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John Spencer-Churchill funeral led by son Jamie, now 12th Duke of Marlborough

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




A horse-drawn carriage bearing the coffin of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill swept out of Blenheim Palace and on to the church of St Mary Magdalene in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

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Russell Brand on BBC’s Newsnight sparks backlash

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




The comedian, 39, told Newsnight he believes there is an ‘interesting’ relationship between the families of former US president George Bush and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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Queen Elizabeth uses Twitter to officially open new science exhibition

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




The Queen sent her first message via the social media site on the @BritishMonarchy account to declare a new exhibition at the Science Museum in central London officially open.

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The Turin Shroud is just a medieval prop used in Easter plays, claims Charles Freeman

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




British scholar Charles Freeman says the Turin Shroud (shown) is a medieval prop. He analysed the cloth and found no mention of it from before 1355.

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Another nation confirms first Ebola case

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WHO to send team of experts after officials confirm setback for West African efforts to contain deadly virus


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Mother loses 9st after being refused surgery on varicose veins

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Tracy Cairns, 43, from North Tyneside, says she now can’t believe she let herself get to 19 stone – and says the doctor’s comment changed her life.

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David Dan Doran who treated Darrell Simester ‘like a slave’ is jailed

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David Dan Doran, pictured, has been jailed for four years by Cardiff Crown Court for forcing Darrell Simester to work on his Newport farm for 13 years without pay.

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Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli to be quizzed after he ‘threatened his mother’s neighbour’ 

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Police were called to a housing estate at 3pm on Thursday in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, where the 24-year-old was reportedly visiting his mother Rose Barwuah. 

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Stuart Delaney caught after he showed his face to CCTV camera 

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Stuart Delaney revealed his face to the CCTV camera at the Ladbrokes in Stechford, Birmingham despite trying to hide his identity with a hooded top.

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Well: The Advanced 7-Minute Workout

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




A new, more technically demanding regimen than the original 7-Minute Workout, one that requires a couple of dumbbells but still takes only seven minutes. With a free app that you can use on your phone or other device.




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Rebekah Brooks ‘exploring her professional future’ at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation 

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In June the former News International chief executive was acquitted of all hacking charges and said she had been ‘vindicated’ after her seven-month trial.

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University of Warwick professor suspended after he being sarcastic during job interviews

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Thomas Docherty was banned from the University of Warwick in January following allegations he had given off ‘bad vibes’ and had undermined the authority of former head of the English department.

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Duane Fahy refused service in shop because he was in uniform in St Helens

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




Duane Fahy, of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was refused service at Alpha News in St Helens, Lancashire, which has since put up a sign apologising for his treatment (pictured)

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Senate races tighten up in New Hampshire, Iowa

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Brown gains ground; Ernest has edge


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‘Honey Boo Boo’ canceled amid sex offender scandal, report says

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TLC has reportedly given “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” the boot after a report surfaced on Thursday claiming that June Shannon—aka Mama June—was dating a convicted child molester.

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Ashya King waves after final proton treatment in Prague

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




Ashya, who has been treated in Prague for six weeks, will not return to Britain because his parents fear he will be taken from them.

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Comcast To HBO: Good Luck With That Internet Thing! (TWX, CMCSA)

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments



On yesterday’s earnings call, Comcast executives were asked for their reactions to HBO and CBS offering direct-to-consumer subscription services

The answer from executive vice president Stephen Burke was interesting. Via Seeking Alpha, here’s what he said:

Regarding HBO and CBS selling directly I was surprised, I was surprised by both of them for different reasons. CBS I was surprised because they have been such a defender of retransmission consent in the traditional ecosystem and been so successful in the broadcast business and HBO because I think its going to be such a challenge for them to not cannibalize what is already a really really good business. That having been said, we are still early on in the transition to more internet television that I think you are going to see a lot of surprising things. And you know what’s surprising to me is that we are making hundreds of millions of dollars from Hulu and Netflix and Amazon, businesses that we didn’t even think about five years ago. [Note: Comcast owns NBC, so it's getting money from Netflix and Amazon for NBC shows.]

So I think we all ought to be prepared to be surprised every once in a while but also put everything in perspective and really look at what people’s real motivations are and the challenges. I don’t think distributing directly to consumers be the internet is an easy thing to do and I think it’s a voyage that if you are successful like Netflix can be a way to create a lot of value but it’s not an easy thing to do.

It’s a pretty good response. He throws shade at CBS since CBS has been a staunch supporter of the cable business model where CBS gets paid by Comcast a certain amount per Comcast subscriber. He’s basically saying that the only reason CBS is doing this is for leverage later on in negotiations. In other words, if Comcast pulls CBS programming in a pricing dispute, CBS is protected because it can sell directly to consumers through the web. (It could even offer a discount to customers while it’s in a dispute with Comcast, thus making it look like the good guy and Comcast the bad guy.)

As for HBO, he’s got a point. People tend to underestimate the success of Netflix. Pundits just think HBO can flick a switch and it will be as successful as Netflix. Maybe that’s true, but we somehow doubt it. Netflix has worked hard to get to where it’s at. We expect HBO will have some growing pains as it tries to scale. 

Burke had more to say on the HBO product, and it’s worth reading (although Seeking Alpha’s transcript is a bit rough in spots, you get the overall idea):

So Ben, in beginning of your question you mentioned that the HBO product was then over the top product, I actually don’t think it is, and I don’t think the CBS product is over the top either. If you define over the top sort of coming over the top the existing distributors and going direct and bypassing existing distributors, I think both HBO and CBS are trying to add to their existing ecosystem.

And if you think about it HBO probably has the most elegant, economically attractive sort of business model, anybody who is ever been in the television business as be interesting and I think challenging for them to go and try to attract new customers into that ecosystem without cannibalizing the existing customers.

The existing customers that are sold through cable and satellite are extremely high margin. So even if they sell at $15 sub, they got to be very – when they go directly to a consumers view the internet, they got to be very careful at cannibalization.

It will be interesting to see how that works, but I don’t think they are saying we’re going over the top of the existing ecosystem, I mean, Time Warner was company that really created TV everywhere. I think CBS is the same thing. CBS is not, I don’t think trying to get their existing ecosystem to move over to a new model, they are trying to Mellanious or new customers and I think that’s we’re all trying to do.

And that leads into the second part of your question about time-shifting and leakage. I think the fact of the matter is people have more options to watch quality, professionally produce video then ever before and they are using those options. Whether its DVR, Netflix, Hulu or a variety of other ways to consume this content. A lot of those options are not properly measure; some of those options are not measure at all. And so what you’re seeing I think is a pressure on traditional ratings in both broadcast is been going on for a while.

But now cable, I think some of that is going to get better, I think there will business models that evolve, some of that we’ve addressed by selling to Hulu and Netflix and Amazon and we make hundreds and millions of dollars doing that. But I think its going to be more, more and challenging. There was a great article a few months ago where they said that were 88 new television shows launched during the summer and this is in a business that 20 years ago nobody launched a new television show during the summer. So that competition combined with new technology is making it harder and harder to deliver the kind of ratings that we’ve all been used to.

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City Room: New York Today: Ebola Arrives, and Calm Is Urged

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




Friday and the weekend: Officials reassure a worried city, improving weather, and Barnes & Noble changes its mind.




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Whiteboard 101: Karl Rove’s races to watch

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Fox News contributor handicaps midterms


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American ISIS hostage’s family get unlikely ally

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Weeks after Peter Kassig was captured, a senior member of an al Qaeda affiliate sparked debate among jihadists, and gave Kassig’s parents new hope


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Hong Kong protesters to put next move to a vote

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Pro-democracy movement leaders say they’ll hold referendum to decide whether it’s time to throw in the towel


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‘King David’ movie in the works at Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the Biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

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Jamie and Michelle Mintram share home with their two children and 145 exotic pets

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The Mintram family, from Weeting, Norfolk, share their home with 145 unusual creatures, and have to clean the house every day to get rid of the animal smell.

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Sienna Miller narrowly avoided ISIS bombing while on humanitarian mission

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




Actress Sienna Miller has been an ambassador for the International Medical Corps (IMC) for the past six years. Last summer she made a humanitarian trip to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and she says it could have cost her her life.

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Well: For a 7-Minute Workout, Download Our New App

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The New York Times is offering a free mobile app for the popular Scientific 7-minute Workout and the new Advanced 7-minute Workout.

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NYPD officers shoot, kill hatchet attacker; passerby wounded

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments



Jonathan Hunt reports from New York


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Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Are Reporting A Strange Problem That Crashes Apps And Reboots The Phone…

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments



Some iPhone 6 Plus owners have taken to Apple’s support forums to report an issue about the phone crashing and rebooting repeatedly. Apple Insider first spotted the thread.

The issue appears to be affecting the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, and complaints date back to a few days after the phone was released in September. The complaints are still coming as of Oct. 23.

The problem seems to happen when owners are either switching between apps or checking notifications. Several iPhone 6 owners have said this problem has been occurring since they bought the phone, and is still happening even after updating to iOS 8.1.

According to the posts, the issue varies between users. Some say an app will just crash and return to the home screen, while others have said the phone reboots itself multiple times per day. Another iPhone 6 Plus owner claimed to be experiencing blue screens, too. 

The affected phones also appear to be storing tons and tons of apps. Some owners reported having more than 700 apps on their phone, while others claim to have more than 1,000.

A few iPhone 6 users have also complained about the issue on Twitter:

Others have complained about specific apps continuously crashing on the iPhone 6 Plus:

It’s unclear how many iPhone 6 Plus owners are affected. Judging by the post, it sounds as if the problem is impacting a relatively limited number of users that have hundreds and hundreds of apps on their phone. Business Insider’s Jay Yarow has been using the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus for several weeks and has never experienced this problem.

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this article accordingly if we hear back. 

SEE ALSO: 15 Must-Have Apps For Your New iPad

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Judge rules woman with learning disability can consent to sex

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The woman behaves like an immature 12 or 13-year-old and has a history of ‘abusive and exploitative relationships’, the Court of Protection in London was told.

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Officials Tracing New York Ebola Patient’s Movements, While Reassuring a Wary City

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




With much of the public’s concern focused on the movements of New York City’s first Ebola patient, doctors treating the man were discussing using experimental treatments to help him battle the virus.

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Scott Calder nicknamed ‘The Demon’ jailed for leading criminal gang

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments




Scott Calder and his accomplices planted surveillance devices on their rivals’ cars in Manchester so they could follow them to their hideouts and steal cannabis

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