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Town drops 'narrow' view on romance

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:13
A market town's narrow pavements - designed in the 18th Century to stop romantic couples walking hand-in-hand - are to be widened.

Peaty breaks British record in Doha

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:10
Teenager Adam Peaty breaks the British 100m breaststroke record during the heats at the World Short Course Championships.

What next for politics in Israel?

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:08
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu triggers a general election, the country's politics remain as turbulent and unpredictable as ever, reports the BBC's Kevin Connolly,

Mary Magdalene actress Dunham dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:08
Actress Joanna Dunham, famed for her role as Mary Magdalene in 1965 Hollywood blockbuster The Greatest Story Ever Told, dies at the age of 78.

VIDEO: Brand babble wins Foot In Mouth award

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:08
The comic actor and campaigner Russell Brand has won a prize for his public speaking and writing - the Plain English Campaign Foot in Mouth award, for the most baffling quotes by a public figure.

Lord Coe outlines IAAF manifesto

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:05
Lord Coe reveals his election manifesto for the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Huge blaze engulfs industrial estate

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:53
A large fire, visible from up to 10 miles away, rips through an industrial estate in Smethwick destroying a number of businesses.

Remembering Russia's unknown soldiers

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:42
Russia remembers its unknown WW2 soldiers

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:38
An at-a-glance summary of the main points of the 2014 Autumn Statement.

Sturgeon condemns report burn trio

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:38
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemns a group of SNP councillors who burned a copy of the report on strengthening the Scottish Parliament's powers.

Date set for early Israeli election

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:30
Israeli political leaders agree to hold a general election on 17 March, two years ahead of schedule, as members of parliament vote on its dissolution.

Steve Biko autopsy sale 'blocked'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:22
A South African court blocks the auctioning of the post-mortem report of renowned anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, his family says.

India 'bicycle pump surgery' halted

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:21
Authorities in India's Orissa state halt mass sterilisation surgeries after a doctor was found using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens.

Storm Brings Much Needed Rain To Southern California

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:11

The rain led to fears of mudslides and evacuation orders, but after a drought that's going into its fourth year, the rain was a welcome sight.

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Man jailed for Facebook revenge porn

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:08
A man is jailed for posting revenge porn to Facebook, making him the first person to be imprisoned under a new Californian law.

PODCAST: To your right, a lawsuit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-03 03:00

Given new data today, let's give the job market a B-Plus. Today a private sector count of American payrolls showed some strength, even if it wasn't spectacular. More on that. Plus, the publishing company Billboard will be releasing a new top 200 record album chart tomorrow. And for the first time, the rankings include data from downloads and music streamed digitally. And last up, the first amendment says the government can't limit free speech. Except when it can. For instance, you can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater if there's no fire. And what about tour guides who want to speak aloud about local attractions? The guides at some vacation spots are suing their cities for making them get a license. As we find out, claiming the licensing infringes on their First Amendment rights.

VIDEO: Search for missing mother and baby

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 02:40
Police in Bristol are conducting an "urgent" search for a mother and her four-day-old baby, who have gone missing from hospital.

VIDEO: Bill Cosby faces abuse lawsuit

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 02:37
Bill Cosby is being sued for sexual assault by a woman who says the US comedian molested her when she was 15.

Fears as children use e-cigarettes

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 02:33
Three times as many children have tried e-cigarettes than smoking tobacco, according to official figures.

Lee Rigby's killer loses appeal bid

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 02:32
Michael Adebolajo, one of the two men found guilty of killing soldier Lee Rigby in London, loses a challenge against his conviction.