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I don't think it's possible to be startled by news of the death of a close relative (say), although one might be both surprised and shocked. I could startle you in the process of delivering the news, but not by the news.
We get quite a lot of this: a sentence that is grammatically a statement, but appended by a question mark as if the reader is then supposed to understand it as a question. Is it a rhetorical question? Why not simply phrase it as a grammatical question, if it is intended to receive an answer, and leave the reader in no doubt of the intention?
"Is this a bug, or how it is expected to work?" - five fewer words, and no doubt as to the intention.
The position of the OED is the opposite of what you state.
The OED state that the general rule is not to use an apostrophe when forming the plurals of nouns,. The exceptions they describe exclude acronyms.
I don't really know how to spell Welsh place names, but something on the BBC News looked wrong when it was captioned with "Llundudno live". It was removed part way through the report. Could it be Llandudno?