National / International News

Mortgage lending highest since 2008

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 02:09
A total of £19.1bn is advanced to homebuyers in July, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says, amid warnings that the property market may face headwinds.

Can Barnes & Noble find success with Samsung?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-20 02:00

Samsung has unveiled a partnership with bookseller Barnes and Noble to create a new version of the Nook tablet, in a bid to compete with Amazon and their Kindle device. To get a read on whether such a device would work, we spoke to New York Times tech columnist Molly Wood.

Wood described the prospects for the partnership as uncertain at best.

“I would say that moderate non-failure is the best we can hope for right now,” Wood said.

However, she also noted that Samsung can make media and publisher deals that would bring more attention to the Nook, as competition in the tablet market is no longer is about the hardware.

Samsung and Barnes & Noble could even take advantage of the tension between Amazon and other publishers to negotiate deals, but this would likely lead to higher prices for consumers. 

Phelps can swim faster, says coach

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 01:48
Michael Phelps returned to competition because he believes he can swim faster than ever, his coach Bob Bowman says.

The puzzle of uncollected ashes

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 01:07
Why would relatives leave ashes in a funeral parlour for years?

Independence 'would devastate BBC'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 01:07
Scottish independence would see the BBC broken up with "devastating" consequences for broadcasting in Scotland, according to pro-Union figures.

Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 01:03

The boy was found naked on the beach in West Point, a slum in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. At first no one would take him in. People — and even a nearby clinic — were afraid he had Ebola.

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Ferguson protests largely peaceful

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 01:02
Violence subsides but protests continue over the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, as 47 arrests are made.

Remembering the Marchioness disaster

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:59
The young model among the 51 Marchioness disaster victims

Ofsted to probe tip-off claims

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:58
Ofsted is to investigate claims that schools in Norfolk were given advance notice of inspections.

Lib Dems lift Rennard suspension

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:48
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says the "party has changed" after Lord Rennard has his membership restored and disciplinary measures are dropped.

Tributes to woman found dead in city

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:37
Tributes are paid to a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in a stream in Inverness at the weekend.

VIDEO: Life on two wheels: Rio and Nairobi

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:36
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi.

Cumberbatch to play Jungle Book tiger

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:33
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice the tiger Shere Khan in one of the two Jungle Book films entering production.

Rise in calls to suicide helpline

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:08
Northern Ireland's suicide prevention helpline sees a big increase in calls over the last three years.

Tourists swam eight hours to safety

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:59
A mother whose two daughters swam for eight hours to safety when their boat sank in rough seas in Indonesia speaks of her relief.

Teenagers pedalling out of poverty

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:47
Historically not deemed suitable for women, female cycling is growing in Rwanda and it is helping to transform lives.

Expenses fraud probe MEP in clear

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:39
A former Conservative MEP who was accused of expenses fraud faces no further action, police say.

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:36

President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

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Standard Chartered fined in US

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:34
British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $300m to New York's top banking regulator for failing to improve money laundering controls.

A Tale Of Two Polls

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 23:34

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

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