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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.

UKIP chair regrets National Front past

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:43
The UKIP chairman in the Kent seat where leader Nigel Farage hopes to become an MP says he regrets his past membership of the National Front.

Short-let apartments spark Paris row

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:41
Growth of short holiday lets alarms Paris authorities

SFA dish out £1.7m in club funding

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:41
The Scottish FA announces an increased raft of funding for member clubs, with £1.7m being doled out over the festive period.

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:33

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

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Man's body found in city centre

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:22
Police in Edinburgh are investigating the death of a man who was found in the early hours of this morning.

Coke to make cuts amid sales slump

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:04

The Wall Street Journal reports that Coca Cola has plans to lay off as many as 2,000 employees in the next few weeks. Coke announced in October that it is seeking to cut costs amid falling profits. The company is slashing budgets: asking executives to take taxis instead of limousines, and reportedly canceling a Christmas party for Wall Street analysts.

The belt-tightening comes as America's love affair with soda pop has chilled in recent years. U.S. consumers are increasingly turning to healthier, cheaper beverages to quench their thirst, including water. Coke owns the water brand, Dasani, and recently started selling milk, in an attempt to keep pace with changing tastes. 

Airlines use illusion to make coach seem more spacious

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:03

Like most of us, you have probably flown coach recently. Did it seem spacious to you? Probably not. Airlines are hoping to change that—not with bigger seats, but by creating the impression of more room with larger video screens and new headrests.

Joe Brancatelli runs JoeSentMe, a website for business travelers. He says the illusion is just that: an illusion. Coach seats have gotten smaller he says and they continue to get smaller.

The whole shrinking airplane seat situation makes Joe Brancatelli thinks of a Marx Brothers' joke. It's the one where Groucho calls up room service and asks them to send up more room. Instead, they send up more people to his tiny space.

Brancatelli says airplane perks like larger video screens are distractions from slimmer seats which are now seven inches less than an average desk chair. Meanwhile, he says first class keeps getting nicer.

The difference in comfort between first class and coach is growing Brancatelli says. “It really is a yawning gap culturally,” he says, “and people are beginning to seize on this and say it's like what is going on in society.”

Chris Lopinto has noticed the increasing difference between the two airplane classes. Lopinto is co-founder of ExpertFlyer.com. He points to how American Airlines is concentrating more on first class as it upgrades its fleet. Lopinto says, “That's the way it is because that's where a lot of the revenue comes from.”

Lopinto says in American Airlines' new planes, economy fliers will get some upgrades like more personal video screens, power outlets, and pay-as-you-go wifi.

 As for the seats, he says if anything they are going to get a tad smaller.

Blackberry plans self-destructing phone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-26 02:03

The Canadian smartphone company Blackberry has partnered with Boeing to make a phone that can self-destruct if it gets into the wrong hands.

The phone is designed for people in the defense and security industries. Blackberry is hoping this emphasis on security will tap into a growth market and turn the company around. Aptly named the “Boeing Black,” any attempt to crack it open triggers a Mission Impossible-style deletion of data and renders the phone inoperable.

Apple and Samsung may rule the consumer-side of smartphones for some time, “…but on the business-side and the government-side, Blackberry is gold,” notes Jeff Kagan, a tech industry analyst based in Atlanta. He says smartphone security is growth industry, and it won’t be just the Boeings of the world, who want these added protections. 

Turkey 'insult' teenager released

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 01:55
A Turkish teenager who was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been released but still faces trial.

Shoppers flock to Boxing Day sales

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-26 01:53
Shoppers across the UK descend on their High Street stores for the annual Boxing Day sales.

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