National / International News

Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:34
Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has died at home at the age of 88, his family says.

WW1 dead are reburied 100 years on

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:26
Twenty British soldiers are reinterred in Northern France, almost 100 years after they were killed in action during the Battle of Loos.

Stolen bank cards highest since 2006

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:18
Consumers are being warned about a series of bank card scams, after fraud from stolen cards rose to its highest level in eight years, says the UK Cards Association

VIDEO: Tributes paid to Tony Benn

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:13
Figures from the world of politics have been paying tribute to Tony Benn, who died on Friday at the age of 88.

More stem cell 'discovery' doubts

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:13
A Japanese investigation into a supposedly groundbreaking stem cell study has discovered "inappropriate handling" of the data.

Missing Jet Reportedly Kept Sending Signals For 5 1/2 Hours

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-14 03:10

A source familiar with the investigation says a satellite system was getting pings from the plane long after its last reported contact with controllers. The jet and 239 people disappeared a week ago.

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NHS Winter: Weekly A&E tracker Week 18

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:59
See how your A&E in England is coping

Arson attack at former Quinn factory

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:53
A car has been set on fire at business premises formerly owned by bankrupt businessman Séan Quinn.

Call for 'urgent' outsourcing reform

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:52
The chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge calls on the government to "urgently get its house in order" after outsourcing scandals.

Twelve people escape house fire

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:42
Two people are rescued and 10 led to safety after fire breaks out at a property in Prestwick, South Ayrshire.

Three convicted over India nun rape

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:42
A court in India finds three people guilty in connection with the rape of a Catholic nun in the eastern state of Orissa in 2008.

VIDEO: Scottish Conservative conference 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:37
Live coverage of the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh.

Four ways to make money in space

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:32

NASA is increasingly reliant on private contractors to get goods to and from space. Here are four ways the rich are trying to get richer in the final frontier:

1. Transportation: SpaceX has a launch set for March 16 to supply the International Space Station. NASA now depends on private firms to ferry stuff up to the astronauts on the station.

2. Space Tourism: Virgin Galactic says it may be able to launch its suborbital space tourism operation later this year. Tickets for a flight aboard Virgin's SpaceShipTwo cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Still, Virgin Galactic is already booked up for years.

3. Asteroid Mining: Some investors want to get into the mining of asteroids. It hasn't been done, but it would involve building some sort of platform on an asteroid, then scooping out valuable platinum, iron and cobalt.

4. Garbage Collection: There's a lot of space junk out there. It's moving fast, and it can do some serious damage to a passing spacecraft. Now there's research on Pacman-like space vehicles that could "eat" the space garbage.


Five lesser-spotted things Tony Benn gave the UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:25
Tony Benn was known for his radical views, but his political career left a legacy of uniquely British artefacts.

No review of Japan sex slave apology

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will not revise a historic apology for the army's use of Asian women as war-time sex slaves.

AUDIO: Speared driver recovering at home

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:16
A man who was speared through his body by a metal rail in a car crash praises hospital staff for saving his life.

Etherington and Powell win silver

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:09
British visually-impaired skier Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell win silver in the super combined in Sochi.

Deadly knife attack in south China

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:04
A knife attack following a dispute at a marketplace in China's southern Hunan province leaves six people dead, police say.

Cameron praises 'magnificent' Benn

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 02:00
The prime minister has paid tribute to Labour veteran Tony Benn, saying he was a "magnificent writer, speaker and campaigner".

Chief fire officer charged with rape

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 01:47
Derbyshire's chief fire officer Sean Frayne is charged with raping a woman in 2006 and suspended from his job.

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