National / International News

Factory fire 'turned sky black'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:38
A major blaze on an industrial estate in Berkshire leaves clouds of thick black smoke "floating across the sky".

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:36
Leaders Chelsea tighten their grip on the Premier League's top spot with a commanding victory over West Ham.

Wal-Mart aims to make a buck from your gift card

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:29

If you received a gift card for Christmas, Wal-Mart wants to make you an offer: Trade it in for a Wal-Mart gift card... for less than face value. An estimated billion dollars worth of gift cards may go unused this year, and Wal-Mart hopes to take a chunk of that business. 

The retail giant is partnering with an outfit called cardcash.com, which is already in the business of trading in slightly-used gift cards— offering a check, or PayPal, or an Amazon gift card. Here are some examples:

Some sample offers from cardcash.com, as found on the morning of Dec. 26 2014.

Dan Weissmann/screenshot from cardcash.com

Card Cash then turns around and offers the cards for sale through its site— at higher prices than it pays. Target cards sell for face value, for instance. Home Depot cards go for 6 percent off. Starbucks cards go for 12.5 percent off.

Wal-Mart, in this partnership, offers slightly better terms for its cards. Here are some offers retrieved from the partnership site:

Some offers from the Wal-Mart side of cardcash.com, as found the morning of December 26, 2014.

Dan Weissmann/screenshot from walmart.cardcash.com

 

Sucharita Mulpuru,  a retail analyst with Forrester Research, says gift cards are such a big business, it was just a matter of time before Wal-Mart got into secondary markets like this. 

However, she is surprised that Wal-Mart is partnering with a company that does so much business with arch-rival Amazon. "If I were in a partnership with any company, I probably would not want them to have significant relations with my biggest competitor," she says. 

 

Egypt bans Exodus Hollywood film

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:18
Egypt bans a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus, citing what it calls "historical inaccuracies".

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:03

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Former England cricketer Pullar dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 05:02
Former Lancashire and Gloucestershire batsman Geoff Pullar, who played 28 Tests for England, dies aged 79.

Syria bombs 'kill dozens in IS area'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 04:56
Syrian aircraft drop barrel bombs on Islamic State-held areas in the north-east, killing some 40 people, activists say.

Man killed in three-car crash on A1

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 04:54
A 72-year-old man from Darlington dies in a crash involving three cars on the A1 in North Yorkshire.

Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 04:51

A group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a possible denial-of-service attack against the tech companies' online game sites.

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Jail for man who hit dad over beer

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 04:19
A Belfast man who assaulted his father for running out of beer on Christmas Eve is jailed for four months.

Irish Court OKs Turning Off Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 04:08

Doctors told the High Court the 18-week fetus' prospects of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb. The decision won't be appealed.

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Ruling is made in pregnant mum case

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:56
A judge in Dublin's High Court rules that a life-support machine may be switched off in the case of a brain dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant.

Archbishop of Canterbury has pneumonia

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:49
The Archbishop of Canterbury has pneumonia, Lambeth Palace says, a day after he pulled out of his Christmas Day sermon with a "severe cold".

Queen tops Christmas Day ratings

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:34
The Queen's Christmas Day broadcast shown on the BBC and ITV tops the TV ratings, with comedy Mrs Brown's Boys the single most-watched programme.

Baby's Christmas Day car rescue

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:17
A five-month-old girl is freed after being accidentally locked inside a car on Christmas Day.

Forecasters predict snow and ice

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:10
The Met Office issues weather warning for snow and ice across Scotland, with the exception of the Western Isles, on Boxing Day night.

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 03:03

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.

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VIDEO: New heart teen home for Christmas

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:53
A teenager is home for Christmas weeks after undergoing a heart transplant.

More children in hospital over drugs

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:46
The number of occasions Scottish children were treated in hospital as a result of illegal drug use increases by more than a third in two years.

Suu Kyi: More Myanmar action needed

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:45
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi tells the BBC the world is too optimistic about reform in the country, saying more is needed to achieve democracy.

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