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One missing after avalanches east of Seattle
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash – Rescuers scrambled late Saturday to find a missing snowshoer after a pair of spring avalanches struck separate groups in the mountains east of Seattle, the authorities said. Three people were initially reported missing, but …
'I thought I was dying': 3 hurt, 1 missing in Cascade avalanches
Snowshoer missing after avalanches at Snoqualmie
Pubs chain JD Wetherspoon, hurt by higher taxes and labour costs, reports a 2.7% decrease in profit.
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UK retail sales fell 0.6% in January, hurt by high levels of snowfall, and confounding economists’ expectations for a rise.
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Microsoft is banking on strong sales of Windows 8 to offset a slump in PC sales, which have been hurt by Apple’s iPad.
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South Korea’s economic growth rate hits a three-year low in 2012, hurt by a slowdown in exports and in corporate investment.
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Some business leaders warn that the prime minister’s EU referendum proposal will hurt investment, but others back his move, as he heads to the Davos Economic Forum.
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The Leveson proposals as they stand could involve lengthy – even interminable – wrangles over taste, hurt and perception
The Irish newspapers took four years to produce the regulatory system Sir Brian Leveson loves best. Britain has only had three months. So the snorting about delay and incipient deceitfulness is off the mark.
Leveson didn’t provide a detailed model for instant implementation. His “exemplary damages” wheeze might not survive in Strasbourg. His public interest defence on information-gathering is too restrictive. And keeping the law’s Whiplash Willies away from “light-touch” arbitration is like handing Lance Armstrong a tube of Smarties.
But the travails of Ms Julie Burchill, Ms Suzanne Moore and The Observer (dealt with by Stephen Pritchard elsewhere) unveil another very grey area. Ireland doesn’t allow third-party or group complaints. Yet Leveson proposes giving his new board the power “to hear complaints whoever they come from”, including from “a representative group affected by the alleged breach” of an as-yet-unwritten code.
In short, he opened the door for those who, like an assemblage of violence-against-women groups, want better reporting of their plight and policies. Their specific submission to Leveson lauded only “free speech that does no gratuitous harm”.
And maybe the case of Ms Moore gives us a whiff of what that could be like. Fury, fulminations and ferocious debate about taste, hurt and perception. Until recently, the PCC hasn’t done “taste” for very good reason. Now the digital weight of protests seems to be expanding its bulging boundaries. Here come many more investigations and, if Leveson has his way, many more guidelines to wade through. Not so much gratuitous harm, you fear: more terminal.
The Justice Department’s case against UBS shows borrowers were likely hurt.
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Problem loans at Spain’s banks hit a new all-time high, as the collapse of the country’s property bubble continues to hurt the economy.
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