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Stevens to make F1 bow with Caterham

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:17
Britain's Will Stevens makes Formula 1 debut in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, partnering Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham.

Graduate director Mike Nichols dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:15
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.

Florida State Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:15

Tallahassee's police chief says the gunman, who opened fire at the campus library shortly after midnight, appears to have acted alone.

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Kim Kardashian India trip cancelled

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:12
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian's trip to India, where she was to appear on India's version of Big Brother, is cancelled, apparently over visa issues.

Man 'burnt to death' in factory oven

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:09
A factory worker died from severe burns when he became trapped in an industrial oven, a court hears.

University investigates rape threats

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:06
Edinburgh University launches an investigation into threats of rape made by members of an American-style "fraternity" organisation.

Mother 'wrote on bodies of children'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:01
A pregnant woman killed her three children before writing "I love you" on their bodies, kissing them and tucking them up in bed, an inquest hears.

Five arrested in murder inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:00
Police arrest five people in east Belfast over the death of a mother of five, which is being treated as murder.

PODCAST: Pirates off the coast of West Africa

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 03:00

At first glance, there was no inflation last month.  The news this morning is the consumer price index is flat. But, you already knew gasoline and heating oil prices are down and what that masks is rising prices in other areas. More on that. And a new Senate report warns that taxpayers and consumers could end up holding the bag when banks own big stashes of commodities like oil and metals. The senate report also highlights the possibility of risk to the overall financial system. Plus, when we say pirates and Africa, thoughts turn to the east coast of the continent including Somalia. But we were talking to our BBC colleagues and their correspondents are pointing out that there are more attacks on shipping off West Africa, especially the coast of Nigeria.

VIDEO: Sturgeon sworn in as first minister

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:57
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is formally sworn in as Scotland's first minister in front of senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

VIDEO: Ineos to invest £640m in shale gas

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:48
The chemicals giant Ineos is expected to announce plans to invest more than £6m in UK shale gas production.

Mackay hiring 'a mockery of inquiry'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:43
Leroy Rosenior feels Malky Mackay's appointment as Wigan manager "makes a mockery" of an ongoing FA inquiry.

VIDEO: Cosby's 'no comment' on assault claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:38
US comedian Bill Cosby has once again refused to comment when asked about sexual assault allegations that have been made against him.

Eritreans 'flee conscription drive'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:36
A renewed conscription drive in Eritrea has led to a sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing to Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency tells the BBC.

VIDEO: EU rejects UK bank bonus challenge

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:35
The Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice has rejected the UK's challenge to its cap on bankers' bonuses.

Police officer's speed fine 'cheat'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:30
A South Wales Police officer tried to cheat his way out of a speeding ticket by changing his car number plates, a court hears.

Falling oil won't mean huge savings on home heating

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:30

Temperatures plunged to the freezing point or below in all 50 states this week, and home heating costs are expected to be somewhat lower this year, thanks to cheaper oil prices. But don’t look for a windfall of savings just yet.

The unseasonably cold weather has raised the specter of last year’s polar vortex, when a surge in demand for heating oil and propane upset household budgets and kept consumers out of restaurants and stores.

“It’s a little unnerving when you have 15-degree weather in mid-November,” says Mark Griffin, President of the Michigan Petroleum Association. Despite the temperatures outside, Griffin says it’s still too early to call this a vortex 2.0.

“Our fingers are crossed that we’ve done everything we can to meet the needs of the marketplace, and there won’t be any supply disruptions going forward," he says.

The cheaper price of crude oil (currently about $75/barrel) is expected to put some downward pressure on energy costs, but Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics for forecaster IHS Global Insight, notes that oil isn’t necessarily the primary driver of heating costs.

“What we should expect is relatively the same type of costs, maybe a bit lower, and they have been lowering, but it all depends on demand,” says Christopher.

In terms of consumer psychology, Christopher says the cost of gasoline at the pump plays a much bigger role in juicing the economy.

PM: Barnett reform 'not on horizon'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:20
David Cameron tells MPs there are no plans to change the funding formula used to decide spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

AUDIO: David Hockney: 'Bohemia has gone'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:13
Artist David Hockney, 77, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he is working harder than ever from his home in Los Angeles.

In pictures: Scarcity and Waste

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:11
Finalists of Syngenta Photography Award