National / International News

VIDEO: Putin's 15 years in power - in 90 seconds

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:17
A 90-second look back at some key events in Vladimir Putin's 15 years at the top of Russian politics.

VIDEO: 'I dreamed about modern clothes'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:17
A woman who walked away from the Amish community explains why she kept the dress she was wearing that day.

FOI requests exceed 400,000 in decade

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:10
More than 400,000 requests have been made under Freedom of Information laws since they were introduced 10 years ago.

Airport Ebola testing 'shambles'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:50
Wednesday's papers are united in asking why nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Ebola symptoms were not picked up at Heathrow Airport, despite multiple screening tests.

Why Pardew would leave for Palace

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:26
It seems Alan Pardew can barely wait to leave 10th-placed Newcastle for struggling Crystal Palace - Phil McNulty examines why.

Asda boss says 2015 will be tough

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:24
The rise of the discount supermarkets will mean 2015 will be another difficult year, the boss of Asda tells the BBC.

MBE for volunteer maths teacher

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:22
Gbolahan Bright, the organiser of free maths clubs for primary children in London and Essex is made an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Frontline NHS staff given honours

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:14
A host of frontline NHS staff are among those recognised in the New Year Honour's list.

Second woman 'negative' for Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:05
A second healthcare worker who was tested for Ebola in Scotland has tested negative, the Scottish government confirms.

Wenger wants new panel to ban divers

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:01
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants an independent panel to stamp out diving and issue retrospective bans.

Who's the real-life inspiration for L.A. noir?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:56

Who was Samuel Marlowe? That's something Los Angeles Times writer Daniel Miller spent a year trying to find out. 

A Jamaican immigrant, Marlowe fought in World War I. After settling in Los Angeles, he became one of California's first African-American private detectives, frequenting the speak-easies of 1930s L.A. and getting private investigative work from the Hollywood studios.

If Marlowe is starting to sound like a real-life noir character, it's because he probably is. Miller thinks Marlowe was friends with LA noir writers Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, whose novels seem to immortalize him in fiction.

"One of the best examples is a claim that Dashiell Hammett sent an early draft of a story called 'Night Shade' to Samuel Marlowe," Miller says.

But Miller's detective work on Marlowe ultimately has no conclusion. Many of the records that might have proven when Marlowe started as a PI are lost, and Hammett and Chandler aren't around to reveal their artistic inspirations.

As Miller says "Noir stories, they don't always end tidily, with all the loose ends tied up." 

Hillsborough campaigners made CBEs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:55
Two Hillsborough justice campaigners are appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Mini skirt queen leads honours list

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:48
Mary Quant, the designer widely credited with making the mini skirt popular, is among those in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

VIDEO: Hundred held after Russia protest

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:46
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 100 other demonstrators have been arrested at a rally in central Moscow, activists say.

Palestinian UN resolution fails

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:42
The UN Security Council rejects a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years.

AirAsia crash recovery intensifies

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:37
Recovery teams are launching a "massive search" for victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501, as investigators hunt for the plane's data recorders.

Wind-up radio inventor honoured

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:34
Inventor Trevor Baylis - who designed the wind-up Baygen radio - has been appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Honours for Rugby World Cup winners

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:33
Rugby World Cup winners Rochelle Clark and Sarah Hunter are among the sports stars on the New Year's Honours list.

Scots honoured in New Year list

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:32
About 150 Scots, including Commonwealth judo star Euan Burton and MP Anne McGuire, make the New Year Honours list.

Knighthood for 'father of Viagra'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:31
Two chemists, one who started research on Viagra and a YouTube celebrity, along with a former NFU president, receives knighthoods in the New Year Honours.