National / International News

Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:29

Hybrids and battery-powered cars are all the rage, but some car companies are investing in an older technology: diesel. The newest vehicles are cleaner and more powerful, and some drivers report getting up to 50 mpg. So what's keeping U.S. customers from switching pumps?

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Sometimes A Perfect Stranger Is The Best Dinner Host

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:28

A new food trend gaining popularity in New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. But the food is often just an excuse for what can essentially be a really great party with a bunch of people you've never met.

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An Old Tree Doesn't Get Taller, But Bulks Up Like A Body-Builder

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:28

An aging tree's girth is good for the planet, scientists say, because it helps it suck more carbon dioxide out of the air. "It's as if, on your favorite sports team, you find out the star players are a bunch of 90-year-olds," one ecologist says.

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Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:27

Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.

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Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:26

This variety of the drug has very little of the primary component that produces the high. Families have been moving to Colorado to get access to the therapy.

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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:25

It's been 78 years since the U.S. brought home Olympic gold in the two-man bobsled event. Other countries routinely work with race car companies to improve their sleds, so the Americans decided to follow suit by teaming up with designers at BMW.

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Sales up at Argos and Homebase

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-16 00:07
Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos and Homebase, says full-year profits will be at the top end of forecasts after reporting higher Christmas sales.

What triggers a terrorism arrest?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:52
What triggers a terrorism arrest of Britons over Syria?

VIDEO: Sharp rise in UK gout rates

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:44
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people suffering from gout in the UK with one in 40 now affected.

Movies and JK Rowling top book list

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:38
Harry Potter author JK Rowling tops a new list of children's favourite books which is dominated by titles that have been made into films.

Man dies after Rostrevor bus crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:30
A man, understood to be a pedestrian, dies following a crash in the village of Rostrevor, County Down.

Australia's heatwave halts tennis

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:27
Soaring temperatures halt matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament, as a report warns that the country will see "hotter and longer" heatwaves.

Scandal-Struck Christie To Meet With Sandy Victims

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:25

Gov. Chris Christie, eager to get on with business amid a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides, is meeting with homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. At the same time, the Legislature prepares to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation.

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Tom Wood's landscapes

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:24
New exhibition is latest stage of 40-year project

VIDEO: 'Work with nature' say flood experts

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:20
More imaginative schemes to help prevent flooding should be considered and promoted by the government, engineers have said.

Extreme Heat Brings Australian Open To A Halt

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:19

The scorching weather finally brought play to a halt on the fourth day of the Australian Open when the temperature topped 109F. Some players had criticized officials for not stopping matches earlier.

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New Nuke Scandal: 34 Officers Accused Of Cheating

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:14

The Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world's deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating — or tolerating cheating by others — on routine proficiency tests.

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M4 relief road 'broadly supported'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 23:06
Proposals for a three-lane M4 relief road are favoured by Newport council but there is concern about noise and air pollution.

Banks: bonuses and break-ups in papers

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 22:50
Some papers examine Labour's plans to encourage competition by breaking up banks, while others consider the UK's stance towards Europe.

Amateurs find hundreds of treasures

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 22:43
Figures from The British Museum show amateur archaeologists with metal detectors found 990 items classified as treasure during 2012, with nearly 74,000 items of historical interest discovered.

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