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Sex-change vicar dies of cancer

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:43
The first serving Church of England vicar to undergo a sex change dies from cancer at the age of 60.

Man charged with murdering father

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:37
A man appears in court after being charged with murdering his 71-year-old father in Newcastle.

Armitage appeals against 12-week ban

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:37
Former England international Delon Armitage launches an appeal against his 12-week suspension for misconduct.

VIDEO: Keaton: 'Birdman may be my favourite'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:15
BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty caught up with Michael Keaton ahead of Birdman's UK release on New Year's Day.

Pulis to be appointed West Brom boss

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:13
Tony Pulis is to be West Bromwich Albion's new head coach, replacing the sacked Alan Irvine.

Swansea set to sign Exeter's Grimes

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:10
Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes, 19, arrives for a medical at Premier League side Swansea City ahead of a permanent move.

AirTran Folds its wings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:02

It’s taken nearly four years, but Southwest Airlines Sunday completed its $1.4-billion acquisition of AirTran Airways with one last flight.

Cheers erupted as AirTran’s Boeing 717 took off Sunday from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bound for Tampa. AirTran Flight 1 was long sold out, and more than 800 hopeful travelers added their names to the standby list. 

Southwest’s Bob Jordan has been running AirTran’s operations for the past few years.  Over a scratchy PA system, he thanked AirTran’s employees. 

“This is awesome. It’s a fantastic way to commemorate this last flight, and a fantastic way to move forward as one awesome company,” he said. 

The journey traced ValuJet’s 1993 inaugural flight. After a deadly crash in the Florida Everglades in 1998, ValuJet struggled to survive. It eventually re-emerged as AirTran. 

Trish Krider worked as a flight attendant under both names. She says AirTran’s final moment is a proud one. 

“The fact we fought from ValuJet all the way to where we are, to be a company that Southwest wanted to own, is just the most amazing, amazing experience,” Krider said after the flight landed in Tampa. 

By airline standards, Southwest’s merger with AirTran was smooth. For one thing, there were no layoffs. 

AirTran flight attendant Tana Thomas says the airlines’ family-like corporate cultures were a lot alike. And that helped. 

“I see their scrappiness being one and the same,” she said. “It’s like they’re on full-throttle.” 

The merger allowed Southwest access to key markets, like Washington-National and Atlanta. The merger also opened up international routes for the first time. 

And although it’s been a long merger, it’s proving to be a profitable one. Air Transport World just named Southwest its airline of the year. And the Dallas-based carrier’s stock was the year’s best performer on the S&P 500.

Christmas Day robbery victim dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00
A 61-year-old man who was assaulted during a robbery at his home on Christmas Day dies in hospital.

Catching an Uber on New Year's Eve? It'll cost you.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00

Uber expects to be busy New Year's Eve, and its policy of raising rates when demand is high, or surge pricing, is economics 101. Low demand leads to lower prices. Higher demand means a company can jack up prices and customers will still pay.

Defenders of the surge pricing policy say Uber is transparent, warning riders that getting from point A to point B will cost them more. Still, the concept is a new one for many people,so even if there's no trickery involved, there's still likely to be pushback from frustrated users whocan't understand why their car delivery service raises prices, right when they most need a ride.

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Uber surges for New Year's Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00

Uber expects to be busy New Year's Eve, and its policy of raising rates when demand is high, or surge pricing, is economics 101. Low demand leads to lower prices. Higher demand means a company can jack up prices and customers will still pay.

Defenders of the surge pricing policy say Uber is transparent, warning riders that getting from point A to point B will cost them more. Still, the concept is a new one for many people, and so even if there's no trickery involved, there's still likely to be pushback from frustrated users who just can't understand why their car delivery service raises prices, right when they most need a ride.

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Pedestrian dies in lorry collision

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00
A pedestrian dies in a collision involving a recycling lorry in Bridge Street in Inverness.

World starts new year celebrations

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00
Revellers across the globe gather to welcome in the new year, with New Zealand and Australia leading the celebrations.

American Apparel closes a challenging year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 02:00

American Apparel once stood for some combination of sexy, creepy, and made-in-the-USA. But after a year of flat sales, the company is making some changes, at least at the top. As of January 5, the company will have a new CEO, as its infamous self-proclaimed "dirty guy" was fired after a long string of harassment allegations (and flat sales). And now hedge fund Lion Capital is reportedly pushing the company to find a new owner. But can a change at the top alter the brand's bottom line? 

Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at the NPD Group, says it faces new competition in the "fashionable basics" category. And Jennifer Black, CEO of Jennifer Black & Associates, says to succeed in this new environment will take both low prices and to nail the next fashion trend.

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India to scrap tax breaks on cars

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:47
Cars, bikes and consumer goods are set to get more expensive in India as the government is to withdraw tax breaks in the new year, reports say.

Weather Hampers AirAsia Search, Sonar May Have Found Parts Of Plane

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:37

Sonar may have located parts of the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Recovery teams have now pulled at least seven bodies from the choppy waters.

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VIDEO: Kinshasa's symphony orchestra turns 20

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:34
Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, the only symphony orchestra in central Africa, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this December.

Doing the numbers on New Years Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:30
11,875 pounds

The weight of the ball set to drop in Times Square at midnight. This year's time ball is decorated with 32,256 light bulbs, compared to 100 on the first ball to drop in New York back in 1907.

3,000 pounds

Speaking of Times Square, that's how much confetti will be thrown out when that ball drops.

19

That's how many cities allow public drinking in some fashion, including New Orleans; Lincoln, Nebraska; Las Vegas and Erie, Pennsylvania. The Huffington Post has a map and a history of public drinking laws in the U.S.

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That's Uber's maximum surge pricing multiplier. It's a ceiling they've never actually hit, save for one experiment in Sweden. Still, the car service expects Wednesday night to be among its busiest ever, and the company advises requesting a ride before midnight or after 2:30 a.m. to avoid peak rates.

71.2 percent

The portion of Jawbone Up fitness tracker users who are awake at midnight on New Year's, lower than most other countries with a high number of Up users.

$7.3 billion

That's how much ESPN is paying to broadcast seven college football playoff games a year over 12 years. The first in 2015 is the Rose Bowl, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. 

How nine darts changed my life

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:23
Hitting the World Championship's first nine-dart finish changed Paul Lim's life - he relives his historic Lakeside moment 25 years on.

Job hope for former City Link staff

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:14
A parcel delivery company is north Wales could offer a life line to former City Link staff facing redundancy.

AirAsia bodies returned to airport

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-31 01:12
The first two bodies from the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash off Borneo arrive back in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives are waiting.

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