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60th anniversary of the first BBC TV daily news broadcast

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first BBC television daily news bulletin.

The 20-minute bulletin was read by Richard Baker and was introduced as an “Illustrated summary of the news… Followed by the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad,” paving the way for broadcast news as we see it today across the globe.

Read more here

Tired of your phone buzzing with “breaking news” that doesn’t matter to you?  You’re not the only one, so we made a fun video about it.

(Give our new iPhone/iPad app a try, and we won’t waste your time.)

All-new Breaking News app for Android

Android users, rejoice! Our all-new Breaking News app for Android is available for download.
 
Get real-time push notifications, mute stories you don’t want to see and Whoa! stories that surprise you. More details here.
 
Don’t have our free apps for iOS or Android yet? Download them today.

Get a new device for the holidays? Download our free Breaking News app for lightning-fast updates on the stories that matter to you.

Real-life spies infiltrate World of Warcraft
Guardian: US and UK spy agencies have infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life, deploying real-life agents into the game world to collect chats between players.

Photo: Blizzard Entertainment

Real-life spies infiltrate World of Warcraft

Guardian: US and UK spy agencies have infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life, deploying real-life agents into the game world to collect chats between players.

Photo: Blizzard Entertainment

Introducing an all-new BreakingNews.com and iOS app

What’s Breaking News to you? Introducing our brand new iOS app and BreakingNews.com site where you can control the news you want to see.

Read more: http://blog.breakingnews.com/post/66009863912/were-excited-to-announce-a-brand-new-version-of

Download the app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breaking-news-+/id394533293?mt=8

Duchess of Cambridge in labor
Today.com: The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into a London hospital early Monday in the early stages of labor, a palace official confirmed.
With her husband, Prince William, at her side, the 31-year-old was taken to a private wing of St. Mary’s hospital, the same London facility where William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born.

Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown on June 15 in London. (Getty Images file)

Duchess of Cambridge in labor

Today.com: The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into a London hospital early Monday in the early stages of labor, a palace official confirmed.

With her husband, Prince William, at her side, the 31-year-old was taken to a private wing of St. Mary’s hospital, the same London facility where William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born.

Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown on June 15 in London. (Getty Images file)

Japan approves stem cell clinical trials
AFP: Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body.
Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells”.
Stem cell research is a pioneering field that may offer a cure for conditions that are presently incurable, and scientists hope these clinical trials on a treatment for AMD may offer hope to millions of people robbed of their sight.

Photo: This file photo, released from Japan’s Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013, shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto.

Japan approves stem cell clinical trials

AFP: Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells”.

Stem cell research is a pioneering field that may offer a cure for conditions that are presently incurable, and scientists hope these clinical trials on a treatment for AMD may offer hope to millions of people robbed of their sight.

Photo: This file photo, released from Japan’s Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013, shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto.

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales
BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.
The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales

BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.

The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

NASA aborts spacewalk over dangerous water leak

AP: NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.
Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.

Photo: European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano adjusts his equipment before a training examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow April 30, 2013. ( REUTERS/Sergei Remezov)

NASA aborts spacewalk over dangerous water leak

AP: NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.

Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.

Photo: European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano adjusts his equipment before a training examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow April 30, 2013. ( REUTERS/Sergei Remezov)

Activists scale London’s Shard skyscraper
Daily Mail: A group of six Greenpeace activists have begun scaling Britain’s tallest building in protest at drilling in the Arctic.

The women, who evaded security guards at the 72-storey Shard in central London early this morning, said their action was intended to put Shell and other oil companies in the spotlight.


The lead climbers are ‘free-climbing’ (scaling the building without assistance) but are fixing safety ropes as they progress, the group said.


Photo: A policeman and emergency services watch as six women activists climb The Shard (EPA)

Activists scale London’s Shard skyscraper

Daily Mail: A group of six Greenpeace activists have begun scaling Britain’s tallest building in protest at drilling in the Arctic.

The women, who evaded security guards at the 72-storey Shard in central London early this morning, said their action was intended to put Shell and other oil companies in the spotlight.

The lead climbers are ‘free-climbing’ (scaling the building without assistance) but are fixing safety ropes as they progress, the group said.

Photo: A policeman and emergency services watch as six women activists climb The Shard (EPA)

Developers destroy Peru Pyramid thought to be at least 4,000 years old
BBC News: Authorities in Peru say an ancient pyramid at the oldest archaeological site near the capital, Lima, has been destroyed.
They are pressing criminal charges against two real-estate companies blamed for tearing down the structure, which was 6m (20-ft) high.
An archaeologist said those responsible had committed “irreparable damage”.
Photo: Handout picture released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture on 2 July 2013 showing the area of the El Paraiso complex where a pyramid was destroyed (AFP)

Developers destroy Peru Pyramid thought to be at least 4,000 years old

BBC News: Authorities in Peru say an ancient pyramid at the oldest archaeological site near the capital, Lima, has been destroyed.

They are pressing criminal charges against two real-estate companies blamed for tearing down the structure, which was 6m (20-ft) high.

An archaeologist said those responsible had committed “irreparable damage”.

Photo: Handout picture released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture on 2 July 2013 showing the area of the El Paraiso complex where a pyramid was destroyed (AFP)



Treated for cancer, two men now appear free of HIV
NBC News: Two men who had grueling bone marrow treatments for cancer are enjoying a happy side effect: They appear free of the AIDS virus, researchers reported on Wednesday.
The doctors are not quite ready to call it a cure, but they say the men have stopped taking HIV drugs and have remained free of the virus for almost four months in one case and almost two months in another.
“While these results are exciting, they do not yet indicate that the men have been cured,” says Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Photo: Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, speaking at an AIDS research conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Steve Forrest / International AIDS Society)

Treated for cancer, two men now appear free of HIV

NBC News: Two men who had grueling bone marrow treatments for cancer are enjoying a happy side effect: They appear free of the AIDS virus, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The doctors are not quite ready to call it a cure, but they say the men have stopped taking HIV drugs and have remained free of the virus for almost four months in one case and almost two months in another.

“While these results are exciting, they do not yet indicate that the men have been cured,” says Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Photo: Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, speaking at an AIDS research conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Steve Forrest / International AIDS Society)

'Enter the Dragon' actor Jim Kelly dies at 67


The Hollywood Reporter, AP: Jim Kelly, a martial artist famous for his role in the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon, died on Saturday of cancer, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman told the Associated Press.

Kelly starred in numerous martial arts films in the 1970’s, including Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way and Black Samurai. He later left acting and became a professional tennis player. He appeared in a commercial with NBA star LeBron James in 2004.

Photo: Jim Kelly in 1974’s ‘Three the Hard Way’ (Getty Images)

Supreme Court clears the way for same-sex marriage in California
AP: On Proposition 8, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoided ruling on gay marriage nationwide.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples with its Defense of Marriage Act ruling.
For more on this follow our continuing coverage on BreakingNews.com 
Photo: A gay marriage supporter holds a placard at the US Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images)

Supreme Court clears the way for same-sex marriage in California

AP: On Proposition 8, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoided ruling on gay marriage nationwide.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples with its Defense of Marriage Act ruling.

For more on this follow our continuing coverage on BreakingNews.com

Photo: A gay marriage supporter holds a placard at the US Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images)