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McDonald's to raise pay for US staff  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:09:42 GMT
The fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage. 
Google reveals computer-on-a-stick  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:31:29 GMT
Google announces that a range of computer-on-a-sticks and laptops costing as low as $149 (£101) are joining its range of Chrome OS devices. 
China cracks down on explicit anime  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:16:39 GMT
China says it will create a "blacklist" of banned Japanese anime cartoons, and plans to punish firms that hosted violent and sexual clips online. 
Joni Mitchell in 'intensive care'  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:14:37 GMT
Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her home. 
Gaza man 'tricked' into Banksy sale  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:56:11 GMT
A Palestinian man says he was tricked into selling a work by the graffiti artist, Banksy, that is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
Boost for endangered butterflies  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:05:53 GMT
The warm weather of 2014 boosted the number of some butterflies, including one of the UK's rarest species, the High Brown Fritillary, a survey has found. 
Perfume 'can be enhanced by sweating'  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:04:11 GMT
A novel delivery system for perfume would ensure that a person smells better the more they sweat, scientists have said. 
Children’s hospital builds sleep app  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:07:51 GMT
A free app to help improve children’s sleep has been launched by doctors at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. 
Blood test for Down's syndrome hailed  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:08:13 GMT
Testing a pregnant woman's blood for disorders in her unborn child promises 'dramatic' advances in medicine, say researchers. 
Murray faces Berdych in Miami semis  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:42:28 GMT
Andy Murray reaches the semi-finals of the Miami Open, as Serena Williams wins her 700th career match. 
Masters meltdown helped me - McIlroy  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:56:28 GMT
Masters favourite Rory McIlroy says his final-round collapse at Augusta in 2011 made him a better player. 
America's most generous con artist  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:53:47 GMT
Mark Landis spent 30 years donating works of art to respected museums and galleries - but the pictures were fakes that he had created himself. 
I nearly drowned in chocolate  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:55:30 GMT
A Syrian refugee tells how he nearly drowned in a lorry of melted chocolate as he tried to enter the UK. 
Latin translation for Wimpy Kid  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:12:51 GMT
The best-selling children's book Diary of a Wimpy Kid is translated into Latin by a Vatican official. 
Woman wins car in April Fool's bluff  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:23:22 GMT
A New Zealander wins a luxury car after playing along with what seemed to be an April Fool's joke.