National / International News

Fine over flat accessed by crawling

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 09:21
A landlord is fined for renting out a loft room that could only be accessed by crawling into it.

PCC chosen in 10.4% turnout election

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 09:12
Labour's David Jamieson is elected as the new West Midlands police and crime commissioner as it emerges the turnout was 10.4%.

Men jailed for wife contract killing

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 09:10
A man who paid a crack cocaine addict £1,000 to kill his wife is jailed for life for her murder.

Salmonella 'from single egg source'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:59
The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England.

Gaza: Suspected informants executed

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:56
Hamas executes 18 people suspected of helping Israel, as two Palestinians and an Israeli boy are killed in the latest violence in the Gaza conflict.

Man killed as car plunges into lake

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:51
A driver dies when his car plunges into the largest natural lake in south-west England.

Emily Watson to star in 7/7 drama

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:51
Actress Emily Watson is to star in a BBC drama about a woman struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter in the London 7/7 bombings.

Liverpool medical for £16m Balotelli

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:46
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is set for a medical as talks continue over a £16m move to Liverpool.

McKevitt will not get early release

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:46
Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt will not be released early from prison, following a ruling by the Republic of Ireland's Supreme Court.

German policeman in 'cannibal' trial

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:43
A policeman goes on trial in Germany accused of murdering a businessman who allegedly shared a cannibalism fetish.

If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:39

Airlines have the right to refuse a passenger suspected of having Ebola. But if you're sick with a contagious disease, what are your rights when it comes to canceling and refunds?

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Farah confident after 'tough year'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:37
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah describes this as his "toughest year" and says he will now focus on the track.

Russian aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:32
Ukraine's President Poroshenko accuses Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission.

Nestle Nudges Its Suppliers To Improve Animal Welfare

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:30

The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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Staffing call after 'choking' death

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:26
The death of a six-year-old girl from suspected choking while on holiday in Gwynedd prompts a call for increased ambulance staffing in rural areas.

Twitter wants to choose what you see

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:16

Twitter wants to grow its user base by exposing its users to new content. Their strategy, if you haven't heard already: Inserting tweets into your feed from people you don’t follow. 

"For example, I may not follow CNN, but I may start seeing tweets from CNN in my feed because people that I do follow like CNN, and they’re engaging with those tweets," says Kurt Wagner, who covers social media at Re/code. "It enables them to target you more efficiently with ads," says Wagner.

Judging from a somewhat scathing initial response, Twitter could risk losing some users. Many people enjoy using Twitter because they’re able to filter the content that they’re most interested in seeing, says Wagner.

"I think that’s going to rub some people the wrong way," adds Wagner. "They’ll feel like they’re losing control over what they see."

Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:12

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:11

Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.

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Barrow wins historic diving gold

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:03
Sarah Barrow wins Britain's first female individual European diving gold medal since 1927 with victory in the 10m platform.

Gay blame councillor escapes action

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:02
A former UKIP councillor will not face any action after he blamed the winter storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage.
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