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Obama pays tribute to 'true newspaperman' Bradlee

US president Barack Obama. Credit: PA Wire

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to Benjamin Bradlee, calling him a 'true newspaperman' in a statement released by the White House.

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For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy.

A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better.

– US president Barack Obama


Concerns over loan shark customers

One in three people turned down for a payday loan considered using an illegal loan shark, research suggests Credit: PA Wire

One in three people turned down for a payday loan following the introduction of tighter lending rules considered using an illegal loan shark instead, according to research.

Someone turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union, a survey carried out for The Consumer Finance Association found.

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) represents short-term lenders including the Money Shop, Cash Converters, Quick Quid, Peachy and Sunny.

A poll of 720 people who had been turned down for a payday loan by a member of the CFA following the new rules found a third had thought about going to an illegal lender after they were declined.

One in 25 (4%) said they had used an illegal lender, which is double the proportion who said they had gone to a credit union.


Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee. Credit: PA Wire

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper's Watergate coverage, has died.

The newspaper said the 93-year-old has died at his home in Washington of natural causes.

Bradlee was the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 until 1991.

The Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the scandal, which forced Nixon to quit under threat of impeachment in August 1974.

President Barack Obama gave Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2013.

Shoppers 'buying little and often'

Shoppers are using convenience stores more, according to a report. Credit: PA Wire

People are shopping "little and often" and spending more in convenience stores, according to research.

So-called "time poor" shoppers are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

More people are using convenience stores with 25% of consumers visiting one every day, according to figures from a poll of 1,000 people carried out for the supermarket.

Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: "The twin pillars of convenience and technology mean that people shop more often, and in ways that suit them."

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