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Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:40

People don't think about mental illnesses as life-threatening, once you exclude suicide. But a review of almost 2 million people finds that common problems like postpartum depression take a toll.

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London's complexity through an American eye

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

There are startling reasons why London’s wealth distribution caught our eye from the states: the five wealthiest families in the U.K. have more money than the poorest 20 percent of the population. By 2020, an estimated 800,000 children will be living below the poverty line. London was recently passed over by New York and Singapore to claim the top spot as the city in the world with the most economic clout. 

Marketplace explored the growing income inequality in the U.K. and London over a week’s time. As income inequality has become a primary economic concern in the U.S., especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession, Marketplace has focused reporting in recent months on what income inequality’s impact is on how we work and live. But we also wanted to see what our neighbors across the pond had to say about living in a society where unequal wealth distribution is the norm.

First, we learned that London’s real estate has skyrocketed in value, making realtors happy, and critics crying “bubble.” Sound familiar, Americans?

We saw, too, how poor Londoners are being priced out of neighborhoods they live in and were raised in, and even wealthy residents are concerned. We toured the bustling markets across the city in an everyday adventure filled with bright citrus and fresh fish.

We ended the week with a report from 30-feet below ground level in the notorious sewers of London. There’s a campaign underway to build a new super sewer system to replace the current one that frequently overflows into the Thames River.  We took a tour of London's sewers, which have a surprisingly excellent way of exposing what Londoners keep and discard in a shifting economy. 

Even though there are a lot of concerns about its economic progress, London still has some things going for it: the PwC Cities of Opportunity Index (PDF) noted the city still “finishes first in technology readiness, economic clout and city gateway – all measures of its stature as a thriving centre of the world economy.”

We leave you with musical inspiration from our trip: 

Is The Tea Party Finished?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.

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We Look Amazing In These Gowns

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:23

Animator Steve Cutts brings to life part of Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's commencement address. You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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Why London wants Chinese and Muslim investment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:17

London is heart of the global economy, according to a new survey out this week. But can the city hang on to its position? The BBC’s Andrew Walker joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss how U.K. politicians are working to attract business from the growing economies of China and the Muslim world. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 05:28

A 1-year-old boy who apparently was looking for his mother climbed out onto a window ledge. People in the street below noticed and sprang into action.

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HP to layoff 16,000

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 05:04

Hewlett-Packard says it’s cutting up to 16,000 jobs. That’s on top of tens of thousands of layoffs already announced. These deeper jobs cuts signal that a company once famous for breakthroughs in the lab, hasn’t yet figured out how to reinvent itself.

H-P is a dominant player in making PC’s. But that’s a collapsing market, devastated by competition from tablets and smartphones. H-P also sells servers, but that area too is changing, with cloud computing currently fashionable.

CEO Meg Whitman took charge of the troubled company in 2011. She’s under pressure to show more results from her turnaround plan. 

H-P to layoff 16,000

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 05:04

Hewlett-Packard says it’s cutting up to 16,000 jobs. That’s on top of tens of thousands of layoffs already announced. These deeper jobs cuts signal that a company once famous for breakthroughs in the lab, hasn’t yet figured out how to reinvent itself.

H-P is a dominant player in making PC’s. But that’s a collapsing market, devastated by competition from tablets and smartphones. H-P also sells servers, but that area too is changing, with cloud computing currently fashionable.

CEO Meg Whitman took charge of the troubled company in 2011. She’s under pressure to show more results from her turnaround plan. 

The pros and cons of transatlantic free trade

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:55

U.S. and European Union officials wrap-up the latest round of talks today as they negotiate a free trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Boosters like Fran Burwell with the Atlantic Council see an economic upside for the U.S. economy.

“Every state gains in terms of its exports to the EU. There will be about 740,000 new jobs created in the United States over 10 years,” says Burwell.

Environmental activists like Michelle Chan with Friends of the Earth see a potential downside.

Chan says, “This transatlantic trade deal will really focus on deregulation. With the idea being that environmental and public health protections themselves can be construed as barriers to trade.”

Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:33

The WTO has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban keeping pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into Europe. The ban was brought on moral grounds, the EU says.

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Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:00

Activists say that after the attack, warplanes dropped leaflets with a message to rebels: "You have 10 hours to surrender: either leave your arms and return to the bosom of the nation, or go to hell."

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Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

After meeting with leaders of the ousted government Friday, the army detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The junta has installed several rules aimed at keeping public order.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Silicon Tally: Replacing Old Yeller with New Yeller

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 01:00

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Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 23:06

Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.

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What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 22:58

Today's babies are part of the first generation with their entire lives documented on social media. Researchers are finding lessons in the streams of their photos.

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Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 16:52

Bill Haslam signed into law a measure that allows the state to opt for the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

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Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 15:10

Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson says if the judicial nomination of Michael Boggs gets derailed, it won't unravel the deal he worked out with the White House on federal bench nominees.

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McDonald's CEO Says Fast-Food Jobs Can Lead To 'Real Careers'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 14:45

Donald Thompson told an audience at the company's annual meeting that McDonald's has a legacy of providing opportunities to employees.

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U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 14:44

Donovan, 32, is the team's all-time leader in scoring and assists. Twenty-three players were named to the roster for the tournament, which starts next month in Brazil.

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