The News Matrix: Thursday 18 July 2013


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Heathrow unveils expansion plans

Heathrow yesterday unveiled radical expansion plans that could see Europe's busiest airport increase capacity by 50 per cent with a third, and potential fourth, runway. Heathrow's "pick-and-mix" submission to the Davies Commission surprised industry observers. Three potential locations just outside the existing perimeter are offered for a third runway. MORE

Tainted school meal kills 22 children

At least 22 children have died and more than two dozen others are ill after eating a free school lunch tainted with insecticide. The lunch, part of a national campaign to give at least one daily hot meal to children from poor families, was cooked in the school kitchen. MORE

Surveillance laws 'should be reviewed'

Legislation overseeing GCHQ should be reviewed to check whether it adequately protects privacy and rights in the internet age, MPs said. The Commons Intelligence and Security Committee reported GCHQ did not break the law in using Prism to gather information. MORE

Castro denies Ohio kidnappings

A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape. Ariel Castro has previously pleaded not guilty to 329 charges. The judge continued his bond at $8m (£5.2m).

Excluding women a 'way of life' for clubs

Excluding women from clubs is not sexist but part of "a way of life", the head of golf's governing body argued. Ahead of today's Open Championship at Muirfield in Edinburgh, the R&A chief Peter Dawson said clubs who chose to keep women out "don't do anyone any harm". MORE

Boston suspect lands prestigious cover spot

A Rolling Stone cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has generated a fierce backlash and a boycott from some retailers. The cover presents Tsarnaev like the magazine's usual rock-star cover stars.

Taliban leader 'sorry not to warn Malala'

A Taliban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl shot in the head by the group, expressing regrets he did not warn her before the assassination attempt. The letter from Adnan Rasheed, however, didn't apologise for the October attack that left Malala Yousafzai gravely wounded. MORE

Native bees' buzz ruined by imports

Tougher controls on importing bumblebees are needed to protect native bees, scientists urged. Around 50,000 commercially reared bumblebee colonies are imported into the UK each year, but DNA testing of 48 colonies found that more than three-quarters of the colonies were carrying parasites.

Sinned much lately? Follow Pope's tweets

Pope Francis is offering "indulgences" – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on social media. The Vatican court that rules on forgiveness of sins said indulgences may be given to those who follow the "rites and pious exercises" of the Pope's Brazil trip next week on TV, radio and social media.

A wee bit stressed about hand dryers

"Superfast" hand dryers may reduce the time people spend in a public toilet, but for some the devices are causing "unwelcome stress". The cold-air hand dryers can have the same impact on the human ear as a road drill at close range, a study by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London, has found.

French crime fiction to make a killing

As interest in Nordic detectives and killers wanes, publishers are increasingly looking across to France for the next wave of crime thrillers. This week's Crime Writers Association Dagger award, shared by two French authors, added weight to many who predict France as the next big force to flood the English crime fiction market.

World's richest man... for a few moments

A man from Delaware became the richest man in the world this week, but only for a few moments. Chris Reynolds opened his PayPal account on Friday to find his balance was $92,233,720,368,547,800. "I'm just feeling like a million bucks," he told the Daily News. The online money transfer company later corrected it.

Penguins honour Murray's women

Four penguins have been named in honour of Andy Murray and the three women in his life after his Wimbledon win made the tennis player a popular choice in a public poll. The female penguins, who arrived at St Andrews Aquarium in Fife in May, have been named after Andy, his mother Judy, girlfriend Kim and Shirley, his grandmother.