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Diversity In Space: Tracking The First Asian Pilot In The Star Wars Movies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:33

The Asian characters in the original Star Wars films are few, fleeting and often forgotten. But the Manager of the Holocron at Lucasfilm helps uncover their back stories.

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Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:31

In the village of Mereto, one imam is in favor of family planning while the other is not. Ngour Sen and his two wives, with a total of 11 children, knew which leader's advice they wanted to follow.

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Texted Reminders Help Parents Get Kids In For Flu Shots

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:30

It's hard enough to get kids in for one flu shot, let alone two. But when parents got texts that explained why the child needed a second dose, they were much more likely to get the job done.

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VIDEO: Edinburgh prepares for Hogmanay

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:10
Organisers of Edinburgh's hogmanay party are making final preparations for this year's event.

Army attends security alert in town

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:00
Army bomb experts are attending the scene of a security alert in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, with residents being moved from their homes.

Looking To 2015, Economists See Five Reasons To Celebrate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:54

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Network Rail boss 'may take bonus'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:49
Network Rail chief Mark Carne tells the BBC an internal committee will decide on what bonus he should have, following recent major rail disruption.

Coldest night of the year in Wales

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:47
Plummeting temperatures overnight see the coldest night of the year recorded in Wales with just two days of the year left to run.

VIDEO: The cost of Russia's New Year salad

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:46
Russia is on the brink of recession, but people there are still preparing for the traditional New Year's parties.

As Night Falls, Still No Signs Of Missing AirAsia Airplane

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:35

As the search for the missing airliner entered its second day, Indonesia's vice president said he feared the worst may have happened. Authorities said, the search are would be expanded on Tuesday.

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Rescued seal treated for pneumonia

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:26
A seal found exhausted in a field about 20 miles from the sea is is being treated for pneumonia, the RSPCA says.

Argentine leader suspends trips

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:25
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be able to travel abroad for a month after breaking her ankle on Friday, officials say.

VIDEO: BBC Africa 2014 video quiz

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:21
BBC Africa 2014 video quiz: Can you identify 20 of this year's top stories on the continent?

Full recovery hoped for Carlisle

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:17
The wife of former footballer Clarke Carlisle says she is hopeful he will recover fully after his accident last week.

VIDEO: Mother's relief at son's rescue

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:12
Dottie Channing-Williams' son, Nicholas, is still on a ferry which caught fire off the coast of Greece in the early hours of Sunday morning, she tells the BBC.

Volcano home to huge sea sponge reef

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 05:04
A huge deep-sea sponge reef is revealed at the site of an extinct underwater volcano 100 miles north west of the Outer Hebrides.

Two arrested after baby boy dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 04:55
Two people are arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and neglect after a four-week-old baby boy died in Lancashire.

VIDEO: Rescued passengers recall fire ordeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 04:47
All remaining passengers have been rescued from an Italian ferry which caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu, officials have said.

Hurricane Fly in 21st Grade One win

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 04:46
Hurricane Fly extends his world record of Grade One victories to 21 by edging out Jezki to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.

All passengers taken off Italy ferry

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 04:42
All remaining passengers are rescued from the stricken ferry Norman Atlantic, where five people died off the island of Corfu, Italian officials say.