National / International News

U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:51

The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help to advance to the round of 16. The game begins at noon Thursday, ET.

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Husband shot wife 'because she left'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:47
A man from Cwmbran goes on trial accused of shooting his wife dead because he could not accept she had left him, Newport Crown court hears.

'NHS should pay back cancer cash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:44
A mother who helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for cancer services is asking the NHS to pay it back.

Report UK Syria fighters, police urge

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:39
A senior counter-terrorism detective calls on relatives of Britons planning to take up arms in Syria to report them to the authorities.

Right-to-buy policy scrapped by MSPs

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:34
The right of council and social housing tenants to buy their homes at a discounted rate in Scotland is abolished by the Scottish Parliament.

£10m prize to focus on antibiotics

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:25
Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.

China dismisses 'corrupt' official

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:17
China's most senior serving politician to be investigated for corruption since President Xi Jinping took power is removed from office.

VIDEO: Do medical students want to become GPs?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:17
As the BMA warns longer waits to see a GP in the UK are "becoming the norm", three medical students explain why they are drawn to alternatives to general practice.

West warns Russia on Ukraine unrest

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:11
The West warns Russia it may impose new sanctions as fighting flares up in eastern Ukraine despite a truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels.

In Nigeria, Pressure Continues To 'Bring Back Our Girls'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:05

It's been more than two months since the Nigerian school girls were kidnapped, and they're still missing. Host Michel Martin learns more about what the government is doing to find them.

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What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:03

Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up...and a really fun part of parenting.

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Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:58

In Indiana, a judge said that same-sex couples are "in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."

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VIDEO: Highlights: Nigeria 2-3 Argentina

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:53
Watch highlights as two Lionel Messi strikes help Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their final Group F game in Porto Alegre.

Hacking probes: What happens next?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:47
Why it is not the end of the road for investigations into alleged criminality inside newspapers

How to get parents to pay $169 for a toy robot

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:38

When you’re covering educational technology, you see a lot of gee-whiz tech gear and toys that claim to make kids smarter. Lots of those toys make similar sounds. And we wanted to find out why.

So we went in search of the real meaning in the sounds of ed tech.

Lots of those toys are also pretty pricey. And it turns out getting parents to fork over for themalso  has something to do with sound, too.

Think of it as the sound of the sell.

Because this story is a story about, yes, sound, we encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to it.

Along the way we meet a robot named Bo, whose sounds were developed by folks who’d worked at Pixar, the movie studio behind Cars and Toy Story. Bo is an educational toy, meant to teach young kids to code. 

We meet Vikas Gupta, who heads Play-i, the company that makes Bo. He tells how sounds can establish an emotional connections between a child and the robot.

We meet director and composer Steven Wilson, who wrote the music for Play-i’s promotional video. He tells us about all the tricks composers use when writing music meant to make us feel a certain way. To put us in a buying mood, as it were.

And, we meet Bruce Walker, a professor in the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He talks us through the future sounds of our technology and how sounds help create emotional connections that can encourage us to buy.

What do you think?  How do sounds influence your emotions?  We’ve got a cool audio quiz here.

In Emotional Scene, Teen Survivors Of South Korea Ferry Return To School

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:38

Only 75 of the 323 students aboard the ferry Sewol survived after the ship sank in April. Some bowed their heads and wept as they walked into Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea.

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Aereo loses court battle over TV

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:26
The US Supreme court has rules against Aereo in a landmark case that pit the start-up TV company against some of the biggest US broadcasters.

U.S. Moves Toward Easing A Ban On Exporting Its Oil

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:25

The new rulings are being reported amid a backdrop of rising gas prices in the U.S., a situation blamed on new violence and uncertainty in Iraq.

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Solar cells made using bath salts

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:17
Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell.

Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:16

As the veteran anchor steps away from ABC's flagship evening newscast, the network gives key duties to George Stephanopoulos — making the man who co-anchors its morning broadcast the face of ABC News.

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