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Backing into the future: Maryland ditches parallel parking from driving test

published about 11 hours ago
Maryland has joined an alarming number of states in finding the requirement to safely install your vehicle among others at the roadside ‘somewhat redundant’People hoping to become licensed drivers in Maryland will no longer have to prove their ability to parallel park. More than a dozen states have dropped the requirement from their driving tests and Maryland joined such ranks on Tuesday, inspiring criticism that such a cost-cutting move would lead to poorly trained drivers taking to the roads. Continue ... more

Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change

published about 11 hours ago
Ben van Beurden agrees that we need to capture the carbon emissions of fossil fuel reserves, but predicts that the world will be ‘zero carbon’ by the century’s endBen van Beurden, the chief executive of Shell, has endorsed warnings that the world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions. The oil boss has also predicted that the global energy system will become “zero carbon” by the end of the century, with ... more

Bomb found 200m from Wembley stadium safely detonated by army

published about 11 hours ago
Discovery of second world war bomb, dropped by the Nazis in the 1940s, led to evacuation of nearby buildings including Britain’s Got Talent studioA second world war bomb found near Wembley stadium has been detonated safely, the Ministry of Defence has said. The discovery of the device on Thursday led to the evacuation of the Britain’s Got Talent studio, as well as 300 nearby homes and many businesses.The army had warned of a genuine risk to life from the unexploded ... more

Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of Brexit

published about 12 hours ago
News of undercover project emerges after Bank staff accidentally email details to the Guardian including PR notes on how to deny its existenceBank of England officials are secretly researching the financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum.The Bank blew its cover on Friday when it accidentally emailed details of the project – including how the bank intended to fend off any inquiries about its work – direct ... more

NHS needs emergency cash boost or care could suffer, ministers told

published about 12 hours ago
Growing demands on England’s care providers cause £821m deficit – with the shortfall seven times higher than the year beforeMinisters are under pressure to give the NHS an emergency cash injection after official figures showed hospitals overspent by £1bn last year.NHS providers of care in England – hospitals as well as mental health, ambulance and community services – ended 2014-15 with £821.6m in deficit. That was a more than seven times higher than the previous year’s £107m shortfall. Related: Biggest ... more