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6:33 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Boko Haram militants take over Chibok in northeastern Nigeria

"#Bring Back Our Girls" campaigners participate in a lamentation parade, as more towns in Nigeria come under attack from Boko Haram in Abuja, November 3, 2014.

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Chibok, the town in northeastern Nigeria where Islamist militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last April, has been taken over by Boko Haram militants.

Bashir Sa'ad Abdullahi, a reporter for the BBC in Abuja, says when Boko Haram attacked on Thursday, militants quickly overpowered residents who had organized to defend their town.

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5:45 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Google is teaming up with environmental groups to help fight illegal fishing

Google will team up with SkyTruth, a digital mapping organization, and Oceana, a marine advocacy group, in an initiative to fight illegal fishing.

They're planning to create an interactive tool called Global Fishing Watch, which will gather fishing data using boats' Automatic Identification System. AIS has traditionally been used for ship safety, records GPS broadcasts of a vessel's location and charts information about its identity, speed and direction of travel.

The new Google data will provide a new layer of information within AIS.

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5:25 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Music heard on the air for November 14, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for Friday, November 14, 2014 include:

    SONG: Arsenic Lips
    ARTIST: Troker
    CD TITLE: Crimen Sonoro
    LABEL: Troker

 

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5:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Is Kim Jong-un going to be charged with crimes against humanity?

No one believes North Korea’s 30 year-old dictator is on the fast track to facing prosecution at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But the very existence of this as an eventuality has rattled the leadership in Pyongyang.

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, had some blunt words for North Korea on Friday. He said human rights violations in that country, “met the high threshold required for crimes against humanity in international law.”

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5:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Should deported veterans get benefits from the military? Here's what some vets say

U.S. Army soldiers carry a large U.S. flag as they march in the Veterans Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York November 11, 2014.

Mike Segar/Reuters

For Hector Barajas, Tuesday was a bittersweet day. 

Barajas is Mexican-born, California-raised. He had legal permament US residency when he enlisted in the military — he was told his service would lead to full citizenship. But after committing a criminal offense, he was deported.

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5:11 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

William Wells Brown may be the most famous 19th century African American writer you've never heard of

William Wells Brown has the distinction of being the first African American novelist ever to be published — in 1853.

Brown wrote “Clotel” during five productive years in Europe in which he experienced a freedom that wasn’t possible in America. His novel is taught in some college classes today, but many people don’t know him.

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5:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

This new scientific journal is kind of like YouTube, but without the cats

The “Journal of Visualized Experiments,” or JOVE, is used to ensure that experiments are able to be reproduced by other scientists.

Henri Versteeg of Eienthoven Laboratory

When Israeli Moshe Pritsker was in grad school, working on embryonic stem cells, his professor asked him to reproduce an experiment that had been published in a highly respected biology journal.

“So I’m trying to do it, and it doesn’t work. So he says, ‘maybe you don’t know how to do it. Let me ask somebody more experienced.’ More experienced people try to do it: it doesn’t work,” Pritsker said.

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3:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A start-up in India treats the poor as discerning customers, not aid recipients

K. Subramania is one of Essmart’s first dealers in rural India. He bought a solar-powered light from Essmart, and since then has sold at least 300 of them to his customers.

Rhitu Chatterjee

There’s a one-room shop on the side of a highway in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, selling snacks and sodas to locals and people passing by. Its owner, Sinhappan, tends to customers with a translucent glass disc hanging over his head.

The disc, housed in a pink plastic rim, is a solar lantern. “There’s no electricity here,” he says. The lantern helps him keep his shop open longer. “I turn it on at seven each night, and I stay open till 10," he says. "It’s been good for business.” Many people in nearby villages are also using the lantern in their homes.

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Turkeys
3:47 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oyler students meet cousins of the pardoned turkey

A Blue Slate and Bronze turkey, part of the presidential pardon flock, look at students from Oyler School as they file by.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Two Ohio turkeys, part of the presidential pardon flock, got a red carpet welcome from students at the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill today. They live in Mercer County in a custom-built barn. On Monday Nobember 24th two others will travel to Washington to meet President Obama.

Some kids were inquisitive and others were scared. Lavar, in a line of second graders to see the caged birds said, "I'm scared. I've never seen turkeys before."

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