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UK seeks extra power for winter (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:25 GMT)
National Grid is seeking additional electricity supplies for winter after unexpected plant shutdowns have raised fears of potential shortages.

Laptop sales soar before university (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:38:43 GMT)
The surge in sales of laptops for students getting ready to start university has become like a "mini-Christmas", say leading retailers.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead' (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:20:55 GMT)
Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

Uber banned across Germany by court (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:12 GMT)
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

UK construction growth surges (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:54 GMT)
The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

December date for Autumn Statement (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:20:09 GMT)
George Osborne is to deliver the Autumn Statement, an annual update on the state of the economy, on 3 December.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%' (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:30:46 GMT)
The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:28:43 GMT)
A hearing to convince a judge to approve Detroit's plan to restructure the city's debts has begun.

Halliburton agrees oil spill deal (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:42:30 GMT)
US oilfield firm Halliburton says it has agreed a $1.1bn settlement to meet the majority of claims against it for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Swiss economy stalls as EU slows (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:35:03 GMT)
Switzerland's economy failed to grow in the second quarter of the year, official figures show, with trade affected by stagnation in the rest of Europe.

Aston Martin appoints new chief (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:59:13 GMT)
UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin hires senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive.

Premier League clubs' spending spree (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:48:26 GMT)
Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.

PPI complaint levels remain high (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:55:14 GMT)
Complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) have fallen after last year's record, but remain at historically high levels, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

Dollar General raises bid for rival (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:27:20 GMT)
Dollar General, the lead discount retailer in the United States, raises its bid for rival store Family Dollar to almost $9.1bn (£5.51bn).

More than 48,000 use Help to Buy (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:34:21 GMT)
More than 48,000 homeowners have used the government's Help to Buy scheme since it started, figures show.

Water stress 'may curtail fracking' (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:36:37 GMT)
Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute says.

London Market Report (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:05:11 GMT)
The pound falls after a poll for the Sun and the Times indicates a rise in support for the pro-Scottish independence "Yes" campaign.

High-powered hairdryers under threat (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT)
High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

DVLA prints cut out and keep tax disc (Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:10:15 GMT)
Drivers will have to cut out their own vehicle tax discs during the death throes of the paper system, because the DVLA has run out of perforated paper.

Consumer borrowing jumps in July (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:16:18 GMT)
The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.

Woodford sells HSBC over fine fears (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:25:34 GMT)
One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".

Banks to reopen 2.5m PPI claims (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:09:41 GMT)
Banks and card companies will reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints amid claims of underpayment and rejection of compensation.

Brown issues warning over UK debt (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:42:56 GMT)
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

Mining tax repealed by Australia (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:45:08 GMT)
Australia scraps a controversial mining tax after the government strikes a deal with business tycoon Clive Palmer's political party.

UK manufacturing growth 'slows' (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:19:02 GMT)
Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost (Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:57:19 GMT)
With the European Union ending import tariffs on Georgian products from 1 September, the country's winemakers and farmers are hopeful of increasing their exports to the EU.

Tunisia's first video games boss (Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:11 GMT)
A profile of Walid Sultan Midani, the founder of Tunisia's first video game development company, and his plans for global success.

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish (Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:37 GMT)
Entrepreneurs are trying to find ways to collect rubbish in Mali's capital city Bamako but they have nowhere to process it.

Rangers confirm £4m share issue plan (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:56:51 GMT)
Rangers make new shares available to current shareholders and admit poor uptake could hinder payments to creditors.

England Women's Sevens turn pro (Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:37 GMT)
England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT)
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.

Justin Bieber charged with assault (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:13 GMT)
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:09:12 GMT)
The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.

Survivor singer Jamison dies aged 63 (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:54 GMT)
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, dies aged 63.

McDormand picks up Venice award (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:49:42 GMT)
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand is honoured with the visionary talent award at the Venice Film Festival.

Winkleman makes 'most powerful' list (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:47:45 GMT)
Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is named on a list of most influential women on TV, but co-presenter Tess Daly fails to make the cut.

Johansson's Lucy stays top of chart (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:02:23 GMT)
Scarlett Johansson sci-fi drama Lucy has held on to top spot at the UK and Ireland box office in its second weekend of release.

Spain returns Colombian treasure (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:08:27 GMT)
Spain returns to Colombia hundreds of indigenous artefacts that were seized from drug gangs in 2003, but later smuggled out of the country.

Musician Watt makes non-fiction list (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:05:36 GMT)
Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt is announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

Appeal to save Wedgwood collection (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:02:13 GMT)
A public appeal is launched to save the Wedgwood Museum's collection, which is being sold to pay off the ceramics firm's pension bill.

Queen star lends 3D photos to show (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:10:12 GMT)
Queen guitarist Brian May lends some of his collection of Victorian 3D photographs to a new show at London's Tate Britain.

BBC staff vote to strike over cuts (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:54 GMT)
BBC staff vote to go on strike in a row over job losses, the National Union of Journalists says.

Domingo to close iTunes festival (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:03:53 GMT)
Opera star Placido Domingo is to close the iTunes festival in London at the end of this month.

Orlando Bloom turns heads in NI town (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:56:29 GMT)
Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom drops in to a County Down seaside town

International festival's record haul (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:32:08 GMT)
Organisers of this year's Edinburgh International Festival reveal that ticket sales have passed the £3m mark for the first time.

Dahl draft spills Factory secrets (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:40:33 GMT)
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.

Gold-diggers find treasure on beach (Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:30:24 GMT)
Three people have become the first confirmed diggers to find 24-carat gold treasure buried on a beach in Kent.

Guardians is top US film of 2014 (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:35 GMT)
Sci-fi blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy rules the US box office, becoming the biggest film of the year so far.

Thrones swordsman joins Star Wars (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:44:17 GMT)
Actor Miltos Yerolemou, best known for playing swordsman Syrio Forel in the first series of Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Belafonte to receive honorary Oscar (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:26:52 GMT)
US actor and singer Harry Belafonte is to be honoured by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Bush sets new album chart record (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:21:04 GMT)
Kate Bush follows her stage comeback to become the first woman to have eight albums in the chart at the same time.

Original Jethro Tull bassist dies (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:33:48 GMT)
Bassist Glenn Cornick, a founding member of the British rock band Jethro Tull who played on their biggest hits, has died at his home in Hawaii.

Beyonce's dad: Fight could be staged (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:15:45 GMT)
Mathew Knowles links a fight in a lift after this year's Gala Ball to "Jedi mind tricks" to help boost ticket sales.

Joan Rivers' family remain hopeful (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:02:35 GMT)
The daughter of comedian and TV presenter Joan Rivers says they have their "fingers crossed" as she recovers in hospital from a cardiac arrest.

X Factor dominates Saturday night TV (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:45:51 GMT)
X Factor returns to ITV with 9.3 million viewers, or 43% of the viewing public.

World Service boss Horrocks to leave (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:56:03 GMT)
The director of the BBC World Service, Peter Horrocks, is to leave the corporation in the New Year, it is announced.

VIDEO: David Mitchell on The Bone Clocks (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:51:39 GMT)
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell discusses his new novel The Bone Clocks on BBC Breakfast.

VIDEO: Wedgwood pottery loss 'hammer blow' (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:47:37 GMT)
A public appeal has been launched to try to save the Wedgwood museum pottery collection which is being sold to pay off the firm's pension bill

VIDEO: Bill Turnbull's Scottish reporting roots (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:42:30 GMT)
It is just two weeks until Scotland's referendum on independence, but it is not the first time a vote has been held on the nation's constitutional future.

VIDEO: Turning internet radio into art (Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:38:18 GMT)
LJ Rich looks at how one artist is using computer code to turn internet radio from across the globe into a unique piece of music.

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