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  • Talks on rail strike adjourned
    Talks on rail strike adjourned 18 hours ago

    Talks aimed at averting strikes by rail workers in a dispute over pay have been adjourned and will resume tomorrow. More »

  • Rail workers plan 2 new pay strikes
    Rail workers plan 2 new pay strikes Thu, May 28, 2015

    Network Rail workers are to stage two strikes next month after a new pay offer was rejected. More »

  • FIFA now subject to federal probes in US, Switzerland
    FIFA now subject to federal probes in US, Switzerland Wed, May 27, 2015

    FIFA's reputation for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head of world soccer. Dawn raids by Swiss federal ... More »

  • Police detail traffic stop that ended in officer's death
    Police detail traffic stop that ended in officer's death Wed, May 27, 2015

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque decided to make one more traffic stop before his shift finished Monday night. It ended up costing him his life. More »

  • Industrial unrest warning over cuts
    Industrial unrest warning over cuts Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Government has been warned it faces resistance to cuts amid an increase in industrial unrest since the general election. More »

  • Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech
    Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech Sun, May 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. More »

  • Rail Union Suspends Bank Holiday Strike
    Rail Union Suspends Bank Holiday Strike Thu, May 21, 2015

    The TSSA rail union has suspended its strike planned for Bank Holiday Monday, after it received a new pay offer from Network Rail. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association, along with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), had planned to walk out from 5pm on Monday 25 May. The threat caused a number of train operators to cancel services and some others to advise passengers not to travel on the rail network at all. More »

  • Unions Suspend Bank Holiday Rail Strike
    Unions Suspend Bank Holiday Rail Strike Thu, May 21, 2015

    A planned rail strike has been put on hold after the unions involved suspended their walk-out plans. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) had planned to walk out from 5pm on Monday 25 May. But they put these plans on hold this afternoon after receiving a new offer from Network Rail. More »

  • UK union calls off national rail strike planned for next week Thu, May 21, 2015

    A national rail strike that had been set to paralyse large swathes of the British network early next week has been suspended, the RMT union said on Thursday, after a revised pay offer. RMT members with track operator Network Rail had been set to walk out from 1600 GMT on Monday, a public holiday, continuing into May 26, a normal working day. More »

  • Bereaved parents: ‘It needs to stop now, enough pain and enough hurt has been …
    Bereaved parents: ‘It needs to stop now, enough pain and enough hurt has been … Tue, May 19, 2015

    Calls have been made for HSE Chief Tony O’Brien to resign. More »

  • Even Bonnie Langford was nervous for her first day on EastEnders
    Even Bonnie Langford was nervous for her first day on EastEnders Tue, May 19, 2015

    The star has a guest role in the soap. More »

  • Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands'
    Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands' Mon, May 18, 2015

    David Cameron has laid out plans to create a "seven-day" NHS service - but has been warned that nurses could walk out if their pay and conditions are affected. But Royal College of Nursing (RCN) chief executive Dr Peter Carter said "any attacks on unsocial hours, weekend working payments would be strongly resisted" and could lead to industrial action. Speaking to Sky News health secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back, saying: "It is ridiculous, jumping the gun. Mr Cameron committed to creating a "truly seven-day NHS" by extending GP opening hours. More »

  • Fearful and desperate, refugees flee Burundi unrest Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Ben Makori KAGUNGA, Tanzania (Reuters) - They are coming in their thousands, a steady stream of men, women and children bearing what few possessions they can carry as they flee their native Burundi and the pro-government militias they fear are bent on death and destruction. At Kagunga, a tiny fishing village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika just two km (1.5 miles) inside Tanzania, an estimated 50,000 refugees are sleeping rough, waiting for a 100-year-old ferry, the MV Liemba, to carry them south to safety. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 110,000 people have fled a political crisis that many fear could descend into another bout of ethnic bloodletting in the heart of Africa's Great Lakes. Most have gone south to Tanzania but 27,000 have sought safety to the north in Rwanda - which is still recovering from a 1994 genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed - and 9,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo. More »

  • Billboard Awards 2015: Fashion highs and lows from the evening
    Billboard Awards 2015: Fashion highs and lows from the evening Mon, May 18, 2015

    See the best and worst looks from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. More »

  • UK rail workers to stage national strike this month - RMT union
    UK rail workers to stage national strike this month - RMT union Fri, May 15, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Rail workers in Britain will stage a national strike later this month in a dispute over pay, the RMT union announced on Friday, a move that could bring misery to millions of commuters. The union said its 16,000 staff at Network Rail, which maintains Britain's railway infrastructure, including track and signalling, would stage a 24-hour walk-out starting at 1600 GMT on May 25, which is a public holiday, continuing into May 26, a normal working day. It would be the first nationwide rail strike for 20 years according to media reports, and will provide a challenge to the new Conservative government which has promised to change laws on industrial action to make it harder for those working in essential public services to stage walk-outs. "The failure of the company to make any moves whatsoever in light of the overwhelming vote in the ballot has left us with no option but to move to a rolling programme of industrial action," said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash. More »

  • Rail Strike Set To Cause Bank Holiday Havoc
    Rail Strike Set To Cause Bank Holiday Havoc Fri, May 15, 2015

    A 24-hour strike by Network Rail workers threatens to cause havoc for passengers travelling over the Spring Bank Holiday. However, there remains the prospect of a deal being done to avert the action, with peace talks due to take place at the conciliation service, Acas, on Monday. They were requested by Network Rail. The timing of the strike action, just weeks after the General Election, represents the first big industrial relations test for the Conservatives. More »

  • Israeli government sworn in after rocky start Thu, May 14, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government was sworn in late Thursday after a two-hour delay amid heckling by Arab lawmakers and harsh criticism from the opposition, indicating a tough road ahead for his narrow coalition. More »

  • For 10 points: What is the meaning of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds …
    For 10 points: What is the meaning of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds … Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Is the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" a rebellious anthem to wild drug-taking or a touching tribute to a child's imagination? The question, which has exercised Beatles fans since the song appeared in the seminal 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", could soon form part of an exam curriculum for British teenagers. Exam board AQA, which sets and marks papers for about half of all GCSE exams taken by British 16-year-old high-school pupils, plans to introduce three songs from Sgt. Pepper into the music curriculum from September 2016. "Pop music began in this country with The Beatles in the swinging sixties, so what better band to look to for the study of contemporary music than the Fab Four," said Seb Ross, head of AQA's music department. More »

  • ITV staff walk out in pay strike
    ITV staff walk out in pay strike Thu, May 14, 2015

    ITV production workers, journalists and other staff are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay, hitting programmes ahead of a protest outside the TV giant's annual meeting. More »

  • Rail staff in pay strike challenge
    Rail staff in pay strike challenge Tue, May 12, 2015

    Network Rail workers threw down the first big industrial relations challenge to the Government when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike over pay. More »

  • UK rail workers vote strongly for strike over pay Tue, May 12, 2015

    Rail workers across Britain could go on strike after staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay, the RMT union said on Tuesday. The union said 80 percent of employees working for Network Rail, the not-for-profit company which manages and maintains Britain rail track and stations, had backed strikes and 92 percent supported action short of a walk-out. The union said 62 percent of the 16,000 Network Rail workers had voted in the ballot. "Our members have today decisively rejected the pay package offered by Network Rail," RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said in a statement. More »

  • What You Need To Know About Chuka Umunna
    What You Need To Know About Chuka Umunna Tue, May 12, 2015

    Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna is favourite to become leader of the Labour party. Here's what you need to know. More »

  • Government plans strike laws update
    Government plans strike laws update Tue, May 12, 2015

    Workers will find it more difficult to go on strike under plans to be introduced in the Government's first Queen's Speech, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said. More »

  • School Principal Apologises For Racist Remark
    School Principal Apologises For Racist Remark Mon, May 11, 2015

    A school principal has apologised over a racist remark she made during a high school graduation ceremony in Georgia. Nancy Gordeuk, principal of the TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, was captured on video making the remark as she criticised students for leaving the ceremony early before the class valedictorian could make his speech. In the footage, Ms Gordeuk can be seen criticising the behaviour of the audience and calling an unidentified person a "little coward" as people begin to walk out. More »

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  • Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it. Fri, May 8, 2015

    Vicki Houska is a woman of many gifts. “No one leaves her without a hug and a smile,” says Michelle Barron, a work crew supervisor for the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center. On this busy Saturday, though, Ms. Houska is getting ready to dispense more than just hugs. She’s moving briskly through the jampacked rented rooms that house the operation she runs for FAST (Foster Adoption Support Team), a support organization for foster and foster adoptive families caring for children who are wards of the state of Missouri. More »

  • Israel's Lieberman quits as foreign minister
    Israel's Lieberman quits as foreign minister Mon, May 4, 2015

    Avigdor Lieberman also says his party will not join next government being formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More »

  • Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus want to sue unions over strike losses
    Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus want to sue unions over strike losses Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The bus strike starts tomorrow. More »

  • Legislature adjourns without passing infrastructure bill
    Legislature adjourns without passing infrastructure bill Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Montana lawmakers adjourned the 64th Legislative session Tuesday, three days early and without passing a $150 million infrastructure bill that had been a sticking point for days. Representatives voted ... More »

  • Mad Men : The End of a Dream
    Mad Men : The End of a Dream Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Every week for the seventh and final season of AMC's hit period-drama Mad Men, Sophie Gilbert, David Sims, and Lenika Cruz will discuss the possible fates facing Don Draper and those in his orbit. Sims: After a meandering start to the half-season, Mad Men finally kicked into a higher gear with "Time & Life," finding new energy (perhaps unsurprisingly) with a story that was about the firm, rather than Don's depressing love life. Alerted by the fact that their office lease had been unceremoniously terminated, the partners learned they were going to be absorbed into McCann Erickson, the giant advertising conglomerate they'd resisted joining for so long (remember, that third-season declaration of independence came when their last firm was absorbed by McCann). More »

  • Irish playwright embroiled in controversy over play about death of black te …
    Irish playwright embroiled in controversy over play about death of black te … Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Actors have walked off Phelim McAleer’s “Ferguson”, a staged reading of testimony surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown. More »

  • Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiques
    Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiques Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Teppei Kasai NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. Apple courted the outlets to promote the watch as a fashion item rather than just another techie gizmo. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for preorder. More »

  • Customers try first Apple Watches
    Customers try first Apple Watches Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The Apple Watch is reaching the wrists of customers for the first time today and the smartwatch's own bespoke App Store has also been launched. More »

  • 10 awkward interviews which will make you squirm
    10 awkward interviews which will make you squirm Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    From Naomi Campbell to Naomi Watts, and Robert Downey Jr to R-Patz, we run down some awkward chats. More »

  • Fashion stores to sell Apple Watch
    Fashion stores to sell Apple Watch Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Apple Watch buyers will not be able to walk out of an Apple Store with the new wearable when it launches tomorrow, but that does not mean you cannot get it elsewhere. More »