National / International News

VIDEO: Speed racing on city ring-road

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:42
Coventry is to become the first UK city for years to stage competitive motor-sport on public roads.

Bird of prey deaths 'not deliberate'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:40
Police say birds of prey found dead in Ross-shire were probably accidentally poisoned as they make a fresh appeal for information.

The numbers for October 24, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:35

Amazon shares dropped 95 cents at close Thursday and the company posted disappointing earnings with operating losses at $544 million. It has been a big quarter for Amazon, with new acquisitions, well-received original series, ugly publisher fights and a disastrous smartphone launch.

The Fire Phone loomed large over the earnings call, which by itself has cost Amazon $170 million. With that new perspective, Forbes just published a review of the cash-hemorrhaging, actually-not-bad device.

Here are some other numbers we're watching and other stories we're reading Friday:

$5.5 million

Ello is jumping off of that new venture capital infusion and becoming a public benefit corporation, Wired reported. Critics have noted the social network's ad-free, data-benevolent ethos might not stand up to investor pressure or future revenue opportunities. But its new PBC status — a relatively new designation — and charter prohibits Ello or any future buyer from selling advertising or user data.

64 percent

The portion of American adults who don't know that online price discrimination — steering different users toward different price points based on cookies and other data — is legal. A new study from Northwestern University shows this practice is widespread, used by major retailers and travel sites. Time has a guide for users trying to get the best price.

95,000

That's how many temporary employees UPS will bring on this holiday season, up 10,000 from last year. Overall, holiday retail hiring is expected to surpass 800,000 employees this year, the highest it has been since 1999. Though those temp positions only turn into permanent jobs for a few.

$200,000

The man who bought Ebola.com for $13,500 just sold the domain name to a Russian cannabis company for $200,000 in cash and stock, the Verge reported. That's $50,000 more than his asking price.

'Slavery' police search for more men

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:32
Police who investigated the "modern day slavery" case of a vulnerable man found working unpaid on a farm, say they are looking for other missing men.

Puffer fish poisons 11 in Brazil

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:32
Eleven people fell seriously ill in Brazil after eating a deadly puffer fish for lunch, it was reported.

Suarez gets help for impulse to bite

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:31
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he is getting professional help as he seeks to overcome an "impulse" to bite opponents.

Rwanda bans BBC over genocide film

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:29
Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts in the Kinyarwanda language with immediate effect because of a controversial documentary about the 1994 genocide.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:29
The week's big numbers visualised

Farmer jailed over £1m will fraud

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:26
A County Armagh farmer who tried to use a forged will to inherit most of a £1m estate from an elderly woman has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Norfolk schools inquiry faces review

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:24
The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:09

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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Plaid 'could hold balance of power'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:03
Plaid Cymru MPs could help decide who takes power after next year's general election, party leader Leanne Wood tells its conference.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:53

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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Suicide mother gave girls acid drink

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:48
A mother poisoned herself and her two young daughters by drinking acid after struggling to get on with her in-laws, an inquest hears.

PC jailed for partner's stab death

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:42
A "paranoid and controlling" former policeman is jailed for at least 28 years for killing his partner, who was stabbed 81 times.

Ashya's family 'unsafe for UK return'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:31
The family of Ashya King say they will not yet return to the UK following his treatment in Prague as they do not feel safe to do so.

Slip road closure 'benefits' traffic

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:23
A controversial peak time closure of a slip road to ease congestion on the M4 near Port Talbot is 'a benefit', a review into the trial finds.

Serbia awarded 3-0 Albania walkover

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:16
Serbia are awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania after their Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned but lose three points.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:13
Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in its stores.

Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:12
A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.
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