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Chicago mayor in run-off election

Wed, 2015-02-25 11:27
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been forced into a tough run-off election after failing to gain 50% of voters in his re-election bid.

TJ Maxx to raise US workers' wages

Wed, 2015-02-25 11:13
TJX, the owner of US retailers TJ Maxx and Marshalls, follows in Walmart's footsteps by raising the base hourly pay of its workers to $9.

Odeon cinemas to go on sale for £1bn

Wed, 2015-02-25 11:11
Terra Firma, the owner of Odeon and UCI, plans to put the cinema chain up for sale later this year for about £1bn.

Ed Sheeran wins first Brit Award

Wed, 2015-02-25 11:11
Ed Sheeran wins best British male at the 2015 Brit Awards, on a night when he goes head-to-head with Sam Smith for most of the main prizes.

Pair admit stabbing takeaway owner

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:41
Two men have admitted stabbing a Chinese takeaway owner who tried to stop his car being stolen.

Qatar 2022 rifts 'beyond repair'

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:39
BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan says the fall-out from a winter Qatar 2022 World Cup could tear football apart.

Farah-Vernon rivalry 'adds spice'

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:39
Mo Farah's row with GB team-mate Andy Vernon is good for their sport, according to UK Athletics president Lynn Davies.

Al-Jazeera arrests over Paris drone

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:31
Three journalists for the Qatar-based channel al-Jazeera are arrested for the alleged illegal flying of a drone in the Bois de Boulogne area of Paris.

'Inadequate' free school to close

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:25
Durham Free School is to close at the end of this term after its action plan was judged insufficient to turn it around.

VIDEO: Sam Smith appeals for boyfriend

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:04
Sam Smith speaks to Sangita Myska on the Brits 2015 red carpet - about deja vu and wanting a boyfriend.

New York trio 'tried to join IS'

Wed, 2015-02-25 10:00
The FBI has arrested three foreign nationals living in Brooklyn who agents say sought to join the Islamic State.

VIDEO: Smuggler: How girls entered Syria

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:57
A people smuggler has told the BBC how three east London schoolgirls were taken across the border from Turkey to Syria.

Greek ex-minister in tax list trial

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:41
A former Greek finance minister goes on trial accused of removing relatives' names from a list of HSBC account holders who may have underpaid tax.

Nuclear bunker drugs charges denied

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:32
Two men deny turning a former nuclear bunker near Kidderminster into a cannabis factory.

VIDEO: Computer teaches itself to play games

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:09
Researchers say they have developed an artificial intelligence system that has taught itself how to win 1980s computer games.

Daughter wins £1.3m of family farm

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:08
A farmer's daughter wins £1.3m after working on her parents' farm for nothing as a teenager while her sisters were having fun.

BBC Trust chair's HSBC role queried

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:06
A senior MP raises questions over new BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead's role at HSBC while the bank's Swiss arm helped wealthy clients evade tax.

Alonso warned not to rush return

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:02
Fernando Alonso "could do himself more damage" if he returns too soon from concussion, says former IndyCar driver Gil De Ferran.

Machine learns to play video games

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:00
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

Sir Cliff Richard inquiry 'expanded'

Wed, 2015-02-25 08:57
An historical sex offence inquiry into singer Sir Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size" and involves "more than one allegation", police say.

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