National / International News

VIDEO: Timelapse captures Northern Lights show

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 07:06
Timelapse video has captured a spectacular show of the Northern Lights, visible from northern parts of the UK.

Bollywood comedy ends 20-year run

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 07:00
An iconic movie which became the longest running in Bollywood history has its final showing after a record-breaking 1,009-week run.

Hot KISS Buns Are Headed For Store Shelves In Japan

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:58

They're dark and intense — and starting next week, a limited number of them will be sold in stores in Japan. Official name? Spicy Chili Tomatoman.

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Supermarket price war hits Asda

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:56
Sales at Asda fall in the 12 weeks to January as supermarket price wars hit the company's performance.

Man forced out by homophobic attacks

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:50
A grieving man who has been the target of a series of homophobic attacks and death threats says he can no longer live in his north Belfast home.

Henna tattoo warning after dye death

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:48
A coroner warns about the dangers of having black henna tattoos and using hair dye after the death of a woman who suffered an allergic reaction.

VIDEO: Convert guilty of beheading plot

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:41
Brusthom Ziamani is been found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey of planning to behead a British soldier.

VIDEO: 'Sound of shells' heard near Donetsk

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:36
The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from the outskirts of Donetsk, where the truce has been observed so far, but where artillery fired has now been heard.

Wal-Mart Gives 500,000 Employees A Pay Raise

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:36

The retailer says starting in April, thousands of full and part time employees will make $9.00 an hour.

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Pensioner dies after car hits wall

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:31
An 85-year-old man dies after his car crashes into a wall.

Man guilty of plot to behead soldier

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:29
A 19-year-old man, who was armed with a 12in knife and a hammer when he was arrested, is found guilty of planning to behead a British soldier.

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.