SAG Award Boosts ‘Birdman’ Oscar Hopes

by VOA News on January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for Birdman, a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, got an enormous lift over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild...

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Study Suggests Social Media Use May Decrease Stress

by Doug Bernard on January 26, 2015

A new study suggests that frequent users of social media experience no greater stress in their lives than non-users and some groups may benefit from their use. The results are contrary to several previous studies that found a link between social media use and negative conditions, such as depression. “The biggest finding was that there was no relationship whatsoever between the use of these technologies and men’s self-reported levels of stress, but women who used a number of these...

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Secret Service Finds ‘Device’ on White House Grounds

January 26, 2015

A spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama says the Secret Service has recovered a “device” believed to be a small drone on the grounds of the White House.

Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama and his wife, Michelle, in New Delhi Monday t…

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Wake Seeks Charter-Like Flexibility for District Schools

January 26, 2015

RALEIGH – Some members of the Wake County Board of Education have joined the list of education policymakers hoping to find the same flexibility for traditional public schools that charter schools enjoy, though some school choice supporters are suspic…

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Church of England to Consecrate First Female Bishop

January 26, 2015

The Church of England consecrates a female bishop Monday, for the first time since it was founded by King Henry the 8th in 1534.

More than 1,000 people were expected to attend the ceremony for Libby Lane at York Minster in northern England.

Lane, a s…

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Egyptian Prison Releases Mubarak’s Sons

January 26, 2015

The two sons of ousted longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak have been released from a Cairo prison.

Officials said Alaa and Gamal Mubarak left Torah Prison early Monday, nearly four years after being arrested in the months following the uprising tha…

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Deadly Clashes Break Out Between Muslim Rebels, Philippine Police

January 26, 2015

Philippine authorities say the death toll is over 40 in a fight between a special police raiding team and members of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, which is forging a peace agreement with the government. It happened a day before congressio…

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No Retaliation Following Ban on Ousted Thai PM Yingluck

January 26, 2015

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a party heavyweight said they could survive without the powerful family.

Following a si…

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Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan Over Plans to Boost Military

January 26, 2015

The Islamic State group’s apparent beheading of one Japanese hostage and its threat to kill a second are stark reminders to Tokyo that its increasing diplomatic profile and close friendship with the United States make it a target for terrorists. The …

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President Obama: US Counterterrorism Pressure in Yemen Continues

January 26, 2015

President Barack Obama said U.S. counterterrorism operations in Yemen continue despite last week’s resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi amid pressure from Shiite Houthi militiamen, who overran the presidential palace last week. Two U.S. l…

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