National / International News

Budget plan requires £700m cuts

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:10
Northern Ireland's finance minister proposes cuts of more than £700m to Stormont departments in a budget plan circulated to his executive colleagues.

Discharge for quarantined US nurse

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:05
A nurse quarantined in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is to be discharged after being symptom-free for 24 hours.

Penalise bad traders, suggests Bank

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:05
More could be done to punish traders who try to manipulate financial markets, the deputy governor of the Bank of England has said.

SFA seeks Ashley's plans for Rangers

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:01
The Scottish Football Association writes to Rangers and Mike Ashley to clarify his intentions for the Championship club.

Fisherman's creel killed rare turtle

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:53
A 6ft leatherback turtle drowned off the east coast of Scotland after being caught in fishermen's creel ropes, experts discover.

Pet Shop Boys top cover version vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:52
The Pet Shop Boys' 1987 hit Always On My Mind is voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.

The numbers for October 27, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:43

With the euro-zone teetering on the edge of another recession, all but 25 of the continent's major banks passed stress tests conducted by the Central Bank. Thirteen of those must make up a 9.5 million euro shortfall.

Italy was the country that fared the worst, with nine of its banks failing the test. The Wall Street Journal picks up the country-by-country breakdown. Overall the report is meant to quell fears about the beleaguered European economy.

This week is heavy with tech earnings again. Twitter reports after the closing bell today and Facebook, tomorrow. In the mean time, here's what we're reading - and the numbers we're watching - Monday.


That's the number of retailers listed on Apple's website as supporting the company's mobile payment system, which launched a week ago. As the Verge points out, while main banks back the service, eight of the participating retailers are Foot Locker brands and one is Apple itself. Meanwhile, several big stores like CVS, Wal-Mart and Best Buy aren't supporting Apple Pay because they are part of a competing mobile payment system set to launch next year.

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The GOP's chances of taking over the senate in the upcoming midterm elections. The Washington Post reports that Democrats have scooped up quite a few newspaper endorsements, and while that might not be enough to hold the Senate, those nods can still have an impact on the results. 


That's how much fast food employees make in Denmark, nearly two and a half times what they make in the U.S., the New York Times reported. Some have pointed to the unionized Danish fast food workforce as an example for how American workers should be treated, while others say it's impossible to fairly compare the two countries. The Times cites one study that says half of all fast food workers are on some type of public assistance.

Brown rules out Scottish Labour bid

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:39
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ruled himself out of the Scottish Labour leadership contest, the BBC understands.

Immigration not a menace, Welby says

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:23
Immigration must not be seen as a "deep menace", but must be managed "prudently and carefully", Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says.

How NHS staff will help treat Ebola

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:16
Meet the NHS volunteers heading to West Africa

Sotheby's sued over Caravaggio claim

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:13
The former owner of a painting that was auctioned for £42,000 sues Sotheby's because he now believes it is by Italian master Caravaggio and worth £11m.

Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:07

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:56

A legally blind woman who has led a fight to make Medicare pay for care even when patients' medical conditions don't improve is in court to get Medicare payment for her own home care.

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Murderer absconds from open prison

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:55
Two men, one of whom is a convicted murderer, are on the run from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire, police say.

UK to fight EU demand 'in every way'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:53
David Cameron tells MPs the UK will not pay the extra £1.7bn demanded by the EU, promising to challenge it "in every way possible".

VIDEO: Drone rules 'not being enforced'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:43
Strict regulations will need to be introduced before large drones are allowed to appear in the UK's skies, pilots association Balpa has said.

Term-time holidays 'must be rare'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:35
Holidays for pupils in term-time should only be granted if the circumstances are "rare, unavoidable, significant and short", say head teachers

U.N. Ambassador In Sierra Leone For Closer Look At Ebola Crisis

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:35

Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the U.N., is on a multi-nation swing through West Africa to see how the global response to the deadly virus is faring.

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VIDEO: Cameron jostled on trip to Leeds

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:19
Prime Minister David Cameron has been shoved by a member of the public on a visit to Leeds. after he attended a news conference about the proposed high speed rail link.

Dylan Thomas play 'changed my life'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:15
Poet's praise as centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas is marked