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Rare metals found in Mournes

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:46
Geologists are exploring deposits of rare earth elements found in the Mourne mountains

Air France lessons for missing plane probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:39
The often complex nature of air crashes means the reasons why AirAsia QZ8501 fell into the sea will not be clear until the flight recorders are found, says the BBC's Richard Westcott.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:14
Preview followed by live coverage of the New Year's Day Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Warning over abuse inquiry victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:10
Baroness Butler-Sloss cautions against victims being given too much influence in the public inquiry into historical child sex abuse.

When will lower oil prices lead to cheaper energy bills?

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:04
You'd be forgiven for thinking that your household energy bill should be lower soon, given the dramatic fall in oil prices. But it's not that straightforward.

VIDEO: New year fireworks around the globe

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:02
People around the world have been marking the new year with fireworks and celebrations.

McCartney: Beatles course ridiculous

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:00
Sir Paul McCartney calls popular music courses focussing on The Beatles "ridiculous, yet very flattering".

PODCAST: AirTran gets grounded

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:00

The perils of predicting interest rates on New Year's Eve. And more than marking the new year, tonight will also be the most expensive night to take an Uber. More on that. Plus, for nearly two decades, AirTran Airways has been the "scrappy" airline. It consistently did more with less, kept airfares in check, and thrived even when other airlines went bankrupt. AirTran flew for the final time Sunday night. It's been a slow process merging with Southwest Airlines; almost five years now. So what will Southwest do to keep the AirTran-spirit alive?

PODCAST: AirTrans gets grounded

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 03:00

The perils of predicting interest rates on New Year's Eve. And more than marking the new year, tonight will also be the most expensive night to take an Uber. More on that. Plus, for nearly two decades, AirTran Airways has been the "scrappy" airline. It consistently did more with less, kept airfares in check, and thrived even when other airlines went bankrupt. AirTran flew for the final time Sunday night. It's been a slow process merging with Southwest Airlines; almost five years now. So what will Southwest do to keep the AirTranspirit alive?

PC 'slept with three prostitutes'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:51
A police officer resigns after he is arrested over claims he slept with prostitutes while on duty in Greater Manchester.

U.S. Transfers Five Guantanamo Detainees To Kazakhstan

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:50

The transfer is part of a plan to close the detention facility in Cuba. The Pentagon says there are still 127 detainees at Guantanamo.

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Nasa to hack 'amnesiac' Mars rover

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:44
The Mars rover Opportunity is suffering from memory loss - but Nasa thinks a software hack may save it.

Sex-change vicar dies of cancer

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:43
The first serving Church of England vicar to undergo a sex change dies from cancer at the age of 60.

Man charged with murdering father

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:37
A man appears in court after being charged with murdering his 71-year-old father in Newcastle.

Armitage appeals against 12-week ban

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:37
Former England international Delon Armitage launches an appeal against his 12-week suspension for misconduct.

VIDEO: Keaton: 'Birdman may be my favourite'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:15
BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty caught up with Michael Keaton ahead of Birdman's UK release on New Year's Day.

Pulis to be appointed West Brom boss

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:13
Tony Pulis is to be West Bromwich Albion's new head coach, replacing the sacked Alan Irvine.

Swansea set to sign Exeter's Grimes

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:10
Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes, 19, arrives for a medical at Premier League side Swansea City ahead of a permanent move.

AirTran Folds its wings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:02

It’s taken nearly four years, but Southwest Airlines Sunday completed its $1.4-billion acquisition of AirTran Airways with one last flight.

Cheers erupted as AirTran’s Boeing 717 took off Sunday from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bound for Tampa. AirTran Flight 1 was long sold out, and more than 800 hopeful travelers added their names to the standby list. 

Southwest’s Bob Jordan has been running AirTran’s operations for the past few years.  Over a scratchy PA system, he thanked AirTran’s employees. 

“This is awesome. It’s a fantastic way to commemorate this last flight, and a fantastic way to move forward as one awesome company,” he said. 

The journey traced ValuJet’s 1993 inaugural flight. After a deadly crash in the Florida Everglades in 1998, ValuJet struggled to survive. It eventually re-emerged as AirTran. 

Trish Krider worked as a flight attendant under both names. She says AirTran’s final moment is a proud one. 

“The fact we fought from ValuJet all the way to where we are, to be a company that Southwest wanted to own, is just the most amazing, amazing experience,” Krider said after the flight landed in Tampa. 

By airline standards, Southwest’s merger with AirTran was smooth. For one thing, there were no layoffs. 

AirTran flight attendant Tana Thomas says the airlines’ family-like corporate cultures were a lot alike. And that helped. 

“I see their scrappiness being one and the same,” she said. “It’s like they’re on full-throttle.” 

The merger allowed Southwest access to key markets, like Washington-National and Atlanta. The merger also opened up international routes for the first time. 

And although it’s been a long merger, it’s proving to be a profitable one. Air Transport World just named Southwest its airline of the year. And the Dallas-based carrier’s stock was the year’s best performer on the S&P 500.

Christmas Day robbery victim dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00
A 61-year-old man who was assaulted during a robbery at his home on Christmas Day dies in hospital.

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