBC says it has edited an episode of Doctor Who to remove footage where a character is beheaded, following the murder of two US journalists by Islamic State militants.

VIDEO: Aboard carrier launching strikes on IS

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:50
American warplanes have continued to launch air strikes on Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq, many from the USS HW Bush in the Persian Gulf.

Mercedes may consider driver change

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:38
Mercedes say they will have to consider dropping Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg if the pair cannot race together cleanly.

VIDEO: Eurotunnel stowaway in woman's car

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:10
A stowaway claiming to be an orphan "unfolded himself" from behind the front seat of woman's car after she returned to England through the Channel Tunnel.

VIDEO: 'I tracked down CCTV of a car vandal'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:05
Victims of crime are being encouraged to investigate offences themselves, an inspection of police forces in England and Wales finds.

Coalition in Commons benefit clash

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:55
The Lib Dems and Conservatives are set for a Commons showdown over the "bedroom tax" or "spare room subsidy".

Iraq strikes 'kill top IS members'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:39
Air strikes in the north of the country have killed two senior Islamic State members, state media in Iraq says, but neither death has been confirmed.

Pilot 'mistook mown field for runway'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:30
An inquest hears a pilot crashed his light aircraft, killing himself and his wife, after mistaking a mown grass strip for a runway.

VIDEO: 'I flew a baby elephant home'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:49
When missionary Gary Roberts came across a herd of elephants that had been killed by poachers in Chad, he attempted to rescue the sole surviving calf which he then flew home in his small lightweight plane.

Amnesty says torture rife in Mexico

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:48
Torture is still rife in Mexico and routinely used to extract confessions, human rights organisation Amnesty International says.

'Spy tapes' given to SA opposition

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:43
South Africa's opposition leader Helen Zille is handed the "spy tapes" which she hopes will lead to corruption charges being reinstated against President Zuma.

How to blow off steam – and the driver next to you

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:37

Tens of thousands of workers have flooded into rural North Dakota to take jobs created by the state's oil boom. Now, there's a shortage of housing and there's a shortage of restaurants. There's a shortage of workers for non-oil businesses. And at the end of the day, there's not a whole lot to do.

Some guys, though, have brought one hobby with them: tinkering with their pickups and showing them off. Todd Melby talked to a customizer shop about one distinct way to show off.

Listen to his story in the audio player above.

Diesel engines can be tuned so they pour out black smoke. In Williston, North Dakota diesel pickup truck owners turn to Mark Pyatt at Killer Diesel Performance.

Todd Melby

Todd's series "Black Gold Boom" is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.