National / International News

2015 Emoji Update Will Include More Diverse Skin-Tones

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 15:00

The Unicode Consortium had previously backed only one skin color, a yellow-orange tone it considered generic. But the group threw away that approach after a wide call for more variety.

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Federal Judge Overturns Kansas Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 14:30

Today's injunction takes effect in one week, depending on whether the state appeals. The judge in the case said the state's ban on marriage between people of the same sex violates the 14th Amendment.

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It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 14:00

The U.S. is now the world's largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.

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What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:57

Kenyan distance runners won both the men's and women's divisions of Sunday's New York City Marathon. A Harvard evolutionary biologist suggests some possible reasons why.

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We Are Not Slaughterers: An Iraqi Village Rejects Islamic Militants

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:57

A Sunni Muslim tribe in central Iraq braves nightly shelling and threats from the Islamic State, refusing the group's orders to join its movement. But they say they need help.

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GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:48

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday's midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.

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VIDEO: Christian persecution 'a tragedy'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:45
Prince Charles describes threats to Christians in the Middle East as "an indescribable tragedy".

Jobs blow as refinery deal collapses

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:40
Hundreds of jobs are under threat as a deal for a Swiss group to buy Pembrokeshire's Murco oil refinery collapses.

Canadian seeks world travel partner

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:25
A Canadian man is offering free worldwide plane tickets to a female compatriot on one condition - she must be called Elizabeth Gallagher.

VIDEO: Inside UK-funded Ebola centre

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:20
An 80-bed Ebola treatment centre, funded by the UK and built by the British Army, is to open its door near Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital.

Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:11

Farmers will haul in a record-breaking harvest of soybeans and corn this year, but they could be victims of their own success: Prices for these crops, falling for months, are at five-year lows.

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Arsenal 3-3 RSC Anderlecht

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 13:04
Arsenal must wait to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages after blowing a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht.

Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:59

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Gains Broad Acceptance

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:48

Massachusetts law now says that if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can't go to a landfill. But many institutions had already begun composting waste or turning it into energy.

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21st Century Fox profits rise

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:44
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox reports profits of $999m in the third quarter, buoyed by strong earnings in its film and cable television units.

Afghan president 'vows rape justice'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:38
The Afghan government orders the arrest of a group of men accused of gang rape, after the victim's husband made an emotional appeal.

The man who killed his daughter's rapist

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:33
Why an Indian man tortured his daughter's rapist to death

Ukraine orders troops to key cities

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:28
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko orders reinforcements to key cities in the south and east in case of a new pro-Russian rebel offensive.

VIDEO: Sydney Opera House: 'My beautiful lady'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:23
One man's 50-year love affair with the Sydney Opera House

McCann resign call over Cahill case

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:20
The DUP claims a Sinn Fein junior minister should step down because she failed to report abuse claims made by Belfast woman Maíria Cahill.