National / International News

Broncos aim for Super League return

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 04:00
Owner David Hughes says London Broncos' new-look squad are capable of securing an immediate return to Super League.

Camilla's stolen tree to be replaced

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 03:58
A stolen Wedding Cake tree which was planted by the Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the marriage of William and Kate will be replaced.

North Sea field starts production

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 03:49
Production from the Kinnoull field in the central North Sea has started, BP announces.

Greece sent back to brink of crisis

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 03:29
Greeks are preparing for more political turmoil, after MPs rejected the government's presidential nominee and triggered snap parliamentary elections, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson.

House prices and the economy

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 03:27
UK housing figures just out show that prices have risen fairly strongly this year, but are slowing.

PODCAST: Consumer confidence trending upwards

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-30 03:00

Investors in Europe have been moving their portfolios away from risk in the day since it became clear a new general election will occur in Greece in the coming weeks. More on that. Plus, the last snapshot of American consumer confidence for the year came out today. Consumer Confidence rose from November to December. We have context on those statistics. And we'll also talk about the current state of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

AirAsia says debris is missing plane

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:59
Indonesian officials confirm that bodies and debris found in Indonesia's Java Sea are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday.

Court boost to India BJP chief

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:56
The powerful chief of India's governing BJP party Amit Shah is cleared in the extra-judicial killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a Muslim civilian.

VIDEO: Football as an alternative to gangs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:52
The BBC's Alpa Patel reports on a social programme built around football hopes to give young people an alternative to gang violence.

Assault charge MP pleads not guilty

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:49
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce appears in court in Westminster charged with common assault and criminal damage.

Venezuela denies ice-cream crisis

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:40
Venezuelan officials deny reports that a milk shortage is behind the temporary closure of an ice-cream shop famous for its wide range of flavours.

AirAsia Crash: Rescue Crews Pull Bodies, Find Plane Wreckage In Java Sea

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:40

An Indonesian navy spokesman told reporters a ship had recovered dozens of bodies. AirAsia said Indonesia had confirmed the wreckage was that of the Airbus carrying 162 people.

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Jubilee gifts for Singapore babies

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:37
Government will give out gift packs for every new citizen born in 2015, to mark Singapore's 50th birthday.

Sony hackers 'shared' stolen logins

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:33
Data that helped hackers access Sony's internal network came from another group targeting the firm, reports the Washington Post.

VIDEO: Why is there a science skills gap?

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:20
The BBC's Steph McGovern is looking at the skills shortages facing employers in Britain.

Bin lorry victim out of hospital

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:08
An 18-year-old woman who was injured in the George Square bin lorry crash has been released from hospital.

Barca transfer ban appeal rejected

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:08
Barcelona will not be allowed to sign players in 2015 after an appeal against a transfer ban is dismissed.

VIDEO: How trials helped patients in 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:07
In the latest in a series of special reports, the BBC's Victoria Gill has met the patients who have been contributing to some of 2014's most significant breakthroughs.

Urgent ambulance response times fall

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:01
The number of ambulances hitting the target response time for the most urgent calls has fallen for the second month running.

Consumer confidence on the rise at year's end

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-30 02:00

Consumer confidence has been trending upward during 2014, with both the Reuters/University of Michigan survey and the Conference Board survey reflecting a cheerier pre-recession outlook.

“People expect the economy to improve, and their personal finances to improve,” says economist Chris Christopher of IHS Global Insight.

The stock market has recently hit highs, boosting higher-income households, many of which have regained and surpassed their level of wealth before the recession. But middle-income households remain in the red, on average, since the recession. Long-term unemployment is still stubbornly high, wages are barely outpacing inflation, and millions of workers have dropped out of the labor force altogether.

But Bernie Baumohl of the Economic Outlook Group says the overall economic picture is still overwhelmingly favorable: “We’ve got the best job growth that we’ve seen in 14 years. Companies as well as consumers are benefiting from lower gas prices, and from the lowest borrowing costs in history.” Baumohl still cautions that until the global economy gets healthy again and U.S. trading partners rebound, U.S. companies might not feel optimistic enough to go on a big hiring spree or raise wages.

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