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Follow the FA Cup on BBC in January

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 03:30
January is FA Cup month on the BBC, and we have lots of ways for you to follow the action on TV, radio and online.

Mumbai attack 'leader' wins appeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 03:29
The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks wins an appeal against his detention in Pakistan, paving the way for his release.

Two arrested after woman's death

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 03:28
Two men are arrested after the body of a 57-year-old woman was discovered at a property in Cardigan, Ceredigion.

VIDEO: Anxious wait for missing plane news

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:58
Sharanjit Leyl reports from Singapore and Alice Budisatrijo, reports from Surabaya, Indonesia, on the wait for news of the missing plane, AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501.

Big Ben clock tower on new £100 coin

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:52
A new £100 coin featuring London's Elizabeth Tower which houses Big Ben is minted to mark the start of the new year.

Paedophile teacher 'betrayed school'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:47
A head teacher has described the "utter shock and betrayal" he felt on discovering a long-serving teacher was a paedophile.

Car shooting murder suspect in court

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:46
A man appears in court charged with the murder of a man shot dead while he sat in a car at traffic lights in Sheffield city centre.

5 Dead, Scores Still Stranded Aboard Burning Greek Ferry

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:46

Monday morning, rescue crews continued to airlift survivors to safety. Video from a coast guard helicopter showed a black plume of smoke billowing from the vessel.

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Mexican female bullfighter gored

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:36
Mexican bullfighter Karla de los Angeles sustains cuts to her thigh and gluteal muscles as she is gored by a bull at a fight in Mexico City.

Woman, 19, has ear part bitten off

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:24
A woman is still in hospital three days after having part of her ear bitten off in an attack in a Newcastle nightclub.

Russia shows first sign of recession

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:17
Russia's economy contracts for the first time in five years as President Putin moves to protect the country's banks.

VIDEO: Technology's biggest trends of 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:09
Rory Cellan-Jones looks back at the big technology trends of 2014.

Greek MPs' vote triggers snap poll

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:05
Greek MPs reject a presidential candidate nominated by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, triggering a snap general election.

Schumacher faces fight for recovery

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:03
Michael Schumacher faces a "long fight" on the road to recovery, his manager says a year after the F1 champion suffered head injuries while skiing.

Walgreens poised to get bigger and go global

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:00

Walgreens – the biggest drugstore chain in the U.S. – is poised to become the biggest drugstore chain on the planet. Shareholders approved the final stage of a merger with European drugstore chain Alliance Boots by a 97 percent margin at a company shareholder meeting Monday morning.

All told, the merger is worth more than $21 billion. In a 2012 deal, Walgreens acquired 45 percent of Alliance Boots. The remaining 55 percent tranche of the deal went forward in mid-2014, and following shareholder approval, it will close Wednesday. Executives from Alliance Boots will be in significant leadership positions in the merged company.

Alliance Boots has more than 4,500 stores across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Walgreens has more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. But, according to retail consultant Burt Flickinger of the Strategic Resource Group, Walgreens has weaker discount-programs and worse-performing stores than its rivals, and it has lost ground in the domestic market.

“This merger really allows Walgreens-Alliance Boots to pole vault past CVS or anyone else in global competition,” says Flickinger.

Meanwhile, Walgreens could benefit from some of Boots’ higher-end European offerings, says John Palizza, a retired business professor and former Walgreens executive who owns shares in the company.

“Some of Boots' private-label is very high quality,” says Palizza. “Here in the U.S., when you see private label you typically to think, ‘Well, this is second tier.’”

Selling more premium store-brands could help Walgreens, says Palizza, since it’s the items that fill the aisles in the front of the store – groceries, household supplies, health-and-beauty products – that increasingly drive drugstore profits.

Walgreens to get bigger and go global

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:00

Walgreens—the biggest drugstore chain in the U.S.—is poised to become the biggest drugstore chain on the planet. Shareholders approved the final stage of a merger with European drugstore chain Alliance Boots by a 97 percent margin at a company shareholder meeting Monday morning.

All told, the merger is worth more than $21 billion. In a 2012 deal, Walgreens acquired 45 percent of Alliance Boots. The remaining 55 percent tranche of the deal went forward in mid-2014, and following shareholder approval, it will close on December 31. Executives from Alliance Boots will be in significant leadership positions in the merged company.

Alliance Boots has more than 4,500 stores across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Walgreens has more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. But, according to retail consultant Burt Flickinger of the Strategic Resource Group, Walgreens has weaker discount-programs and worse-performing stores than its rivals and it has lost ground in the domestic market.

“This merger really allows Walgreens-Alliance Boots to pole vault past CVS or anyone else in global competition,” says Flickinger.

Meanwhile, Walgreens could benefit from some of Boots’ higher-end European offerings, says John Palizza, a retired business professor and former Walgreens executive who still owns shares in the company.

“Some of Boots' private-label is very high quality,” says Palizza. “Here in the U.S., when you see private label you typically to think, ‘Well, this is second tier.’”

Selling more premium store-brands could help Walgreens, says Palizza, since it’s the items that fill the aisles in the front of the store—groceries, household supplies, health-and-beauty products—that increasingly drive drugstore profits.

Staying ahead of the curve on cyberthreats

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-12-29 02:00

When hackers are increasingly organized and effective, what can a government do to protect citizens? Investing in open security architecture may be one option.

Granddad in court for boy's murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 01:47
A man appears at crown court for the first time charged with murdering his nine-year-old grandson.

Childcare costs 'cancels out wages'

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 01:47
One in 10 UK families see one earner's wages used solely to cover childcare and commuting costs, research by insurer Aviva suggests.

Cameroon air strikes on Boko Haram

BBC - Mon, 2014-12-29 01:46
Cameroon has carried out air strikes against militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the first time, after it attacked a military base, a spokesman says.

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