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Man guilty of acid attack on teen ex

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 04:16
An 80-year-old is convicted of masterminding an acid attack on his teenage ex-lover in revenge for her ending their relationship.

VIDEO: Homes slip into sea as storm pounds US

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 04:06
Stormy weather and high tides have hit the west coast of the US causing homes to collapse into the Pacific ocean.

1998 murder charge is dropped

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 04:04
A man accused of a 1998 republican murder has the charge against him dropped and is now charged with kidnapping.

Facebook ponders 'dislike' function

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:54
Facebook is thinking about adding a way to "dislike" posts on its site, something users have requested in their droves.

Council parking charges 'rise 12%'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:41
The money councils earn from parking increased 12% in the year to April 2014, according to a survey by the RAC Foundation.

India executive 'sent pro-IS tweets'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:40
Police in India are investigating claims that a Bangalore business executive is behind an influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account.

'Far right link' in Germany fires

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:33
Far-right arsonists are believed to have caused fires which damaged three buildings earmarked for asylum seekers in southern Germany.

Worry over engineering skills loss

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:28
There is a warning that valuable manufacturing skills could be lost if a bridge building firm shuts in Monmouthshire.

Oil price falls on energy forecast

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:27
The price of Brent crude falls on a report from the International Energy Agency which forecasts weaker demand in 2015.

Robshaw out with shoulder problem

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:25
England captain Chris Robshaw will be out for three to four weeks with a shoulder injury, his club Harlequins confirm.

Hong Kong protests: Has Beijing won?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:24
Carrie Gracie assesses the dwindling Hong Kong protests

Man Utd v Liverpool: Best of enemies

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:23
Why Man Utd and Liverpool are the best of enemies

VIDEO: Surfer rides 'weather bomb' wave

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:23
Surfer Garrett MacNamara has tried to repeat his performance of 2011 when he surfed the world's biggest wave at 30 meters high.

Row over MP praise for Gandhi killer

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:11
An Indian MP apologises in parliament after praising Mahatma Gandhi's killer as a "patriot", the latest gaffe by a politician from the governing BJP.

'Pineapple Express' Pounds West Coast, Sparking Floods, Power Outages

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:10

The region is expected to get rain through Friday. Meteorologist say this is the biggest storm the region has experienced since 2009. Twitter users dubbed it #hellastorm.

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Hartson expects long addiction fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:05
Former Celtic and Wales footballer John Hartson says he expects to be going to meetings of Gamblers Anonymous meetings until he is 70.

Yodel to clear backlog over weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:02
Courier firm Yodel apologises to customers for delays to its parcel deliveries and says it hopes to resume normal service by Monday

PODCAST: Investing in coffee

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:00

First up, the latest chapter in the story of how falling oil prices are affecting the global economy. Plus, profile of a South African investor who was badly burned once by corruption in Congo. But now he’s back, figuring he’s learned a few things.

The Media formerly known as Print

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:00

That was the vote in the House Thursday night, passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill and narrowly avoiding a second government shutdown in as many years. Infighting between House Democrats and the White House nearly derailed the bill, the Washington Post reported, because of some changes to Dodd-Frank embedded in it.


Looking ahead to the weekend, Japan will hold an election on Sunday in the midst of its recession. Polls suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party could win as much as a two-thirds majority.

0.6 percent

The portion of online holiday deals researched by the site Wirecutter that actually ended up being unusual and hard-to-find anywhere else. A lot of it comes down to old fashioned consumer psychology, the New York Times reported

800 magazines

More than 800 new magazines launched over the past 12 months. So print isn't necessarily dead, but the industry has changed. New technology allows for smaller runs and more specialized titles, like "Guinea Pig Magazine" and "BeerAdvocate."

24 percent

The portion of first-year college students who could estimate their student debt within ten percent, according to a Brookings survey reported by the Upshot. The vast majority of students underestimated the debt they'd end up with.


Man in court over Chhokar murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:44
A man appears in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.