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Police probe 'hate speech' claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 09:10
Police say they are investigating complaints relating to a north Belfast festival after claims that an event on Sunday featured "hate speech".

Does Scotland's currency clash matter?

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 09:08
Why is the Scotland referendum debate so focused on the pound?

Churchill 'rejected' WW1 help plea

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:47
Army chief Lord Kitchener made a desperate plea to Winston Churchill for ammunition at the start of World War One, a newly unearthed letter reveals.

Lorry crashes into restaurant front

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:46
A restaurant is extensively damaged by an articulated lorry that left a road and smashed into it.

'Sex in custody officer' cleared

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:42
A police sergeant is cleared of misconduct in public office after being accused of having sex with a woman suspect in a custody suite.

Fight for leg room diverts flight

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:36
A US airliner has been diverted after an row broke out over one passenger's use of a device to prevent the seat in front of him from reclining.

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:25
The British volunteer nurse William Pooley, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been given the experimental drug ZMapp.

Jewish Center Targeted During 2008 Mumbai Attacks Reopens

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:19

The attack killed more than 160 people across the city, including six at the Chabad center. Rabbis from across Asia attended the reopening of the Nariman House in historic south Mumbai.

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UN helicopter crashes in South Sudan

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:15
The UN says one of its cargo helicopters has crashed in South Sudan killing three crew - unconfirmed reports say it was shot down.

Pensioner killed in road accident

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:01
An 81-year-old woman is knocked down and killed in County Londonderry.

Name would-be jihadists, public urged

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:54
The UK's head of counter-terrorism calls for help to identify people who have travelled to Syria or shown signs of being radicalised.

Burger King Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:47

As part of the $11 billion deal, Burger King will transfer its headquarters to Ontario and cut its tax bill considerably.

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Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:45

Both the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association say vapors from electronic cigarettes pose a health threat to bystanders, and that the devices should be regulated like tobacco.

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Salmond claims TV debate 'momentum'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:34
Alex Salmond says motivation, morale and momentum are with Yes Scotland after latest TV debate with Better Together leader Alistair Darling.

Analysis: The Prevent strategy and its problems

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:27
UK's Prevent strategy remains deeply controversial

Boris Johnson confirms target seat

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:15
London Mayor Boris Johnson is seeking to become the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the 2015 general election.

Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:01

Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.

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Ex-charity chief trial summing up

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:00
A former race equality charity boss "wasn't entitled" to use the organisation's funds, a court has heard from prosecutors.

Why Americans are less satisfied with their cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-26 07:00

People’s satisfaction with their vehicles has fallen to a five year low, according to a survey out on Tuesday from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. That’s despite the fact that car sales are basically back to pre-recession levels.

The survey doesn’t pin down what caused the drop in satisfaction - though, one culprit that has been mentioned is incentives. As in: People have come to expect big ones.

Robert Passikoff is president of Brand Keys, a consultancy that looks at brand loyalty. He says he’s old enough to remember the first time Chrysler did a cash-back offer.

“Who would have thought that I could buy a car and they’d give me money back?” he says. “Now I’ll give you money if you can find a car that’s not giving you money back at some point.”

Today’s expectations, though, don’t match the current reality. Analyst Michelle Krebs with AutoTrader.com says post-recession automakers have been more careful not to overproduce vehicles. That means they don’t have to slap fat incentives on them.

This affects car buyers now entering the market, especially if it’s been years since they last shopped for a car.

They’re used to these big incentives and they just aren’t there,” says Krebs.

Still, Krebs says the number one complaint she hears isn’t incentives, but electronics.

“They’re not intuitive, they don’t operate the way people think they should,” she says. “So there’s a great amount of dissatisfaction around those.”

The survey also found car owners who’d had a vehicle recalled rated that vehicle 6 percent lower than those who hadn't.

VIDEO: What goes into a fake cigarette?

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-26 06:55
The BBC's Tom Brown finds out what is in a fake cigarette
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