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The incredible shrinking megacity: How Los Angeles engineered a housing crisis

Los Angeles used to be the promised land for America’s homeowners. Now it’s tearing at the seams<p>Los Angeles is at capacity.<p>The Los Angeles-Santa Ana-Long Beach Metro Area is now, by one measure, the most expensive big-city region in the country in which to buy a home; the average home price is nine …

Urban Design

Here’s How Apple Designs Experiences For Devices That Don’t Exist Yet

Apple famously keeps info about upcoming products locked down on a need-to-know basis, but that doesn’t mean it waits until hardware is fully-formed before creating software for it. Nor does it create either hardware or software in a vacuum, building one independent of the other. So how does it go …

Prototyping

Rolls-Royce breaks sales record again in 2014

<b>Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold a record number of cars last year, breaking through the 4,000 mark for the first time in its 111-year history.</b><p>The luxury car maker sold 4,063 cars, up 12% on last year, and marking the fifth consecutive year of record sales.<p>Sales in the US increased by almost a third, by …

Rolls-Royce

Euro sinks to fresh nine-year low

<b>The euro has hit a fresh nine-year low against the dollar, in part after a surprise decrease in German manufacturing.</b><p>German factory orders fell by 2.4% in November compared with the previous month, worse than expected.<p>The euro dropped below $1.176, before recovering slightly.<p>Analysts said increased …

Economics

Coca-Cola to cut up to 1,800 jobs worldwide

<b>Drinks giant Coca-Cola is set to cut up to 1,800 jobs worldwide as it continues cost-cutting efforts.</b><p>Coca-Cola reported a 14% fall in earnings for the July to September quarter last year and sluggish revenue growth.<p>The job cuts will affect the firm's Atlanta headquarters, as well as its …

Employment

UK trade deficit narrows after oil price falls

<b>The falling price of oil helped to narrow the UK's trade gap with the rest of the world in November to its lowest since June 2013, official figures show.</b><p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the UK's deficit in goods and services was £1.4bn in November, compared with £2.2bn in October.<p>But …

Oil

Alibaba's International Sales Up 1000% During "Year of Globalisation"

Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba has released figures claiming its overseas shopping division, Tmall International, saw a ten-fold sales increase …

Tropical depression Jangmi torn apart by wind shear near Philippines

NASA-NOAA satellite image shows Jangmi's centre never made it to island of Palawan<p>Satellite equipment that captures high-resolution photos of weather …

Tropical storm leaves 54 dead in Philippines

<b>Manila</b>: Tropical storm Jiangmi exited the Philippines on Thursday, leaving at least 54 dead and 13 missing from floods and landslides as officials …

Ice-free Arctic could be just six years away

What’s coming? Hard to say.<p>Sea ice has always been highly variable. Barber said that variability is growing and makes predictions difficult. Dates …

Arctic Blast Brings Icy Chill to Millions in U.S.

A bitter barrage of icy air is set to chill the eastern two thirds of the United States in some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter, …

Weather

Deadly winter storms batter California, chill New Year's Eve | Reuters

(Reuters) - Two people died on a wind-thrashed California island, and scores of motorists were left stranded on snow-swept mountain roads farther inland as winter storms chilled much of the Western United States on New Year’s Eve, officials said on Wednesday.<p>Snow covers a subdivision neighborhood …

Weather

California Weather Fatal For Some, Others Rescued From Snow

California was host to some rare snow this week. Although almost 200 stranded people were rescued, the weather did contribute to two deaths that have …

Associated Press News

Severe 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts New Zealand

Canterbury in New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the second biggest since the deadly February 2011 quake.<p>According to GeoNet, …

British blackberry sales rocket as warm weather delivers bumper harvest

Fruit also enjoying revival as result of introdcution of much sweeter ‘snacking’ varieties, eaten straight from punnet<p>Sales of blackberries grown in the UK have rocketed this year after the warm weather delivered a bumper harvest a month earlier than usual.<p>The old-fashioned fruit is also enjoying a …

UK manufacturing grows at slowest rate since April 2013

PMI figures signal strong run of growth has stalled amid uncertainty over Scottish referendum, flagging eurozone and slowing domestic demand<p>Britain’s factories suffered the worst month in almost a year and a half in September, signalling that the strong run of growth at the start of the year is …

Richard Branson is a more popular business mentor than Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg's $33bn net worth and $200bn company aren't quite enough: British small business owners would prefer Richard Branson as a mentor<p>He might be the darling of Silicon Valley, but on these shores Mark Zuckerberg still has nothing on Richard Branson, who is the most popular would-be …

Small Business

UK unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008 financial crisis

City rules out rate rise after jobless numbers fall more sharply than expected – but pay packets continue to shrink in real terms<p>The City is ruling out a rise in interest rates this year amid evidence that a fresh fall in unemployment to its lowest levels since the height of the financial crisis …

Prada's profit falls 20%, hit by fall in leather goods sales

<b>The Italian fashion house Prada has reported a drop in profit, hit by a fall in leather goods sales and currency fluctuations.</b><p>First-half net profit fell 21% to 244.8m euros (£192.5m; $314m), the company said.<p>It said the strength of the euro had hurt sales as well as a "difficult economic" …

Clothing

Rihanna boosts River Island sales

River Island hails international demand for British fashion as pop star boosts sales<p>British retailers are building a global niche in youth fashion, with countries around the world trying to persuade the leading brands to open new stores, according to the boss of River Island.<p>Ben Lewis, chief …

Russia reduces gas exports to Poland

<b>Russia's gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45%, Poland's state gas firm PGNiG says, amid tensions over Ukraine.</b><p>The news came just hours after Poland stopped providing gas to Ukraine through "reverse-flow" pipelines.<p>The Russian gas volumes were 24% lower on Tuesday and 20% lower on Monday, …

Russia

China overtakes US to be biggest economy by 2024

Consumer spending will lift Chinese economy above America by 2024, IHS predicts<p>A surge in Chinese consumer spending will help the country overtake America to become the world's biggest economy by 2024, according to a new report.<p>The US, which has held the crown as the world's economic powerhouse for …

Commuter rail fares frozen again, says George Osborne

<b>Commuter rail fares in England will be frozen in real terms for another year, Chancellor George Osborne has said.</b><p>Regulated fares, which include season tickets and "anytime" singles, will rise by a maximum of 2.5% from January.<p>This is the level of Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation this summer - …

Welsh Government

US economy adds 142,000 jobs in August

<b>The US economy added 142,000 jobs in August, latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal, missing expectations.</b><p>The unemployment rate dipped to 6.1% from 6.2% in July.<p>The world's largest economy had been averaging a monthly jobs gain of 212,000 in the previous 12 months.<p>Part of the …

Economy

Bank of England urged to explain its forecasts

Former staff have suggested the Bank could benefit from outsiders using its model, about which relatively little is known<p>Former Bank of England staff have criticised the central bank for not going far enough in explaining how it produces key forecasts.<p>The Bank’s workhorse model of the economy – …

Why Coca-Cola Classic Will Soon Have A Big Red Dot In The U.K.

Some Coke cans in the U.K. will soon get marked with a red dot because of the drink's high sugar content.<p>The labels are part of a voluntary program launched in the U.K. in July of last year. Food and drink get tagged red, yellow and green according to its nutritional value. Healthier fare gets a …

Associated Press News

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround | Reuters

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst<p>But with economic …