"Harry Potter" 1st on NPR list of best young adult novels

August 8, 2012 - 12:28 AMT  08:28 GMT
The series beat out the second-placed "The Hunger Games" and Harper Lee's third-placed 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Facebook rolls out mobile ad unit to promote apps

Facebook rolls out mobile ad unit to promote apps

August 8, 2012 - 12:04 AMT  08:04 GMT
The unit is automated; to buy an ad you merely have to fill out an online form and delineate which demo you’re trying to reach.
Russia's Ivan Ukhov wins Olympic men's high jump gold

Russia's Ivan Ukhov wins Olympic men's high jump gold

August 8, 2012 - 11:54 AMT  07:54 GMT
America's Erik Kynard took silver, with the bronze medal split three ways between Mutaz Essa Barshim, Derek Drouin and Robbie Grabarz.
Hurricane Ernesto hits Mexico's Caribbean coast

Hurricane Ernesto hits Mexico's Caribbean coast

August 8, 2012 - 11:35 AMT  07:35 GMT
U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was moving west at 15 mph and was expected to weaken as it moved across Yucatan Peninsula.
Russian general killed in Syria, rebel group says

Russian general killed in Syria, rebel group says

August 8, 2012 - 11:28 AMT  07:28 GMT
A video statement from a group calling itself Hawks Special Operations Battalion gave the name of the general as Vladimir Kochyev.
South Korea wins Greco-Roman wrestling gold at Olympics

South Korea wins Greco-Roman wrestling gold at Olympics

August 8, 2012 - 11:23 AMT  07:23 GMT
South Korea's Kim Hyeon-woo won gold in the -66kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition, beating Hungarian Tamas Lorincz in the final.
Mitsubishi suspends electric cars shipments to France’s Peugeot

Mitsubishi suspends electric cars shipments to France’s Peugeot

August 8, 2012 - 11:14 AMT  07:14 GMT
Electric cars represent tiny fraction of global automobile market with relatively high prices and limited range often cited as barrier to sales.
Tehran asks UN help in releasing hostages abducted in Syria

Tehran asks UN help in releasing hostages abducted in Syria

August 8, 2012 - 11:08 AMT  07:08 GMT
“The kind cooperation of the relevant UN offices in responding to this request will be highly appreciated,” Iranian FM said.
Standard & Poor's lowers Greece's long-term credit rating

Standard & Poor's lowers Greece's long-term credit rating

August 8, 2012 - 11:01 AMT  07:01 GMT
The report came amid a worsening economy and delays that have kept the Athens government from implementing cuts.
Egypt launches aristrikes at Israel border after Sinai clashes

Egypt launches aristrikes at Israel border after Sinai clashes

August 8, 2012 - 10:56 AMT  06:56 GMT
Over 20 suspected Islamic militants were killed in a crackdown on jihadists blamed for a deadly attack on Egyptian border police.