National / International News

Bowler Abbott needs support - Warne

BBC - 10 hours 4 min ago
Australia legend Shane Warne wants the cricket world to support bowler Sean Abbott following the death of Phillip Hughes.

Burgess set to make Bath debut

BBC - 10 hours 8 min ago
Cross-code signing Sam Burgess is named on Bath's bench for Friday's Premiership game against Harlequins.

Yemen raid missed Western hostages

BBC - 10 hours 11 min ago
US and Yemeni special forces who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were also looking for Western hostages.

Caption Challenge: Fiery demon

BBC - 10 hours 16 min ago
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Coroner cries at soldier inquest

BBC - 10 hours 19 min ago
A coroner breaks down in tears while summing up the inquest in to the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Tanzania PM caught in corruption row

BBC - 10 hours 24 min ago
Tanzania's prime minister is under parliamentary pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120m (£76m) to an energy firm.

Food bug affects 70% of shop chickens

BBC - 10 hours 28 min ago
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobachter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.

Spain is not corrupt, says PM Rajoy

BBC - 10 hours 29 min ago
Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy tells MPs that most politicians are not corrupt, a day after his health minister stepped down over a kick-back scandal.

European MPs want Google break-up

BBC - 10 hours 37 min ago
A landmark vote at the European Parliament has called for Google's search business to be separated from its other businesses.

Immigration figures a scandal - UKIP

BBC - 10 hours 38 min ago
The latest immigration figures show either a "total scandal or long-standing con trick" by the Conservatives, UKIP says.

Could Turkey Breeders Cure The Ailments Of Our Big-Breasted Birds?

NPR News - 10 hours 50 min ago

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Are Scotland's new tax and spending powers fair?

BBC - 10 hours 50 min ago
Possibly the most important economic decisions relating to Scotland's new powers, on the size of the grant Scotland will receive in future and how much it can borrow, are yet to be taken.

Thirteen men jailed for child abuse

BBC - 11 hours 16 min ago
Thirteen men are convicted of running an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls in Bristol.

Allen abuse trial majority direction

BBC - 11 hours 20 min ago
The judge in the case of a former Wrexham children's home boss found guilty of 26 sex charges says he will accept a majority decision on the remaining 12 charges.

VIDEO: McBusted: 'Making it up as we go along'

BBC - 11 hours 45 min ago
It started out with an impromptu gig performance and led to a UK tour that sold out within minutes - it's been a busy year for McBusted.

AUDIO: Schizophrenia assumptions challenged

BBC - 11 hours 45 min ago
A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of schizophrenia.

Berry wins lifetime book accolade

BBC - 11 hours 50 min ago
Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry wins an outstanding achievement award at the Specsavers National Book Awards

EU votes to push Google break-up

Marketplace - American Public Media - 11 hours 52 min ago

Update: The European Parliament voted in support of breaking up Google Thursday morning. The text has been updated to reflect this.

Google is facing pressure in Europe to stop promoting its own products and services in its search results.  Lawmakers in the European parliament voted Thursday to press the search and tech giant to break up those services.

The was spearheaded by Spanish lawmaker Ramon Tremosa, who insists he and his colleagues are Google fans.

“We like Google, we use Google, I use Google everyday on my iPhone.” Tremosa says. “But Google has a monopoly, a 95 percent share of the search engine market in Europe, and it’s unfair when links to its own products and services come top in its own search results. It’s unfair to European competitors and consumers.”

Thursday’s parliamentary vote is non-binding, it won’t force Google to break up. But Kevin Poulter of the law firm Bircham Dyson Bell says the resolution is aimed at the European Commission, which after four years  is still carrying out an antitrust probe into the company.

“What the parliament is trying to do is apply that little bit more pressure to the commission.” Poulter says. “The European parliament is starting to swing their weight around and saying ‘We want some action taken.'”

That action could be punitive. The European Commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 percent of its $50 billion annual turnover .

Google says it has made three “offers of remedies” to the commission, but all three were rejected.

EU votes to push Google break-up

Marketplace - American Public Media - 11 hours 52 min ago

Google is facing pressure in Europe to stop promoting its own products and services in its search results.  Lawmakers in the European parliament vote Thursday  on whether Google should be forced to unbundle some of its services.

The vote has been spearheaded by Spanish lawmaker Ramon Tremosa, who insists he and his colleagues are Google fans.

“We like Google, we use Google, I use Google everyday on my iPhone.” Tremosa says. “But Google has a monopoly, a 95 percent share of the search engine market in Europe, and it’s unfair when links to its own products and services come top in its own search results. It’s unfair to European competitors and consumers.”

Thursday’s parliamentary vote is non-binding, it won’t force Google to break up. But Kevin Poulter of the law firm Bircham Dyson Bell says the resolution is aimed at the European Commission, which after four years  is still carrying out an antitrust probe into the company.

“What the parliament is trying to do is apply that little bit more pressure to the commission.” Poulter says. “The European parliament is starting to swing their weight around and saying ‘We want some action taken.'”

That action could be punitive. The European Commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 percent of its $50 billion annual turnover .

Google says it has made three “offers of remedies” to the commission. But all three were rejected.

Egyptian coffin sells for £13,500

BBC - 11 hours 52 min ago
An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus found propped up in an Essex drawing room sells for twice its guide price at auction.

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