National / International News

Blur play Hyde Park with new album

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:25
Blur have announced that they are headlining British Summer Time in June and plan to release a new album in April.

DUP seeks legal review on TV debates

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:22
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) intends to seek a judicial review of the BBC's decision to exclude the party from the televised general election debates.

Be careful who you swear at on the train

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:09
Be careful who you swear at on the way to a job interview

Oscars films see online piracy surge

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:09
American Sniper is the Oscars-nominated film to have experienced the most illegal downloads since the awards shortlist was revealed, a study suggests.

Bruce Dickinson treated for cancer

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:59
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is treated for cancer but expected to make a full recovery

Dozens exposed to superbug in LA

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:55
Two deaths and seven infections are linked to medical scopes contaminated with a deadly strain of bacteria.

India's Kerala Has It All: Beauty, Bananas, Long Life, Girl Power

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:40

President Obama praised the Indian state last month for good reason. It's got beaches, backwaters and the country's longest life expectancy and highest literacy rate. Plus, girls outnumber boys!

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Walmart's way to growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:30

Walmart scored low marks in a survey of major U.S. retailers released Wednesday. The American Customer Satisfaction Index says the retail giant came in below competitors like Target and Family Dollar.

Walmart’s earnings paint a somewhat rosier picture of its performance. On Thursday, the company reported pulling in $1.61 a share in the fourth quarter — higher than the predicted $1.53 — but still fell short on earnings with a reported $131.6 billion.

Analysts say Walmart may try to accelerate growth in some key areas, like e-commerce, where it has made big strides.  

“Those companies investing in mobile, like Walmart is, seem to be pulling ahead of the competitive set,” says Sucharita Mulpuru is a retail analyst with Forrester Research.

Another growth area: Walmart's smaller store format, called  Neighborhood Market stores.  

But consumer research analyst Brian Yarbrough with Edward Jones is skeptical about how much those growth areas can boost Walmart’s bottom line. He says supercenters are still the main drivers of operating income. 

“If the U.S. supercenters are still just kind of mulling along and not gaining steam,” he says, “they're really not going to be able to show any kind of earnings growth and revenue growth at the overall Walmart company.”

Yarbrough says that picture will be hard to change as shoppers turn increasingly to low-cost competitors like dollar stores.

Part of the problem, he says, is that Walmart is a mature retailer.

"It's difficult to grow when you're this big," he says.


Three escape Stirling bus blaze

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:29
A driver and two passengers escape injury after a bus goes on fire at Stirling University Innovation Park.

Caption Challenge: Trombone banana

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:27
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

VIDEO: Shelling continues around Donetsk

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:15
There has been heavy shelling around the main rebel city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, as Nick Childs reports.

'Spiritual healer' guilty of fraud

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:12
A self-proclaimed spiritual healer is found guilty of conning victims out of £650,000.

178-year-old Bible returned to owner

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:10
A hospice in Wrexham reunites a centuries-old Bible with relatives of the family who owned it.

VIDEO: Rare Amur tigers filmed in China

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:08
Rare video footage of wild Amur tigers in China has been captured in the Wangqing Nature Reserve.

Ousted Thai Leader Charged With Negligence, Could Face Jail

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 05:07

If she's found guilty of negligence, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be jailed for 10 years. She was removed from office last May.

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Figo wants 48-team World Cup

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:46
FIifa presidential candidate Luis Figo proposes a bigger World Cup, sin-bins and offside law changes in manifesto launch.

Huge welcome for Burundi journalist

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:32
Thousands of people celebrate in Burundi's capital after a prominent journalist controversially charged with murder is freed.

Ukraine Update: Fighting Shifts To Mariupol; A Call For UN Peacekeepers

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:25

Ukraine says that in the past 24 hours alone, 14 of its soldiers have died and another 172 were injured. The leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are trying to salvage a cease-fire.

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Street named after NI physicist

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:15
Belfast City Council has named a street after a NI physicist who demonstrated that Einstein's views on quantum mechanics were incorrect.

Fugitive 'robbed shop at knifepoint'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:14
Police say a prisoner who escaped from custody in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday robbed a Belfast shop at knifepoint, shortly before he was arrested.