National / International News

100 things we didn't know last year

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:48
The curious nuggets that emerged from 2014's news stories

How the UK coped with the millennium bug 15 years ago

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:43
How the UK coped with the millennium bug 15 years ago

Sturgeon: Build on 'empowerment'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:35
Nicola Sturgeon uses her new year message to call for the enthusiasm and engagement of the independence referendum to be harnessed in 2015.

Art in 2015: A look ahead

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:23
Will Gompertz on his pick of the best exhibitions

VIDEO: The good news of 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:20
A round up of some of the good news that happened in 2014.

VIDEO: Putin's 15 years in power - in 90 seconds

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:17
A 90-second look back at some key events in Vladimir Putin's 15 years at the top of Russian politics.

VIDEO: 'I dreamed about modern clothes'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:17
A woman who walked away from the Amish community explains why she kept the dress she was wearing that day.

FOI requests exceed 400,000 in decade

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 15:10
More than 400,000 requests have been made under Freedom of Information laws since they were introduced 10 years ago.

Airport Ebola testing 'shambles'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:50
Wednesday's papers are united in asking why nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Ebola symptoms were not picked up at Heathrow Airport, despite multiple screening tests.

Why Pardew would leave for Palace

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:26
It seems Alan Pardew can barely wait to leave 10th-placed Newcastle for struggling Crystal Palace - Phil McNulty examines why.

Asda boss says 2015 will be tough

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:24
The rise of the discount supermarkets will mean 2015 will be another difficult year, the boss of Asda tells the BBC.

MBE for volunteer maths teacher

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:22
Gbolahan Bright, the organiser of free maths clubs for primary children in London and Essex is made an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Frontline NHS staff given honours

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:14
A host of frontline NHS staff are among those recognised in the New Year Honour's list.

Second woman 'negative' for Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:05
A second healthcare worker who was tested for Ebola in Scotland has tested negative, the Scottish government confirms.

Wenger wants new panel to ban divers

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 14:01
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants an independent panel to stamp out diving and issue retrospective bans.

Who's the real-life inspiration for L.A. noir?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:56

Who was Samuel Marlowe? That's something Los Angeles Times writer Daniel Miller spent a year trying to find out. 

A Jamaican immigrant, Marlowe fought in World War I. After settling in Los Angeles, he became one of California's first African-American private detectives, frequenting the speak-easies of 1930s L.A. and getting private investigative work from the Hollywood studios.

If Marlowe is starting to sound like a real-life noir character, it's because he probably is. Miller thinks Marlowe was friends with LA noir writers Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, whose novels seem to immortalize him in fiction.

"One of the best examples is a claim that Dashiell Hammett sent an early draft of a story called 'Night Shade' to Samuel Marlowe," Miller says.

But Miller's detective work on Marlowe ultimately has no conclusion. Many of the records that might have proven when Marlowe started as a PI are lost, and Hammett and Chandler aren't around to reveal their artistic inspirations.

As Miller says "Noir stories, they don't always end tidily, with all the loose ends tied up." 

Hillsborough campaigners made CBEs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:55
Two Hillsborough justice campaigners are appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Mini skirt queen leads honours list

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:48
Mary Quant, the designer widely credited with making the mini skirt popular, is among those in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

VIDEO: Hundred held after Russia protest

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:46
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 100 other demonstrators have been arrested at a rally in central Moscow, activists say.

Palestinian UN resolution fails

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 13:42
The UN Security Council rejects a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years.