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Crash Test Dummies Getting Bigger In America

news.sky.com — Crash test dummies in the US will be made fatter to reflect the larger size of more than a third of adult Americans and help protect their lives. The company Humanetics in Michigan, which makes US dummies, is working on models that are about 270 pounds (120kg), rather than the current 167 pounds (75kg).
Oct 30, 2014

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RAF Jets Intercept Russian Military Bombers

news.sky.com — RAF jets have intercepted and escorted Russian military Bear aircraft, the Ministry of Defence has said. The two Typhoon fighters were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept the Russian Bear bombers, escorting them through British airspace on Wednesday.

Five Hurt In Large Blaze At Fireworks Factory

news.sky.com — At least five people have been injured in a large blaze at a fireworks factory. Emergency services responded to "an explosion" and fire in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford, said police. The alarm was raised at 5:15pm as local residents reported hearing a loud bang and seeing smoke coming from the premises.

Ebola Crisis: Major DEC Appeal To Fight Outbreak

news.sky.com — The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is urging Britons to donate money to help those treating Ebola victims - the first time it has launched an appeal over a disease outbreak. More than 10,000 people have been infected by the virus, mainly in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @SkyNews: Disasters Emergency Committee urges Britons to give money to help those treating Ebola victims news.sky.com/story/1363630/… pic.twitter.com/db315uk2qq

Oct 30, 2014

RT @SkyNewsTonight: Disasters Emergency Committee urges Britons to give money to help those treating Ebola victims news.sky.com/story/1363630/… pic.twitter.com/qltPMI3mnN

US Midterms Elections: Why You Shouldn't Care

news.sky.com — America goes to the polls in midterm elections that could shift the balance of power in Washington. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are up for grabs but no one expects the Republicans to lose control. The interesting battle is over the Senate.

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

news.sky.com — Four people were injured and another remains unaccounted for after a large blaze at a fireworks factory following an explosion. The alarm was raised at 5:15pm as worried local residents reported hearing a loud bang and seeing smoke coming from the premises in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford.
Oct 30, 2014

BREAKING: One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory news.sky.com/story/1363729/…

Poll Shows Big Labour Losses In Scotland

news.sky.com — Labour would be left with a handful of the seats they have currently if a General Election was held tomorrow, an opinion poll has found. The party would end up with just four seats, according to the poll from Ipsos Mori, for STV.

Apple Boss: I'm Gay And I Want To Inspire People

news.sky.com — Apple chief executive Tim Cook has come out as gay and says he wants to "inspire people to insist on their equality". Writing in Businessweek he said: "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

What Took UK So Long?

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Fresh Scandal Over Historical Sex Abuse Inquiry

news.sky.com — The head of an official inquiry into historical child sex abuse is under renewed pressure over her links to the Tory grandee at the centre of the scandal. Fiona Woolf has faced calls to resign over her personal contact with Lord Brittan, who was in charge of the Home Office in the 1980s.

Lenovo Buys Motorola In $2.9bn Deal With Google

news.sky.com — Motorola has been purchased by Lenovo - making it the world's third biggest selling smartphone-maker. The Chinese firm takes control of the brand from Google and has acquired 3,500 employees in the process. The deal is worth $2.91bn (£1.82bn) and allows Google to keep the patent portfolio while offloading the handset business.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @SkyNewsAsia: Lenovo Buys Motorola In $2.9bn Deal With Google.联想以29.1亿美元从谷歌收购摩托罗拉移动。 news.sky.com/story/1363541/…

'Revolutionary' Sperm Bank To Combat Shortage

news.sky.com — The world's first independent national sperm bank has been launched in Birmingham to alleviate the shortage of donors in the UK. The centre is a collaboration between the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women's Hospital . Sue Avery, Director of Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre, said there were currently not enough donors, particularly among ethnic minorities.
Oct 30, 2014

Revolutionary sperm bank launched to tackle shortage. Meet a sperm donor. Fascinating insight. news.sky.com/story/1363119/…

Oct 30, 2014

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Rioting As Burkina Faso Parliament Set Alight

news.sky.com — Protesters have set fire to Burkina Faso's parliament, forcing the government to scrap plans to let the country's leader extend his 27-year rule. The National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou was stormed by hundreds of people before they moved on towards the presidential palace.

Small Plane Crashes Into Airport Building

news.sky.com — A small plane has crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas. The Federal Aviation Administration said a twin-engine Beechcraft lost an engine on takeoff. One person is reported to be in a critical condition and up to 10 people trapped after the incident at Mid-Continent Airport. More follows...

Father Of Murdered Schoolgirl Sarah Payne Dies

news.sky.com — Tributes have been paid to Michael Payne, father of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah, after he died at the age of 45. Mr Payne, who developed a drinking problem after his daughter was abducted and killed near her grandparents' home in West Sussex, was found dead at his home in Maidstone, Kent, on Monday, according to reports.
Oct 30, 2014

Jim Murphy "is also a Roman Catholic, which may prove divisive in Scotland" says @SkyNews. Lordy Lord. news.sky.com/story/1363092/…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @SkyNews: Michael Payne, father of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah, has died at the age of 45 news.sky.com/story/1363131/… pic.twitter.com/21OncjJqw6

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

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RAC Demands Motorway Petrol Price Caps

news.sky.com — The RAC is demanding action to cap motoroway service station fuel prices, describing them as "21st century highway robbery." The motoring group said its research found that petrol and diesel costs can be over 15p-per-litre more expensive and it was unacceptable that drivers had to pay such a premium.

Jim Murphy Sets Scene For Explosive Clash

news.sky.com — Jim Murphy has set the scene for an explosive clash between Scotland and Westminster in the Labour Party by confirming he will stand for Scottish Labour leader. Several hours after Sky News sources revealed he would make his announcement on Thursday, the 47-year-old told the Daily Record it was time for a fresh start for the party in Scotland.
Oct 30, 2014

Er... Jim Murphy "is also a Roman Catholic, which may prove divisive in Scotland" via @GerryBraiden news.sky.com/story/1363092/…

Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 29, 2014

What is this, politics or pay per view wrestling? RT @SkyNews: Jim Murphy Sets Scene For Explosive Clash news.sky.com/story/1363092/…

Drug Report 'Inconvenient' For PM

news.sky.com — Lib Dem minister Norman Baker MP employs an unusual analogy as he says Number 10 is "backpedalling" over a report suggesting tough laws have no impact on drug use.