National / International News

Egypt court bans Jewish festival

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:57
A court in Egypt bans an annual Jewish festival held in honour of a Moroccan rabbi that has taken place since 1979, citing "moral offences".

VIDEO: Glasgow police dogs among UK's first

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:48
Edwin Richardson trained Airedale terriers for the police in Glasgow before supplying canine recruits for World War One.

Rising sea to claim 7,000 properties

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:42
An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.

Obama: US now 'less racially divided'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:36
President Barack Obama has said race relations in the US are better than when he took office, despite nationwide protests over police actions.

VIDEO: Virgin plane lands safely at Gatwick

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:30
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane has carried out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".

Air ambulance takes man to hospital

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:19
An air ambulance flies a cyclist to hospital after he was knocked down in Aberdeenshire.

Students admit insulting Thai royals

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:11
Two Thai students face years in jail after admitting to insulting the royal family in a play they performed about a 1973 uprising.

Taliban declares 'defeat' of Nato

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:10
A Taliban spokesman declares the "defeat" of the US and its allies, a day after the coalition officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Tom Weir loch shore statue unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 07:06
A bronze statue of countryside broadcaster Tom Weir is unveiled at Balmaha Bay on the banks of Loch Lomond.

VIDEO: Ferry survivor: 'Floor started bubbling'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:59
Nick Channing-Williams, a passenger on the Norman Atlantic ferry off Corfu, has been talking about the moment he realised the vessel was on fire.

VIDEO: Good deed challenge almost complete

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:58
A man from Cheltenham is on the verge of completing a year-long challenge to keep his New Year's resolution of doing a good deed every day.

Virgin jet lands after emergency

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:56
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane carries out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".

Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:56

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

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"The Interview" makes history

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:53

“The Interview” seems like an unlikely film to be making history.  The screwball comedy is about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

But “The Interview” is reportedly Sony Pictures’ biggest-grossing online release ever.  The latest figures on how much consumers spent to download the film?  More than $15 million, and counting.  “The Interview” is giving a healthy nudge to a trend away from movie theaters.

“I don’t think a lot of people necessarily want to go to their suburban megaplex anymore and drop 12 bucks for a box of popcorn or whatever they charge these days,” says Dan Kennedy, who teaches journalism at Northeastern University.

It’s not clear how Sony shares the cash from “The Interview” with its online distributors.  But it usually splits ticket sales with theaters, 50, 50.   

Kennedy  doesn’t think the studios are cheering the demise of the multiplex.  He says if theaters go extinct, there will be one less distribution channel for films. 

But he says theaters could revive themselves with extras, like special audio effects, that would make going out to the movies a more high-end experience.

Pakistan Court Orders Conditional Release For Suspect In Mumbai Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 06:39

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi's lawyers argued that extended detention infringed on his rights because he had been granted bail by an anti-terrorism court. The Islamabad High Court agreed.

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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.