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Allenby withdraws after 'kidnapping'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:29
Australian Robert Allenby pulls out of the Humana Challenge event after apparently being kidnapped and assaulted in Hawaii.

Ukraine accuses Russia of attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:26
The Ukrainian military accuses Russia of attacking its forces with regular troops as fighting in eastern Ukraine spreads towards the Russian border.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:24
MPs question Chancellor George Osborne on more powers for Scotland.

Dozens killed in Syria air strike

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:04
Dozens of people are killed in a suspected Syrian government air strike on a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.

Worker killed in barn fall accident

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:52
A man in his 50s dies and another man is seriously injured in an accident at a farm near Craigavon, County Armagh.

Pope Francis quotes: Six of the best

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:47
Pope Francis in his own words

Cipriani set to receive England call

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:46
Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are poised to be included in the England training squad for the Six Nations opener against Wales.

LRA leader on way to Hague court

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:45
A Lords Resistance Army (LRA) leader, Dominic Ongwen, is on his way to The Hague from Africa to face war crimes charges.

Pope Francis Says Catholics Don't Need To Breed 'Like Rabbits'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:41

On his return from a week-long trip to Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the church's ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood."

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VIDEO: Apology for playground tear gas

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:40
The Kenyan government has apologised after tear gas was fired at children who were protesting over the sale of their playground to a private developer.

4 Linked To Paris Attack Appear In French Court

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:23

The four men, all in their 20s, are accused of providing logistical support to Ahmed Coulibaly, the gunman who took hostages at a Kosher supermarket during the Jan. 7-9 Paris attacks.

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Barbie Has Some Royal Competition In Nigeria

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:23

The Queens of Africa are based on Nigeria's three largest groups — Igbo, Yuruba and Hausa — and each has traits meant to empower the girls who play with them.

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State of the Union, by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:20

Jimmy Carter's 1981 State of the Union address holds the record for lengthiest speech, in terms of words – it had 33,667 of them. That's only about 10,000 words shy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby." President Obama’s 2014 speech was a relatively concise 6,989 words. George Washington’s 1790 address holds the record for the speech with the fewest words, 1,089. 



In 1923, Calvin Coolidge's State of the Union address was the first broadcast on the radio. The New York Times predicted that Coolidge's voice "will be heard by more people than the voice of any man in history.



Since George Washington’s inaugural speech in 1790, a total of 228 State of the Unions have been delivered. Some were delivered in the form of letters, not speeches. Thomas Jefferson was the first president to present a State of the Union in a letter format, with some historians claiming that Jefferson believed in-person delivery too closely resembled a British monarch addressing parliament and others attributing the outcome to his shyness.


43.3 percent

Of the proposals delivered during a speech, 43.3 percent, on average, actually are enacted during the following year, according to data collected from 1965 to 2002. But the actual legislative success varies from year to year.


Since 1972, presidents have mainly worn colored ties along a blue spectrum. Over the ensuing years, the American public has witnessed 26 State of the Unions in which a president has worn a tie in shades of blue and 16 in shades of red. President Clinton must have missed the memo on colored neckwear, pulling off a dark and yellow polka dot number in 1998.


VIDEO: The Jihadist who faked his death

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:12
A jihadist who faked his death so that he could return to the UK undetected has admitted four terrorism offences.

The Inner City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:11

Children who live in inner cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

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Police radar looks through walls

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:57
The use of a radar device that can see through walls has been questioned by privacy experts in the US.

Woman tells of Glitter 'sex attack'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:49
A woman who Gary Glitter allegedly tried to rape as a child "felt uncomfortable" at his presence but did not want to be rude and push him away, a court hears.

Guinean priests beaten up over Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:48
Three priests from a Baptist church in Guinea are beaten up and held hostage because local people mistook them for Ebola awareness campaigners.

How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:48

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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DNA tests on Mexican bodies fail

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:45
Forensic scientists in Austria have failed to match burnt human remains with DNA samples in the Mexican inquiry into 43 missing students, officials say.