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American Airlines sorry over basketball players theft claim

American Airlines has apologised to two professional basketball players who were kicked off a flight after being wrongly accused of theft. Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell boarded a plane on Christmas Eve, en route to a game. But before take off, a flight attendant claimed the men had taken …

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UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation’s electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal.The rise of renewable energy helped break 13 clean energy records in 2017.In June, for the first time, wind, nuclear and solar power generated more UK power than gas …

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Workplace robots could increase inequality, warns IPPR

The government must intervene to stop automation driving up wage inequality, a think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research said robots would not necessarily be bad for the economy.However, it warned lower-skilled jobs were much more likely to be phased out in the coming decades, and …

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Ethical brew

Would you pay more for your coffee if you knew exactly where it came from and how it got to you? An increasing number of Western “millennial” consumers would, and it’s benefiting everyone from the farmers who grow the beans to the artisan cafes selling the stuff, everywhere from …

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FTSE 100 hits new high as markets reopen

The FTSE 100 has climbed to a fresh record high as UK markets reopened after the Christmas break. London’s leading share index rose to 7632.7 during Wednesday trading, advancing from all-time highs achieved last week to extend the market’s so-called “Santa rally”. It ended the session at 7620.7, 28 …

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Shoplifters taking under £200 worth of goods 'not pursued'

Retailers are warning that a sharp rise in shoplifting is being fuelled partly by police forces not investigating the theft of items worth less than £200. The Daily Telegraph says persistent offenders are exploiting a change in the law that allows for more minor cases to be dealt with …

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Tesla's Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

Tesla’s chief has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker.Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve.He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y – a yet-to-be detailed …

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HMRC employs farmyard ducks to 'niggle' taxpayers

Risking the accusation that the taxman himself has gone quackers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has employed some farmyard ducks to encourage people to file their tax returns on time.The online and billboard adverts feature a man in the bath, being niggled by a duck.Instead of quacking, the duck …

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