National / International News

Taxi firm Uber to deliver groceries

BBC - 6 hours 57 min ago
Taxi firm Uber is trialling a same-day delivery service for more than 100 grocery goods in Washington DC.

Drunk stowaway said he was co-pilot

BBC - 7 hours 9 min ago
A drunken 22-year-old who managed to sneak on to a plane told staff he was the co-pilot when he was found, a court hears.

50 years of Match of the Day in stats & facts

BBC - 7 hours 17 min ago
Ahead of a BBC One special on Friday at 22:35 BST to mark 50 years of Match of the Day, we look at some facts about the famous show.

Self-employment at '40 year high'

BBC - 7 hours 18 min ago
The number of workers categorised as self-employed has risen to its highest in 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Macy's settles racial profiling cases

BBC - 7 hours 27 min ago
One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.

Macy's settles up in profiling case

After the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the recent clashes in Ferguson, Missouri, racial profiling has returned to the national spotlight.

Department store chain Macy’s reached a $650,000 settlement Wednesday with the New York Attorney General’s office over racial profiling practices, which shows how deep the issue runs. This is the second settlement since 2005 for Macy’s, and the deal comes about a week after a similar agreement was reached with the Madison Avenue luxury store Barney’s.

The most recent investigation has found that African-American and Hispanic shoppers were detained at  “significantly higher rates” for alleged shoplifting than white shoppers.

Retail researcher Paula Rosenblum says racial profiling is frequently an afterthought in the industry.

“They mostly advise their store associates to watch out for people who look suspicious,” she says.

Milton Pedraza, founder and CEO of the Luxury Institute, says retailers have every incentive to train front-line and security staff so every customer feels welcome.

“Even if you didn’t have moral clarity on the issue, at least you should have economic clarity on the issue,” he says.

Pedraza says stealing a shirt is insignificant compared to the additional sales that come from building a reputation as a kind and generous merchant. 

For its part, Macy’s has agreed to make several changes, including an effort to improve its anti-shoplifting practices and plans to distribute an anti-racial-profiling memo to workers.

Simma Lieberman, who works with retailers on diversity and what she calls "cultural intelligence" says employers should know profiling is often unconscious. Lieberman trains her clients to monitor their own personal biases. Often, she says, shop clerks are quick to make assumptions, and “they don’t get to behavior, they just look at what somebody looks like.”

The danger, says Lieberman, is in our rush to judgment, when we “assume someone is going to have a certain behavior, which they may not have.”

Two more hospital 'neglect' arrests

BBC - 7 hours 49 min ago
Two more nurses have been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, say police.

Israel strike 'targeted Hamas chief'

BBC - 7 hours 56 min ago
Hamas says militant chief Mohammed Deif is alive and leading its response to Israeli air strikes that killed 19 people in Gaza, including his wife and child.

Service for Marchioness boat victims

BBC - 8 hours 8 min ago
Relatives of 51 people who died when the Marchioness pleasure boat sank in the River Thames in London gather at a service to remember them 25 years on.

Big Brother doctor 'sacked unfairly'

BBC - 8 hours 11 min ago
The former psychologist for TV series Big Brother wins his unfair dismissal claim against the University of Manchester.

McKevitt release judgement delayed

BBC - 8 hours 13 min ago
A decision on whether a Real IRA leader should be released from prison has been reserved until after a separate court hearing.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

BBC - 8 hours 23 min ago
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

Charity chief 'entitled' to policy

BBC - 8 hours 27 min ago
A former race equality chief tells his fraud trial he was "entitled" to take out a life assurance policy as part of his pension policy.

DWP defends staff referendum advice

BBC - 8 hours 28 min ago
A Whitehall department denies advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.

Israel's Netanyahu Vows 'A Continuous Campaign' Against Hamas

NPR News - 8 hours 28 min ago

The comments come a day after a truce collapsed, leading to the resumption of rocket fire against Israel and Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip. At least 20 Palestinians have been killed since then.

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Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists

NPR News - 8 hours 28 min ago

Activists around the country say Michael Brown's death and the police response have strengthened their resolve to fight injustice.

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VIDEO: Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge

BBC - 8 hours 39 min ago
President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh.

Life on Ebola front line

BBC - 8 hours 55 min ago
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

Lorry hijacked in Londonderry alert

BBC - 8 hours 55 min ago
A security alert is under way in Londonderry following the hijacking of a lorry in the city.

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

NPR News - 9 hours 1 min ago

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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