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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

World News From BBC

N Korea proposes joint Sony probe  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:51:42 GMT
North Korea proposes a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview. 
Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT
The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos. 
Ferguson bows out of US talk show  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:32:26 GMT
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years. 
Caroline Flack wins Strictly title  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:47 GMT
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe. 
Antarctic science archive unlocked  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:32 GMT
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. 
LA River's flood role is 'paramount'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists. 
Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly. 
Stem cell scandal scientist resigns  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned. 
Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:04:08 GMT
European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup. 
Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:47:51 GMT
Luis Suarez scores his first league goal for Barcelona as they beat Cordoba to close to within a point of Real Madrid. 
How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:19:56 GMT
Dublin's pubs are experiencing a new phenomenon - the 12 days of Christmas have turned into the 12 pubs of Christmas... visited all in one night. 
Teaching winter to new US refugees  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:55 GMT
Thousands of refugees arrive in the US each year, and those who end up in chilly Minnesota have to learn about what to expect for their first winter. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land. 
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars. 
Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:08:49 GMT
Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates. 
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National News From NPR
2 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In New York  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:25:00 -0500
Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:05:00 -0500
Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:20:00 -0500
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World News From BBC
Gunman kills two New York policemen  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:14:26 GMT
Mother charged with Cairns murders  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:04:03 GMT
US insists North Korea behind hack  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:47:59 GMT
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