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Katie Bickerstaffe: the woman mixing things up at Dixons

Posing with a food mixer and other kitchen appliances is probably not how most high-flying female executives would like to be photographed, having had to battle stereotypes about "a woman's place" to win their seat in the boardroom. But Katie Bickerstaffe, chief executive of Dixons's retail …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

Jeremy Clarkson row: lawyers to write to Barack Obama over 'racist' Top Gear

Lawyers are to write to Barack Obama and the ambassadors of every country in which Top Gear airs asking them if the BBC motoring series should continue to be broadcast, following Jeremy Clarkson's mumbled use of the N-word.<p>Lawrence Davies, director of law firm Equal Justice, branded Top Gear as …

US unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2008

The US added 288,000 new jobs in April as the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, its lowest level since 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said on Friday.<p>The number of jobs created was the largest monthly gain in more than two years. The BLS said gains were widespread, led by growth in …

Lawyers for US citizen missing from Yemeni jail ask UN to intervene

Lawyers for an American missing from a jail in Yemen are asking the United Nations to intervene, even as Yemeni officials insist he has not been disappeared.<p>Sharif Mobley has not been seen by his lawyers since 27 February. Attorneys for Mobley, who has been detained since 2010 and is awaiting trial …

Beware Pfizer, the mid-Atlantic floating tax avoider

As he robustly and correctly rejected Pfizer's latest takeover pitch, Leif Johansson, chairman of AstraZeneca, could also have quoted these wise words: "Call me old-fashioned, but I think you have to be something. I don't buy that you can be this mid-Atlantic floating entity with no allegiance to …

Family of Oklahoma inmate killed in botched execution may sue state

The family of an inmate whose execution was botched by the state of Oklahoma this week said they are exploring options for a civil lawsuit against the state.<p>LaDonna Hollins condemned the Tuesday procedure that left her stepson, Clayton Lockett, writhing and groaning in the execution chamber before …

US and Germany remain frosty amid awkward visit from Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s first visit to the White House since the revelation that her calls were bugged by the National Security Agency was never going to be easy.<p>But Merkel could not have known how quite how awkward her appearance with US president Barack Obama would be. And no one could …

Cecily McMillan jury told: 'send her back to school and let her move on'

Occupy Wall Street activist faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty of having assaulted police officer during protest<p>A jury in Manhattan was asked on Friday to decide whether an Occupy Wall Street activist intentionally elbowed a New York police officer in the face, or might have reacted …

Botched execution 'deeply troubling', says Barack Obama

The US president, Barack Obama, has said the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate was “deeply troubling” and announced that he will ask the attorney general, Eric Holder, to analyse problems with the implementation of the death penalty.<p>In his first comments on the case of convicted murderer …

The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power | Mark Weisbrot

As China looks set to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can only be good for democracy<p>The news that China will displace the US as the world's largest economy this year is big news. For economists who follow these measurements, the tectonic shift likely occurred a …

Obama plan to close gun loophole stalled by NRA and pro-gun opposition

A plan by President Barack Obama to close a loophole which allows Americans to buy weapons such as machine guns, grenades and sawn-off shotguns without undergoing background checks is set to be delayed, due to intense opposition from the NRA and other anti-gun-control activists.<p>An executive action …

Obama seeks to contrast 'year of action' with Republican obstruction

Barack Obama on Saturday contrasted Republican obstructionism in Congress with his use of executive actions.<p>In his weekly address, the president said: “In my state of the union address, I said that … whenever I can act on my own to create jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans, I will. And …

Arkansas attorney general supports gay marriage but will still fight it

Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel said on Saturday he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed, but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriage in court.<p>McDaniel, a Democrat serving his final year in the elected position of the state's top attorney, became the first …

New York subway derailment was caused by new section of rail

Transit officials said on Saturday a section of rail that snapped and caused a New York City subway train to derail had been installed just weeks ago.<p>About 1,000 commuters were on board the F train when it rode off the rails in Queens at 10.15am.<br>Nineteen people were injured, four seriously. Several …

White House Correspondents' Dinner honours black journalist once barred

The White House Correspondents' Association was scheduled to mark its 100th anniversary on Saturday night by honouring Harry McAlpin, the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference.<p>The organisation, the host of Saturday's annual White House Correspondents' Dinner has established …

Condoleezza Rice backs out of Rutgers speech over role in Iraq war

Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser and secretary of state under George W Bush, has backed out of delivering a commencement address at Rutgers University, after protests by faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War.<p>Rice said in a statement on Saturday that she had informed the …

US senator Tim Kaine endorses Hillary Clinton for 2016 presidential run

Hillary Clinton has attracted another endorsement for president in 2016, despite not having committed to run.<p>Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia – a former governor of the state now governed by Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally – on Saturday used Twitter to announce his support for the former first lady, …

NFL Hall of Famers applaud openly gay player Michael Sam

Michael Sam's lifestyle will soon become secondary to his skills.<p>Once he's drafted in the NFL, the Missouri defensive end will be judged strictly on whether he can play and whether he can help his team win.<p>Everything else – even that he's gay – will be trivial.<p>As the first openly gay player to …

When recovery follows austerity, it is not cause and effect

It would be rather amusing if sleaze came to the rescue of the Conservative party. Consider the sequence of events: a Conservative MP resigns in a cash-for-questions affair; a vacancy is created; Nigel Farage, fearing electoral humiliation, declines to stand; and the superficial level of Ukip's …

Pfizer's Ian Read: slow and steady wins the day

A short, bald, bespectacled accountant, Ian Read doesn't look like the prime mover in a corporate coup d'etat, but that is how the 60-year-old Scot rose to the top of Pfizer.<p>The man leading the charge to seize control of AstraZeneca has been at Pfizer for 36 years. He joined in 1978 after studying …

Banks helped create the railways. Now railways are an example to the banks

The late British historian Tony Judt once delivered an emphatic case for making the railways a moral example for British society. He wrote: "The railways were and remain the necessary and natural accompaniment to the emergence of civil society. They are a collective project for individual benefit. …

California Chrome lives American Dream with Kentucky Derby victory

California Chrome blew a fresh breath of life back into the American Dream when he defied his Huckleberry Finn beginnings to land in stunning fashion the 140th running of the $2m (£1.2m) Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.<p>California Chrome’s working-class owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, …

US ready to give Congo $30m but Kabila must not seek re-election

The United States is prepared to give the Democratic Republic of Congo $30m ($18m) in aid for stability and democracy-building but wants President Joseph Kabila to agree to step down at the end of his current term in office, the secretary of state, John Kerry, said on Sunday.<p>Kerry, who is on an …

First openly gay bishop Gene Robinson announces divorce from husband

Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop whose election split the Anglican church, has announced that he is divorcing his husband.<p>Robinson, 66, who retired in 2010, made his announcement in an email to the diocese of New Hampshire and in an article for The Daily Beast. He and Mark Andrew entered a …

Homeless and working for Amazon: the trap of the seasonal job cycle

When President Barack Obama visited an Amazon's fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee last year, he compared it to Santa's workshop. "This is kind of like the North Pole of the south right here," he said. Then speaking of the workers, he added, "Got a bunch of good-looking elves here."<p>What …

Why Britain needs an innovation bank

Everyone agrees that Britain needs as many fast-growing innovative companies as it can get. We need our bankers to be as enthusiastic about lending to them as they are to buy-to-let property companies.<p>The problem is that while buy-to-let offers the security of bricks and mortar with the possibility …