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Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops'

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:35
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.

Mortgage lending dip 'continues'

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:15
UK mortgage lending in November returned to the level seen a year earlier, lenders say, offering more evidence of a post-summer slowdown.

US boy's 1944 conviction overturned

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:13
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:10
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

Tests claim Ebosse died from beating

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:46
New post-mortem tests claims Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating rather than being hit by a projectile thrown by fans.

'Ice pancakes' found on River Dee

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:44
Dozens of "ice pancakes" the size of dinner plates are found floating on a stretch of the River Dee in Scotland.

Two world titles, one champion?

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:31
Stephen Bunting hopes to become the first player to hold both versions of the world darts title at the same time.

Whitehall v town hall

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:29
David Cameron promised to give local government more power, but local councils continue to shrink, relative to central government.

Autism link to air pollution raised

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:26
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Drug allergy: Culprit protein found

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:25
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.

Obesity 'is a disability' - courts

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:23
Obesity can be constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Swiss interest rates turn negative

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:22
Switzerland's National Bank has brought in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.

Taxi driver fined for guide dog snub

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:21
A taxi driver is fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.

VIDEO: Has the high street got worse?

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:17
Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.

China village 'shuns' boy with HIV

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:16
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.

Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens'

Thu, 2014-12-18 00:16
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.

Inside the mind of a cyclist

Wed, 2014-12-17 23:59
Defying teachers, riding on Christmas Day and learning to bluff - Sir Bradley Wiggins on the psychology of his rise to the top.

Murder accused pensioner goes missing

Wed, 2014-12-17 23:56
An 81-year-old man who is charged with murdering his wife has gone missing, Cumbria Police say.

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained

Wed, 2014-12-17 23:52
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.

Your pictures of the year 2014

Wed, 2014-12-17 23:52
A selection of the best readers' photos