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If you're trying to get better at Spanish, this travel stories podcast will keep you engaged

Today 01:32 GMT

For intermediate Spanish language learners, the popular, free language-learning app Duolingo has launched a unique podcast that uses compelling, true travel stories to keep listeners motivated to find out how the plot unravels.

If you're trying to learn or perfect your Spanish, you're not alone - it's the second most spoken language, with over 400 million Spanish language speakers worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there are over 37 million Spanish speakers, up 233 percent since 1980.

Source: Common Domain

What we learned in the NHL over the past week of play

Today 08:07 GMT

The group is expected to start a season-ticket drive in January, and the league will monitor the results to gauge interest in a team that would play in the renovated KeyArena.

Help arrived from the minor leagues by the end of the first period, but Stewart took shots in warmups and lived the dream. Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk has the talent and abrasiveness to be an impact player like his father, Keith.

Source: Common Domain

Feminism is word of the year, Merriam-Webster announces

Today 10:52 GMT

Feminism, which the dictionary defines as both “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests,” saw a 70% increase in searches on the Merriam-Webster website. “No one word can ever encapsulate all the news, events or stories of a given year,” Merriam-Webster’s editor at large said in a news release.

(For readers with the same affliction as Fallon and Bryan, Merriam-Webster advises that the word is pronounced either YEE-roh or ZHIHR-oh.) The other words on the dictionary's top 10 list this year were “recuse,” “empathy,” “federalism,” “hurricane” and — inspired by an infamous moment at this year's Academy Awards — “gaffe.”

Source: BBC

Westfield shopping centres bought for $25bn

Today 10:53 GMT

The owner of Westfield shopping centres is being bought for $24.7bn (£18.5bn) in a deal that will see the malls launched in new markets.

Kate Hardcastle helped the Westfield Corporation with it future retail strategy in 2012, but has no continuing relationship with it: "Customers like Westfield's shopping centres because they're not just places to buy things. His sons Peter and Steven will also step down as co-chief executives of the business.

Source: DW

Supply problems rattle European energy markets

Today 08:07 GMT

Italy has declared a state of emergency after a huge explosion at one of Europe's major natural gas hubs near Austria's border with Slovakia, and the impact rippled through energy markets across the continent.

Italy's government announced on Tuesday that it had declared "the emergency level [for gas] according to the Emergency Plan in force," saying that supply to Italian consumers would however be ensured "by an increased gas supply from national subterranean reserves." Slovak pipeline operator Eustream also announced in an urgent market message that due to technical failure in the Austrian gas transmission system, the gas transmission at the interconnection point at Baumgarten was "temporarily limited."

Source: Fox News

Why hiring people with criminal records benefits all of us

Today 10:53 GMT

“Ban the box” delays inquiry into an applicant’s criminal history until late in the hiring process, ensuring that those with criminal records aren’t tossed aside before having an opportunity to detail their skills, training and qualifications.

In many states, when minor criminal records are sealed, law enforcement and judicial officers still have access to these records, ensuring that public safety continues to be a priority.

Source: New York Times

The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Today 00:39 GMT

As Cullen Murphy admits in his warm and graceful memoir, “Cartoon County,” comics creators have long been among the most dimly perceived of celebrities, and when they venture out into society, they are usually sized up as dentists or insurance adjusters long before the awful truth comes tumbling out.

Fairfield County had become home to the nation’s leading illustrators and cartoonists, primarily because of proximity to New York City’s syndicates and magazines, but also because of the lack of a state income tax.

Source: DW

War in Yemen: 'The world isn't paying enough attention'

Today 04:18 GMT

Karl-Otto Zentel, general secretary of humanitarian agency CARE Germany-Luxemburg, describes the human suffering in this overlooked conflict.

One of the reasons why people are suffering is because a US-backed, Saudi-led military coalition has imposed a blockade.

Source: BBC

American who defected to North Korea dies

Today 03:23 GMT

Charles Jenkins died on Sado island on Monday, where he was living with his wife Hitomi Soga, also a former prisoner of North Korea.

He was among four US soldiers who defected in the 1960s and later became North Korean film stars, but was the only one who was released. The others reportedly died in North Korea, including James Dresnok who was said to have died of a stroke in 2016.

Source: NBC News

Supersonic air travel just took another big step toward its rebirth

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

It’s been 14 years since British Airways and Air France grounded their Concorde fleets, and commercial air travel hasn’t hit supersonic speeds since.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has invested $10 million in the Denver-based aerospace company, Boom Supersonic, that’s planning to resurrect the method of travel.

Source: New York Times

For Bombing Suspect, a Life Split Between Bangladesh and Brooklyn

Today 10:53 GMT

In Brooklyn, Mr. Ullah’s social life revolved at least in part around the Masjid Nur al Islam mosque, where he was said to be close with the imam, Gauhar Ahmed.

Mr. Ullah, 27, did not often travel back to Bangladesh, but investigators say he went there in September, three months before he strapped a bomb to his chest, prosecutors say, and tried to set off the explosive amid a crowd of commuters in a Midtown Manhattan subway station.

Source: Global News

Child care costs in Canada rising faster than inflation: report

Today 08:06 GMT

A new report shows child care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.

The annual report on child care fees being released today from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also finds for the first time that child care costs in some rural parts of the country are not all that different from the high prices facing parents in many large cities.. “You can categorize your issues in child care – there are not enough spaces, the quality is very variable – but affordability is a pervasive issue across the country,” said Martha Friendly, co-author of the study and executive director of the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit. “It’s not getting better and we still have yet to see if any of the (federal) interventions are going to be enough to really address the issue.”

Source: Common Domain

Small-business sentiment in November powers to the second-highest reading on record

Today 08:06 GMT

The numbers: The index of small-business optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 3.7 points to 107.5 in November, the second-highest reading in the 44-year history of the index.

In other words, if the capital spending intentions gauge does foreshadow changes in GDP, it’s for weaker, not stronger, growth.

Source: New York Times

In a Bombing’s Aftermath, Doubling Down on the Everyday

Tuesday 23:55 GMT

Remember that computer analyst from New Jersey, marinating in rage over a lost job, who firebombed two subway cars in 1994 and badly hurt dozens of people?

The name was Edward J. Leary, of Scotch Plains, and he stands as the author of the most successful terrorist attacks of modern times, and perhaps ever, in the New York transit system. How about the mysterious man who stepped just inside the turnstiles at a 125th Street station one day in October 1988 with a pipe bomb under each arm, four small batteries and two flashcubes for triggers?

Source: The Guradian

Oil price hits 30-month high after North Sea pipeline closure

Today 08:06 GMT

The price of oil has hit a 30-month high after the owner of a major North Sea pipeline said it could be shut for as long as three weeks.

However, the refineries who use the oil and gas, such as the Grangemouth refinery owned by Ineos, will be able to arrange alternative, more expensive supplies to come in by ship.

Source: NBC News

These Heisman Trophy finalists could make college football history

Saturday 16:22 GMT
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Avocado injuries a thing of the past?

Thursday 21:51 GMT
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Advertising Guidelines for Online Sponsored, Branded & Featured Content

Monday 01:31 GMT
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Walmart cashier’s act of kindness leaves foster parent in tears

Monday 01:31 GMT
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Anonymous customer buys 58 meals in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: Global News

Here’s what the new mortgage rules will do to home prices in 2018: Royal LePage

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
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China remembers 142K killed in massacre, offers 'friendship' to Japan

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Global News

Trump directs NASA to send Americans to the Moon, lay foundations for Mars mission

Tuesday 16:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Home Prices Expected to Soar in 2018

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Acquires Shazam and Its Song-Recognition App

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

Tuesday 22:49 GMT

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